After Berlin, I went back to school to take an exam, then I got right back on a plane to meet Lauren in Dublin! As you can see from my scarf, it was a lot colder than Amsterdam and Berlin!
DAY 1 we took a New Europe tour around Dublin, then I went and did some shopping while Lauren had to sort out some moving stuff with her mom.
Christchurch, founded by the Viking King Sitric Silkenbeard. (I know, funniest name ever. I wonder if he has descendants)
In Temple Bar, founded by William Temple. I thought he looked like Gaston though, so I changed the lyrics a little: “noooooo ONNEEEEE drinks like Gaston!”
Only in Ireland
The main street in Dublin, O’Connell Street, with the Millenium Spire to the left background, a statue of Daniel O’Connell in front of that. He was the main guy involved in the liberation of the Republic of Ireland. To the right further down is a building that played a big part in their revolution, the General Post Office, the headquarters of the Easter Rising’s leaders.
Irish, a gaelic language, is an official language and is on all the signs
House of the Oireachtas – basically the Irish Senate. It’s building design is based on the White House
This was in a souvenir shop and way too expensive for me to purchase. I couldn’t find Cuskelly but there was a Dunleavy one – I couldn’t get a picture because the employees saw me take this one
DAY 2 We took a tour that was recommended to us by a few people – the Wild Wicklow Tour – it’s basically a charter bus that drives all through the mountains right outside Dublin
ha ha, eyes closed. Annamoe
Lough Tay – it was really windy
then they gave out free shots of Jameson
Next stop was a 6th century Monastic settlement, Glendalough
St. Kevin’s Cross. Apparently the oldest Celtic Cross.
This is when we tried to use self-timer on the camera and it fell over
This rock is some sort of wishing rock – i forget the whole story
DAY 3 we went out to Kilmainham Gaol, and the Guinness Factory
The jail was one of the first of its kind to introduce solitary confinement; the way the layout was, no matter what cell you were in, you couldn’t communicate with other prisoners through the doors or though windows. A lot of people involved early in the Revolution were kept here – and killed here, which became a catalyst for the revolution amongst more moderates.
the Victorian wing. it might look familiar – a lot of movies were filmed here, including the original Italian Job
The woman in this cell was a trained artist and this is what you see through the peephole.
onto the Guinness Storehouse
I’m a sucker for anything nautical
fun fact: the Guinness toucan was originally a Pelican
After going through the factory (where you get a free sample), we headed up to the top floor, which boasts that it has the best view of Dublin. They also give out free Pints here too. Conclusion: the Irish like to give out booze