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Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
3 Kudos
We stepped off a plane and went immediately into town to Trinity University. What a whirlwind after 10 hours on a plane and skipping 6 hours ahead in time.

The people are so friendly and helped us with luggage and getting around. Our tour began with seeing the book of Kells, one of the remaining tomes from when the Vikings razed the towns back in the 10th or 11th century. It was a lovely museum and we exited into the square on the beautiful 68 degree weather. (heat wave for the locals, but we flew from Dallas and it was 104)

The night time is quiet, no one is on the streets. There is no crime and the cops do not carry guns. It takes some adjusting to the latitude as the sun did not set until around 11 pm. Insomnia was not uncommon for us!

In the center of town they had built a wonderful harp bridge and they were building the first "tall" bldg in Dublin's history. Skyscrapers were not permitted until recently.

We walked the next day around town to see some old architecture and visit St Patrick's Cathedral. Absolutely magnificent cathedral with stained glass and stone walls. You could smell the history in there.

The river Liffey is nearby and at St. James Gate is where the Guiness brewery is. The locals say the "ghastly" liquid is brewed straight from the Liffey and that's what gives it the taste.

I would encourage you to visit Dublin but check out the other counties. Cork, Kenmare, Killarney, and Galway were all amazing. The people of Ireland are rich in culturure, humour, and class.
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Bars and nightlife

Temple Bar
This is the bar if you are to go to one. it was super packed as the world cup was playing but we had a blast. Our driver told us that Bill and Hillary Clinton were going down the main road once and Hillary got out of the car at one point during an argument. Mr. Clinton's picture is on the wall in the bar.
Murphys Bar
Very quiet place but fun. Owner got us two Smithwick glasses to take with us back to the states.

Culture and experiences

St Patrick's Cathedral
St Patrick's Cathedral
Amazing Cathedral! So beautiful and epic in size. We had fun exploring the grounds and the inside.

Points of interest

Cliffs of Moher
The most breathtaking scene in Ireland was just around the Ring of Kerry at the Cliffs of Moher. Spend hours just walking around the cliffs, feeling the breeze, and touring the old jail and lighthouse. Great museum and a little spot for lunch too.
House of Waterford Crystal
Hands down a fun place if you like Waterford. See the place where some of it is made. They closed the main factory years ago and this was rebuilt as a museum type showroom place. You can purchase crystal to go, see how it's made, and also watch some history on the place. We actually saw the crystal sculptures they were making to commemorate 9/11 and my mother in law saw them on a trip to NYC just recently.

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