This is what most of our day looked like!
We had tickets for a hop on/hop off bus tour, but we had such a hard time finding the office, that we finally decided to just park in a parking garage downtown and start walking! The sights of Dublin were beautiful - like this Christ Church Cathedral!
There were fresh flowers EVERYWHERE in Ireland!
We would turn our heads fast (to make sure we weren't about to get trampled!) when we heard the clop-clop sound of the horse carriages coming - those things were fast!
Ireland's oldest pub!
The inside of a random church we walked past!
Temple Bar, which apparently is something Dublin is pretty known for!
Lunch, anyone? (no thanks! I prefer to eat my Tex-Mex in Texas!)
The main thing we (Blu) wanted to see was St. Patrick's Cathedral! He loved it and spent forever in there reading about all the dead people. Exciting stuff.
This is my face while Blu is walking around looking at things...
He keeps me laughing! (and everyone else around us...)
It was pretty though, and Blu loved how the stain glassed windows told stories!
The pulpit - a little different than what we use at New Day!
I did enjoy leaving our Hitchhiker Snail (do you see the packet?!) in the St. Patrick's Cathedral for someone else to find!!
A rock found at St. Patrick's Well (where Jonathan Swift baptized early converts)
When Blu was
Homemade Dutch Apple Pie with fresh cream for the win!
Gluten free olive and brie quiche, with quinoa and spinach salad - I was happy!
We had a little time left, so we made our way (through 90 minutes of traffic...) to the little village of Howth. You'd have to google it to see where it is, but it's a little peninsula that juts out of the East coast of Ireland. We headed to "The Summit" to see the view!
It was beautiful, and we got there just before a storm rolled in!
And then it started pouring!! We ran back to the car - it was COLD!
We popped into Gaffney's Inn for a little snack...
And instead I was SOOO excited to finally get my seafood chowder and soda bread meal I'd been looking for!!!
It was so quaint!
Finally, it was time to head to the airport. We missed a turn somewhere, and the 15 minute trip soon turned into us cutting it close to getting there in time to drop off our rental car, get through security, etc. We realized we were downtown again, at 5pm, surrounded by traffic and people. We tried to ask people for help, but it seems most people downtown ride buses and weren't quite sure how to direct us. Blu finally stopped a bus driver, and he gave us great directions. He told us to keep the river on our right, and we'll go into a big tunnel and come out almost straight at the airport. We were doubtful, but we followed his directions, paid $12 to go through the tunnel, drove THREE MILES through the tunnel (it felt like forever!) and finally came out near the airport! We were so relieved and ready to drop off the car and call it a day!
After a quick flight to London and breezing through baggage and our hotel shuttle bus, we are relaxing at the Doubletree Hotel (thank you Delta miles!) and ready to head to bed for our flight to the USA tomorrow! We have had a great, relaxing 3 days together and can't wait to see our babies in Texas!