Dublin, walking tour

It was decided that none of us would be driving on this holiday. But now we have to remember what is the passenger side and what is the driver side of the vehicles:) Our drivers are quite amused by our confusion…

The Irish do want their tourists to come back and so, before crossing the street, you will be advised to either look left or look right lol

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Our walking tour of Dublin brings us to Trinity College. It is the home to Ireland’s largest collection of manuscripts produced in Britain or Ireland.

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Would you like to be the one to climb a ladder to reach one of those manuscripts?

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The book of Kells, written on vellum (calf’s skin), is early Christian artwork, written by monks in 800 AD.

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is a magnificent example of Gothic architecture, built on the site of a well used by St Patrick. Jonathan Swift, the author of Gulliver’s travel was dean here for 30 years.

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No visit of Dublin is complete without a tour of the Guinness Storehouse. So we just had to go and enjoy a pint… Of course, the storehouse alone, made a profit of 30 million euros in 2016. Lucy suggests we buy shares in the enterprise 😊

Tonight, we joined a group tour, the literary pub crawl. Led by a team of actors, the tour offered an original introduction to the city’s literary greats such as Oscar Wilde and James Joyce. It gave us the opportunity to visit four famous pubs; there are only 800 in the city, ha!

 

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This statue of Oscar Wilde is formed from marble, jade from British Colombia, pink thulite and blue pearl granite from Norway.

Cheers!

 

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By the way, congratulations Lucy for getting all the quiz questions correct. Will you share your winnings? How many ml in that tiny bottle of whiskey lol?

Dublin, a city of both past and present…

Arrived later than expected but still were not able to check in to our hotel.  Took a walk to Grafton St., a wonderful pedestrian zone and shopping area.

What is this young artist singing?

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A Justin Bieber song, lol.

Who are these three tired souls walking this incredible mall?

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Can you spot Roger, Jeff and Lucy?

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We just had to stop in this establishment.

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Jeff says : Let’s start with dessert. I agree. That sticky toffee pudding sure will be scrumptious.

Of course, the Fish and Chips is delicious as well!

Tonight, we are entertained by Michael, the storyteller and two musicians/comedians at Ireland’s oldest  pub, The Brazen Head. What better way to familiarize ourselves with the history of the country, including the  Great Famine, and the beliefs of the people at the time (fairies like the mischievous leprechauns). What an unforgettable way to spend a first night in Dublin:)

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