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Befrienders Viking Splash Tour – 16.08.14

September 15th, 2014

As part of our summer activities programme, we recently went on The Viking Splash Tour. The weather was fine, which is lucky when you’re in an open-topped vehicle. Our driver Paul, was great craic and spat out fascinating nuggets about Dublin’s history¬†as he drove us around in that embarrassing yellow thing.

The Viking Splash bus/boats are original World War II amphibious vehicles, the last that remain of the thousands which took part in The Normandy Landings (D-Day) in World War Two.  Of course, we were required to wear those silly Viking Helmets and cheer at frequent intervals. Most passengers happily complied with both of these demands except for this writer and the grumpy-looking Dutch tourist behind me. My excuse was that I was filming the tour for posterity.

At Grand Canal Dock, we took to the water and, as Paul admitted, there was very little splash, but plenty of fun! The waterlogged segment of the tip was very relaxing as we cruised gently past Boland’s mill and U2’s recording studio. Thankfully, Bono was nowhere to be seen, although driver Paul told us that the permanently-sunglasses-wearing egomaniac warbler had once appeared on the jetty to wave to his tone-deaf Viking Fans.

After the tour, we sauntered down Stephen’s Green, dodged the buskers on Grafton Street and hit Captain America’s where we had a lovely meal. This was one of the best day-trips we’ve ever had.

Thanks to Ann for everything & many thanks to Celestial Green Ventures for making this amazing day possible!

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