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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ahh the luck of the Irish.... Dublin 2

The first thing we did this morning was turn on bridge cam and to our relief we were already docked in Dublin.... Our biggest fear was that history would repeat itself and we would miss this port....

The Awesome Foursome were hitting town once again. Geared with our maps, less the maps that I had forgotten  in our cabin we caught a cab into the centre of town ... Princess were once again offering the $7 shuttle . The four of us only paid 15 Euro, so finding friends is useful.

We started our trip with the “Tart with the Cart”.... the Statue of Molly Mallone .  Going off the ship early has it’s advantages.... although nothing is open, at least you can take pictures without thousands of people to contend with.  From here we walked up Grafton St, a pedestrian walkway lined with shops and many no different to the ones at home...  We were heading towards  St Stephens green when we spotted some horse and carriages just outside the park.... Arnold thought this would be a good idea this early in the morning.  So Jimmy and his horse Blacky took us on the Cooks Tour of this Georgian area.

We passed many of their historical and government buildings along with a few places of interest, including the smallest pub and the smallest cemetery in town.... he asked us how many dead people do you think are in there.....we sat and pondered the question and threw a few answers at him... he smiled and answered “all of them” ........

After our ride we walked into the  Green with its pretty gardens and lake.  Following our noses and our maps we walked along some interesting backstreets until we reached St Patricks Cathedral.  ABC... Another Beautiful Cathedral... isn’t that how the acronym goes.... we contemplated going in but a princess bus just beat us there so we decided to keep going... We walked to most of Dublin’s attractions including Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Castle and Trinity College. 

We walked around the Temple Bar district which is filled with lots of quaint pubs and restaurants.   We found  The Old Mill restaurant where the boys enjoyed a traditional Dublin Coddle and a pint of Guinness...  A Dublin Coddle you ask.... Irish Stew topped with mashed potato and  a couple of sausages plonked on top of that...

What we found was that Dublin seems full of young people... and that is not just because we are only used to seeing older people on the boat....   We can only surmise that Trinity College attracts lots of students to the area... I guess as Dublin is steeped in literary and arts history, this seems to have continued through the ages... although the youngans that spray painted themselves as zombies and walked the street did attract a lot of attention. 

On the way back we made a quick stop at the Famine Memorial for a few pictures .....  Now you know there is the London Eye, the Singapore Flyer   but only in Dublin would you expect to see their Ferris wheel called the “Revolver”

Another great day and another hat for dinner!!!


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