Dublin, Ireland Pt. 1

Our adventures in Dublin started off with a DART ride in to Dublin's town center. It cost roughly €6 per person round trip from Dalkey to the Connolly station. From there we hopped on the Luas red line - if you aren't familiar with Dublin already, the red line is extremely confusing - in Korea (and pretty much everywhere else I've ever taken the train before), the name of the train line your taking directly corresponds to the color the train is on the outside, however, Dublin decided to switch things up a bit, and their "Red Line" trains are actually purple/yellow.... regardless! The trip from Connolly to St. James Square cost €4/person one way, so we opted to walk back to the station on our way back to Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel.

Since the Guinness Storehouse was such a big part of our day in Dublin, I decided to break this day up in to a two-part blog post, and I'll be posting a full review on our time at the Storehouse later tomorrow.

 The first floor of the Guinness Storehouse, as taken by a fellow Guinness enthusiast/family man.

The first floor of the Guinness Storehouse, as taken by a fellow Guinness enthusiast/family man.

After venturing to the storehouse for most of the day, and enjoying about 4 pints each, we made our way around the St James Square to the Harbour Bar, where we enjoyed another Guinness and an "Irish coffee" (which is essentially Jamison Whisky with a shot of coffee thrown in), and enjoyed watching some horse racing on the television.

 Dad and I outside Harbor Bar, as taken by a sidewalk patron.

Dad and I outside Harbor Bar, as taken by a sidewalk patron.

But alas, I was starving, and their menu was lacking, so we raced down the road (attempting to avoid the torrential downpour along the way) to Arthur's Pub. I ordered the Shepard's Pie with lamb, and my single regret was that my meal was so filling I was unable to finish the whole bowl. (Seriously, you know I'm enjoying a meal when I avoid finishing my pint so I have more room to eat!) Dad ordered himself a cheeseburger that he was considerably less impressed with, but I would eat that pie every day if I could. Actually, this was my favorite meal of the trip - even beating out the meal we enjoyed at the 5 star castle resort Dromoland.

Shepard's Pie with lamb and Guinness.

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We ended our afternoon after meandering Dublin's rainy streets, taking in some sights, and soaking in the history of the city before making our way back to the DART station to take the train back to Fitzpatrick Castle for a nap, and a new game-plan for the next day.

Dublin Castle! (Not as castle-y as you'd initially imagine.)

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