So, yesterday I talked about my adventures in Dalkey (which I thought was going to be Dublin but SURPRISE, it was not). Now we’re moving on to Dublin and it was my dad’s 59th birthday! What a way to spend your birthday, huh?
We got up pretty early (I barely slept thanks to concrete beds), went and had breakfast which was really good but I didn’t take any pictures OF COURSE and then got ready to walk to the train station. I wish we would’ve gone a little bit faster because travel took awhile, so we didn’t get to do a ton in Dublin, but that’s okay! We got on the train, rode into Dublin and switched over to the hop on/hop off bus that goes around the entire city to a bunch of tourist places. First stop, Guinness Storehouse!
They say on the website that this only takes 1.5 hours. Wellllllll, we were there for 3 hours. First I found a waterfall wall, obviously.
We found some of their old advertising pieces which were pretty fun.
I also found this little tidbit of information that I obviously loved. 🙂
The quote was right next to a fish riding a bike and I wish I had a video of it because it was super funny.
We also found this cool carved wood piece …
And I made my dad go into a funny photo booth.
The whole place was super cool, but HUGE. There were so many floors to explore.
We finally made it up to the Gravity Bar to get our free Guinness and I even drank (most) of one! They have to let the Guinness set for two-minutes to make it extra special (I obviously wasn’t listening to the actual reason – beer is beer to me.)
I was very proud of myself for drinking most of a beer when I hate it so much. I will say it’s a LOT smoother than it is in the U.S. My dad had at least one Guinness per day the entire trip.
After the Guinness Storehouse, we ate quickly in the food court there (probably the only food I didn’t like on the entire trip) and headed out to catch the hop on/hop off bus to go to Kilmainham Gaol jail.
This was a great tour, but it took forever and we were nervous about missing our bus. It was very sad to hear what they did to their prisoners, too. I’m not sure I’d recommend this tour, unless you’re a huge history buff and/or don’t get affected by poor treatment of people. My dad had a really hard time with it and, to be honest, I was just irritated with the New Yorker that wouldn’t stop asking dumb questions so our tour took a half-hour longer than it needed to.
I was in love with that staircase, though.
After the tour, we got back on the hop on/hop off bus and realized we were way too late to get to Trinity College (SAD). BUT we got to ride a double-decker bus, so I was excited about that. (For any of my friends reading this that remember the “bartender” story where I questioned him like a crazy person about a double-decker bus because he was British … ha, fun story.)
Eye bags on POINT (story of my life). And this is the only picture I got of Dublin before we got back on the train back to Dalkey.
We got back to the hotel around 6 p.m., went and ate at the same hotel restaurant (I had fish and chips again – SURPRISE) and went to bed. Yayyyy. Haha 🙂
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll pick up these posts again next week!
Keep up with my Ireland posts!
Ireland Day 1: Dalkey