Leprechauns and Guinness

by Melissa

Irealnd: the first stop in our ten day adventure and the land of Guinness, leprechauns, yes, the ones at the end of rainbows with pots of gold and step-dancing. Arriving in Dublin I was surprised by the freezing weather the picturesque landscape, quaint cottages and colorful Georgian doors. And like any other tourists we got right down to sightseeing. Starting with the eerie  Kilmainham Gaol, a prison where leaders of Irish rebellions were imprisoned and some executed by the British in the fight for Irish freedom. Then to the Guinness Storehouse at 10am, the perfect time for a Guinness? right? Where we learned how the traditional Irish beer is brewed. Our busy day continued with a quick trip to Dublin Castle and a stop for some fresh apple pie, which is impossible to find in Rome and an Irish coffee, espresso with Baily’s, how could we resist? We enjoyed wondering around St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Christchurch Cathedral in the late afternoon, which are decorated with elaborate gothic architecture, stained-glass windows and multihued floors. To unwind from such a hectic day of seeing the sights, we obviously headed straight to Temple Bar for dinner, sheppard’s pie anyone? and for a few a couple several Bulmer’s Irish Ciders at some authentic Irish pubs.

Inside Kilmainham Gaol
Dublin Castle
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
View of the sunset for the Ha’ Penny bridge, the oldest bridge in Dublin.
Drinking Irish cider at the oldest pub in Dublin.
Yes…after a few drinks you can be convinced to stick your head through a hold to make yourself turn into a leprechaun.