Saturday, June 16, 2018

half day off...

Dublin Castle
Oscar Wilde
Temple Bar area
Day 9 of our Comfortable Hiking Holiday. We have a guided walk of Dublin with Fiona, a native Irish lady. It was a fine, sunny day and we hit the high spots of Dublin with history and literary references (I loved the statue of Oscar Wilde) thrown in as well as information about some of the neighbourhoods we passed through and spots we should return to for more, Dublin Castle, maybe. It lasted about 3hours and then we were on our own for the rest of the day. We were joined by Frances, a lady from the group who wasn’t interested in touring the jail or Guinness or the book of Kells which most of the other single ladies were doing. We had lunch and then took the Luas (light rail system, Luas is Irish for speed) out to Phoenix Park which we had seen from the ‘hop on/off’ bus tour from our earlier trip to Dublin. We walked around and just enjoyed the scenery and fresh air. Somehow my iPod ran out of juice so I didn’t get any photos of Phoenix Park.

Dinner on our own at Searsons of Baggot Street, back near our hotel, with rain threatening. Had a burger, not the greatest choice but oh well, that left room for dessert! Janet and I shared an upside down cheesecake thing, big on presentation, not so much on the taste. Actually, Irish cheesecake is more like a pudding thing, unbaked, not really what you expect of cheesecake - live and learn! 
All told we racked up about 15km, not bad for a day off hiking.

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