Picking up at the end of day 5 in Dublin.
We were used to walking everywhere in Galway, so we did the same in Dublin…you can walk everywhere, but it takes a LOT longer to get places. lol
Things we saw on our way to Dublina the Viking Museum.
Dublinia. The Viking history of Dublin.
We had hours to kill before the concert so we wandered around getting acquainted with the area.
That night we walked to 3Arena to see Children of Bodom, Lamb of God & Megadeth.
Because that’s how we honeymoon. lol
I didn’t want to take my digital camera in case they wouldn’t let me take it in, so I brought my phone and my 35mm Minolta 7000 Maxxum
WARNING. all videos were taken with my phone, the quality is pretty crap but I wanted to share them anyway.
Children of Bodom.
Lamb of God
I tried to catch the very beginning of the song where he talks, because that was my brother’s answering machine message for the longest time…sadly I failed. lol
A circle pit formed. I told Jayson to go play but I think he was worried about losing me.
I didn’t have the courage to take any photos, but after the concert it was clear that a lot of the fans were staying in the same part of Dublin as us, because we all ended up at the only restaurant open that late…Burger King. Haha They had a security guard, presumably to keep out the homeless, and you could see his confusion when some of the concert-goers came in. The ultimate dilemma “metal head…or homeless person?”
We went out in search of breakfast and found Ann’s Bakery on Moore Street (apparently it’s the smaller, 2nd location) where they had a very affordable “mini breakfast” with 2 breakfast items 2 toast w/ jam & butter and tea or coffee all for €3.95! It was delicious.
Then we walked…roughly a 1½ miles to the Guinness Store House. Again, not that far…but far enough especially considering we got lost and had to double back a few times. haha
Jayson was so excited about this tour…as soon as we walked in he started singing this…
The Guinness Storehouse tour, it’s well worth the money
We realized that walking everywhere just was not cutting it. So we got on the Hop-on-Hop-off bus tour.
This was my favorite tour. It was so somber and the tour guide really knew what he was talking about, and you could tell he cared about it too.
If you ever go to Dublin, and enjoy history, I highly recommend going.
The history of the gaol is centuries old, but it is so important in the history of Ireland as an independent nation.
After Easter Rising the country was torn on how they felt about a rebellion. There was so much damage in Dublin because of it, and innocent lives were lost. There were those who opposed it completely, and then there were the ones who saw the need, but felt it was the wrong time. Ireland was part of Britain, and Britain was fighting in World War I. Irish boys were fighting in the trenches along side the English….this caused some ill feelings towards the rebels.
James Connolly’s execution changed all of this. He was hospitalized after the rebellion, he ended up with gangrene. They brought him to the gaol for execution. They told him to walk across the courtyard to the spot where his brothers in arms had been shot. He could not walk. They brought his stretcher to this spot, and told him to stand, but he was too weak. They brought him a chair, but he couldn’t hold himself up, so they tied him to the chair. Britain tied a dying man to a chair, and shot him. His execution was the turning point in the revolution for the whole of Ireland.
It was very humbling to stand in this courtyard.
The next stop was the Old Jameson Distillery.
Day 8. The Last day.
I really screwed it up to. We hopped on the bus, not thinking about the fact that the place I wanted to go, was a 25 minute walk, but on the bus it would take an hour. By the time we got there I learned it cost money (I only wanted a single picture, not an actual tour) so we didn’t even go in. We then got back on the bus to go to Phoenix Park…but it was raining that day. We passed by so many cool things we could have done, like the National Museum, but now, I was on a mission and I wasted pretty much the whole day getting the same tour of the city that we’d gotten the day before.
Anyway to show you what we DID do, here are photos.
Day 9 : Going Home.
The runway at 10 AM Dublin time.
Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex at 6PM Dallas time (Midnight Dublin time..we were very tired. )