After 8 days in Scotland, now it was time to revisit an old favorite: Ireland!
We had a ride to the airport through Inverness Taxi. A cheery, punctual driver picked us up in the morning for a ride to Inverness Airport. It’s a small, easy-to-navigate airport, and we encountered no security line whatsover. The tiny LogainAir plane required a walk on the tarmac – thankfully, again, it wasn’t raining. We climbed up the stairs and performed a royal/ presidential wave as we embarked.
After a short, pleasant flight to Dublin Airport, we opted for a taxi into the city. My research told me that this was the lazy person’s way out – the Green 747 Bus would have taken us within 1/4 mile of our AirBnB – but we didn’t care. The taxi ride almost became embarrassing, however, when we found out that the driver didn’t accept credit cards, and didn’t think he could make change for my €100 bill. Having just now entered the EU, we hadn’t had a chance to break our larger bills yet. Um, you’re charming and all, but I’m not giving you a €70 tip! As I prepared myself to make a big old Jersey Girl stink, the driver magically found change.
Another mention of politics vs. World Cup fandom from the cab ride. Although our driver was 100% Irish, he supported England in the World Cup. This, honestly, surprised me. I could understand the Scottish having divided loyalties. His explanation: “they helped us with cash when we needed it in the recession, no one remembers that”. I think he is referring to the post-2008 banking crisis. Oh, and also he is a Liverpool FC fan, and several Liverpool players were on the England team. Now THAT makes more sense!
We were too early to check in to our AirBnB: AirBnB Sir John Rogerson’s Quay , so we had a pub lunch down the street at the Ferryman pub. Guinness pie – always a favortie in Ireland. Once again, the AirBnB proved to be a hit, on the first floor with two nicely sized bedrooms, and walkable to all our Dublin targets.
Our next stop was the Jameson Distillery on Bow Street. We’ve both done the Guinness factory before, and Oldest recommended this instead. We enjoyed the short tour, which was less cheesy than Edinburgh’s Scotch Whiskey Experience.
After a brief history tour, we got right down to business with our free drinks at the bar. There they conconted some excellent and varied cocktails using Jameson’s. Oh, and the bartenders were cute (whoops did I say that out loud?)
Drinking having commenced, we wandered toward Temple Bar. We got a kick out of finding the famous Temple Bar webcam and waving to Dearest Husband, who we texted to look us up, and then sent us a screenshot of us. Technology! Yay!
We enjoyed an excellent dinner at Fade Street Social on Drury street, which Oldest had picked out on Yelp. It was a definite foodie joint, and a welcome upgrade from the heavy fare we had generally been enjoying. The venue includes both an upscale restaurant and a more casual, loud gastropub. Since the restaurant was packed, and even the gastropub booths were full, we ate at the tapas bar overlooking the open kitchen and enjoyed drinks while watching the staff prepare the tapas-style meals. When a man in a leather jacket arrived toward the end of the evening, observing the chefs, having discussions with the manager, tasting the food as it was prepared, and generally seeming in charge, we googled the restaurant (technology! yay!) and found that he was indeed the restaurant’s proprietor, Dylan McGrath, a star of MasterChef Ireland.
A great day/evening in Dublin ended fairly early because we needed to rest up for …. DUN dun dun dun DUN dun dun dun DUN dun dun dun DUN dun dun dun duuuuunnnnnn
(what the heck is that? find out in my next post 🙂) When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or ….you are really entertained