Across the Pond: Day 5

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Sunday was our last full day in Dublin and we had one important thing left to do -- visit the Guinness Storehouse. I am not a beer lover, but it is Tyson’s preferred drink, so he was very excited about this part of the trip.

After having a lovely breakfast at Beckett and Bull, we hopped on the bus and made our way into the city centre. We still had some time left on our tour bus passes, so we decided to take advantage and use the Hop On Hop Off bus as our mode of transportation to the Storehouse.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I had never been to a brewery before, let alone one of the most famous breweries in the world. I pictured a small building filled with huge boilers, hops, and barley. Boy, was I wrong.

It was the Disney World of beer. Eight floors filled with information and demonstrations about the unique history of the Guinness family and its famous drink. The self-guided tour was like a well laid-out maze - you didn’t really know where you were headed, but it was easy enough to figure out the route to follow. The first floor focused on information about the ingredients that make Guinness so unique. The following floors contained information about the Guinness family and the brewing process. I never thought I’d say this, but it was quite a magical place.

Some of the highlights of the visit included: the Guinness Tasting Zone, where we were taught how to “properly taste” a Guinness; Guinness Academy where Tyson learned how to pour the perfect pint; and the Sky Bar – the top floor of the Storehouse which was filled with lots of happy, tipsy people and gorgeous panoramic views of Dublin. It was an experience I’ll never forget.

After our tour was over, we decided to walk back to the city centre and find some food. All of the tour guides had recommended we try Leo Burdocks for the “best fish and chips in all of Ireland.” Being from Atlantic Canada, we were intrigued and decided to check it out. 

We opened the doors to a little hole in the wall joint, wondering if we were in the right place. But the oddly enjoyable smell of greasy fish and friendly servers made us feel that we had made the right choice. We took our meals, wrapped in brown paper and stuffed into a brown bag, and ate on the lawn of Christ Church Cathedral – the oldest Church in Dublin. It was a deliciously greasy meal, and neither of us could finish it all.

Bellies full, we decided to walk off our food by strolling along the River Liffey. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful day of being tourists. our food by strolling along the River Liffey. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful day of being tourists.

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