That’s why I was so thrilled when I got invited on a Wild Adventure West trip last Fall!
While in Dublin, I had the opportunity to do the Old Jameson Distillery tour, something I missed my first time in Dublin. It was a great experience to see how one of the most popular whiskeys in the world is made. The Old Jameson Distillery was started in 1780 by founder John Jameson, where they began to produce the signature triple-distilled whiskey that Jameson is known for today. Even though the Jameson is no longer produced here, it is maintained as a museum to the history and meticulous process by which the whiskey is made. Continue reading
During my recent trip to Ireland, one of the highlights of the trip was having the opportunity to sail on an old Galway hooker. These single-masted boats were traditionally used for fishing in Galway Bay. The water was a bit choppy the afternoon we went out, so it made for a bit of a wild ride!
There was this time I spend St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland. Now I don’t even know if I can begin to explain the madness that was Dublin on St. Patty’s Day, but here goes. In typical Irish fashion, the drinking began around 8:30am in our room after we got dressed in our Irish attire.
Then after we went down and had breakfast, we headed out to a pub overlooking the parade on O’Connell Street.
We arrived at the pub around 10:30 only to find a line. I guess it was good that we got there early because we were the 2nd group in line. The pub was 4 stories and we wanted to get as high as possible to have the best view of the parade. We thought the pub opened at 11:30, but it didn’t open until a little after 12. Our friend Graham looked like the Jolly Green Giant that day. The line was definitely the party.
We dubbed this Team America because these girls were from Chicago and I hadn’t met too many Americans thus far.
Our group ended up being a lot bigger than we started with, but that made it more fun. We took up a whole floor in the pub.
Once we finally got into the pub, we all started with a ceremonial first Guinness, with many more to follow.
Once the parade started the streets were lined with people. It was pretty crazy!!
At the end of the parade, they turned the entire Liffey River green, and the strange thing is thing is that it was almost instantaneous! It went from nasty blue color to green in about 3 seconds. It was pretty amazing.
After we left the pub around 3 in the afternoon, we decided that the Chinese buffet would be a great idea. We went there and knocked out that buffet, about 3 or 4 plates a piece. Then I went back to the hostel and took a nap for about an hour and a half. After that, we went out and did it all again. It was such a long day, but totally worth it!! Everyone should experience Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day at some point in their life. It’s CRAZY!!!
We toured the Guinness Brewery and here’s some pics from that. This is the famous waterfall that everyone talks about.
After you go through the whole process of how they make Guinness, which is only 4 ingredients by the way, they have a tasting lab where they give you a glass about a quarter of the way full to try the different varieties of Guinness. I guess each person is only supposed to have one, but we made friends with the bartender and ended up going back 8 or 9 times. Guinness is so much better over here than it is back in the states. I guess it’s just fresher. A couple floors up from that (there were 7 floors total) they had kind of a museum with some amusing signs posted.
There was one sign that said Guinness gives you strength and I think it’s true.
Then on the top floor they have the galaxy bar where they give you a complimentary pint of Guinness at the end of the tour.
From the Galaxy Bar, you have the best view in the whole city. The bar is glass all around so I got some pretty cool pics from up there.