Sunday, 22 March 2015

The Morning

Sunday morning we got up at about 7, and went to Starbucks. We walked down O’Connell Street to Trinity College — down Pearse Street and around until we found an open gate near Lincoln Place. We walked around the sports field and to the area near the Book of Kells.
Sunday Walk to Trinity College

Sunday Walk to Trinity College

It wasn’t open yet, so we walked to another Starbucks in the Grafton Street area to wait until it was open. Then, we went back for the 12:00 tour.

The Book of Kells

The Book of Kells exhibit is interesting, with a lot of interpretive signs and displays. The actual book is under heavy glass in the back, and we were only able to see a little bit of it. And photography was prohibeted. A little disappointing, but, then, so was the Mona Lisa in person. I’m glad to have had the opportunity to see it, though. The Book of Kells tour ends in the Long Room of the old library, which was really cool. I want one.
Books!

Books!

The Long Room at Trinity College

The Long Room at Trinity College

Me in the Long Room at Trinity College

Me in the Long Room at Trinity College

After the Book of Kells, we walked to have lunch at Meat & Meet. We walked back up O’Connell Street and bought tickets for the Hop-on-hop-off bus (the green one). We took the bus around the Trinity College area, through Temple Bar, and near Dublin Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Then, we got off at the Guinness Storehouse.

The Guinness Storehouse

The Storehouse was pretty interesting — a survey of the beer making process and some of the old Guinness marketing campaigns.
At the Guinness Storehouse

At the Guinness Storehouse

We went to the Tasting Experience, where there are four dry ice plumes scented with the elements of Guinness — Hops, Beer Esters, Malt, etc. We had a tiny glass of Guinness to taste.
A Tiny Glass of Guinness

A Tiny Glass of Guinness

We skipped a few of the exhibit floors and went to Gravity at the top of the tower for our full pints of Guinness and for a pretty epic view of the city.
A Full-Size Glass of Guinness with Irish Flair

A Full-Size Glass of Guinness with Irish Flair

A Pretty Epic View of Dublin from Gravity

A Pretty Epic View of Dublin from Gravity

The Evening

After that, we took the tour bus back around the rest of its loop through Phoenix Park and back to O’Connell Street. The sun was setting. It was cold.
Chilly, despite the sun.

Chilly, despite the sun.

We walked to the Temple Bar area, and stopped in at Boxty for, well, Boxty. We had Gaelic Boxty, which is medallions of beef in mushroom gravy in a potato pancake. And it was very good.