The last time I flew to Scotland, I stopped in Dublin for 24 hours to break up a very long trip and to visit a place I'd never been to. The flight had me in the air, all night before arriving bright and early in the morning.
After going through customs, I ended up in front of the airport. As I said yesterday, Dublin has a great bus system with luggage racks so I was able to take it to my hotel. I was blessed because they allowed me to check in.
After checking in, I caught a quick nap before heading out to visit the town. I'm strange in that I like to wander and explore using a map to give me a general feel.
I found the pub Jonathan Swift is said to have frequented. It was not terribly exciting because the area right around it, stunk of urine. I didn't stick around very long.
Not to far from the pub, I discovered the remains of medieval Dublin. At the time, the town was under one square mile so it was rather small. There isn't much left except for a church or two, castle and a few outlines in the ground. I had a blast walking around and checking things out.
My trip took me by some rather interesting places as I strolled in and around the medieval sections into the more modern areas surrounding it. In and out, here and there, just having fun. I also stop and take pictures of any flowers I see planted by the side. I share the photos with my mother because she loves flowers.
Along the way, I found Trinity College. Nothing much looked like it was happening because I think I visited between terms. It was all gated off but cool. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to check out the campus itself or the Book of Kells display due to a significant lack of time. At that point, I was looking for a music shop with Gaelic language Celtic music. I so wanted some but I could not any at all.
Of course, I did stop in at a couple of eating establishments to pick up lunch and dinner. I don't remember what I ordered except for a great fresh hot cup of tea. Anytime, I stumble across a bakery, I look for fresh made shortbread to go with the cup of tea I brew in my room.
The other thing I look for is a shop which sells sheet music. I was unable to find on in Dublin although I really wanted to pick up some Irish folk music. I didn't get a chance to do that till I got to Glasgow. I like picking up sheet music for tunes I can't find in the United States.
If I'd stumbled across a brewery, I would have tried to take a tour of the facility but again, I didn't find one. I wished I'd had more time there. I plan to go back but the next trip to Europe I have planned is going to Finland so I want to plan a stop in Iceland on my way over. Only way to manage a short visit to new countries.
Let me know what you think. Have a good day.
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