Friday, December 14, 2012

Days 3-6: Dublin & Cork, Ireland

Friday, December 14, 2012. 22:41 local time (aka 10:41 p.m.). Cork, Ireland.

I apologise for my lack of posting in the past few days, I haven't had access to a computer. I am now sitting in the upstairs room of the family we are staying with in Cork, Ireland & they have graciously let both D & I use their computers. So I will attempt to summarise the last few days:

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Day 3: Dublin

Very early on the morning of the 11th, we headed off to the Stansted airport in England to catch our flight to Dublin, Ireland. We both took a nap on the flight & landed in Dublin airport around 11 a.m. local time.

(as a side note, if you are PST, Ireland & the UK are 8 hours ahead of you.)

We then caught a bus to our hotel, the lovely Roxford Lodge Hotel on N. Umberland Rd. We were amazed by the friendliness of the staff & after checking in, we were brought tea in our room. We had afternoon tea & figured out what we wanted to do & when. We developed a pattern of planning until noon & then cramming everything into about 3 hours in the afternoon before dinner.

After tea, we left the hotel & headed downtown to the Guinness Factory. We toured the old place & were rewarded with a beautiful view at the top of the place. It was getting dark by then, so we caught a taxi to a pub called the Brazen Head. (I highly recommend it for anyone wanting a small Irish pub atmosphere.) We had dinner there then walked back to the hotel & got in the sauna in our room. We then curled up in bed & watched a couple movies until late.

It was a pretty uneventful day as we were both tired from traveling & we didn't start our adventures until about 2 p.m. I also very highly recommend the Roxford. It's an adorable hotel.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Day 4: Dublin

We thought we would start early on the 12th, so we began our exploration at noon. 12/12/12--it happened to be Danielle's birthday & she wanted to visit a cathedral so we caught a bus to St. Patrick's cathedral. We headed in with the view of looking around for a few minutes, but were pleasantly surprised by one of the staff who offered to give us a tour.

He was a brilliant tour guide & gave us a good hour and a half tour of the cathedral, telling us all sorts of stories etc. Of course, we did some shopping at the little gift shop there (D calls me the queen of souvenirs) and then headed off to Dublin Castle.

There, we took a tour of the castle & got to listen to yet another fantastic Irish accent. After the castle, we went to downtown to find a few pubs to go to for Danielle's birthday. We found all the authentic old Irish ones & had dinner & lots of fun. We headed back to the hotel early (around 8:30 p.m.) and watched another movie & went to bed rather early.

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Day 5: Cork, Ireland

Yesterday, we got up in time for breakfast at the hotel & enjoyed a lovely continental breakfast (with babybel cheese!!!) before checking out & taking the LUAS to our bus station.

We caught the noon bus to Cork & basically slept all the way there. We arrived at 4:30 p.m. local time & after a bit of wandering, found the house where the family who is hosting us lives. We ate dinner with them & then went off to see the Hobbit. I shan't spoil it for any of you who haven't seen it yet, except I recommend seeing it in 3D (& I hate 3D). It's such an epic movie.

After that, we headed back to the house & went to bed. It was pretty uneventful yesterday because we spent most of our day on the bus.

& that brings me to today.

Friday, December 14, 2012
Day 6: Cork, Ireland

Today we got up early & headed down to Killarney with Jo, our host. She had some shopping to do & we tagged along.

We went to Muckross House & priory & walked around the park. It rained a bit but not too hard, so it was still an enjoyable walk. The grounds were simply gorgeous...it was hard to not take a picture of EVERYTHING.

We had lunch at the cafe there at the house before going back into town to do some shopping. We walked around downtown Killarney & got some more souvenirs (!) before heading back into Cork around 3:30 p.m. local time.

We had some tea to warm up before heading back out into the chill to walk around the outdoor market in Cork. We also found Christmas decorations in the park & walked around. It was very lovely & Christmasey.

Around 6 p.m. we had dinner with the family & then sat & chatted over some tea with Sarah, one of the girls in the family here. She's such a sweetheart. The whole family decided to watch the Amazing Spiderman & D & I joined them. We just finished that a few minutes ago (well more than a few, now) & we headed off to the computer room to check our flights.

We discovered that although we are leaving at different times from Heathrow on Sunday (we're on two different flights), we are going to be in Denver at the same time! We both have a two hour layover in Denver that overlaps by about an hour and a half, so we're planning to meet up in Denver on our way home.

Well, it is now 23:06 & D & I have plans to hit Blarney Castle tomorrow before we fly back to London tomorrow night. So, all that to say, I'm off to bed.

Cheers.

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