In Dublin’s Fair City

The port city of Dún Lagohaire is lovely and calm, nothing like the ugliness of Port of Houston
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but if you arrive here instead of Dublin, don’t make the same mistake that we did by taking the bus, take the DART instead it’s quicker and affords views of the sea as you head into the City Centre. Fortunately I was watching signs and we hopped off the bus much closer to our hotel than it was originally going to take us, just on the other side of St. Stephen’s Green
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which is a park we intended to check out anyway
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It’s gorgeous and peaceful, even with people draped all over the lawns because of the good weather.

Our hotel was in the very busy Grafton St. area which has a huge shopping mall and pedestrian area that is filled with all manner of street performers
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these guys were from the states and this guy in particular jumps over three people (bent at the waist) as part of their act.

For dinner we ate at the pub across the street from our hotel (both nights) called The Hairy Lemon
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and Sprog is in love with their bacon wrapped sausage dish, he still talks about it and I loved the weird chili mayo that comes with the chips and wedges. (also, the vegetable soup? aces)

For breakfast, I was super excited to try The Queen of Tarts because I had seen it on TV and it just looked incredibly adorable.
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It certainly lived up to all the hype. That is the best scone I have ever eaten, hands down. If you go there, try the larger store on Cow’s lane instead of the one I have pictured, it’s super tiny and got way cramped.

Getting a late start (pretty much the entirety of our vacation-two out of three of us love sleep way more than sightseeing) we opted to just see what we could wandering around instead of a bus tour.

First up: Dublin Castle
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which had a very cool sand carving display going on in the center courtyard

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From there we headed over to Trinity College for the Book of Kells and Long Room tour
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Sprog was very against this tour when I told him we were going. He is not a reader and was over it before it even began but once inside became completely enthralled to the point that he pulled me over to stand and watch a video with him. He took pictures of the books in the displays. He was thoroughly amazed at the skill in the tiny perfect writing. It was great to see him get so interested.

Willy, of course, really wanted to do the Guinness tour.
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But honestly, none of us were impressed by it. It’s more of a museum than a brewery tour and meh on that. I was excited about going to the gravity bar with our pints because of the views of the city…but it was INSANELY crowded and we could never get a seat anywhere so that was also kind of sucky.
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The views are great.

But we went down a floor and were able to find a table and I could see the city out some smaller windows as well
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The main thing I was impressed with?
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These turquoise steel beams and the white wood ceiling. I WANT THIS in my house. I am IN LOVE. With a dark would floor? OMG. Anyway, if you don’t bus it? This is a LONG walk and you might (probably will) could get rained on, so have an umbrella handy.

No building in Dublin is very tall, there aren’t any skyscrapers cluttering up the sky but you do get a lot of castle remnants, huge old churches and cool old buildings. I love that.
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The River Liffey
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Temple Bar District is the big party area at night
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Street musicians and drunks abound. Also, SUPER scantily dressed women are the order of the day on a Friday night apparently. I missed that memo, dressed in my chucks and orange jeans, as per usual. We walked past a few blokes who looked me up and down and then declared me American. That was interesting.
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These particular musicians were awesome. They are called The 68s and play old rock. VERY impressive. As was that drunk little old lady there in front of them. She put on quite the show and capped it by throwing a bag of crisps at everyone, including the band before she stumbled off.
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I was super excited to get to hear some traditional Irish music before we left, and the fact that dancers from the crowd pulled off traditional dancing? Made it for me.

One thing that Sprog found hilarious and kept mentioning while we there was the fact that a lot of the street musicians seemed to be enthralled with music from the states but like 10 years ago. It was very odd wandering down Grafton and hearing stuff you would probably hear on one of our easy listening sort of stations, weird mixes of music too, not typical covers here.

So that’s our quick (SUPER QUICK) trip to Dublin. More pictures here

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