After a wonderful stay at the Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt my wife and I departed around 8:30 AM for a quick trip to the Dublin airport to return our rental car. While the experience of picking up the rental car was painful, our experience dropping it off at the SIXT off-site location was pretty easy. (As a tip there is a gas station about 1 KM past the SIXT drop-off location on the right hand side) We returned the rental car and within about 10 minutes were back at the terminal catching a taxi into the city to our hotel, the Conrad Dublin.
The taxi ride took about 25 minutes and cost approximately 35 Euro plus a (small) tip to get to the Conrad Dublin. We arrived at the hotel pretty early (10 AM) but we were allowed to go ahead and check-in since I am a Diamond member and they had already cleaned our room. Here are a couple of pictures of the room:
Conrad Dublin ($$$$- We used HHonor’s Point for the 2 night stay)
Exterior of Hotel
Once we had thrown our stuff in the room we headed out to explore Dublin! The city itself is lacking of truly “historical” sites like a London or Rome so we did not set out like we normally do to conquer a number of sites. We set out with the purpose of relaxing for 2 days while walking around and drinking a pint every now and then. It worked out well! With that said, the one thing we did take the time to see was the Book of Kells at Trinity College (6-8 Euro admission, **** – worth it just for the library alone).
Since we didn’t do anything in particular I will let our pictures speak for themselves, enjoy:
St. Stephen’s Green (very close to Conrad Dublin, free entrance dawn to dusk)
Grafton Street viewed from side street (Pedestrian shopping street with good street performers)
Trinity College (Home of the book of Kell’s discussed above)
Temple Bar (Good bar, even though it is touristy, for a drink) (Please note the guy in front with the women’s swimsuit on)
The Dublin Spire (right up there with any other weird monument I have seen)
Inside Temple Bar (sorry for getting out of order the with pictures) (This must be an Irish/British thing to have Stag parties where everyone wears matching shirts, see the guy in red)
Me with a Guinness inside Temple Bar courtyard
River Liffey in Dublin City Centre
That concludes my trip report for our 7 day trip (quick) trip through Ireland. As I am sure you can tell if you have been following along we had absolutely fantastic, and unusual per the locals of Ireland, weather during our trip. Seven straight days of cloudless sunny skies with high’s in the upper 60’s (F). Look for a post tomorrow with some remaining pictures that didn’t make the initial cut for my trip report! Cheer