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Monday, December 1, 2008

A Day In Dublin

Ireland's friendly capital is more than just bustling pubs. Follow along with me for a day in Dublin.

10 am - After eating a bowl of Irish porridge (which is very filling and contains whiskey and heavy cream), head out to the George's Street Arcade, where you can browse for old records, vintage clothing, gourmet snacks, and unique jewelry.

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11 am - Walk north towards the River Liffey and pause on the Millennium Bridge to enjoy the scenery and take a photo of the Ha'penny Bridge to the east.

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11:15 am - Turn around and walk southwest to Christ Church Cathedral. Be sure to catch a glimpse of the mummified cat and rat in the eerie basement. Then walk to nearby City Hall for an interesting look back into Dublin's tumultuous history.

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12:30 pm - Wander over to Dublin Castle, find out that tours don't start until 2pm that day, and decide to visit the Chester Beatty Library, located behind Dublin Castle. View ancient manuscripts, scrolls, artwork, and bindings from far corners of the world. After working up an appetite, pause for a tasty lunch of curry chicken, green tea, and vegetables at the library's Silk Road Cafe.

2:10 pm - Stroll back to Dublin Castle for a tour of the beautifully appointed rooms. At the end of the tour, go underground for a look at the original stone walls that once encircled Dublin.

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3:45 pm - Hop on a bus for a visit to Dublin's most visited tourist attraction, the Guinness Storehouse. Learn about the brewing process and end your tour with a refreshing pint of Guinness at the Gravity Bar on the top floor, which has panoramic views of the city.

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view of Dublin

7:30 pm - Immerse yourself in Irish culture at the Arlington Hotel, which hosts live Irish music, comedy, and a traditional dancing show complete with a 3-course meal. Note that the musician on the far right has a cupholder attached to his microphone stand so that he has convenient access to his glass of Guinness.

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