I suppose I should actually start this trip with Day 0: leaving Boston. Our flight left Boston at 9pm Monday night (June 30th), and we tried to get a little bit of sleep on the flight.
We arrived in Dublin July 1 at 8am Dublin time, which is equivalent to 3am Boston time…so we were a little bit sleepy still.
Picked up our rental car, making the executive decision that I would be the sole driver experiencing driving on the other side of the street.
We drove to our hotel, and attempted to check in, but we were too early. We got advice and a map from the hotel concierge so we could explore Dublin for a bit before our room was ready. Got our first Irish Breakfast of the trip at Candy Cafe per the recommendation of the concierge. It would be the first of many Irish Breakfasts.
We continued on our walk, stopping by the Garden of Remembrance, and heading down Parnell Square East–>Cavendish –> O’Connell Street Upper.
Made our way to the Trinity College campus, and hung out in a lovely courtyard. Saw a very cool sculpture commemorating the Nobel Prize won by Ernest T.S. Walton.
At this point, we sat down in the courtyard to review our next steps. It was at that moment that we realized just how insanely exhausted we were. While I tried to read through my guide books, my husband fell asleep on me. Then I started nodding off. So we made our way back to the hotel to take a nap. We weren’t really going to make much progress without some sleep.
After a nice long nap, we headed back downtown the same way, and briefly popped into the National Gallery of Ireland, but they were just about to close, so we got only about 15 minutes worth of art. We then explored the fun sculptures and lovely greenery of Merrion Square Park. Then we made our way to the Temple Bar area to meet up with some of our friends! They had actually been at our wedding, then flew out to start their Ireland vacation as well! We had dinner at at The Port House. It was a traditional tapas bar. Not the most Irish option, but it was really delicious. We laughed when we saw that one of our “vegetable” options on the menu was deep fried cheese with honey. Of course we ordered that as one of our options! (and that wasn’t the only time we had fried cheese that week. Because why not?)
We grabbed some gelato nearby for dessert, then explored more of Trinity College, including watching some of the World Cup game at The Pav, the campus bar. We started feeling sleepy again during the game, so we made our way back to our hotel.
Great way to kick off our honeymoon!
Here are a few photos from our first day in Ireland!