On Easter, we stayed in Dublin in order to see everything that had been closed on Good Friday. We had another day trip for our last day in Ireland. So, needless to say, we did a lot.
We started out the day with doing a Viking Splash tour minus the water portion due to technical difficulties. It was an hour long tour, but it gave a great overview of the city. I had done one in 2010, so I knew this would be perfect again! The tour is a bit cheesy complete with viking hats and chants, but it makes the experience.
|The Four Courts|
|U2's Recording Studio|
After our hour tour and a coffee break to get warm, we headed to the Guinness Factory. I'm not sure whether it is sad or a good thing, but I have now done the Guinness Factory three times. Some new exhibits were open when Dad and I went through including special photo opportunities. We did the entire experience including the Guinness Factory. I am in fact, still certified to pour a Guinness. Dad passed as well! For those of you who have never done the museum, you learn about how the beer is made, have a chance to understand how to taste a Guinness properly, see the famous exhibits, and learn about the history of the Guinness Factory.
|My Goodness, My Guinness!|
For lunch, we stopped in at Arthur's Bar to have some beef and Guinness stew as well as hear some live Irish music. Following lunch, we headed up to the Gravity Bar to get the "birds eye" view of the city.
|Beef & Guinness Stew|
|Live Irish Music|
Keeping up with the drinking activities of the day, Dad and I then headed down to the Jameson Experience. The Jameson Experience is a guided tour to understand how the whisky is made. At the end of the experience, there is a chance to volunteer to taste three different whiskies and choose your favorite. Of course, one of them is Jameson. The other two were Johnny Walker Black and Jack Daniels. Dad and I both volunteered for this experience! I'm not a huge whisky drinker; I did this experience on my last trip to Dublin in February, so I was prepared. Needless to say, we passed the whisky tasting experience with flying colors!
Since it was Easter Sunday, many businesses were closed. That left us with dinner at the hotel. Although, since we had another day trip the next morning, we were fine with that. Stay tuned!
|Passed the Taste Test!|
|Inside the Jameson Factory|