Day 16 - Dublin
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Our first day in Dublin would prove to be one of the best of the trip. We started off the day with a great Irish breakfast and in amazing company. Kev and Betty were very helpful in telling us which sites were most important and directing us to the Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour. It allowed us to get on and off the bus that made stops at all the most famous places in Dublin.
First we started off at Kilmainham Jail. There is a quick history lesson leading up to the importance of the jail. In 1916, a revolution broke out in Dublin to separate Ireland from the English Crown. The revolution was very violent and was quickly silenced. Its leaders were then imprisoned and executed at Kilmainham Jail.
Our next stop on the bus was Phoenix Park, which is the largest urban park in all of Europe. It is sprawling, with a full zoo and one of the biggest monuments I have ever seen. It's called the Wellington Monument. It is probably half as tall as the Washington Monument and three times as wide around. It is a memorial to all those who died in the World Wars.
On the way to the Jameson Whiskey Distillery we made a stop off at the National Museum to absorb a little history. There was a great display of ancient Irish weapons as well and a part of the Natural History Museum, so there were of course Dinosaur bones. And who doesn't love dinosaur bones. After the museum we walked down the street to the distillery.
What can i say about the distillery? It was a quick tour with a free glass of Jameson. . .so in other words. . . completely awesome. We had good time perusing the gift shop and each got a little something for ourselves to bring home. Once we left the distillery we took the bus back to the jail and headed home for the night.