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large_1297706_14317135489239.jpgOld Jameson’s DistilleryWe landed at Dublin [Dublin-travel-guide-936355] airport in the afternoon. At Hertz a car was ready waiting for us with the steering wheel on the wrong side (my opinion!) If I had to drive it I'm not so sure I wouldn't have hit some mirrors of parked cars. The hotel was easy to find, the hotel parking was more difficult. The entrance was tucked away in an alley. After getting our stuff up to our room we hit the hotel bar. It's only a 1,5 hour flight but we didn't feel like doing much so we also had our dinner in the hotel, and after dinner it's back to the bar. The Guinness and Smithwicks taste too good!

Next morning we started at the tourist information office to get a map of Dublin, the hotel only had a small useless one. I printed out some B&B addresses on the global route we thought we were going to follow but at the tourist information office we bought a guide with all addresses of B&Bs in Ireland, this will be our sacred book this vacation.large_1297706_14317135519270.jpgFoundations of Old Jameson’s Distillery

I wanted to visit the Guinness storehouse but the guy at the hotel front desk said it would probably be a disappointment, a tour with headphones and one pint for €15,-. He suggested the Old Jameson's Distillery and so we went there instead. Good choise! In the entrance hall you walk on a glass floor so you can see the old foundations of the original distillery. Waiting for the next guided tour to start we have a taste of the Irish coffee, mjam! The distillery is no longer in use but the tour shows some parts of the proces in working order and there are some nice miniatures to show the proces. And of course there is a tasting of the whiskey. With some people they do a small test if they can taste the difference between Irish, Scottish and American whiskey.

After the distillery we started walking, first to the Wellington monument and then Christ church cathedral which is partly a museum on the old Dublin, real nice. Then we went to Dublin castle. we were too late for a tour but we took a quick look around. We had dinner at O'sheas and then back to the hotel to make our plans for the next couple of days.

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Posted by Stefmuts 03:47 Archived in Ireland Tagged dublin sightseeing guinness old_jamesons

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