Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Holiday Day 3

After talking about this trip for so long, it is hard to believe we are actually in Dublin.  Following the usual long flight, only made interesting by delays and the fact that I managed to stick to my vow to watch only films I haven't seen before, we managed to get to get here without incident.  When we arrived at the airport, I knew I would like this place because 1/.  there is free wi-fi and 2/.  it was easy to find cheap transport to the city.  The flat we are in is cute and comfortable and right in the middle of Temple Bar and it is easy to get to most attractions from here.  Monday afternoon was spent trying to keep going by acclimatizing to local time and ambling around a beautiful local park,  St Stephen's Green and poking around the shops in the Grafton Street area.  One of the great things about using apartments on our trips is getting information from locals on where to eat so we had a delicious meal at the quaintly named Skinflint before giving in to the jet lag (or more the lack of sleep over the previous 36 hours) and had an early night.   Day 2 started with a walking tour of Trinity College, a great self-guided walk accessed via a Podcast called iWalk Dublin covering Georgian Dublin, followed by a look around the beautiful reading room of the National Library and St Ann's church .  Then, having been assured that the crowds would die down in the afternoon, we headed back to the Old Library at Trinity to see the amazing Book of Kells and the Long Room before doing another iWalk around Temple Bar and the Docklands.  Dinner at the very convenient Larder (across the road) followed, with a 12 euro steak looking like the meal everyone was going for.  Then, having walked our legs off, it was time for a cup of tea, while checking out Belfast accommodation in readiness to head north today.

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