Trip Start May 19, 2010
29Trip End Jun 24, 2010
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From there, we walk past the Grand Canal and through St. Stephens Green to the Hop-on Hop-off bus stop. We buy tickets and go to the open upper deck of the bus. We get out at St. Patrick's Cathedral to walk around the grounds and pass Marsh's Library, the oldest library in Ireland. Back on the next bus and to the Guinness Storehouse, passing Christ Church Cathedral on the way. Although this is my 3rd trip here now, Claire hasn't been. We go through, sampling and finally enjoying our pint at the Gravity Bar on the top with panoramic views of the city and Wicklow Mountains.
After the Guinness Storehouse, we get back on the hop-on hop-off bus and drive west and past the Irish Museum of Modern Art, which has a castle gate entrance, and just a block away from the Kilmainhaim Gaol (jail). From there, we return back to a route along the Liffey, going past St Stephen's Hospital and Heuston Station. We cross the River to the north and sit next to a Guinness truck when we're in front of the Four Courts building. Next is down O'Connell Street and past theaters and the Dublin City Gallery, just across from the Garden of Remembrance. At the end of our tour, we get out at Trinity College and walk just a block to O'Neill's pub, which our driver told us earlier has amazing food. He was right. I order shephard's pie and a pint of Guinness, and we find a table upstairs that has pour-your-own-pints, which we do for our next round. When the food comes, I've got a huge bowl topped with baked mashed potatoes, and inside, warm beef and gravy. It's delicious, and so much of it! Huge helpings here, unlike most European restaurants.