Walking over roughly 50 miles in 8 days had taken its toll – I was tired and sore and a little grumpy.
Much to my surprise, ibuprofen isn’t sold in corner shops, and many times you have to go to a chemist to get a prescription in Ireland. Without the assistance of chemicals, and it being a BIT early for a pint, I bravely continued on to see as much of Dublin before we headed back to the states in less than 24 hours.
Charles and I walked along the now-familiar path along the Liffey; past the Famine Memorial and Convention Center, that sushi restaurant that was never open, and across the Samuel Beckett bridge. We were fortunate to have one of our best days of weather for our last day in the city.
We decided to walk over to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and the antiques district. The cathedral was gorgeous, and we weren’t even a little upset to pay a fee towards preservation to enter the cathedral and see the beautiful stained glass, carvings, and graves within. We took several photos which you can see below. The antiques district was a bit disappointing, due to the exorbitant prices. I did find a few Beatrix Potter prints – a fairy for mom, and a cat for me! We also discovered Oxfam, which was rather Goodwill-ish.
Our last day in Dublin is a bit of a blur, which is odd since it was the most recent day spent there. We stopped to buy some last minute souvenirs, stopped at the usual coffee shops, and ate a delicious lunch at Queen of Tarts on Cows Lane. One of the coolest shops we visited was the James Fox Cigar and Whiskey shop, where we picked up some treats for a friend back home, and Charles indulged in a Japanese Whiskey (in Ireland, I know, right?). This store remains the manliest store I’ve been in – fantastic.
We stopped again at the Turk’s Head pub, which had become “our” pub in Dublin for a last pint. As we walked back, we decided to take the Luas since we were so tired, and managed to hop on the wrong train – womp womp. It got us a few blocks closer, but we still had to walk another mile back up to the flat. We made it though, and headed to bed to get up for our early flight back to the states the next morning….
Things to See Next Time :
- Dublina Experience
- Jameson Distillery
- u2 Graffiti Wall
- Irish Museum of Art
- More Pubs and Guinness (can there every be too much??)
- More Irish Country!
AND THIS JUST IN – Our next time in Dublin will be in less than 6 months! We’re going back for Christmas/New Years this year for a 9 day Irish adventure (Sorry, Britain, not this time!).
Up next… a summary of the entire trip!