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A June 2008 trip to Dublin by akakd

Jurys Inn Christchurch Photo, More Photos
Quote: This entry is just a simple overview, complete with a hotel review, two restaurant reviews, & a few tourist spots. Nothing fancy.

Bagel Haven

Restaurant | "Fun Casual Dining"

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Bagel Haven is a fun, casual café with much more than just bagels. The staff were friendly, the atmosphere relaxed. One of my favorite things was the collection of inspirational credit card sized notes you can grab on the way out. Fun AND Inspirational!! Bagel Haven was located very near our hotel, the Jury's Inn, and was much less expensive for breakfast than the hotel breakfast, which was not included.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 28, 2008

Toscana Italian Restaurant

Restaurant | "Italian in Ireland?"

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I think Toscana must be a chain restaurant in Ireland because the one we went to was actually located at 3 Cork Hill on Dame Street in Dublin. I know it may seem strange to seek out Italian food in Ireland, but the food and service were good and worth the visit. This Toscana's was located very near our hotel, the Jury's Inn, both of which are well positioned near major tourist sites.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 28, 2008

Toscana Italian Restaurant
3 Cork Hill, Dame Street
Dublin, Ireland
01 670 9785

St. Patrick's Cathedral

Attraction | "Swift Still Dominates the Cathedral"

St. Patrick's Cathedral Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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One of my favorites things is St. Patrick's Cathedral are the individually crafted cushions for the hard wooden chairs, designating each one for a particular parisioner. Yet, what clearly dominates St. Patrick's are the busts, death masks, and other items honoring Sir Jonathan Swift. Quite an interesting cathedral, as cathedrals go.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 28, 2008

St. Patrick's Cathedral
Saint Patrick's Close
Dublin, Ireland
+353 (1) 453-9472

What is This?

Story/Tip

What is This? Photo,
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We came across these items embedded in the sidewalk near Christchurch Cathedral. Does anyone know their significance? Our curiosity is piqued. We'd like to know what to label it in our photo album. Any info appreciated.

National Gallery of Ireland

Attraction | "National Gallery - a Treasure Full of Art"

National Gallery of Ireland Photo,
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I was lucky to visit the National Gallery on a day when a special Impressionist Exhibit was there. Regardless of when you visit, there is sure to be a fine art exhibit on display. If the special exhibit is not to your liking (not everyone likes the Impressionist era, for example), the gallery still has plenty to offer, such as Vermeer and Caravaggio's "Taking of Christ". The best part is, the regular exhibits are free of charge.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 28, 2008

National Gallery of Ireland
Merrion Square West
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 661 5133

Merrion Square

Attraction | "The Doors Along Merrion Square"

Merrion Square Photo,
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The day we arrived in Dublin was a National Bank Holiday and people were out and about in droves. Imagine coming all this way to Ireland and having bands blaring AMERICAN music on every street corner! Still, we enjoyed our stroll around Merrion Square, particularly to see the historic homes with colorful doors. Many a famous person lived in these homes. Signs mark the brick walls of the homes, noting who lived in them and when.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 28, 2008

Merrion Square
Merrion Street
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 661 2369

Trinity College

Attraction | "Don't Overlook the Harp!"

Trinity College Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Trinity College is known for the wondrous Book of Kells. These illuminated manuscripts are not to be missed. Still just as grand is the beautiful Long Room, filled with ancient texts, busts of important men, and the oldest harp. Take your time to enjoy the Long Room in all its splendor.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 28, 2008

Trinity College
College Green
Dublin, Ireland
+353 (1) 608 1000

Jurys Inn Christchurch

Hotel | "Well Located Across from Christchurch Cathedral & Near Sites"

Jurys Inn Christchurch Photo,
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Jury's Inn Christchurch is centrally located in the hub of Dublin within easy walking distance of all major sites. Our room was rather large, by European standards. Looking out our window we could see balconies laden with flowers. Unfortunately, looking straight down was a view of garbage bins. Overall, the room was fine and quiet for sleeping. We noticed an extra security feature where nothing beyond the lobby was accessible without a room key to get you beyond the doors leading to the elevators. We also found several eating places within easy walking distance of the hotel. In summary, the Jurys Inn Hotel has a motto of "‘Inn’ the heart of it all." And it is.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 28, 2008

Jurys Inn Christchurch
CHRISTCHURCH PLACE
Dublin, Ireland
353 1 4540000