On day 2 in Dublin, we simply went out to enjoy the sights, shopping and food. As we drove past a beach in Dublin, we talked about the start of this city as a Viking “longphort” (a fortification for the protection of the boats.) Was it on a beach such as this that the first buildings were erected? Well, no. The Viking fortification was near Dublin Castle along the Liffey River. So, with curiosity piqued, we wondered what a Viking marine fortification would look like. Back we went to the photos we had taken in Alesund, Norway at the Sunnmore Museum as well as those we had just taken at Guinness Lake in Glendalough a few miles outside of Dublin. After reviewing turf houses and boat-building sheds we concluded the stage sets for the TV series, Vikings, seemed to be right on. The longboats would easily sail up the Liffey. And the turf houses would be easy to erect.
Our curiosity satisfied, we turned our attention to modern-day Dublin. It is a beautiful and vibrant city with lots to see and do; all within easy walking distance.
Let me show you some photos!
After this, we are on our way to Greenock, Scotland.