We woke up feeling refreshed on Sunday morning, to find the sky had cheered up a bit and the weather forecast was good! Dublin was looking really pretty in the morning light, so we decided to make the most of it by hopping on one of the open air buses that tour the city.
The tour guide was really funny and informative, pointing out places of interest as we trundled along – St Trinity’s College, Oscar Wilde’s house, James Joyce’s house… I just like having the wind in my hair and the sun on my face, seeing the city in a relaxed way.
There was only one stop my boyfriend was really interested in though…the Guinness factory! I’d actually been before on my previous visit, but it’s a really good tour and I was happy to go again.
The tour takes you through the process of making a good pint of Guinness – brewing… err…malting… okay, maybe I wasn’t paying complete attention!
You can then queue up for a tasting session, which we did, where they teach you how to drink Guinness properly – standing up straight, lifting your elbow high, and taking a big gulp. Suprisingly, it actually does taste a lot better this way!
Then there’s a section showing Guinness adverts of old, which I loved – I love retro adverts, and I loved the chance to be in one myself!
It’s all very interactive and interesting even if you’re not a Guinness fan. At the top there is a stunning bar with panoramic views of the city centre.
Where you can get your free Guinness!
I managed about half of mine before admitting defeat – much better than a few years back when I didn’t drink any at all, so I guess my tasting lesson paid off! My boyfriend finished his, but then felt really drowsy and started to feel sick on the bus back…how hardcore (not).
Because of this I decided it was probably time we ate something. We got the bus into Temple Bar. Where I stayed last time, this is a little square filled with Irish pubs, touristy shops selling green hats covered in shamrocks and statues of leprechauns, cafes and restaurants.
We plonked ourselves in a pub and ate some hearty food.
Once we were full up, we explored Temple Bar for a while – I found this silhouette where I’d posed previously and thought it would be funny to put then and now side by side - but I can't find the old one!
It’s just a really pretty area – touristy, definitely, but a fantastic place to go for a drink or have something to eat. Walking over the river in the sunshine was gorgeous too.
After a quick nap and refresh, we watched Germany win the World Cup back at the Heineken bar…
Then headed back into Temple Bar for yet more drinks.
Final day of Dublin tomorrow and it’s a good one, so stay tuned!