Although we chose Dublin as our starting point for fairly pragmatic reasons (namely, the most economical airport to fly into!), it turned out to be the perfect place for our grand adventure to begin. The smallest of our 3 major cities, Dublin allowed us to ease into our travels without feeling too overwhelmed–plus, we also had a friend who was living in Dublin at the time and was able to show us the ropes a bit. A few of our favorite Dublin highlights included…
- Grafton Street. This bustling pedestrian street is lined with upscale shops and eateries, and also attracts busking and all sorts of street entertainment. This was definitely the most impressive street entertainment we saw — I think we all did a double take when we realized that not ONE of these figures was in fact a statue!
- The iconic Ha’Penny Bridge, especially at night! After dinner one evening, we took a brief walk along the River Liffey, and I had one of those delightful moments of feeling, We’re here, we’re really here!!
- Dublin Castle, just steps from our flat. I wish we would have visited earlier in the afternoon, as the beautiful Chapel was already closed at the time we were there, but we did get to gawk at the Record Tower, the last intact medieval tower in Dublin. Originally built in the 13th Century (that’s the 1200’s, people! 1200’s!), you can almost hear the storied tales of history singing from the castle’s ancient walls. Truly mind-boggling.
- Touring the Guinness Storehouse. The tour of the Storehouse itself is interesting and engaging, taking visitors step-by-step through the process of making the famous stout, but what I enjoyed even more was a glimpse of the history behind the founding of St. James’s Gate Brewery and particularly the story of the 9,000 year lease of the property. Hilariously fascinating! The Storehouse tour ends on the 7th floor in the Gravity Bar, where visitors can enjoy a complimentary pint of Guinness and stunning 360-degree views of Dublin. Perhaps the most shocking revelation of the day was that I didn’t hate my taste of Guinness — and in fact, I have actually enjoyed it on several occasions since returning home!
We did enjoy one more major highlight in Dublin, but it was so fascinating that I’ll save it for its own post on Day 5! In the meantime, am I missing any Dublin highlights?! If you’ve visited Dublin, comment and tell me your favorite highlight!
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