If you have not read my recap posts from Ireland 2010 you can do that here and here.
Jury's Christ Church
to drop off our luggage so we could hit the town until check in time. We were able to get into our rooms later that afternoon and you better believe I took a nap then a shower! Amazing how much better those two things can make you feel after not sleeping a wink on the flight.
The Church for dinner and drinks. It is the former St. Mary's Church of Ireland. It was built in the 18th century and closed in 1964. Arthur Guinness (yes that Guinness) was married here in 1761. In 2005 the church was converted to a restaurant and in 2007 was renamed to The Church. It is a very cool place. The food and drinks were great and the atmosphere is a lot of fun. It also seems like a "locals" place to hang out with a large after-work crowd while we were there.
We explored Dublin's famous shopping street, Grafton Street and enjoyed hearing the band Key West perform on the street. They are awesome. They were recently in the USA and have signed a deal. I have a feeling we'll be hearing a lot more about them in the near future.
We also enjoyed plenty of "street performers" with my favorite being this "family" of statues. It always amazes me when I see one person doing this as it must be hard to stay so still but to see five. . . WOW! Of course in order to take a picture you should give them some money and when I did they all bend down and bowed their heads!
The Brazen Head. We have visited this pub the last two trips for the famous traditional Irish session they have on Sundays. This trip we were not going to be in Dublin on Sunday so Allan bought my mom a ticket to "Irish Folklore and Storytelling Nights" for Mother's Day (and of course we all went along).
It was different and fun. It was in a private room and the storyteller broke up the evening by telling traditional stories between courses. Toward the end of the evening two men performed some traditional Irish music including some of the most popular "sing-along" songs (that probably only Americans like)! We were excited to see a familiar face as we "know" the guy playing the guitar from past visits to The Brazen Head.
The food was great. It included three courses with traditional Irish choices and of course my mom and I got our favorite - vegetable soup. Very different from our vegetable soup and so good! We also enjoyed plenty of drinks throughout the night.
If you are ever in Dublin on a Sunday I would recommend going to the (free) session but if you can't be there on a Sunday the dinner is done most nights so that is a great option too (but book ahead b/c it is very popular).
Christ Church is right across the street - not a bad view!
zoo. Let me tell you much to my surprise it was awesome! I guess since there is SO much other stuff to do in Dublin the zoo doesn't get much attention. But when you've been to Dublin several times like us it is nice to find new things to do and with the weather being so nice it was the perfect place to be!
The Dublin Zoo is really gorgeous. The flowers and landscaping are spectacular! I felt like I was far away from the big city. It was something fun and different to do while in Ireland and I'm glad we did!
While we were at the zoo, Allan and Cathy were at Whisky Live (which is partly why we had planned to be in Dublin this particular date). Allan is a BIG fan and they had a great time at the event!
That night we met up at one of my favorite bars in Dublin, The Bank. We've been to this bar on several trips and I really love it. It is quite the opposite from the traditional pubs and it is just really pretty inside. And in case you hadn't guessed by the name - it use to be a bank and has been around since the 17th century!
We then took the short walk to the Temple Bar area to have dinner. Every other time in Dublin we've staying in Temple Bar (due to the great location) but this time couldn't get a room. So this was actually our first trip to the area since we had arrived! We ate dinner at Farringtons's which was really good.
We I picked this place to eat b/c they had chicken curry on the menu. Although not traditional for some reason Irish pubs often have this dish on their menu and I LOVE it.
After dinner we went back to our hotel for our free drinks (one of our "gifts" as an apology for Allan's fall). Unfortunately the kitchen was closed so we couldn't get any dessert! Don't worry as you will see in future posts we sure made up for it on the rest of the trip.
Sunday morning we got up and were on the road to Killarney! More to come soon. . .