- Overall 3 stars
- We stayed in Generator Hostel – the main are resembles admirably a swanky lounge with a fully stocked bar and I think ten pool tables.
- I stayed in a 6 person room alone since we messed up our bookings. The bed was comfy, good wifi, good charging station but the shared private bathroom was not something I’d do again. The toilets didn’t flush so there’s that.
- Irish smoked salmon – didn’t really taste / notice a difference from now smoked salmon
- Irish stew – vegetable and meat stew with a dash of Guinness
- Shepard’s Pie – a potato topping meat dish
- Irish Soda Bread – a dark hearty grain bread that is usually served with butter
- Bangers and Mash – Irish sausage with mashed potatoes
- Guinness – dark malt beer colored by the hops used in processing
- For dessert we got the banesserie – a caramel banana treat that I must find a recipe for.
- Dublin dubs as a tsunami rain forest with bipolar mood swings. Literally it can be raining for five minutes then switch to blue skies, come prepared.
- Dublin isn’t as large as you think, yes I know we had just came from LONDON whose size is the same as New York City but even the locals say it’s easy to get around.
- We managed to hit the major attractions all in one day. We saw trinity college, St. Stevens park, grafton street (like Michigan ave in Chicago), temple bar area, St. Patrick’s cathedral, Christ church, and whelans bar (where p.s. I love you was filmed!).
Guinness Factory experience
- For 14,5€ the Guinness experience gives you a self guided tour of three floors with audio option, a tasting and pouring instruction, and of course a complementary Guinness beer.
- Guinness- what it really is: wheat barely hops and yeast
HopsOnly grow in two regions of the wox 35-55 north or south of equatiod can grow to 15 ft allow preservationYeastArthur’s yeast tradicional strand and goes into each brew turns natural sugar in grain / fruit to alcohol and co2Water used for brewing is called liquorHistory
- 100,000 tons of barely per year give beer characteristic deep ruby red color
- When Aurthur Guinness signed the rights for this estate in 1759 he got it for 9,000 years
The processBrewing, roasting (barely until all brown color), mashing, boiling (hops added) makes wort, fermentation yeast added to wort for 2 days, maturation 9 day processLearned how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness, not as easy as it looks.Cliff of mohr tour
- Aurthur and his wife had 21 children in total, they buried 11 of the children
- 12 hours of a tour with 2 hours at the cliffs and 15 minutes at these alien rock structure and 2 hours at Galloway, the rest is riding the bus with no bathroom.
- Our guide was very friendly and knew a lot about the irish countryside.
- We drive through limerick nicknamed the murder city but now it has cleaned up its act.
- Balivan – whiskey: water of life known for irish irish monks brought to Europe. Special in Ireland since its triple distilled here
- In the process of aging each year a portion of whiskey is lost, they call it the Angels share
- The Cliffs of Mohr are beautiful breathtaking cliffs surrounded by the crashing Atlantic Ocean, it kind of reminded me of Luna Lovegood’s housing situation. The day we ventured to the outskirts felt as if the dark mark was about to be cast into the sky. The wind alone could knock a small child down, add in the horizontal rain and that was our day. It was still a maravilla. The juxtapose colors of blue and green just opened your eyes and mouth simultaneously. Nature really is the most marvelous aspect of our world.
We ended up at the pub seen in P.S. I love you – there was no live performer but it was a cool atmosphere. Dublin was filled with the nicest people with the best kind of accents. I would definitely find a way back there during the warmer months to see all the places I couldn’t with that short amount of time.