Living on Ireland Time…24 hours in Dublin
JB was en route to Fargo, ND, in the cold of winter (ahem, who has the better travel schedule??!) when I booked our trip to Portugal. “Hon, it’s booked. 10 days Ireland & Portugal.” Panic set in on his part , but my feeling has always been that we’re always going to be busy, so you really just have to make the time. “He will eventually come around,” I thought. The word “non-refundable” ensured me that we were going to have a really great time. A few short weeks later, we were off to Ireland! www.visitdublin.com
I found a fabulous fare sale rate on Aer Lingus ($199 each way pp from Boston to Dublin) and then booked a separate flight on Aer Lingus (after also looking at Ryan Air) to Faro, Portugal. www.aerlingus.com Sign up like I do for fare sale notifications, so you don’t miss the best fares available.
(What too much Guinness will do to you. I can’t quite determine if stickman is falling up the stairs or down…)
So we left Boston and after 7 hours via Shannon, we landed in Dublin, and to my amazement, it looked like we were back in Boston. Cobble stone streets, pubs on every corner…we were completely jet lagged, but did the whirlwind tour of Dublin in 24 hours (Book of Kells, Trinity College) and of course some good Irish Music at the Temple Bar.
JB & I met 10 years to the day we were in Dublin. He was with his buddy Ned O’Neill the night we met, so in tribute to Mr. Ned not being with us, we decided to have a good Irish meal in the Irish pub “O’Neill’s.”
You know there is a lot to be said about the Irish culture of meeting and spending time with good friends after work in the Irish pubs. What I was observed was that it wasn’t about coming in for the endless pints of good Irish beer, it was about true friendships, genuine laughter, storytelling , good times, and most of all slowing down a little, enough to remember that you must work to live, not live to work.
I’m looking forward to our next trip to Ireland…this time to explore the “Irish” green countryside, a color so vibrant and attractive, I feel her calling me back…
Check out recommended hotels in Ireland: www.johansens.com