jn82’s Epic Adventure

Day 13 [11 Feb 09] – Dublin

Posted in Dublin by jn82 on February 12, 2009

Reached Edinburgh airport at 7am for our 8am Ryanair flight to Dublin, only to be notified just prior to check in that the flight had been delayed till 9.45am. After sitting down and ordering breakfast at the cafe, an announcement came on at 7.15am informing us that the flight was back on schedule and would be boarding shortly. So we just had a short 15 minutes to get our food and finish it before boarding.

The flight itself was noting to write home about. Ryanair is the low cost carrier which revolutionised budget travel from the UK and within the EU, and is usually extremely good value for money if you can pick up good fare deals. However our ticket was a regular priced one, and we had to pay extra for checked luggage (which also meant no online check in), as well as hustle for our seats on the plane as they were on a first come first serve basis. On the whole I would say budget air travel out of Singapore is much better with Jetstar, based on this one experience.

The flight today would be FR813 in a Boeing 737-800, flight time one hour.

As you can see it looks very cheap.

Cabin

EI-DLW, a Boeing 737-800.

Rego

Ryanair livery.

Ryanair

After dropping our bags at the hostel, we went to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells, n illuminated manuscript in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament together with various prefatory texts and tables. It is regarded as Ireland’s finest national treasure. Trinity College, like Melbourne University, is a city campus and right at the top of Grafton Street, one of the main shopping areas in Dublin. It is a pretty decent campus, although we did not explore around much. Pretty disappointed when we reached the Book of Kells exhibit because they were only displaying a fine art replica until later in the year. Nonetheless there were many display boards explaining the origins and meanings behind the art work and text in the B0ok of Kells.

Trinity College. 

Trinity College

Outside the Book of Kells exhibit.

Outside the exhibit

Only a fine art replacement, and no photography!

Disappointment

After this and some overpriced lunch (everything is so expensive in Dublin), we decided to head over to Christ Church Cathedral, a cathedral which has been around on that piece of land since the 11th century (although not the same building). Read the wikipedia page for a very detailed write up of the cathedral.

Front of the cathedral.

Cathedral front

Cathedral

Inside the sanctuary.

Sanctuary

After the chapel, it was too late to go to the Dublinia exhibition (see tomorrow’s post), so we decided to end the afternoon off at the Guinness Storehouse, the largest and first place Guinness stout was brewed. One of the most interesting things about the location is that Arthur Guinness actually signed a 9,000 year lease on St. James Gate Brewery for then £45 a year. The tour comprised of the history of Guinness as well as the production process for stout, and ended with a free pint of Guinness Drought!

Guinness @ St. James Gate Brewery.

Guinness sign

The man himself, Arthur Guinness.

Arthur Guinness

DIY pour your own pint.

DIY Guinness

Went back to check into the hostel (Camden Place Hostel) afterward, and had a quick dinner. This hostel is extremely new and great value for what you pay (a slightly longer walk from the city centre, but not a big deal). Much better than the previous two hostels we stayed at in London and Edinburgh.

Link to full gallery of today’s pictures available here.

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