I woke up around 4 to get ready and finish packing. I got Kevin and Rosalie up around 5 because we had to leave around 6. She actually woke up happy. We had pre-bought our suitcase because it's so much cheaper payin in advance than paying at the airport. Well when Kevin weighed it it was like 20 lbs over. So last minute we're taking stuff out and putting it in another bag that we had to get checked. Not a good start to the morning. lol
We hit the road and headed to Venice to catch our flight. It was here we hit ANOTHER stressful road bump. Over here you can pay to have things shrink wrapped. Well we decided not to pay to have Rosalie's car seat done... we figured it would be fine. We had to check it because we rented a car in Ireland. We got to the counter to check our bags and they told us that we had to take it to the oversized baggage at security since it wasn't wrapped. We get up to security and the guy was new and had no clue what we were suppose to do with it, so he told us to take it to the gate. We get to the gate and RyanAir doesn't do assigned seating. Well we managed to get towards the front of the line to get on the plane, but ended up being held almost last because of the carseat. Someone had to come get it from us and physically put it on the plane. Such a pain. We ended up getting good seats anyways!
We arrived in Dublin in the afternoon. We had to go get our rental car. What an experience. Not only was the steering wheel on the right hand side of the car, but we drove on the left side of the road. We left the airport and drove around the country side for about 2 hours. We then headed to Dun Laoghaire, which is where we were staying. (Pronounced Dun Leary)
We checked in and went and got a bite to eat... then headed to the Dun Laoghaire Harbor. It was breathtaking. At that moment, any stresses from the day of traveling just disappeared. After walking for an hour it started to get pretty chilly so we headed back to our room and called it a night.
We woke up bright and early and headed to breakfast. It was here Rosalie proceeded to SCREAM her head off. We had to leave and went back to the room to get her Tylenol. She's been trying to get her 2 year molars in. After she got Tylenol and was calmed, we headed out. At this point Kevin and I were at our wits ends. We walked down the street and caught the DART train. We were only on the train for a few minutes before Rosalie crashed. We rode the train for about an hour to north of Dublin to a town called Howth. (Pronounced Ho-th) We LOVED it there. We could have spent the entire day there. It was this cute little harbor town. The best part was that Rosalie woke up and was soooo happy. We hopped back on the DART and headed to Dublin.
It was about half an hour ride to Dublin. We started by walking around Trinity College. From Trinity College we headed to the Dublin Castle. From the Dublin Castle we went and saw some churches.. we first went to Christ Church and then to St. Pat's Cathedral. Our last stop was the Guinness Storehouse. We spent most of the afternoon there and ate lunch at the Guinness Restaurant.
As we were leaving the Guinness Storehouse, it starts downpouring. We had an hour walk back to the train station. We managed to score some umbrellas from this shady shop near the Storehouse. We power walked and turned the hour walk into about 30-40 minutes. We were soaked and cold and miserable by the time we hit the train station.
We headed back to the hotel and got dry. We walked around Dun Laoghaire the rest of the night because they were having some type of festival. We grabbed Subway (yes, SUBWAY) and went back to the room.
We woke up around 2:30am to return the car and head to the airport.
Words can't even describe how BEAUTIFUL Ireland is.. you'll just have to look at my pictures and see for yourself!