Off again, via Dublin
Trip Start Mar 29, 2006
232Trip End Feb 28, 2007
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Departure day. Up early...for me anyway...7am. Breakfasted. Put keys out in shed. Dropped garbage bag out the front. Packed cabin bag. Chucked cases into car. Chucked Anne into car. Said goodbye to the cows and the millions of birds and off we went to Dublin. Much the same way we came out here. At Lexcon we ducked off the motorway and made an attempt to stop and have a cup of coffee but wasted 15 minutes trying to find somewhere to park. Ireland really was the hardest place to park a car. So we drove back out again to continue on our way to the airport. Found ourselves caught up in a long queue of traffic at one of their enormous traffic islands which joined the M4 to the M50 ring road for about 45 minutes. We then took a couple of wrong turnings around the airport runways. I really thought I could remember the way back to the car rental depot but I was too confident. We needed that reference point to find the B&B that Anne had noticed on our arrival two weeks before
Yes. They had a room. We dumped our luggage in the room which the housemaid was trying to make up and drove off to find petrol. We had tried earlier but as is always the case, when you need one there is not a gas station to be seen. We had to fill the tank and were told that there was one just up the road in the direction of the city. But the traffic had come to a stop here also so I did a U turn across the six lane highway and drove to the Alamo depot. They charged me 30 Euros for petrol which was probably less than I would have had to pay at the bowser.
We caught the Alamo shuttle to the airport arrivals where we jumped onto a double decker city bus. That was a long bus trip. There was a lot of traffic in this city of Dublin. Probably all going around in circles trying to find somewhere to park!
We were dropped off in the main street. It was very wide and no doubt had a famous name which escapes me now. A four lane road with a central island along which were dotted statues and monuments. The most startling of which was a very tall needle like structure which looked to me like a mobile phone tower [ Vodaphone probably figured the Dubliners would never notice, believing it to be another memorial to one of its many celebrated writers or musicians.].
We strolled down to the river Liffey which was criss crossed with many bridges which we could see as we looked up and down the waterway. We walked along the northern bank of the river ducking in and out of book stores and record shops. Lots of lovely vinyls and CD's. What a difference to that dearth of music in France and Italy. It was very busy in Dublin. Lots of tourists. There was a hi tech tram running across the city which at one point nearly hit me as I crossed the street staring at a big M.
We lunched in an upmarket bar/restaurant called O'Reilly's. We had steaks. Anne had some flesh from a bovine creature and I from an ocean swimmer.
Then we went to the movies. We had time to waste so saw Superman Returns with about a dozen others in a very large theatre. It was an entertaining movie. The story was a bit pathetic but the special effects were great as was the performance by Kevin Spacey as Luther.
We bought some sandwiches and drinks to take back to the B&B and caught the bus to the airport from where we walked to our lodgings. We snacked and watched TV. Surprisingly quiet night considering how close we were to the airport.