September 25th: Les and I took the bus up to Belfast for the day. We checked out the Botanic Gardens, explored the Ulster Museum, got milkshakes at Maggie Mays, and walked the streets gawking at statues and buildings.
The Ulster Museum is amazing. It is beautifully laid out. It has a wonderful exhibition of Ireland through geologic time, which I loved. Plus it has a better mummy display than the British Museum! (at least in my opinion).
When it started to rain, we called it a day and headed back to Dublin.
September 26th: We went to the Dublin Zoo! I don’t know the last time I’ve been to a zoo….when Vancouver had a zoo in Stanley Park maybe? I thoroughly enjoyed it. The enclosures were so well designed – moats and low fences instead of cages and towering fences.
September 27th: In line with the previous day, we went to another zoo….. the Museum of Natural History (aka the Dead Zoo). It was one of the coolest museums we’ve ever been to. Everything from the old display cabinets to the artistic and historic taxidermy, it was all so captivating.
September 28th: The sun was out so we headed up to Trim to check out the town. It has so much history and ruins! And not only that, it is in a beautiful setting with a river and rolling hills. The Trim Castle is where they shot the movie Braveheart.
From the castle, we cruised through some cobblestone streets and stopped to check out the ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey.
Further down the river walk, we walked through the ruined Cathedral of Peter and Paul.
To wrap up our day in Trim, we stopped for a pint at Marcy Regan’s Pub. The riverside pub has a patio that looks over at Priory of St John the Baptist. It was perfect. If I didn’t know any better, I would think that Ireland isn’t as wet and dreary as it’s reputation would lead you to believe.
September 29th: We went with Tina and Jonny to a delicious market in Dublin. I had the 2nd best cinnamon bun of my life (#1 goes to Mum and Dad). This one was made with the right amount of cinnamon (lots!) and with walnuts.
From there, Les and I did a tour of Glasnevin Cemetary. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, it was almost hard to follow. We made so many notes of things to look up (ex. who was Countess Markievioz).
September 30th: Tina and Jonny were feeling ill and were not able to make the concert they had tickets for. We got to go instead and saw Everlast live! It was awesome! I loved his music in high school and still listen to it today. His voice has only gotten better.
October 1st: Les and I took a bus out to Howth, a suburb of Dublin on a peninsula. Again, it was a beautiful day – slightly grey, but no rain.
And with that, we packed up and got ready for an early morning trip to the airport. Our next stop is Baku in Azerbaijan.