"Seize the Day" in Gaelic.Melissa and I are both fortunate to be in a phase of our lives where we could take a trip like this. We both have an only child who is old enough to be left in someone else’s care for a few days, our husbands have fairly stable work schedules, our jobs allow us to take a few days off when we want them, we have our health……etc. etc.
All these items are easily subject to change in an instant. And in this Age of Benefits Degradation in just about every industry, the airline could yank our perks at any time. It's not something to take for granted.
We had to do our best to make the most of this opportunity because who knows when the stars will align again.
So after anxiously watching the flight listings all day, we managed to snag the seats we wanted to our top choice destination….Dublin, Ireland!
We ate our faces off, watched movies, and basically got zero sleep chit-chatting on the way over. It was like a teenage girls’ slumber party at 30,000 feet.
Hot fudge sundae at midnight?, Yes, please.
While we were en route, Melissa’s husband did the leg work and found a good hotel deal for us. When we arrived in Dublin, all we had to do was pull up the email on our phones to get the reservation info.
He found a steal of a deal all right. We stayed at The Ashling Hotel, a full amenity hotel in Dublin City Center, for 149 euro! Yes, that was the total for two people, for two nights, and included a full breakfast as well.
It was 10:00 when we arrived, but out rooms wouldn’t be ready until about 3:00. They held our bags for us, so we’d be able to do some sightseeing in the mean time.
Our first stop was the Guinness Storehouse, as it was only a short walk from the hotel. If you’ve ever visited the World of Coke in Atlanta, you can almost compare it to that.
It’s not the actual factory, and teaches you very little about the brewing process. It is more about the history of the owners and the brand, with lots of pictures and memorabilia on display.
|9,000 yr lease Arthur Guinness signed for the Brewery location|
The best part of the tour was the Gravity Bar on the top floor of the Storehouse, with it’s 360 degree view of Dublin.
We found our second wind to keep going thanks to a tasty pint.
Shockingly, we ended up here for a bite to eat afterwards.
The scones were irresistible, and we may have consumed about 847 more of them (with jam and butter of course) during the rest of our stay.
We made a brief stop back at the hotel to freshen up, and to take a quick (ok, a 4 hour) nap, before heading out again for the night.
It was about a 15 minute walk from our hotel to Temple Bar, the nightlife area of the city. We stumbled across a bunch a "Pub Crawl" groups. We proved our old age by skipping the pub-crawl tours, although we created a mini one for ourselves before turning in for the night.
We wanted a relatively early start the nexy day.........