This weekend was one of the best weekends of my life; I went to Dublin, Ireland. As soon as the plane landed I was already planning another visit. We got into Dublin on Friday night, checked into our hotel, and went to get dinner. Our hotel was a beautiful old building that looked like a castle on the outskirts of the city. We ate at traditional Irish restaurant with live music.
Early Saturday morning we woke up to begin touring the city. Naturally, things were going to well until we got on the wrong bus. We bought a 2 day pass for a tour bus to hop on and off to see all the sites. We wanted to go to the Kilmainham Gaol (jail) first, but after riding around on the bus for an hour we realized it wouldn’t take us there. Eventually we got the correct bus and toured the jail. Thomas Clarke (assuming he’s an ancestor of mine) was one of the last people executed in this prison in 1916. All of the tourist attractions close around 5 in Dublin, so after riding the wrong bus, standing in line, and touring the jail, we didn’t have enough time to see anything else. We made it back to the city center to shop and eat dinner before we called it a night.
Since Saturday was a little backwards, we were on top of it Sunday and got to see everything we didn’t on Saturday. We started the day at the Guinness Storehouse where we got to tour the brewery, learn how to pour the perfect pint, and sample some Guinness. Next we toured the Book of Kells at Trinity College. The Book of Kells is the oldest manuscript of the 4 gospels written in Latin to be found in Ireland. Our last stops were the Dublin Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. We ended our day in Dublin eating at the oldest pub in Ireland, The Brazen Head.
Everything about this weekend was perfect! I loved Dublin, the people, the music, and the food. I cannot wait to return again one day!