Day 2 was not very exciting, so I have glossed over some of it.
In the London Heathrow Airport, we took in the Aspire Lounge for free refreshments & drinks. Arriving late in Dublin, we took Uber to the hotel-very expensive-$40 for a 20 minute ride. We had a late dinner and then off to bed.
We stayed at the Maldron Hotel, a small chain in Ireland. By American standards, very nice, but by European standards, deluxe and very large. If you have ever stayed in European hotels with the exception of suites, the rooms are very small.
The breakfast each day was tremendous and they catered to every allergy (17 of them).
Day 3-We started on the Hop On Hop Off Bus on our way around Dublin. The weather was freezing and the rain poured down in sheets.
Twice we got off the bus, once at the Guinness Storeroom-we even tried a new drink-the Black Velvet-Champagne and Guinness. Next up was a stop at the Kilmainham Gaol Museum, an Irish Jail, no longer used.
In the evening, we went to St. Mary's Church which was built in 1699 and now converted into a restaurant for dining and Irish Music and dancing.
Day 4-Off to the Hop On Hop Off Bus tour with our first stop at Trinity College to see the Book of Kells. We saw the 2 pages available, which is changed daily.
Who's a Harry Potter fan? This is the picture of the library that was used in the movies.
After that, we went to the Museum of Archaeology, which had a small but impressive Egyptian collection, including 5 mummy's & sarcophagus.
From there we headed to the Jameson distillery for a tasting. A new favorite drink-Jameson, ginger ale & lime.
That evening, we did a Dublin at Night Tour, which was free, because we had a 2-day Hop on Hop off pass. Lovely to see all the bright lights. Then off to Murray's Bar & Grill, our new hangout in Dublin for Irish Music.
Day 5-Sleeping in and then off to a tour of the haunted Malahide Castle. The Dining room picture is where the ghost is supposed to be. This castle is the most used castle for Paranormal TV shows, but the ghost wasn't in today. And then onto the East Coast to look at the wild waves and a visit to the Sea Village of Howth.
Day 6-We're on our way home through Philadelphia. Stopped in the T2 Lounge for breakfast and snacks. $300 later, I found out that the Priority Pass is only free for me and I have to pay for any additional guests. Lesson learned. I still love the Priority Pass program though.
I had a wonderful trip, despite the cold and the rain. The people were so friendly & helpful and always kind.
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