Luck of the Irish
|Dubh Linn Garden|
|Saint Patrick's Cathedral|
|Guinness Storehouse Tour|
|Saint Patrick's Cathedral|
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A perk to living in the UK is the quick flights to a variety of destinations. After a 40 minute flight, we landed in Dublin, Ireland for a little adventure.
Dublin in January means dressing in several layers, so packing a few outfits and mixing the pieces each day worked well and made traveling easier with light carryon luggage. Luckily, it didn't rain much while we were there, so it was nice to be able to walk around and really enjoy the city. Some highlights from the trip include: The Guinness Storeroom Tour, Saint Patrick's Cathedral, City Hall, Dubh Linn Garden, and the beautiful view from O'Connell Bridge.
The history of Guinness began in 1759 with founder Arthur Guinness signing a 9,000 year lease at St. James's gate in Dublin, Ireland. The Guinness Storeroom has great restaurants with Guinness infused food (the beef & Guinness stew is really good). The tour goes around the massive multi level industrial style building which includes, Information about their brewing and ingredients, history of the quirky advertising, and an opportunity to become a certified Guinness pint pourer (I found this to be interesting, as I have never been a bartender or server). We finished off the tour enjoying a 360 view of Dublin at the top floor Gravity Bar.
We stumbled upon Dubh Linn Garden, a 'secret' garden behind Dublin Castle and Dame St. The Garden was previously a dark pool, which is where the city got it's name - Black pool in Gaelic translates to Dubh Linn. The Garden is very relaxing and tranquil with water fountains, Ying/Yang sculptures and of course being surrounded by Dublin Castle. The centre of the park is a grass area, with paving stones creating a large Celtic design which doubles a helicopter pad.
Pub hopping in Ireland is a must. We came across many interesting places, all filled with great live music. One of my favourite spots is the The Bank on College Green. The interior is filled with ornate details, mosaic floors, and a beautiful barrel ceiling. One of the nights we had a delicious traditional Irish dinner at a pub on Grafton Street, and of course we had to go to Temple Bar.
Unfortunately, we didn't have enough time to explore Howth. I would like to go back to do the Howth Cliff Walk (an hour commute from City Centre). It is a good excuse to go on another Dublin adventure in the more mild summer months.