Monday, September 22, 2008

IRELAND: DUBLIN

After two days touring Ireland by car, we came to Dublin to spend the last two days of our trip in this lively and with great college environment.

One of the places I like the most in Dublin was Temple Bar. Temple Bar is an area on the south bank of the River Liffey in central Dublin. Unlike the areas surrounding it, Temple Bar has preserved its medieval street pattern, with many narrow cobbled streets. It is promoted as "Dublin's cultural quarter" and has a lively nightlife that is popular with tourists.



We ended our first day in Dublin in a well-known pub in Temple Bar: The Oliver St John Gogarty Pub


Apart from Temple Bar I like a lot the Trinity College and Dublin Castle too. Dublin Castle is the heart of historic Dublin. Dublin gets actually its name from the Black Pool ('Dubh Linn' in irish) which was on the site of the present Castle garden.



Next you have the places we visited in Dublin:



  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Temple Bar
  • Trinity College
  • Saint Patrick's Cathedral
  • Dublin Castle
  • O'Connell Street




Wednesday, 27 August 2008


Guinness Storehouse in Dublin


This is the Gravity bar in the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, where we received our complimentary pint of GUINNESS® beer. We enjoyed the uninterrupted panoramic views across Dublin City. It really is one of the most spectacular places to visit in Dublin

St James’s Gate Brewery, the most important Guinness factory, from Gravity bar. In this factory are produced 3 million pints each day

Another image of Gravity bar, in seventh floor of Guinness Storehouse


Temple Bar


After our visit to the Guinness Storehouse we went to Temple Bar

This is the most popular pub in Temple Bar, located at the end of the street of the previous picture. There always was a lot of people walking along these streets of Dublin


Pubs in Dublin are always crowded from 6 pm, everybody with a pint of Guinness beer. Even there was someone a little drunk in the early evening

Thursday, 28 August 2008

Trinity College in Dublin

We started our second and last day in Dublin with a visit to the Trinity College, located in the heart of Irland's capital. In this picture, Parliament Square

Trinity College, which was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, is the oldest university in Ireland. The college retains some of its ancient seclusion of cobbled squares, gardens and parks


The belfry, which its 30m high, is located in the heart of this huge college of Dublin, near its famous ancient library

A view of the Liffey river in Dublin with some of its many pedestrian bridges


Saint Patrick's Cathedral

St Patrick's Cathedral is another important landmark in Dublin. But I liked much more the green park beside this cathedral



Dublin Castle



Dublin Castle is the heart of historic Dublin. At present, this castle is used to official ceremonies, such as presidential inaugurations


O'Connell Street


O'Connell Street was the preferred residential street of dubliners. Currently, this important avenue is the most crowed shopping area of Dublin, with Grafton Street. Here can be seen the Spire, The Monument of Light, familiarly known as Spike. The Spire is a steel needle 120 meters high

This majestic building was designed as a Custom House. However, nine years after being finished, all of issues of customs and taxes were transferred to London. At present, this building houses administration offices



Temple Bar


On the left is the Temple Bar Square. Temple bar cobbled streets were always as crowed as it can be seen in this picture


We saw this funny musicians both days we were in Temple Bar. Their traditional irish music had quite success and attracted many tourists

The two pubs we entered in Dublin. On the left the Oliver St John Gogarty Pub. On the right, The Auld Dubliner pub, where we drunk our last Guinness in Ireland


And here, on the right, the italian restaurant, called La Gondola, where we had supper before going to The Auld Dubliner pub to finish our trip with a Guinness in our hands


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