Leaving Galway, heading back to Dublin

Trip Start Oct 14, 2009
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Trip End Oct 26, 2009


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Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

On this day, we woke up and had breakfast at our Salthill B&B, the Roncalli House.  We went for a nice walk along Salthill "prom," overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.  We then drove into Galway and spent some time in an internet café to update thetravel blog, upload pictures, etc.  One of the computers we were using froze and we had to wait awhile.  To compensate, we got some of our time at the internet café for free.  Afterwards, we went back to a jewelry store in the Latin Quarter and Ilya bought me a Claddagh necklace as a birthday present (I was supposed to pick something the day before, but the shop had already closed by the time I'd decided.)  We then got lunch to go (Ilya got fish & chips.  I got Thai food because I was getting tired of pub food & fish!) 

On our drive back to Dublin, we saw a beautiful rainbow.  After many unsuccessful attempts to photograph it while driving, we finally got a couple of decent photos of it.  We arrived in Dublin in the evening and drove around looking for a place to stay.  We booked a night at a United Kingdom hotel chain called "Jury's Inn."  The lobby and restaurant looked fancier than the hotel room turned out to be, but we got an off-season rate and a fourth-floor view of the River Liffey. 

After getting settled at the hotel, we walked across the river to a pub.  This pub was mentioned in my travel book as a favorite of locals and as supposedly pouring the best pint of Guinness.  However, Ilya and the bartender himself thought otherwise about the pint!  We had quite a bit of good conversation with the bartender, who had spent a couple of weeks touring California about 15 years ago.  He had a pretty thick accent, so sometimes Ilya just played along and I "translated" later!  The Irish bartender said he had never tried a Guinness (he was probably in his 50s).  When Ilya asked why, he responded, "I don't like the look of it"--word-for-word the same reason for never trying Guinness given to us by the retired Irishman we met on the train to Sallins on our first day in Ireland!!! 

After leaving the pub, we walked ack across the river and up O'Connell Street, a very busy main street in Dublin.  We then wandered away from O'Connell Street and came across an old Catholic church that was recently renovated and turned into a pub, restaurant, and nightclub (it's called The Church)!  We went inside and took some pictures.  There is still stained glass, organs, etc., but now there is also a huge full bar, dining tables, and a modern-looking nightclub downstairs.  It is quite an interesting place!  I took some information about the building (famous people who were married or attended services at the original church, etc.).  While the concept seemed somewhat sacreligious, the establishment actually won an award for historical preservation!

Leaving The Church, we walked across the river again and went to the lively Temple Bar area.  We went into the famous Temple Bar pub to take a few pictures--it was packed!  We then had a late dinner at a Boxty restaurant in Temple Bar that offered 2-for-1 meals that time of night. The boxties were good; it's an Irish dish with a pancake wrapped around your choice of filling. 

Afterdinner, we made a quick stop at an internet café to confirm travel arrangements to Paris.  We then walked back to the hotel for a good night's sleep.
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