We arrived at Dublin Airport at 8:30 in the morning Irish time, 3:30 in the morning Indiana time. There were five of our group on the flight plus two surprise guests. I'll start off with introducing the group.
Kevin: I used to work with him in Philadelphia. We're here to celebrate his 50th birthday.
Sean: Kevin's brother, also from Philadelphia.
Joanne: cousin of Sean and Kevin, from Florida.
Luke: friend of Kevin.
They were all part of the group when Dad and I went to Dublin four years ago.
Surprise guests: Malcolm and Sarah. Friends of Kevin and Luke from Philadelphia. They managed to stay hidden while we boarded and reveled themselves an hour in to the flight.
Malcolm and Sarah are staying at the Four Seasons.
The rest of us taxied to our hotel. We ditched our bags at the hotel at hit the ground running.
I love how busy the streets are! People everywhere.
We had lunch at a cafeteria-ish place above a swanky department store. Being the restaurant geek that I am, I wanted my photograph by the conveyor belt for the dishes.
We walked around Trinity College, where Kevin spent a semester 28 years ago. We did a bit of shopping (I bought a cool Waterford jar -- it will be perfect for Twizzlers) and a little something for my sisters and mom. Luckily the items will be shipped, so I don't have to worry about breaking them.
All of us were dragging but the walk was terrific. We stopped for our first pint around 2:00 in the Temple Bar area. As you can see, it was a well documented pour.
Kevin, Joanne, Sean and Nora
Our hotel is right off of O'Connell Street and an easy walk across the Liffey to the Temple Bar area and Trinity College.
The River Liffey
Bangers and Mash
After all of the travel and walking we were exhausted. We had an early dinner and called it a night at 7:30. I did wake up at 10:30 and considered wandering out, but thought better of it.
But I hated to leave 4 1/2 hours of Sadie Hawkins Day on the table. I'll be 50 the next time I rolls around.