Monday, October 31 - Downtown Dublin
We've heard several times while in Ireland, that the Guinness tour is the number one tourist attraction in Ireland. So we decided to check it out.
The Guinness Storehouse was very disappointing. You don't get to see any beer being brewed (I don't think you're even close to any beer being brewed) nor is it really much of a museum telling the history of Guinness. There are some historical displays, but they are intermixed with information about how beer is made, and about Guinness' recipe. But none of it is in any chronological order nor is it at all complete. More than anything, it's a marketing event for Guinness. Several times I heard how wonderful and unique their beer is. And to think we had to pay 18 Euros a piece. Shameful.
Let's put it in perspective.. I toured Anheuser-Busch brewery in St. Louis back in the 90s and I got to see them brewing beer and bottling beer. It was an excellent display. Then we went into the museum and learned the history of Anheuser-Busch. And it was all free.
Since the Guinness Storehouse is the number one attraction in Ireland, all I can conclude is that the Irish are a bunch of suckers.
After the Guinness tourist trap, we walked over to Saint Patrick's Cathedral. it is beautiful. It was 6 Euros to go inside and we could see that it was nothing close to St. Mary's in Ottawa, so we declined the inside tour. But the exterior and grounds were beautiful.
|St. Patrick's Cathedral -
|And they have Ducks (DUKWs)
in Dublin. Seen across the street from St. Patrick's.
On the way back to the car, Connie wanted to eat in
a real Irish pub. So we found Arthurs and ate there. It's not
really a pub, but rather a restaurant, and I'll leave it at
After that, we drove to the hotel, dropped our bags
and returned the rental car to Hertz. I could finally relax.
The driving is all over, and we just have to fly home.
October 28 - Friday
October 29 - Saturday
October 30 - Sunday
October 31 - Monday