Top 10 Favorite Cities Visited – #6 Dublin, Ireland

Top 10 Favorite Cities Visited

With 33 countries under my belt, I’ve experienced some of the most amazing cities that the world has to offer. From great beaches, climate, friendly people, personal interests, world-famous attractions, architecture, history, and culture, there are many different factors that make a city great, let alone top ten!

#6 Dublin, Ireland – Home of The Guinness Storehouse!

With world-renowned nightlife, literature, history and so much more, I never wanted to leave Dublin. During my stay, I was able to  drink like an Irishman at Marlborough Hostel, discover the story of iconic drinks at The Guinness Storehouse, trace Dublin’s literary tradition at the Dublin Writers Museum, and follow the disturbing history of Kilmainham Gaol. As an English teacher with Cape Breton, Nova Scotian, roots, there are few better things in life than great literature and history all washed down by the perfect pint of beer. What more could I ask for? Continue reading

Roll out the Red Carpet Please…

I thought about what we could do for our last day in Ireland after three weeks of non stop drinking, traveling, sleeping in tents and cars, and about 3 hours of rest a night. The best I could come up with was the movies. We hadn’t done anything with a hint of normalcy during the entire trip. A day at the movies was just want we needed, but we ended up getting a lot more than we paid for.

I was going to change from the clothes that I wore the day before, but I no longer saw the point. Everything that I had with me was equally dirty, worn, and nasty. We were very familiar with being in dirty clothes. As we walked down the street, I noticed several other people that looked like they were wearing bar clothes. I assumed that they were doing the walk of shame that occurs after hooking-up at the bar the night before. Their presence made me feel better about myself. Continue reading

A Magical Place Where People Become More Beautiful, Witty, & Electrifying

The Guinness Brewery Tour is a magical tour where people become more beautiful, witty and electrifying. The longer you are there the better it gets as long as you continue drinking the dark stuff. Guinness plays as much of a role in Irish history as Kilmainham Gaol. The seven floors form the shape of a massive Guinness glass, which would hold 14.3 million pints of Guinness if filled.

The tour begins on the ground floor with a visit to the retail store. I searched the store for gifts, but quickly realized that it was cheaper to buy Guinness products from Carroll’s Gift Shop. Continue reading

Ireland’s Symbol for Freedom – Kilmainham Gaol Tour

Leaders of the Easter Rising are what led to what is now the Republic of Ireland. Each of the fourteen lead rebels of the rebellion were publicly executed at Kilmainham Gaol, which leaves the jail at the center of Irish history and brutality. Had the leaders of 1916 been allowed to live, Irish history might have taken a different course. This deep rooted history of violence and struggle for freedom aroused my curiosity and thirst for more knowledge. A tour of the gaol gave me an even deeper insight into the harsh conditions in which men, women, and children were subjected to while imprisoned there. It is a sombre, even chilling, place to visit, but absolutely fascinating.

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