Voyage of the Vikings

July - August, 2013

Dublin, Ireland

August 3 - Weather: Sunny in morning, some rain in mid-afternoon, hi temp in mid 60s

We left the ship around 10:00 and walked around Dublin for about 4 hours (5 miles on the pedometer).  The driver of the ship-provided bus gave us a map and dropped us off near Trinity College.  From there we walked down Grafton Street where we enjoyed the street musicians.  St. Stephen's Green is a pretty park and we walked through it to St.  Patrick's Cathedral.  We went inside the huge church but really enjoyed the gardens around it.  From St.  Pat's we went to Christchurch Cathedral (Anglican), but there was a wedding and we couldn't go inside.  Our next stop was Dublin Castle, where we saw some sand sculptures in the courtyard.  We stopped for lunch at a small cafe on Temple Bar Street and then made our way to the Ha'penny bridge.  The Molly Malone statue was our last stop before we headed for the shuttle pick-up.  By the time we were finished with our sightseeing, the streets were very crowded with tourists and locals.  Our good luck with weather held out in Dublin.  We've joined forces with 2 nice gentlemen from Melbourne and a gal from Chicago for Name That Tune.  It's fun, but we're usually a point or two from winning.

Aviva Stadium (Dublin Arena) from ship

Trinity College

Grafton Street

St. Patrick's Cathedral

Sand sculpture near Dublin Castle

The Chapel Royal

The River Liffey from Ha'penny Bridge

Along the River Liffey

Molly Malone (The Old Tart With a Cart)

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