We arrived in Dublin without our baggage. But at least we got to sprint through Chicago O’Hare like we were the McCallisters. Oh well.
Our first stop of the trip is Dublin, Ireland; to paraphrase Dumb and Dumber, Dublin is a land where people instinctively flock to the pubs like the salmon of Capestrano. It's a very beautiful place sitting on the River Liffey with a long history, beautiful churches and great people.
We kicked off our first day in Europe by walking all over Dublin. We started in from our base camp at Barnacles Hostel in the Temple Bar area and visited (unfortunately, I lost all of my pictures from the first two days):
- The River Liffey
- Trinity College – founded in 1592; beautiful old buildings on campus.
- St. Stephen’s Green
- St. Stephen’s Shopping Center
- St. Patrick’s Cathedral – took a lovely nap on the lawn until Ryan took a soccer ball to the face (above)
- Christchurch Cathedral
- Dublin Castle
- City Hall
- Guinness Storehouse Tour at St. James Gate (we caught a cab back to the hostel and had absolutely no idea what the driver was saying because of his thick Irish accent)
- 3 pubs – The Auld Dubliner, The Temple Bar & Thunder Road