Whew! Sorry it has taken me so long to update. We have been BUSY! The in-laws came in last Friday, then it was off to Ireland early, and I do mean early, Saturday morning. We got back super late Monday, and then were off exploring around town yesterday. Today, we are headed to France. I think I made need a nap, or 5. Anyways, back to Dublin.
We took Ryan Air (a must if you live here!) straight to Dublin. We also took only carry on luggage, which was actually really nice. Nothing to worry about! Once we made it in we took a shuttle to our hotel. Our hotel was outside the city itself, but located on the light rail (LUAS) line. Our hotel was GREAT! It was called Glashaus, and if you go to Dublin you must check it out. We had an apartment with 2 bedrooms, a living room, and a kitchen. After we dropped our stuff we headed into the city. We had booked one of those hop on hop off bus tours to get around.
The Guinness Factory, Trinity College, St. Patrick's, Christ Church, Grafton Street, Temple Bar, St. Stephen's Green, and lots more!
At Guinness (Neat museum, but better if you actually like Guinness.)
Christ Church Cathedral (Beautiful!)
St. Patrick's (Possibly the most un-churchy church I have ever seen. It is basically dedicated to donors, not to God. Pretty sad.)
View of the city from Guinness (The best part of the museum in my opinion.)
We didn't get to see the Book of Kells or Dublin Castle as they were both closed. Grrr!
My favorite part of the city and the trip was probably the people. They really are as friendly as you have heard! SUCH a change from Germany! Speaking the language is also nice, the shopping was Uh-MAZE-ING, and they had a Starbucks, and Mexican Food, and Quiznos, and Papa Johns. Seriously. I was in HEAVEN!!!!! Yes, yes, I ate some Irish food too. Whatever. Papa Johns was so good I ate 6 slices. Nice.
The next day we headed to the Wicklow Mountains. I highly recommend this tour as well. You learn a lot about Irish history, and you get to see the "picturesque" part of the country.
We were able to see the mountains, the place where PS I Love You and Braveheart were filmed, and Glendalough (a monastic settlement from the 6th century). It was beautiful (and VERY VERY VERY cold)!
Near the Guinness Estate
A Very Cold Couple
All Four Cold People in Glendalough
The last day just Jordan and I headed into town to get some pictures of the beautiful doors. The story goes that when the men were coming home from the pubs at night, they couldn't tell which house was theirs. So their wives being very smart, painted each door a bright color. This way, the men could easily find their way to the right door. I plan on doing a crafty wall decoration project with these.
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Overall it was a great trip and I highly recommend it. Dublin is the 3rd most visited city in Europe, and I see why. It is a great 2-3 day stop on your way to other places.
Now, it's off to France...