Ireland Day 1

We still had the morning in Dublin but because it was Saturday  morning,  everything was very crowded. We wanted to visit the Kilmainham Gaol but the wait was very long so we rode the Hop on Hop off bus instead.  It was just what we needed after walking so much the day before, we needed a rest.  The bus gives you a nice tour of Dublin, gives you some tidbits on the history and takes you to the main sights. It looks like the Guinness Brewery and the Jameson Distillery were the most popular stops but I think the National Museum would be more interesting.

The Guinness Brewery

The Guinness Brewery

This is where Iris independence was declared

This is where Iris independence was declared

Because we had to pick up our car, we didn’t have time for anything else.

The Adventure Begins

This was our first time driving on the left side of the road.  We were hesitant but everything has gone well so far.  We followed the recommendation to get an automatic car and we were glad we did it.  It is hard enough getting used to a new car on the other side of the road without having to shift with the left hand.  We also paid for the super damage waiver insurance. We normally decline all insurance but our research showed that in Ireland that is not a good idea.  I’m glad we did it because I’m sure some of the scratches on the car were put on by us.  We brought our trusty transcontinental GPS and Kathy (our GPS) has not ever let us down.  She knows how to get us places!!

We headed out of town toward Killarney. I wanted to see the castle but they wouldn’t  let us in because they said it took over an hour to tour.  So instead we enjoyed the lovely medieval town.  It has many lovely shops and restaurants.  We ate at The Rafters Dempsey’s. I had a burger, but it was very lean and no bun.  My husband had fish and chips. It was great watching  a  footbal game on TV.  There aren’t five different  games with three different sports competing for your attention on 10 giant tvs.  Only the true sport-soccer.

The Killarney  Castle

The Killarney Castle

We made our way to our lovely B&B in Two Mile Boris The Castle View.  We had a huge room, a lovely host Pierce and a dog that reminded us of our late Brewster.

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