Ireland and the UK
30.03.2013 - 31.03.2013 4 °C
First night in Dublin was a subdued affair, a pint and steak in the pub downstairs from the hotel, before the jet-lag set in and I was sound asleep by 7.30pm Dublin time.
First impression of Dublin is that it's bloody cold here, but I set out in foot this morning looking for coffee and some breakfast. Being Easter Sunday the streets were largely deserted, and it took a while for me to find somewhere open, but I happened to stumble across a great Italian eatery that has been voted as having the best cappuccino in Dublin recently. Thawing out with a couple of coffees and some eggs on toast, I set off again on foot through the city centre.
I wandered down along the river Liffey and down to the Guinness Storehouse at the St James Gate brewery. Whilst wandering through the brewery was quite cool, the highlight was the free pint up in the Gravity bar which has views out over the city and the still snow capped mountains just outside Dublin. Most impressive was the shamrock that the bar lady drew into mp the head of my beer, similar to how baristas make art in the foam on coffee.
From there I made my way back through the city via Trinity College, and then it was time to head over to watch a hurling game. I'm trying to think what the best way is to describe hurling, and all I can come up with is that it is some strange combination between hockey and AFL football. The game is very quick, and also has an appropriate level of violence with shoulder charges and people getting hit with the hurling sticks. All in all, it is a pretty cool sport to watch.
Finally this evening, I went back into the city centre and Temple Bar district for dinner, which is a cool area of cobble stone streets jam packed with pubs and restaurants. After dinner I decided to head back to the hotel out of the cold. Tomorrow I go pick up my hire car, and commence the road trip to Waterford, first stop Galway.