Sunday, December 19, 2010

Ireland, I'm coming home 1

Yay! Photos from our trip to Dublin and surrounding areas...

Our first venture out after a morning of flying - we arrived to Dublin around 7am, napped, then ventured out through St. Stephen's Green to find lunch somewhere.

Yay! Shopping in Grafton Street - totally decked out for Christmas and one of the busiest foot traffic streets in Europe.

We took a hop on / hop off bus tour throughout the city and saw St. Patrick's Cathedral. Then...Guinness. This is me at the rooftop bar, waiting for my drink.

Ahhh...pretty good start to our first evening out in Dublin. We had a great view before the fog rolled in and the sun set.
Trotting around Temple Bar, pub hopping. We stopped for dinner at Quay's Restaurant, with authentic Irish cuisine...I had a lamb stew, Dad had Guinness stew, Jeff with fish and chips, Mom with smoked salmon. I swear, Mom had smoked salmon every meal in some form (even on the plane ride home).

The next morning, our driver picked us up bright and early for a drive along the coast, heading south.
Somehow, Jeff got put in the back during this first leg. We saw Powerscourt Estates, but did not get out since it was snow-covered. Our first stop was in Glendalough, an ancient monastery Jeff crawled out of the back the van, sweaty and pale. No barfing though!

Walking through the icy, quiet, and magical graveyard at Glendalough.

Dad holding up some ancient ruins

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