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Our Trip - September 2014


Day 1

Left Boston aboard Aer Lingus at 9:00 pm arrived Dublin at 7:45 am on the 2nd of September. Flight was great with free movies, music and wifi. The food offered was either chicken curry or beef cottage pie. I don't eat on flights so I'll defer to Colleen on quality of food.

The only issue was the gentleman's seat in front of my wife was broken and he was just a tad obnoxious with it, ramming it back and forth trying to make a point with no apologies to my wife. The stewardess finally told him he had to stop it. Luckily they gave him a new seat for landing. 

Took about an hour to get our passports stamped then grabbed our checked bag and hiked over to terminal one to retrieve our freedom passes. Tried to get on the airline shuttle and my pass didn't work. Back into the terminal and was issued a new one that worked. Onto the bus we went. Dropped off at the o'connell bridge then onto the #4 bus to our hotel. Dropped off our bags then stopped for a fantastic cup of coffee at Food Game. Colleen enjoyed a scone with her coffee americana.

We then wandered aimlessly around Dublin. We both were pretty beat so we just walked with no purpose and ended up grabbing a bite to eat at Voila. Colleen had the smoked chicken & bacon while I had the chorizo & goat cheese w/ spinach, carmalized onions... Both were very tasty sandwiches. Then back to our hotel for a quick nap.

On our arrival the weather was overcast but not unpleasant. By the time we headed out for dinner it was absolutely beautiful. Sunny skies and very pleasant. We didn't want a long night out so we opted for dinner at the Chop House and we are both glad we did. The food was incredible. She had a glass of Pinot Grigio while I enjoyed a local beer. We split a caprese salad as our starter. They also brought out a plate of fresh bread and butter. For dinner we both chose the 35 day dry aged ribeye steak w/ chips. The steaks came with caramelized onions, grilled tomato, flat cap mushroom and garlic butter on the side. The star of the show was without a doubt the steak. Cooked to a perfect medium, melt in your mouth and quite flavorful. The staff were great. Without a doubt we would eat here again.

After dinner we stopped for a pint at Jack Ryan's. The weather was so beautiful we just had to sit outside to enjoy the beautiful evening but were the only ones. I enjoyed a nice pint and a half while Colleen enjoyed a half of a pint.

Came back to our hotel, checked in with the kids then lights out as we wanted to rest up for our big day in Dublin tomorrow.  

***we turned the tv on and hell's kitchen with Gordon Ramsey was on and all of the sudden I hear him dropping f-bombs all over the place... we're not in Kansas anymore toto. *** 

2 coffee and 1 scone = 7.50 euro

2 sandwiches at Voila = 18.50 euro

Dinner at Chop House = 79.10 euro

2 pints at Jack Ryan's = 8.50 euros

Freedom Pass (2) = 60 Euros

Roxford Lodge (2 nights) - 442.95 Euros



-- Edited by gsmith on Thursday 18th of September 2014 09:17:14 AM



-- Edited by gsmith on Thursday 18th of September 2014 09:18:06 AM

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Sounds like a great start to your trip. That food looks delicious. How was Roxford Lodge? The room configuration looks strange.

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We liked the room at Roxford Lodge. Actually it was the Executive Suite and consisted of three floors.
First floor was the bathroom and kitchenette.
Second floor was the bedroom, sauna, sitting room and balcony.
Third floor was the hot tub.
This was a splurge for us as it was our actual anniversary night. It was away from the city center but within walking distance and it is located on the bus route.

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Glad you enjoyed Roxford for your splurge.

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Day 2

Ate our first full Irish breakfast today. Fresh oj, scone, bacon, sausage, white & black pudding, egg, beans. Quite filling.


The we headed on foot to explore Dublin. We pretty much followed Nassau Street and stumbled upon this:

It really was quite beautiful but there was no information to be found. An online search came up with this

Saw these street performers on Grafton Street

Came across Molly "the tart with the cart" Mallone

Headed over to Trinity College and saw the Book of Kells

Then onto the HOHO bus to see what else we could fit in and ended up at the Dublin Castle. Still turning heads after all these years

Funny thing is we only found the true entrance to the castle on our way out. I won't tell you how many times we walked passed it.

Somewhere along the line Colleen found the money tree

Did the Guinness tour

Colleen threatened to drop me off here

Then we saw this sign and figured if it was good enough for him it was good enough for us

It was actually the Blarney Inn and the food was great, especially the shepherds pie.

Back to the hotel where I was woken up at 2 a.m. by a text from my 13 year old son telling me he was hit in the ..."groin"... at soccer practice. I guess my day went better than his.

 



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Love the Chuck Norris sign. Someone is a fan.

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I'm a bit late chiming in, but it looks/sounds like you had an excellent adventure!  biggrin

I'm curious about the MiFi unit.   I remember having recommended an unlocked model on Amazon -- Was that the one you had trouble with?  Did you ever determine what the problem was?  Were you able to return it for a refund?



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The "unlocked" mifi I bought from amazon did not work. It came under the brand "orange" which I was told was a UK brand and the sims card i bought from Tesco did not work.

I ended up buying a mifi unit from tesco and that worked out great however i sent it to murphy for his use and he had problems with it.

I am trying to figure out what to do with the "orange" unit and hopefully will be able to return it but have heard nothing back as of yet.

Our trip was an excellent adventure and we both enjoyed it very much.

I still need to finish the trip report as we have a ton of pics to share.

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You can get the units unlocked same as a phone so all is not lost. Dan has got the Tesco unit working now, think its a case of getting the Data package (sure he will elaborate).. mine works fine but can slip into 2g rather than 3g mode in low coverage areas.

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The joys of modern gadgets...and trying to figure them out. confuse 



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