Ireland (Part 1)

September 18th to 21st: We flew into Dublin and stopped in at a neat looking pub on the way to our friends’ place – Slatterys Bar.

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We got nachos of course.

We arrived in Dublin with colds. For once, I was sicker than Les. We took the first couple days to look after ourselves – resting and drinking loads of tea.

While stuck on the couch with a snotty face, I saw on Facebook that a friend from childhood (in Habitat Villa) was in Dublin with her husband. When we felt a bit better, we met up with Sinead and Chris for a beer. It was super cool to see her again and meet her husband.

We also left the couch to check out the Science Gallery. The exhibit was “Life at the Edges” – all about extreme environments and adaptations for survival, both through evolution and new technologies.

September 22nd: Tina and Jonny loaded us up in their car and we drove to the Giants Causeway along the north coast. It was beautiful. We were there for the sun set so the colours were amazing.

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View from the cliffs above.

We got an Air BnB in nearby Portrush and smashed a bunch of Indian food before bed.

September 23rd: Our first stop was Dunluce Castle and the adjacent sea cliffs. Dunluce Castle is a ruined medieval castle connected to the mainland by a bridge (used to be a draw bridge!!)

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Sheep!

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Our next stop was the Bushmills Distillery. We did the tour and got to try the Red Bush and the 12 year. It was tasty 🙂

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Cool chandelier

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Our final stop was at the Dark Hedges, an avenue lined with beech trees. It was (is?) a filming location for Game of Thrones and has since grown in popularity with tourists. It was busy – people everywhere, cars and tour buses parked in the middle of the road. Madness!

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From there, we drove back to Dublin.

September 24th: We strolled around Dublin and checked out the Dublin Castle (from the outside). We had intended to check out some free museums but they were both closed on Mondays. We went for Guinness and kebabs instead.

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Les isn’t reading anything. He’s trying to figure out how he can build a castle when we get back home.

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This was our first week in Ireland 🙂

 

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