August 21 - Off to Dublin for a Day

I love Ireland. We have been fortunate to spend many summers in the countryside here so in many ways, a one night stopover feels a little like coming home.

Our Aer Lingus flight out of Rome lasted just under 3 hours. We headed to passport control and on to baggage claim where unfortunately our luggage never appeared. Feeling dismayed, we spoke with an Aer Lingus representative for baggage claim and he couldn't have been nicer. It turned out that our luggage had been tagged to go all the way through to Boston tomorrow so he actually went and retrieved it for us.

Airlink is a bus company with a quick transfer from the airport right into Dublin. On the way in, I noticed all of the colorful Georgian doors on many of the buildings in Dublin. The Best Western Premier Academy Plaza hotel is not a characteristically Irish hotel, but its right off O'Connell Street near the airport transfer bus. We lost no time heading right out the door to a few favorite shops. Eason's Bookstore has a wonderful selection of books on all topics with many in paperback that are only in hardcover in the US. We also headed to ELC (Early Learning Centre) which is a British toystore that I really love, and to Boots. The city was buzzing with shoppers in this area of the city which is a pedestrian zone. We stopped briefly at the main post office which has retained the old world style of deep woods and brass fixtures.

Dinner tonight was at Le Bon Crubeen on Talbott Street just of O'Connell Street. We actually had the best meal there we have had on the entire trip. I tried the grilled salmon and David had the baked sole. It was served with new potatoes which were delicious.

Walking back to our accommodation the temperature difference between Italy and Ireland was striking. It seems as if fall comes early to Ireland. For us our summer holiday is over tomorrow. We tend to say this every summer, but this summer has truly been our best holiday ever!

Stay tuned for final reflections.


Susan Erickson said…
that's pretty incredible that this was your best meal since all of the descriptions sounded absolutely wonderful!

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