Sunday, March 16, 2008

Did Someone Say Brewery?

Photo by Sassy & Karl

With our busy schedule since we got to Ireland this morning was set aside for free time so I had a chance to catch up on some well needed rest. I spent part of the morning just being lazy and tried out my cucumber glasses and spa turban that I pick up at Karl's place. The guys had used them during their spa visit awhile ago and kept talking about how wonderful you feel using them. I tried it out and I must agree that they were right. I felt like a million dollars and was ready to start the day.

The second half of my morning was spent kayaking off of the magnificent coast of Dublin. I have never before see just glorious scenery.

l-r: Momo, Sassy, Charybdis, Charlie, Mrs Oz, Ruis, Karl, Opus, Socks, Momo, Opus, Asta, Stanley, Emil & Scylla.

A must see when visiting Ireland is a visit to The Guinness Brewery. St James's Gate Brewery is a brewery know as the home of Guinness leased for 9,000 years in 1769 by Arthur Guinness, St James Gate has been the home of Guinness ever since. It became the largest brewery in Ireland in 1838, and the largest in the world in 1914. Though it is no longer the largest brewery in the world it is still the largest brewer of stout in the world. There is an attached exhibition on the 250-year-old history of Guinness, called the Guinness Storehouse and some of the old brewing equipment is on show, as well as stout ingredients, brewing techniques, advertising methods and storage devices.

Photo by Sassy & Momo

After our tour Roscoe and I helped serve beer at the Gravity Bar located on the top floor. Not only can you kick back and relax with a free pint of beer, Pinot and the young girl kitties had some milk, but you can enjoy an almost 360° panorama view overlooking the city.

Photo by Sassy & Momo

With so many must sees on our list of things to see while in Ireland we, of course, headed over to see Dublin Castle. All the historic buildings have been restored and the Castle is now fully integrated into Irish society. The Dublin Castle has played hosts to European Union Presidents, Heads of State, and leaders of business, industry and government. Of course, a major tourist attraction allows visitors to the castle to experience the history revealed throughout the complex from the Medieval Tower to the many treasures found inside.

Photo by Momo Kitty

Plans earlier in the day were made for Momo, Opus, Roscoe, Socks, Charybdis, Scylla and me to meet in the village of Dalkey to have high tea at the Guinea Pig Cafe Restaurant. All of us were at the restaurant waiting for Scylla to show up. We could not figure out where she was? Opus and Roscoe waited inside to make sure that we would have a table when she showed up. Finally we decided that maybe we should walk around to see if we could find her . . .

Photo by Momo Kitty

. . . we found Scylla waiting for us outside of a pet shop. I guess she only heard the words "guinea pig" and of course was at the local pet shop wondering where we were! Too funny. We then headed back to The Guinea Pig Cafe Restaurant, laughing all the way, and enjoyed some delicious tea and other treats the restaurant had on their menu.

More fun tomorrow, the big day, on St. Patrick's Day with Momo Opus & Roscoe, Karl, Emil, & Mrs. Oz, Ruis, Asta, Stanley, Momo & Pinot, Charlie, Socks, Scylla & Charybdis. Please visit their place for more of the Ireland story.


Momo & Pinot said...

Sissy, we weren't sure where you headed off in the morning! You were kayaking?? Our dad is jealous now!

Momo & Pinot

Jan said...

You went kayaking alone? You can swim, we hope.

As usual, you are having an adventurous trip. Have fun!


Daisy said...

Hahahaha! That picture of you lying in bed with your cucumber glasses and box of chocolates is hilarious!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

OH did you see Skeezix having a Mother's Milk?

MoMo said...

What fun! Sure glad we found Scylla. Kayaking? You were a brave soul! I would hate to tumble into the water.

Orable & Charlie said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Sassy! I'm going over to check out that charming little Guinea Pig pub later - I'm being a responsible sheepdog and looking after Sock's sisters in the garden now (they're really sweet, too)


Scruffy & Lacie said...


I've been following ur adventures via Asta's bloggie...she's my bestest friend and her friends are my friends if you'll have me being a dog and all....

I've admired your fashion sense ever since I saw a pic of you from the A Cat Demy Awards and you were in that fab gown...WOW!!! It was so and Asta just naturally know how to accesorize outfits. I'm still young and still learning.

I'm gonna add you to our pack list if that's ok...

I have 2 most of the time obnoxious brothers, but I won't let them bother you if you come and visit our blog!!

Lakie licks,

Cat Naps in Italy said...

Sorry we are so late in touching base, this has just been a busy day with tomorrow promising to be even more so. We are having such a blast, we don't want it to end.

MoMo said...

My SS is fast losing it. I said I wanted to leave a message on your blog and what did she do. She went to my blog and stared at it.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Sassy, We have finally figured out how to un-confuse you. We can now comment as ourselves instead of having to use Jan's name. We hope this helps you - and all the other confused kitties and woofies.

Alasandra said...

I am glad you found me. Kayaking looks like fun. ~Scylla

Isn't our Scylla silly? Mommy calls her Silly Scylla all the time. ~Charybdis & Socks

The Cat Realm said...

Karl always told me how funny a cat you are and I have to say I learned on this wonderful trip that he was of course right! If I'd known you have a box of chocolates in your room I'd come earlier!
This is my first big trip and I really love it!!!!
Mrs. OZ


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