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Trip Start Jun 29, 2012
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Trip End May 01, 2013


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Where I stayed
The Waterloo Lodge, 23 waterloo rd.

Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Monday, July 30, 2012

The day after we did the duck tour, we got tickets for a hop-on, hop-off bus. We first hopped off at Dublin Castle. This huge castle was the stronghold of the British during the 740 years that they ruled Ireland. The castles other purpose was to entertain the British monarchy when they came to visit. Of course, the rule of the British for most of the time that they ruled Ireland was a monarchy, but the monarchy couldn't be in Ireland and Britain, so vyslers ruled Ireland. Our tour guide was fantastic. The tours of Dublin Castle are just fantastic. Something interesting the tour guide told us was that there was a general, General Cornwallis. He was commanding troops in America and as we all know, our army of farmers crushed him and his mounted troops because America played dirty. So when the British government said that he could have a chance to redeem himself by crushing the Irish rebellion, he brought the hammer. Bodies were stacked ten high in the courtyard. Yikes. I tried to find something humorous to tell you about Dublin Castle, but I couldn't find one. Next we got on the bus again and went to...GUINNESS!!!!!! You have not appreciated a beer until you see this place. They have beer out the wazoo. The Guinness Experience is shaped like a huge pint glass. On -1 floor you buy tickets and exit. The attractions featured on the rest of the six floors are the history of Guinness; advertising; the 4 main ingredients; Arthur Guinness's lease, signed for 9,000 years; the Gravity Bar, where you get a complimentary pint of Guinness; and how to pour your perfect Guinness, etc. By the time we got outside I was finished with smelling middle aged men breathing Guinness in my face. The next day was a lazy day. We woke up and had breakfast, taking our sweet old time. Then we walked to St. Stephen's Green and played on a playground while mom shopped for a sweater. The whole time on the playground, almost, I pushed little kids on a swing. After St. Stephens Green, we went to Phoenix park. We were trying to find a hurling match, but Phoenix park is the largest inclosed city park in Europe and twice the size of Central park, so we didn't really have luck. Then it started pouring and we went home. We are in Brugges now.
Ben
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