We arrived in Dublin for the start of our Ireland trip early Saturday morning (Irish time). After a quick drive from Dublin airport to the Shelbourne Hotel – which was no easy feat considering driving on the “wrong” side if the road and the “wrong” side of the car. The Hotel, like Dublin is beautiful – both elegant and rustic. Although the city was founded in 988 AD, some of the structures date back to the 4th century. The weather has held out for us so far with party cloudy skies each day and temps in the low 60’s – nice weather by irish standards.
Dublin is a small city and not that noisy, considering other european cities. The driver are another matter, it is expected that if you are crossing the street it is your responsibility to get out of the way – they do not slow down. The double decker buses are the biggest offenders, often speeding through all the twists and turns that make up the streets of Dublin. Lots of sites to see in Dublin, such as the original St. Patrick’s Cathedral, The Guinness Storehouse, Jamerson’s Whiskey plant, Trinity College and lots of other historic sites.
Next stop with be Ashford Castle in Cong (County Mayo), A three hour drive from Dublin – straight across to the west coast.