1) Stephen, Chris & Mam enjoying a pint & watching the football, 2) Enjoying a drink with Mam & Hepsiba. I was pretty excited that Hepsiba loved Irish Cider, 3) Arthur Guinness signed a 9000 year lease for St. James’ Gate Brewery, 4) I love that they haven’t tried to completely modernise the building on the inside, 5) The mini Guinness you receive for the taste test. I now know how to properly drink Guinness, I still hate how it tastes, 6) Dublin City, 7) The Dublin Mountains
I know I’m not the only one who feels like they could know more about their own city but because it’s so familiar you rarely get to really see it. Every now and then I get to do the tourist thing in Dublin. I must admit it’s mostly when we have family or friends visiting from other countries. Last week my second cousin Chris from Canada came to visit along with his Chilean fiancée Hepsiba. They stayed with us for a few days and mostly found their own way around Dublin while we all worked. On the Saturday we brought them to our local pub to watch the football and sample a few Irish drinks before going into the Guinness Storehouse. As I say, it’s rare I get to do the tourist thing but I’ve done the Guinness tour at least 5 times. It’s always enjoyable and I hadn’t been in a while so It was fun to go and remind myself of the story behind ‘the black stuff’. You get some information on how it’s made as well as the history of Guinness. A new to me section included learning how to properly taste a Guinness or any beer really. Unfortunately it still hasn’t converted me. The grand finale is the Gravity Bar on the top floor with a nice view of Dublin City where you can sample a free pint of Guinness.
It was great to show Chris and Hepsiba a bit of the village we live in as well as a bit of the history of Ireland. After all, the Guinness is the most important reason to visit.