Dublin in 3 Days

Only 3 days in Dublin, and we may have hit almost every tourist museum/history lesson/Irish entertainment in these past 3 days. (If you knew who I was traveling with, you would understand that this is not an exaggeration.) Dublin was so nice and the people were even more friendly and fashionable. Since we stayed around the embassies, we saw suits every day. And everyone looks good in suits! I met some lovely people on a bus that asked me how my teeth were so pretty and straight and what New York City was like. They also helped us out with how to ask for a Guinness when we hit the bars. Others thought I did not speak English, and continued to use a vague sign language/random motions to ask me to take a picture of them. Within the entire 3 days, I also got asked for directions from people with Irish accents, people that came off the same tour bus that I did, and those who assumed I knew where I was going. I suppose this red hair is really making people think I’m a native. That was not my plan by any means. Oops!

Alright, so I decided to bullet the days so that you can get a quick overview. If there is a quick story or interesting fact, I will most likely put a symbol and number by it for you to scroll down to read the story if you wish. (I am a fan of minimalist design/complex organization. Can’t you tell?)      🙂

DUBLIN – DAY 1

  •  My day of flights (3) in total = 9 hrs
  • Customs in Ireland was pretty lax
  • Went by Budget to rent our car {*1}
  • Drove to the house that we were staying in. {*2}
  • Lunch at Roly’s Cafe and Bakery
  • Back to the house to change into warmer clothes
  • Traveled to Powerscourt Gardens and Estate {*3}
  • Back to the house to clean up and dinner.
  • The sun did NOT go down at 9pm!!  {*4}

DUBLIN – DAY 2

  • First wakeup call: 8:30am (4:30am EST).. talk about jetlag!
  • Took a bus into the city
  • Found lunch at Leo Burdocks for Ireland’s traditional fish and chips {*5}
  • Ran some errands in the heart of Dublin City
  • Walked to Trinity College to just wander around campus {*6}
  • St. Patrick’s service with choir {*7}
  • Tried to take the bus back to the house we were staying at {*8}

DUBLIN – DAY 3

  • Started at Trinity College for a 30 minute tour of the history and culture of the school. {*9}
  • Dublin Castle was a quick trip
  • Dublinia was the next history lesson of Ireland in the tourist spots {*10}
  • We had Lunch at Copper Alley Bistro right across from Christ Church
  • Bused to the Irish Museum of Modern Art {*11}
  • Taxi back to Trinity
  • Book of Kells before it closed
  • Dinner at the Merry Ploughboy {*12}

 

{*1} – Most cars here are TINY and 6-speeds. You drive on the Left side of the road and the steering wheel is on the right. Roundabouts are everywhere and road signs are rarely visible on the streets. Even with GPS we have gotten completely lost trying to make our way somewhere.

{*2} – So apparently Ireland groups roads together that are alike. For example: Nutely Road, Nutely Lane, and Nutely Avenue are 3 different streets that all are grouped into a smaller area. Add this with street signs being barely seen; finding the exact correct road was difficult for us at first.

{*3} – This was literally a place out of a Jane Austin book: gardens to entertain: lots of land for the men to hunt, and beautiful scenery. I bought a few Victorian postcards at this location.

{*4} – Yes, that is correct: the sun was still shining in Dublin until 10:30pm at night, but still rises at 5:00am or so.

{*5} – For lunch, we had to sit outside the Christ Church Cathedral since Leo’s did not have any seating. It was literally a hallway you walk into and order from a guy behind the counter. Tartar sauce was extra pay, and the guy/fisherman had no idea why we were only buying 2 (HUGE) platters for 4 people.

{*6} – There are so many Greens, or quads would be how we would name grassy areas between buildings. We found a cricket game being played, and found the score was 176. What?! Which led to my family and I looking up a few of the rules. Apparently a certain type of cricket game could last up to 3-5 days. There were lots of tourists on campus (including myself) even though it was examination time. I could not imagine having hundreds of tourists around Clemson’s campus, especially during exam week. Now, I will say that every football Saturday, the town explodes with friends, family, and fans, but that is  not a time that I need to be worrying about finals or comps.

{*7}

 

 

 

 

 

 

{*8} – Our tour buses were late to the stops that we waited for them. So we walked about a mile to a similar stop. They still were not showing up. Basically Ireland shuts down at 17.00 (5:00pm) every week day. Our tour buses only ran every half hour after 17.00, which was more like every 40-50 minutes. Thankfully, we got home eventually.  🙂

{*9} –  30 minutes went by so quickly! Our tour guide was an undergraduate student in his 4th year studying English literature and is taking offers from women that will be making lots of money! He said the greatest perk was that you could get married in the church on campus, which is absolutely beautiful by the way. Fun Fact about Trinity: students are able to get married in the church up to 10 years after they graduate. It also was raining at the end of the tour, so we decided to not stand in line for the Book of Kells (beautifully designed rendition of the four Gospels done by-very patient-monks a while back.) Don’t worry! We came back later!

{*10} –  Dublinia was an interesting tour to understand Ireland’s history. I say this, but I would never go back. I could have probably learned more about the history by watching a short fiction film on Vikings. I appreciate the time and effort Dublin put into trying to explain their heritage, but they probably should have thought of layout design and understand what they really wanted their audience to get out of the small museum. Plus, wax life-size figures always creep me out.

{*11} –  Unfortunately the Museum of Modern Art was out commission due to construction, so we did not get to see random mobiles hanging from the ceiling. There was a photography collection being shown in the building close by; this photograph collection was interesting but would not compare to the thought and careful matriculation of modern art/design.

{*12} –  This was an interesting night. We heard traditional Irish singers that were catered to singing to out-of-country guests. We got to watch traditional Irish dancers (Riverdancing for those of you who do not know the different modes of dance). A very inebriated Lithuanian group showed up to the dinner and show very late and still ordered food, appetizers, and tequila shots. Apparently I looked thirsty, so I received a couple from the nice boys from Lithuania. Overall, a good Irish night out on the town!

 

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