The weather today was just perfect. The air was crisp, but the sun was shining all day with hardly a cloud in the sky. Boyfriend and I walked to a park that was recommended to us, and sat on a bench for a while and watched a couple little girls (sisters) play and race. One of them declared suddenly, “We must kill the dog!” The dog was pretty cute, not sure what he did to deserve a death sentence.
We walked across the street to the National Museum of Ireland where we saw, among other things, The Taking of Christ by Caravaggio. I could’ve sworn it was stolen, but there it was. It was a nice little collection for a museum that charges no fee at the door.
Just north of that was Lincoln’s Inn, where we had sandwiches and soup, and discussed how awesome we are. Boyfriend did a little dance in his chair and when I was done laughing, I mentioned, as I have before, that I’m pretty sure I’d like to marry him some time in the future, if he keeps doing stuff like that.
Then we walkedforever to the Guinness brewery (two miles, but it felt like longer) and went through the tour of the place, which was highly informative and actually pretty interesting. Tickets are 13 Euros, and allow for a tour, a lesson on how to pour a pint of Guinness (which takes 119 seconds and two separate pourings to complete, in addition to putting your thumb on the harp, filling to the top of the next harp, etc.), which you can then drink, plus a free pint upstairs at the Gravity Bar way at the top of the building with 360 degree views of the city and green hills beyond.
We took a rail train four stops east, then walked to the “Oriental” area, where we got some boring noodle soup. Then we headed back to Gogarty’s pub to get more oysters (a dozen this time!) and a cup of Guinness with some live music. At 11pm a male and female dancer who used to work on Riverdance showed up to dance for us. I couldn’t believe how lightning fast the woman was. Obviously the man was impressive too, but the woman was crazy good.
It’s well past my bedtime now, and I’m looking forward to flying to Scotland tomorrow. Dublin has been fantastic. Next time I’ll have to rent a car and spend some time in the countryside.