Posts Tagged ‘Dublin’

Guinness, Anyone?

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Well, hello good friends! It’s almost 11pm here and I’m just about to get on skype to talk with my girls back home, but before I do I needed to catch you up on my first day in Ireland. We arrived at Dublin Airport at 6:31am, which is not terribly early, however when you factor in that our flight left Newark at 7pm the previous evening and we time traveled five hours ahead, it was pretty rough for me. Somehow I got into a routine of every 30 minutes changing my position in my seat in fruitless attempt to find comfort. You can imagine my elation when with an hour left in the flight I realized that I sat in every combination possible except for just sitting there and crossing my legs! Seriously people, it’s the little things for me and sitting in that position, first one leg crossed, then the other, kept me sane for that last hour.

Off the plane and ready... for bed. Just kidding. We're off to our hotel.

We’re doing a self-tour around the beautiful country of Ireland arranged by CIE Tours. Our first two nights are spent in Dublin in the Davenport Hotel. Today we were lucky enough to be able to check in when we arrived in the morning. After a quick cat nap, we hopped on the “Hop On – Hop Off” bus, a tour that takes you around the city of Dublin and allows you to get off at different stops, explore, then get back on at your choosing.

Davenport Hotel

Some of our stops on the tour…

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St. Patrick's Cathedral

Inscription: This stone was found 15th June 1901 six feet below the surface of the traditional site of the St. Patrick's Well

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. James Gate for a Guinness Tour

Getting ready to go into the Guinness Storehouse 🙂

 

My Goodness! My Guinness!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I couldn’t believe how smooth Guinness is over here. I really don’t know if I’ll be able to drink Guinness back at home after this… ok, I know, that’s a stretch, but still, I’m telling ya folks, it’s like drinking silk. At one of the cafe’s in the Guinness Storehouse we drank the water that is used to make the beer and that was the softest water I’ve ever had. I’m not sure if you can use “soft” to describe water, but really, I can’t describe it any other way.

For dinner we ate O’Neill’s a true, traditional Irish pub. It was quite an experience since we had no idea what the hell we were doing. Used to the American way of dining of walking in and being seated, we meandered around three floors trying to figure out where do we sit and where everyone was getting the food. We couldn’t see any waiters or waitresses but food was appearing and drinks were disappearing.

O'Neill's

Mustering up some courage we jumped in a line and low and behold we ordered food and were served. Now that we had our food, we needed to find a place to sit. Which was no easy matter. Balancing an overflowing Irish stew with an overflowing Guinness we did our best not to spill everything. There were clusters of tables in the corner, one random table with two small stools by the stairs, a row of chairs by the bar; it was nerve-wracking and exciting and relaxing all at once. The Irish music streaming down the steps lulled our tense traveling nerves and encouraged us to just sit down and relax, and we did.

Mmmm, Irish Beef Stew with Guinness and a Guinness. (Seeing a pattern here, folks?)

So, that was our first day, now it is way past my bed time (I talked to the girls in between trying to upload these pictures!) so I’ll be going to bed now. Tomorrow we’ll be visiting a church with crypts, a gaol and we’re doing a ghost tour around Dublin at night! Hope to see you tomorrow night!

A Dream Vacation

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Hello friends!

Tomorrow night I leave for a trip of a lifetime! That’s right, ladies and gents, my dream of visiting Ireland is about to come true. For 11 nights I’ll be traveling the Emerald Isle’s rolling hills taking in the sights, the sounds, and the accents (sigh). I’m just a tad bit excited, if you haven’t guessed.

Cabra Castle - one of the hotels we'll be staying in.

There is something about Ireland that as soon as almost anyone hears that you’re visiting their eyes light up and there’s just a wee bit of jealousy underlining their well wishes. And who can blame them? Ireland is a place of magic, of inspiration, two things I’m in desperate need of.

I talked Eric into getting me a small data package for my phone; that way I’ll be able to tweet a little each day about my adventures. In addition to that my hope is to blog some posts, with pictures, about my journey around Eire.

My trip starts and ends in Dublin with stops in Cork, Killarney, Galway, Derry and Kingscourt and I’d love you’d come with me! So, stop by sometime within the next two days for my first post. Our flight leaves Newark at 7pm Tuesday night and we get in around 7am Ireland time on Wednesday. (They are five hours ahead of EST.) We can’t check into our hotel until 1pm so I’m not sure when I’ll have internet access to update you to my schedule. But once things get settled and I get a feel for our itinerary I’ll let you guys know. 😉

So until then, have a lovely evening. I need to get things settled on the Writing on the Rocks front before I leave, and I still have some packing to do. But fear not, friends! I have plenty of wine to accompany me through the night. 🙂