I liked Dublin. It has a sort of industrial, working class air and it was fun to walk around and explore.It doesn’t have the sophistication and glamor of Paris but its own pleasant ambiance. We stayed at a hotel which was almost a dump, the Kildare Street Hotel-avoid it if you are ever in Dublin. I guess my standards have gone up along with my age. We still had a good time. We did the double decker bus tour which is always a good way to see a city.
This was Dublin Castle. The day before there had been a huge rally and this courtyard was packed with people celebrating the passage of the Gay Marriage bill which was highly controversial but I think the young people came through and voted it through. There wasn’t a soul there the next day. We saw a lot about it all on the television.
We passed the Guinness factory and storehouse on the bus tour but I don’t like beer and Maurice didn’t want to do the tour so we just looked at it as we passed. There was a really long line to get inside. We learned on our castle tour that the symbol of Ireland is the harp, turned to the left. The symbol for Guinness is also a harp but it is turned to the right.