June 1 -- Dublin

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Friday, June 1. Our only full day in Dublin. As I mentioned before, we were staying in one of the more "colorful" parts of Dublin. In general, Dublin has a bit of a rough edge; it's definitely more of a party town than London or Edinburgh. Not being big drinkers, this part of the city's character was lost on us.

After a quick trip to the laundromat, we set out to explore Dublin. We tried to find the U2 wall, but the building was under construction, so we walked over to Merrion Green to see the Oscar Wilde memorial there. There's a great statue of him reclining on a rock, along with a separate memorial engraved with many of his best quotes, including "Nothing worth knowing can be taught", "I can resist everything except temptation", "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars", and my favorite, "Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast."

After lunch, we went and sat in St. Stephen's Green for a while and did some people-watching (we were still trying to recover from London Death March), then walked through the Temple Bar area, did a little shopping, and grabbed dinner.