APRIL 2007

April 2007 a very interesting journey, to those who like the anglo-saxon countries and the visit of the city of Dublin. We stay at the Hotel Jurys Inn Custom House for 5 days at the end April 2007. The Hotel is located near the center of the city and is very comfortable. The first thing that strikes in Dublin and the excellent public service of bus and tram that covers the entire city. For those who stay in the city, and that is how, we has to get organized travel alone, it is appropriate to take the tourist bus Hop on - Hop off (for those who do not know the english is the one with the audio guide in italian language) which stops the most beautiful places of the city and leaves you choose which places see in tranquillity: you can get off at a stop, look at what is there to see and then wait for the next bus to catch, make another stop later. The service is available from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm with a frequency that varies according to the hourly bands and ranging from 10 minutes to 30 minutes. The ticket and daily. The ticket office is located in O'Connell Street, the departure, however in Cathal Brugha Street which is near them. The city is very busy both during the day and in the evening for the numerous pubs that are there and in the period spring summer hours of sun are more (end April was dark at 9.30 p.m. ). A place that deserves to be seen and the O'Connell Street road with numerous monuments and shopping. The Trinity College deserves a visit, founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592, the internal hosts the Old Library where are kept 200,000 texts between which the Book of Kells, and between all the illuminated manuscripts, which is the more elaborate decoration. It contains the four Gospels in Latin and reasons to interweaving with human figures and animals. Built by the monks of Iona in 806 a.d. , some of the colors used were imported from the Middle East and it is certainly one of the most beautiful manuscripts in the world. Then there are some marble busts and the oldest Gaelic Harp of Ireland. Near Trinity College is St. Stephen's Green garden with its lake where the Dubliners relax during the lunch break. Other half and Dublin Castle, once a symbol of british government structure anglo-norman of the 13th century, deserve a visit its luxurious interiors. Near Dublin Castle there is the Christ Church Cathedral the cathedral of the anglican church of Ireland and inside under the floor, is a crypt with numerous historical exhibits. Outside the cathedral are the original foundations of the first construction. A little further on is the cathedral of ST. Patrick so called for its patron saint, and the largest church in Ireland and is located near a sacred well where St. Patrick baptized converts around the year 450 a.d. From the sacred and profane, deserves a special visit Temple Bar with its picturesque Pubs, nightclubs and Dublin's most fashionable shopping districts. Here they perform many street artists and the area at peak hours and very crowded. Ah! Oh here you can enjoy a typical dish of the area: Fish and Chips. Just a stone's throw from this area is the bridge that crosses the river Liffey, most photographed by tourists the "Penny Bridge". This bridge was opened in 1816 and so named because we wanted to cross half a penny. Dublin= Guinness according to you for beer lovers, not perhaps deserves a visit this place? In the ticket of entry and included a pint of beer to drink, the tour does see the various procedures to make the beer and after, a lift brings us up to the top floor where you will find the bar that offers you a pint of beer dark beer at the time and see a beautiful panorama of the city. The bus takes you up to the farthest point: Phoenix Park where who has the time can enjoy the largest park in Europe, inside it is one of the oldest zoo in the world and has hosted the lion of MGM. Returning toward the city another break interesting is that one of the distillery "Old Jameson's Distillery". On the other hand, For those who want to do something different, there are daily tours that take you to see the surrounding area of Dublin. We have opted for the North Coast and Malahide Castle, a tour that takes about 3 hours, has led us to see the castle Malahide (visit included in the ticket price) and then led us up to Howth Head and Baily Lighthouse with beautiful views of the Irish sea to make then return to town. It was a beautiful and interesting trip in Emerald Isle.

PHOTO                                           Italian version

Link: Discoverireland                                                      Bus Dublinsightseeing

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