Our transportation throughout the trip had been really good, up until now. We sat in our seats in the prop plane in the middle of Bristol Airport with no air conditioning. It was 90 degrees in the cabin. It was hot! The plane had decided not to work today, so we had to get off the plane and go back into the airport to wait for it to be fixed. If they couldn’t fix it we would have to wait 5 hours for the next plane to Dublin.
After awhile they called our flight back. The plane was “supposedly” working. 30 minutes we took off, and we flew the hour long flight to Dublin.
We arrived without any more plane issues and we took a taxi to our 3 story townhouse we had rented. It was 9:00 PM by the time we got to dinner. We went to Paulie’s Pizza, I got a Margherita Pizza once again.
The next morning, I was in bed on my phone. Everyone in the house was still sleeping since it was only 6:30. Then a face appeared in the window. It was one of the cats!
There were 6 (I counted) cats that lived around our house. I named them; Dingle (the one that appeared in the window), Larry, Shamrock, Gael, Guinness, and Limerick.
We had breakfast then we headed off. We went to Starbucks, and they had some different things than they did here in the U.S. There were all sorts of different Frappuccinos.
There were all sorts of cool donuts in some of the windows we passed.
We had lunch at the famous Temple Bar, where we all got different types of sandwiches. I got an egg salad sandwich.
Then we went stopped at another bar (to get the Temple Bar neighborhood feel.) My mom and I just got diet cokes.
Our next stop was at the Ha’Penny Bridge.
From there we walked around on the other side of the bridge for awhile. We saw some cool statues along the way.
After that we crossed back over to the south side of Dublin and went back to our house. For dinner we got take out pizza from a local restaurant, we also got salads. I only had a piece of the pizza since I didn’t like how there was so much cheese on it (I’m more of a sauce person.) My dad agreed (he’s a sauce person, too.)
Look who came by at dinner…
That night Larry (his real name is Ginger) came to the downstairs window and tried to get inside for awhile.
The next morning we took the train to Howth which is a fishing village north of Dublin.
We saw a bunch of sea lions in the Irish Sea, which was really neat.
After watching the sea lions for a bit we went to Insomnia Coffee. I decided to embrace the moment and I had a very sugary snack (Candyfloss Hot Cocoa and a Marshmallow Cake.) It was really good.
We saw the Olympic House in Howth which was really neat.
For lunch we went to the Abbey Tavern, I had a salad and my grandma and dad had the salmon.
After lunch we went back to Howth Harbour and walked on top of the break wall for a bit. There were some awesome views from the wall.
A sign in the harbour
On our way back to Dublin we stopped at the Bubble Waffle Factory. Bubble Waffle Cones are like ice cream cones but the cones are made of waffles. My grandma and I tried them. I mostly just ate the top of the waffle cone since it was gigantic!
We stopped at Trinity College before going back to the house. We didn’t see the Book of Kells but we went to the Trinity Gift Shop and got some neat shirts.
That night for dinner my mom, dad, and I walked to a store called Donnybrook Fair where we got some things like potato salad and Caesar salad for dinner. On the way to Donnybrook, we saw Meghan, Harry, and the Prime Minster of Ireland drive past us since they had just gotten to Dublin that night.
Our final day in Dublin we went to explore more of the city. We went to the Famine Memorial that morning, which was really interesting.
We also got to go on the famous ship that brought immigrants from Dublin to places like Quebec and New York City. It was called the Jeanie Johnston.
On our way to lunch we saw Harry and Meghan again, and this time we got a wave from them. For lunch, we stopped at another restaurant in the Temple Bar neighborhood and I had a baked potato with scallion sour cream. Yum!
After that we went on a Viking Tour of Dublin. We went on land and in the water. It was really neat!
For dinner we stopped at a salad restaurant called Chopped. The salads were really good.
I forgot to take salad pictures so this is just a filler..
That night we watched the World Cup semi-finals, unfortunately England didn’t make it into the finals. Unfortunately, the next day was our last day of our 15 day trip in England and Ireland.
We drove to the Dublin Airport, and said our goodbyes as our flight took off.
While we were above Newfoundland in Canada we could see icebergs from 36,000 feet in the air!
Soon, we arrived back in the States. We had an amazing trip, and I can’t wait to go to Europe soon!