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Bushmills, Battling Giants, & the Beatles

We had a lovely day in Dublin on Thursday!  We booked a shore excursion—“Distinctly Dublin”—through Crystal Cruises, which took us on a panoramic city tour by motorcoach.  We saw Trinity College, the National Gallery, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the famous Temple Bar district.  We had a pub lunch (complete with a pint of locally-brewed Guinness) and enjoyed a Riverdance performance.

Yesterday was our stop in Belfast, capital city of Northern Ireland, and we got lucky again with beautiful 70-degree weather. 

Our full-day tour of the city began with a trip over to the Bushmills distillery, and let me tell you:  there’s nothing like a good sampling of triple malt whiskey at 10:00 in the morning.  We learned all about the production of whiskey and even got to taste some of Bushmill’s oldest & most refined varieties.

From there, we headed over to see the Giant’s Causeway, one of the strangest geological interest-points in the world.  The pictures of the hexagonal rocks speak for themselves, but you can see why the ancients used epic legends of battling giants to explain their unusual appearance.   

Today, we visited our last port-of-call:  Liverpool, England—hometown to the Beatles.  There was plenty to see, including the Beatles Story Exhibition in the city centre. 

Bushmills, Battling Giants, & the Beatles

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