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St. Paddy’s Day

March 20, 2009

So, last Sunday we finally made it to Ireland (neither one of us have ever been). We only had time for a brief stop in Dublin unfortunately, so we didn’t get to see much of the countryside, but at least we were there for St. Patrick’s Day.

We arrived on Sunday morning with a direct flight from Zurich. On the way to the hotel, we got a little lost. While we were consulting our map, we had our first experience with the famous Irish hospitality.  A man on the street walked up and kindly offered to see if he could help us find the hotel. Unfortunately, he was much nicer than he was knowledgeable of the city layout, because he definitely told us to go in the wrong direction. We eventually did find our hotel though, and after dropping off our bags, we went out to see the city.

Our main stops were Trinity College:

Dublin Castle:

Christ Church Cathedral:

On the second day, we did manage to get out of the city and visit the ancient passage tombs at Bru na Boinne. These are large tombs built before the pyramids of ancient Egypt. Every year, on the winter solstice, the sun shines through the opening passageway and illuminates the inside of the tomb.  You’re not allowed to take pictures of the inside of the tomb, but here are some shots of the exterior:

After getting back from the tomb at Newgrange, we spent the eveing in the Temple Bar district.

Our last day in Dublin was St. Patrick’s Day. We got off early and headed to the Guinness Museum to start the day off right with a pint of Guinness.

After the Guinness museum, it was off to watch the parade:

Once the parade was over, there was nothing left to do except enjoy the festivities at the countless pubs and bars scattered around the city. We had a great afternoon hanging out, drinking some  Guinness, and listening to the Irish music.  “Whiskey in the Jar” has been stuck in my head ever since we left:

You can see all of our pictures are here. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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