Vikings and gravediggers

5 Jun

What a time we had in fair Dublin town. Would definitely recommend for a visit – we were shamelessly touristy so have all the culture and the rest of the history to return to, if we so choose. And as the flights were fine, it’s not even that far to go.

We dressed up as Vikings and roared at passing Celts; we learned all about making Guinness and Jameson whiskey and tried some. Even Calum, who grabbed a whiskey and cranberry juice and downed it, in the time it took us to find a seat to sit down in and so were temporarily inattentive.

We had some fab food and walked and walked and  walked. We probably know more about the plague years than is good for us; we share the outrage at the City Council offices being built ontop of the largest Viking settlement outside Scandinavia; and we still can’t decide if the seagull permanently perching on top of Daniel O’Connell’s head gives him a certain dignity.

The worst thing on my birthday was the Formula One racing which was happening round the streets outside our hotel, which meant Sylv couldn’t have a siesta (see more below . . ) and which ended the minute after Chris and I had walked over the road to watch it.

Our best thing  on my birthday was when we went on the Gravediggers Ghost Tour by bus. Sounds unlikely, but it was brilliant. Chris was selected to demonstrate being hung, drawn and quartered in the middle of the street. He failed to resemble a starved prisoner, but the rest of the act was impressive. And having a group of ghouls sing happy birthday on the top deck of a dry-iced, blacked out bus is not something I’d ever imagined. Also learned that you can indeed have the living daylights scared out of you, just by someone saying ‘boo’ as you get on a bus.

Sylv put up with it all, including the 3 am night club her room was above. It played cheesy hits from the 80s and 90s so not her style. She’s sleeping it all off now. As we’d forced her to participate in the Viking thing, she paid us back with the Leprechaun Museum. But that was good too, although only Cal and I entered the monster drawing competition.

Off to enjoy the rest of the Bank Holiday now 🙂

Jo xx


3 Responses to “Vikings and gravediggers”

  1. Amy June 5, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    Sounds like you had an awesoooooooooooooooome time! I’ll look forward to hearing about it all properly as I’m coming home tomorrow yay! I am a fellow knowledgeable person of Jameson’s whiskey, I had to dress up as farmer for work once and spread the Jameson’s love. Hope you enjoyed the rest of the weekend x

  2. margaret crisp June 6, 2012 at 6:36 am #

    A belated happy birthday, Jo – sounds like you had a very good day!

  3. celia butler June 6, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    Well, yet another action packed outing – sounds brilliant. The Formula 1 would have been the best thing for Roger as a birthday treat though!
    My favourite bit of this post is the throwaway comment about the flying. Think you’ve cracked that one now, Jo.
    So glad that you all had a good time, and hope that Sylvie has now caught up on her sleep debt. x

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