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Dublin Day 2

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 :::
When last your intrepid newlyweds checked in, we were heading back to our hotel for a nap. The hotel and the room are fine, with one problem. No double bed, we have two singles. Not to fear, we pushed them together, and nobody managed to accidentally roll between the two of them.

After an excellent 2 hour nap, we hit Gallager's for dinner. Finally, we felt like we were in Ireland. A half-pint of Murphy's, a heaping bowl of Irish stew(lamb, potato, carrots), and a duo playing some serious traditional Irish music. It was as ideal as could be imagined. We wandered around the Temple Bar area, finally ending up at the Quays Bar for my first pint of Guiness. And I got to check another Must Do item off the list - watch a soccer match in a pub. And with that, it was time to call it a night.

Today was spent in regular tourist mode. After breakfast, we walked down to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells (, and generally enjoy the sunny, breezy weather. Did I mention it was a clear, blue sky today? In Ireland? Marissa has hit the Weather Jackpot. From there, it was off to the double-decker tour bus. Very nice to get an overview of some parts of the city we wouldn't have seen otherwise. Had lunch and grabbed a tour of Dublin Castle ( It was like getting a tour of parts of the White House. Our tour guide was excellent. Highlight was hitting the excavation site which had the old walls of the Viking walls and moat.

All of this was just a cultural prelude to today's key event. The Guiness Storehouse. Sweet, wondeful Guiness. It's a self guided tour with all the usual stuff. Barley, hops, water, yeast. Yeah, yeah, whatever. The tour ends up in the 7th floor Sky Bar with a free pint of Guiness. It was every bit as delicious as I had hoped it would be. Plus it a 360 degree view of Dublin. And since Marissa doesn't like beer, I had to take one for the team and drink half of her pint. It was a tough job, but somebody had to do it. Isn't that what a husband is for?

We wrapped up the day at the Brazen Head Pub, the oldest pub in Dublin. Tonight we're going to drop some stuff at the hotel and hit an old tradition pub near our hotel. Tomorrow we'll probably hang around Dublin until the worst of rush hour is done, then head down to Kilkenny. We have no idea what we're going to do there, other than see Kilkenny Castle. Take care everyone, and thanks for reading!

::: posted by Chris at 3:13 PM

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