Ireland – Dublin

– AUGUST 14-19, 2015

The final stop in Ireland is the city of Dublin.  Walking the streets is a charming experience where small pubs come to life with people enjoying life.

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The streets of Dublin

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The streets of Dublin

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The streets of Dublin

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Dublin river views

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Dublin shops

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A Dublin theatre building

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Dublin street graffiti

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Dublin street graffiti

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Dublin street graffiti

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Dublin street graffiti

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Dublin street graffiti

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Dublin street graffiti

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Dublin street graffiti

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Dublin street graffiti

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Dublin street graffiti

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Dublin street graffiti

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Dublin street graffiti

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Dublin street graffiti

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Dublin street graffiti

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Dublin street graffiti

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Dublin street graffiti

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Dublin street graffiti

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Dublin street graffiti

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Dublin street graffiti

We started off the day with a traditional Irish breakfast.  If you don’t know what black pudding and white pudding are then look it up…I won’t ruin it for you here.

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A traditional Irish breakfast including black pudding and white pudding with eggs, toast, sausage, bacon and beans.

We wrapped things up with a tour of the Guinness Factory.

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Guinness Factory Tour

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Guinness Factory Tour

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Guinness Factory Tour

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Guinness Factory Tour

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Guinness Factory Tour

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Guinness Factory Tour

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Guinness Factory Tour

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Guinness Factory Tour

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Guinness Factory Tour

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Guinness Factory Tour

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Guinness Factory Tour

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Guinness Factory Tour – display of Irish barley

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Guinness Factory Tour – display of waterfall from local mountains that makes a difference in the final product taste of Guinness.

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Guinness Factory Tour – a safe containing an example of the special yeast used to make Guinness. If they ever have a problem in the factory then they have a yeast sample in a protected location that could be used to get the production line up and running within 4 hours. Impressive.

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Guinness Factory Tour

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Guinness Factory Tour

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Guinness Factory Tour

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Guinness Factory Tour

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Guinness Factory Tour – the production schematic

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Guinness Factory Tour

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Guinness Factory Tour

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Guinness Factory Tour – marketing toucans used in old advertising campaigns

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Guinness Factory Tour – marketing singing clam used in old advertising campaigns

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Guinness Factory Tour – marketing bike riding fish used in old advertising campaigns

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Guinness Factory Tour – marketing sculpture of stallions running through surfing waves used in old advertising campaigns

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Guinness Factory Tour – marketing clocks used in old advertising campaigns

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Guinness Factory Tour – marketing clocks used in old advertising campaigns

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Guinness Factory Tour – the sensory room where they hammer all of your senses in the steps of the Guinness making process. The room is bright white to kick-start your senses into reboot mode.

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Guinness Factory Tour – the sensory room where they hammer all of your senses in the steps of the Guinness making process.

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Guinness Factory Tour – the sensory room where they hammer all of your senses in the steps of the Guinness making process. Shooter glass sized samples of Guinness are tested here.

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Guinness Factory Tour – the Guinness Academy is where they teach us how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness.

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Guinness Factory Tour – the Guinness Academy is where they teach us how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness.

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Guinness Factory Tour – the Guinness Academy is where they teach us how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness. I am pouring my own pint after the explanation.

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Guinness Factory Tour – the Guinness Academy is where they teach us how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness. These pints are sitting for two minutes and then get topped off.

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Guinness Factory Tour – the Guinness Academy is where they teach us how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness. This was our group shot after we all poured our own pints.

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Guinness Factory Tour – I miss Guinness already.

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Guinness Factory Tour – the Guinness Sky Lounge at the top of the building.

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Guinness Factory Tour – the sales displays

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Guinness Factory Tour – Two happy customers.

Thank you Ireland…this was exactly what we needed.  Next we are heading to Jordan in the Middle East.  Petra here we come!

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For more photos of our adventure go to our flickr account here.

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