It's official - we are new additions to the neighborhood of Guardia! We closed from the United States on May 12, 2015! We are headed back to get our new casa whipped into shape...we just have to choose an airline. After researching, we decide that Aer Lingus is the one for us because the rates are affordable and we have always wanted to see Ireland. It's also a non-stop flight from Orlando, Florida directly to Dublin, Ireland. We'll stay a few days in Dublin and then Aer Lingus will fly us as close as Rome and we'll drive to Guardia from there.
One of the best things about owning a place "across the pond" is that we can always choose a different airline, through a different city or country, each time we visit. Ireland was at the top of our travel bucket list, so off we go. Me and my two favorite travel buddies, Courtney and Mom, boarded the plane to our next adventure!
When we arrived in Dublin, we took the AirLink bus to the City Centre (lower O'Connell Street) near the River Liffey, short walk to our budget hotel accommodations at the Clifton Court that were fantastic! Our room on the second floor overlooked the Liffey River and was a fabulous view. Mom's room was on the third floor and her view was terrible, but fortunately she hung out with us until bed time.
Clifton Court Budget Accommodations
|Overlooking the River Liffey|
Views from our window
|Lanigan's Pub downstairs|
|Authentic Irish Stew from Lanigan's Pub downstairs|
|Sipping Bailey's Irish Creme after long day of sight-seeing|
|Night view from window - it's almost 11 at night|
|Double Room with Great View|
|St. Stephen's Green|
|O'Connell Street Bridge over River Liffey|
Day Two - County Cork and Blarney's Castle
Out of the city of Dublin to see a little Irish countryside. Views from the bus (Only cost 24 euros from Dublin to Cork roundtrip on Bus Eireann). Takes approximately 3 hours (one way).
|Yes, that's sheep dotting the countryside|
|Searching for souvenir rocks|
Day Three - HOHO(Hop-On Hop-Off) Dublin Tour Bus/Trinity College/Book of Kells
We purchased the "Freedom Pass" bus ticket, which is good for 72 hours and works on all buses and trains, including the hop-on-hop-off and the Air Link bus 747 which shuttles you back and to the airport. The price is 30 euros.
Day Four - Seaside Village of Howth/Cliffs/Lighthouse
|Indian Food for Dinner|
Day Five - Famine Memorial/Cathedrals/Prison Tour
|The anguish and desperation in her face is heart-breaking.|
|Stop 12 HOHO bus - Dublin Castle, Christ Church, St. Patricks's Cathedral|
|We wandered into this courtyard looking for Dublin Castle|
|St. Patrick's Cathedral|
|Leaders of the 1916 Uprising|
|O'Connell Street Memorial - became a beacon for our hotel|
Flight to Italy
|The Swiss Alps|