The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin is a fun way to learn about the famous beer company and maybe sample a bit of their product. But what drew my eye in the souvenir shop?
And yet as pretty as they were, I didn’t end up buying anything because I rarely drink and I don’t particularly like Guinness! (I admit, it is true that it tastes better in Dublin.) I guess I am too practical.
Another cool display in Ireland was found at the Gougane Barra hotel: dolls from all over the world.
You can find more displays at the original Lens-Artist challenge.
From Gougane Barra.
I’ve featured the lovely location of Gougane Barra before in photo challenges (like Textures), but I haven’t yet shown its cheeky side. Our breakfast at the hotel, for example, was very happy to see us, and one of the building sports a cute old Guinness ad. We found such charming touches all over Ireland amid the more serious history lessons and inspiring landscapes. I think the Irish have a wonderful sense of humor!
Weekly Photo Challenge: Cheeky
I don’t particularly like Guinness; in fact, I would never willingly order any kind of stout here in the US. But I heard the rumors that Guinness actually tastes different in Ireland (specifically in Dublin at the Guinness Storehouse), so I figured I had to at least try it while I was there. I only got a half pint in case it was still terrible.
Guess what: the rumors are right. I actually enjoyed this Guinness, which managed to be smooth and almost creamy and not totally bitter like I’m used to. Some times experimenting pays off.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Experimental
From Dublin, Ireland.
We didn’t get to spend too much time at the Guinness Factory, just enough time to (surprisingly) enjoy a half pint in the sky bar and then browse the gift shop. My eye was drawn to the pretty rows of glassware, though I wouldn’t really have any use for such things!
Weekly Photo Challenge: Shine
From Dublin, Ireland.
Guinness from the factory: as pure as it gets. I don’t really even like Guinness, but stopping at the Guinness Storehouse was a fun experience. A pint in the top-floor Gravity Bar is included with admission, and we got to see the “proper” way to pour it. My half pint is “settling” there in the middle.
I was surprised how much better Guinness tastes at the source. It was much smoother, almost creamy, and less bitter than I have been used to here in the States.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Pure