Day 1 - The Longest Day
Our first day included over 24 hours of travel to get to our destination. Not much excitement, but we had fun! The flights weren't bad except for the fact that some airplanes seem to be made for leprechauns. I introduced Molly to Potbelly sandwiches in the Washington Dulles airport, and of course she loved it. We were very relieved to reach Dublin and catch a taxi to our hotel. Our taxi driver must be an incredible Tetris player judging by the way he miraculously fit our suitcases in the back of his little car. Loved passing all of the cute flats with different colored doors.
Our hotel the first night was wonderful. Very comfortable, good food, and in a great location. My friends from France happened to be in Dublin, so I met up with them during our free (jetlag recovery) time. We checked out the Hairy Lemon pub, which looks much better than it sounds. Enjoyed a pint of Orchard Thieves cider, fish 'n' chips, and AMAZING desserts (salted caramel roulade and traditional bread 'n' butter pudding). Dear Lord it was to die for. We also caught some live Irish music in another pub called Fitzsimon's, right on the Liffey in the Temple Bar area. The people that worked in the pubs were super friendly, quick-witted, fun loving folk. They loved that "the Hawaii people" could sing along to the Irish tunes. Exhausting day, but incredibly fun!