Whisked away by Whisky!

We planned our trip according to the weather forecast available on our i-phones, which indicated that Thursday and Friday would have the best weather and would therefore be the best days for our daytrips to Dalkey and Belfast. Wednesday was deemed a good day for walking around the city of Dublin.

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Compared to other European cities, the architecture is a little non descript. We were given the tip that the famous chocolate in Dublin is Butlers chocolate and, like Lindt, they have a cafe-cum-store in the city, which is where we went for our morning coffee before exploring the city. I would highly recommend bringing their chocolates back as souvenirs for family and friends-in true Irish style, they have a whisky flavoured chocolate! Anyway, after that, we headed to St Patricks Cathedral, the famous Cathedral in Dublin.  The building dates from 1220 and it was built in honor of Ireland’s patron Saint Patrick and was raised to Cathedral status in 1229. There is an entrance fee of EUR 6.00 to enter.

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Afterwards, we went to the Jameson Distillery, Ireland’s famous whisky brewery, and did a tour of the brewery which had a very interesting and interactive demonstration of the distilling process for whisky. I would highly recommend booking the tour-it costs around EUR 16 per person, but to get the most out of the experience, it is well worth it.

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We were able to sample 3 different types of whisky-from Scotland, Ireland and American whisky and at the end of it, we received a certificate for Whisky appreciation! We also received a complimentary drink, which was either a whisky, or for those who preferred something lighter-such as ourselves-a ginger beer.

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Dinner was close by, at Dublin’s oldest pub, called the Brazen Head, established in 1198. It was tiny and had a very quaint and cozy atmosphere and was famous for its large range of lagers. This was then followed by a walk along the river towards Ballsbridge, which was quite pretty, with all the city lights.

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Looking forward to our daytrip to Dalkey the next day!

 

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About Annabelle

I, Annabelle Peters, was born in Spelthorne, London's outskirts, to father, Bruce Surrey, London, and mother Evelyn, born in Mozambique, Africa and raised in Goa, India, both places which were under Portuguese rule. My sister Cristobel was born 3 and a half years later, in 1986. At the age of five, we moved to Sydney Australia, where we remained for 25 years. I attended highschool at Brigidine College St Ives, which I graduated from in 2001 and completed my Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Sydney in 2005, followed by the CPA Program in 2008. Growing up, we did a lot of travelling as a family, a trend which has so far continued for the rest of my life. I think the combination of my mixed origins, together with my father's lengthy and successful career in the travel industry have fueled my passion for travel. In July 2015, I made the decision to do what many Australians do: a stint in London, combining international work experience with travelling around Europe. This journey has taken me to many countries and I would love to share this experience with you all.

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