The Emerald Isle: Day 2

When in Rome, do as the Romans do…or in this case: as the Irish do.

Now that I look back on the day….I realized that I only did things that were important to the Irish: went to Church and then to the pubs.

I also figured that you guys must already miss me (after a whole two days)…so here’s a pretty picture of me from this morning 😀

I woke up this morning feeling awful….jet lag is a b!^@#. I woke up as early as my body would let me, went down for a nice breakfast then headed out to my red bus to take my time as some of the sights of Dublin.

The first stop was Trinity College home to James Joyce and Jonathan Swift. It is also the home of the Book of Kells, a literary piece of art. It is the Gospel of John but with beautiful images and creative lettering. Below are some pictures of Trinity College.  I was unable to get pictures of  the Book of Kells so here is a link to their site where you can hopefully find more photographs.

Then I grabbed the bus again and flew to Christ’s Church Cathedral:

About a block east of the Cathedral is the Temple Bar. It’s not just a bar, it’s a whole little district with a Temple Bar hidden inside so I went searching for it:

My kind of shop 😛 mmmmm tea….

Found it!!!!

Oooooooh sweet alcohol!!!

I spent about two hours at Temple Bar (as well as too much money) but I made two new friends….two of the bartenders who were sweet enough to shower me with attention while I was there ;). I plan on returning there tonight for the free live music and to hopefully make more new friends 😉

On a side note, Temple Bar is a mere 15 minute walk from my hotel…While this city is quite sprawled out, most of the main attractions are quite close (yayz!).

Anyhoo, after my drinks, I decided to repent my sins….by heading to St. Patrick’s Cathedral:

So I just realized that I did not take an outdoor picture of the
Cathedral…oops.  But never fear, I have plenty from the inside.

So in case you couldn’t see these images very well, this is where Jonathan Swift is buried (the writer of Gulliver’s Travels and other such Irish-y works)

Once I felt cleansed…I headed to the Guinness Brewery 😛 Here I was given a free sample of fresh Guinness….I was never a Guinness girl…but after trying fresh brew, I understand the appeal. I wouldn’t drink it normally but I definitely have more respect for the stout:

The inside is shaped like a giant pint of Guiness

Then to add insult to injury…I went to the old Jameson Distillery. On a side note, Jameson is no longer produced at this location (it is produced down in County Cork)

Here they gave me a free Jameson and Ginger Ale (this was amazing and will soon be a new fave). But that’s not all:

We all got to sit down for a free whiskey tasting. We tried and learned the differences between single distilled American (Jack Daniels), double distilled Scotch (Johnny Walker Black Label) and triple distilled Irish (Jameson…in case you weren’t paying attention hehe). It was a really cool experience.

Anyway, everything was closing by then (so everyone could have dinner and get ready for the pubs…or perhaps to head there for dinner?). So I walked home, bought some fish and chips and hunkered down in my hotel room to write to you all :).

Oh, and before I forget, here are some more pictures of other sights I saw yesterday but forgot to add in yesterday’s post:

The story behind the colorful doors of Dublin: when Prince Albert died, Queen Victoria ordered that the Irish color their doors black. They agreed that they would paint the doors….any other color, except black. Hehehehe

And finally a picture of Molly Malone, the famous Irishwoman…of the night!

Anyway, that’s all I got for tonight. If things will go smoothly tomorrow, it will be an amazing adventure…wish me luck!!!



Location:Ripley Court Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

2 thoughts on “The Emerald Isle: Day 2

  1. I read it all out loud to my mom and we looked at your pics. Keep it coming! Looks like you’re having a blast.

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