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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

More fun in Dublin

We rode the LUAS (light rail) into Dublin on Monday because Katie and Jamie have a very small car. It's not easy squeezing four adults, one baby and a luxury pram into a Yaris!

I really enjoyed the LUAS and it was so convenient to be able to roll Evie's big pram right into the train.

This is the River Liffey which divides Dublin into north and south.

We walked from the train stop to Trinity College. The bell tower to the right is at Trinity and it tolls at exam times. I imagine it tolls at other times, too.

Oliver St. John Gogarty traditional Irish pub is named after the famous Irish poet, playwright and surgeon. It offers traditional Irish food and drink and traditional Irish music 7 days a week. It is located in the center of Temple Bar, one of the busiest and most popular parts of Dublin, amid narrow cobbled 18th century streets.
Gogarty's also has a budget hostel and apartments.

It is only a short walk to Grafton Street and Trinity College.

Of course, we had to go to Grafton Street again. This man is a street artist who stands statue-still as tourists walk by. Imagine the startled looks when he moves!

While we were watching, a bird flew up and perched on his head. That really made his statue performance realistic.
Actually, my main reason for suggesting another trip to Grafton is the famous Butler's Chocolate Cafe - possibly the best chocolate anywhere.
It was a cool day so we really had to order hot chocolate.

We took our hot chocolates down the street to Bewley's to enjoy scones.
Perfect day in Dublin.

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