We arrived in Dublin around 8:30 a.m. Once we found the shuttle area we were at the hotel within a couple of minutes. A word about our hotel: This is what I would consider a typical European hotel room: not many frills, just the basics, and with that, just enough room in it to put your suitcases and get a good night's sleep. The way I look at it: I'm not in Europe to stay in my room, I only want a space where I can sleep and take a shower. So, the Europeans are quite smart that way!
Check-in was at 2:00 but there was a room available and we were able to get in it early for €20. As I said in the previous post, it was worth the extra money to go ahead and get settled. Our room was on the 1st floor; the lobby was on the 2nd floor which meant we were kind of in a basement. The room was sufficient and the bed was very comfortable. The hotel prides itself on being the closest to the airport. We heard some airplane noises but not enough to keep us awake; the noise wasn't very loud at all.
But who wants to hear about Dublin instead of the airport? After our naps and showers, the front desk called a cab for us so we could head into City Centre. We have British friends who flew over for a few days while we were there. The last time we saw them was in 2016 during our trip to SD and CO. Her sister lives in CO and they were at the beginning of their Mexico/South America trip.The Long Hall. This is one of the oldest pubs in Dublin and is in the Temple Bar region. It was a very traditional Irish pub, but unfortunately (or fortunately) I was caught up in being in Ireland with our friends that I completely forgot to take pictures of the inside. On the last trip to Ireland, I made the mistake of not drinking a Guinness until the end of the trip. I didn't make that mistake again. I started the visit with a pint right off the bat:
|1st pint of Guinness in Ireland|
|The Bankers Bar is another traditional Irish pub|
|The Cathedral is the white building behind us on the left|
|The Confession Box|
|The Jennie Johnston is a replica famine ship.|
|A plaque inside of the pub|
|My first Irish Coffee this trip...a bit disappointing.|
|The Lineman's Statue|
|Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge (I couldn't find information to determine if it is still in use. There is another one in another section of the River.)|
|We were fascinated by this leaning building, which is the Convention Center|
|The River Liffey at night|
|The Ha'Penny Bridge|