Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Ireland - Day 10 (Dublin)

Today, we visit Trinity College and wander the city center area.

We arrived at Trinity College at around 8:45am and we stayed for about an hour. The price of admission includes an exhibit about the Book of Kells and the library itself. I didn't really enjoy the exhibit itself, but you might. However, I really liked the library. Take a look for yourself at some pictures that we took.

Trinity College.
Trinity College.
Onto the next library, Chester Betty Library! It is a short walk away and we were there between 30-45 minutes. The library is open to the public and free. There is a short video about the history behind the library and how the collection came to be. Allison found this place and it was very fascinating how one individual was able to collect so many really old and rare books and items of mostly Asian cultures and backgrounds. Definitely come and have a look if you are in the area. Photography is not allowed.

Chester Beatty Library.
City Hall as next and worth a visit, it takes maybe 15 minutes depending on how much history you want to read at the free exhibit, make sure to go see the rotunda while there.

City Hall Rotunda. 
City Hall Rotunda.
Umi Falafel is where we went for lunch and it cost us €14.50 for a lunch for two combo which included falafels, hummus, spinach leaf wraps, and some deep fried spinach leaves. It was good and worth a stop and it made me happy that generic pub menus were gone.

Umi Falalel.
Guinness Storehouse was next and we made it there for 1:45pm. You can buy tickets online, but there really didn't seem like a need to do so. With the coupon book that Allison found, we got 10% off here. The storehouse is fairly large and there is a lot to learn and play around here. You learn about the history behind the storehouse, how beer is made, you can go through the taste tasting area where they explain Guinness, there's a section where you can learn how to pour a beer and you can also visit the 360 degree lounge/bar at the top.

Guinness Storehouse.
Guinness Storehouse.
Guinness Storehouse.
Guinness Storehouse.
We spent about 2.5 hours here with us leaving at 4:15pm.

Temple Bar.
Next we wandered the Temple Bar area. It seemed a bit overrated to me, lots of restaurants, pedestrian streets and just busy busy busy here. We stopped at Bunsen for dinner, a local burger joint, simple menu, reminded me of Five Guys, just burgers, no fuss. The food was quick and very good, recommended if you want a burger in the area.

Bunsen.
Bunsen.
With dinner completed, we crossed the bridge nearby and we wandered the shopping area a bit before heading back to the hotel and calling it a night.

Downtown Dublin.
Downtown Dublin.
Tomorrow, we visit the Glasnevin Cemetery and the Kilmainham Gaol for our last day of Ireland.