Here we are again... over a year since I last posted. The fact that I haven't completely given up has to count for something though, right? I've been daydreaming about all of the fantastic places we visited when we lived in Italy, so thought I'd recap our trip to Ireland, if only for my own posterity.
The trip was booked after I discovered that one of my favorite singers, David Gray, would be performing. Sign me up! We visited in early June, and were pretty surprised that it was still fairly cold there. The trip was a bit of a whirlwind - we spent one night in Dublin, rented a car and drove to Cork (I say "we" very loosely. Token was the one who had to navigate driving on the opposite side of the road in a manual vehicle. Good man, he is!), and then drove back to Dublin for another couple nights. I'm less than stellar at reading maps, and didn't realize Cork was so dang far from Dublin, which added quite a few hours in the car that we didn't plan for.
The first night, we stayed near to the O2, where the concert was held. I can't seem to recall the hotel name, but it worked for one night.
View from the nameless hotel. (so helpful, I know. I aim to please!)
I found a Bed & Breakfast online that I would NOT recommend. The owner was very odd. We got back from wandering around town one day to find that the B&B didn't have any power. The owner wouldn't let us go up to our room, and then borrowed a euro from Token to make a phone call. Very, very strange. So, if you're headed to Cork, Ireland, avoided Audley House B&B.
In Cork, we found an Irish pub and had to have a beer, or in my case, cider. Yum!
We made the long trip back to Dublin, and checked into our third hotel, the Fitzwilliam. Oh my gosh is all I can say. This hotel was AMAZING. It was in a fantastic location, so plush and fancy. You know, the perfect hotel for a family traveling with a 1.5-year old. ;) They booked us in a room waaaaay at the end of a hallway, I think to keep us separated from their guests who actually wanted to sleep. Ha! Another bonus was the Pack N Play in the room.