A later start today, we had time to go to the Gym and Skype home before visiting Dublin. We first drove around the city looking at the highlights and then stopped at Trinity College to look at the book of Kells and Trinity’s old Library. The 1500 year old book of Kells kept in glass cabinets appeared to be quite good condition with very detailed script and drawings. The library had a huge amount of very old books, we couldn’t take photos unfortunately.
We had the afternoon to ourselves so as it had started raining (apparently that’s quite common in Ireland!) we had lunch in a pub. We had to buy 2 more umbrella’s because we left ours at the hotel, we’re getting quite a collection of them now.
We then walked through the main street and decided to go to the Guinness Factory. Carol found at the end of the mall bikes that take passengers in the back, like the Asian tut tut’s only push bike driven. She organised the ride to Guinness and off we went, it was a bit of fun contending with the traffic and we got a great commentary on the way.
Guinness had a fairly well organised visiting building that took you through the history of the company and process of making Guinness. One fact that was interesting was that when Guinness first started the company he signed a 900 year lease of the land at 45 pounds per year. Not a bad agreement now 250 years later. The end of the tour finished at the top of the main building which has been built like a large pint glass, 7 stories high. We had our sample of Guinness while looking over Dublin.
After that we walked back to the city centre via an area called the Temple section, it was full of Pub’s, shops, Pub’s, restaurants and Pub’s. We had dinner at a quirky Irish pub which somehow had about 5 floors in a 3 story building, there were little rooms everywhere. We had traditional Irish vegetarian lasagne for dinner, it was nice.
Walked back to the hotel and had drinks at the bar before calling it a night.