Thursday, February 24, 2011


We spent the kids' winter school break in Ireland. We flew from Bordeaux to London to Dublin and spent 2 nights in Dublin before taking the train to Galway. We stayed at Jurys Inn, right across from Christchurch cathedral. It was the perfect location for us, within walking distance of everything we wanted to see.

Seasoned travellers, arriving in Dublin late at night

Christchurch Cathedral

We arrived late on Monday night. Tuesday morning we had breakfast at the hotel and then went to Dublinia, an exhibition about viking and medieval Dublin. Fiacra loved it. We got him a wooden sword and shield and a helmet with big horns. He marched around Dublin roaring at people, a lot of whom laughed and roared back at him.

 Fiacra in a viking house

Not a raiding party I'd like to meet

We went to the Lord Edward pub for lunch and then to see Christchurch. It poured rain all day. We met my aunt Nina and Betty and Cathy for dinner at the Bad Ass Cafe in the Temple Bar area. I have been going to the Bad Ass with Nina for over 20 years. Ailbhe wasn't feeling well so didn't eat much, in fact ate only 2 love hearts. Fiacra was a bit out of sorts when we got there, so chose to sit at a table by himself at the other side of the restaurant. Connell went and sat with him until our food came. Fiacra ate at his own table. When I heard a loud roar and saw the viking charging over to us, I knew he was back to himself again.

It's important to have a nutritious lunch

The Bad Ass Cafe

A little bit of Asterix before bed

On Wednesday morning, while Finian napped, Connell took Fiacra and Ailbhe for a ride on a double-decker bus which Ailbhe was very keen to do. They went to the O'Connell bridge and to see the millennium spire. We all went for a short walk to Dublin castle and then took a taxi to the train station. 

Fiacra and Ailbhe on a double-decker

 A double-decker bus

 The viking about town

 The millennium spire

 The viking, just before he scales the millennium spire


Dublin is a great city. We'd like to go again but for longer.

1 comment:

  1. Yay! Glad that you're back to blogging! Missed ya!

    Did Ailbhe's little parcel arrive? Hope so!