Dublin Sunday

We woke up feeling a little less perky than we had done the morning before but luckily the weather was on our side, meaning an alfresco brunch was on the cards. Also just around the corner from our hotel was L’Gueuleton, the quaintest little French restaurant.
img_6642img_6600We grabbed a table outside and immediately ordered pots of tea. Brits to the core.img_6617.jpgimg_6619img_6625Feeling much better in no timeimg_6622img_6608img_7274Breakfast was our usual delicate affair and far more delicious than they were beautifulimg_6630Spinach, Sweet Corn & Spring Onion Potato Cakes with Fried Green Tomatoes, Feta Cheese & Red Pepper Hummus for meimg_6632Fried Potato Hash with Shredded Ham Hock, Confit Onion, Fried Eggs, Relish & Salad for Sarah.img_6646Thoroughly sated we headed off in search of the Guinness Storehouseimg_6648-1img_6653-1“Arthur Guinness started brewing ales in 1759 at the St. James’s Gate Brewery, Dublin. On 31 December 1759, he signed a 9,000 year lease at £45 per annum for the unused brewery. Ten years later, on 19 May 1769, Guinness first exported his ale: he shipped six-and-a-half barrels to Great Britain.”

I’d imagine it’s probably a few more than that now.img_7273Converse/ Jeans/ Cosy Jumper (similar)/ Jacket (similar)(similar)img_6654-1The building is shaped like a giant pint glass and over the course of the tour you learn all about the history and production of Guinness.img_6663-1img_6675-1I can guess what you’re thinking. Probably something along the lines of “I’m not sure I’m that interested in it to be honest Elise”. Well I didn’t think I would be either but it’s so cleverly done. Guinness have clearly thrown the big bucks at this and it shows.img_6687img_6706img_6684The bubble display was one of the most relaxing things I’ve ever seen. I’d like one in my bedroom please.img_6681Hundreds of bubble lights flicker and glow, lulling you half to sleep.img_6683img_6679img_6689img_6677img_6690img_6691Of course you can’t do the visit justice without trying some Guinness yourself.img_6692Inside the tasting room you’ll find 4 basins, each with a different aroma floating out so you can identify the 4 main characteristics.img_6695You then grab yourself the cutest little glass and get ready to taste.img_6696For the record, the correct way to taste it is as follows:

Breathe in, take a drink, hold in your mouth for a couple of seconds, swallow, breathe out through your mouth.

This apparently lets you taste all the flavours individually.img_6697 In can you’re worried that’s all you’re going to get, fear not. You can either go straight up to the bar for it or you can opt to pour your own. We obviously went for the latter.img_6717img_6721Now that’s  pretty good looking Guinessimg_6725Satisfied with our efforts we took our pints up to the top floor bar, which is also the highest pub in Ireland, to sip them overlooking the city.img_6727I’m not really a big beer drinker but I have to say, it really was rather good! Maybe it’s just my excellent pouring skills.img_7272On our walk back we passed a pub with a live band and couldn’t resist popping in for one last one before heading home (that’s our new pal Joe). Such a fun weekend, don’t you worry Dublin, we’ll be back.img_6745


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