|Posted by Gary & Lynette Landy on February 12, 2011 at 4:11 PM|
Whoever said that the Irish don’t see sunshine is stretching the truth as this morning we woke to the sun streaming in through our windows at the Park Plaza Tyrrelstown just a tad outside Dublin city centre….strange name but a lovely hotel, nonetheless.
Given that is was Saturday and we had a car we had a multitude of options for what we could do. What we decided however that despite Dublin Castle and Dublin Cathedral was being mentioned in all the tourist information as ‘must see’ we would make our way to the Guinness Storehouse Visitor Centre. Having visited so many Cathedrals, Churches and Castles in England, Germany, Prague and Ireland we felt that not visiting those in Dublin would not hinder our cultural or spiritual education at this point in our lives.
The Guinness Storehouse Visitor Centre is an amazing site to spend time. Gary had previously been to the shop and walked around the exterior but had not participated in the tour so on this visit a tour was definitely a must especially, given we had plenty of time. It’s quite interesting to think that back in 1759 Arthur Guinness signed a 9000 (yes, that’s nine thousand) year lease for the current site (St. James’s Gate Brewery) for an annual rent of £45. Imagine only paying that amount of money in rent today for a 4 acre site so close to a capital city! The tour proved very interesting and even managed to provide Gary with information about the beer (no, Guinness is no classed as a ‘Stout’ that he was not aware of. Included with the tour entry price is a pint of Guinness each, which you will see from our photos Lynette tried - but did not like at all. Gary however was not disappointed with this as it meant he got to drink both pints!
Before making our way to the Guinness Storehouse we went for a wander around the streets of Dublin City Centre as we needed to find another carry-on suitcase in which to transport our purchases made whilst in Ireland. As we had chosen to fly on Ryanair we are restricted to only having cabin luggage (we already had our 1 check-in bag totally full and at maximum weight), so we needed another bag in which my handbag & camera would fit together with our purchases, all whilst remaining within the airline limits. Talk about a farcical situation! I hope to God they don’t think of putting either of our carry-on bags on the scales as we are so far above the 10kgs allowed it is laughable.
Prior to our leaving Melbourne last November, it seems so long ago now, Gary made a decision that when he visited a city that had a Harley Davidson store he would do all things possible to visit said store & purchase a t-shirt with the local insignia printed on it. Another reason I am so pleased I presented him with his Harley Davidson Motorcycle for his 60th birthday in 2009. So after our tour of the Guinness Storehouse we went in search of the Dublin Harley Davidson store. Surprisingly, it was not all that far from our hotel & this enable Gary to fulfil his wish.
We have found having access to a car in Dublin and in particular Ireland has meant that we have seen some fantastic sights and been able to visit places which may have been difficult or more time consuming had we not hired the car. Our 5 days travelling throughout the Republic of Ireland has been a wonderful experience and as we have mentioned previously meeting Rae and catching up with Reg Condon would have to have been the highlight.
Tomorrow morning sees us return to the UK and our home away from home in Newchurch for our final 6 days there before we begin our journey home. Don’t get too excited though, we have our 5 days in Miami with good friends Marty & Miriam first then our time in New Orleans before we arrive back in Melbourne.
Categories: 2010 - 2011 UK; Europe & USA