Welcome back to another post in the Ireland Diaries. If you’ve missed the others you can find them HERE.
Getting to go on a train trip was one of the things I was most excited to do when I went to Ireland. I told my grandpa that he could choose whichever trip he wanted as long as there was a castle to see. The trip we chose went from the Heuston Station in Dublin to Cork, then a van ride up to Cobh, and a train ride back. It takes about 3 hours by train to get from Dublin to Cork and the ride there didn’t seem as long as I expected. Though it may have been because I dozed part of the way.
In Part 2 of the Ireland Diaries we find ourselves in the heart of Dublin for the sights and eateries of the city.
The Temple Bar area is filled with things to do, from nightlife (or so I’ve heard, I am a grandma and go to bed early :p ) to delicious food and shopping. The main temple bar building is beautiful with hundreds of string lights, especially at night. The Temple Bar Trading Company has great Ireland souvenirs for all the people in your life. They had some great postcards which I got for my uncles and they had other cool things like shamrock seeds and lots of shamrock shaped jewelry. Continue reading
Ireland is beautiful. That is the only way this story can begin. I waited my whole life to go there and it did not, even in the slightest, disappoint. I think it exceeded my expectations, which is why it gets a whole series of posts because it deserves it.
For today’s post we are going to start at the beginning, because it is a very good place to start.
When we got to Ireland we were staying in Dublin and my college roommate just so happened to be studying abroad there so it was the perfect way to meet up. So for two days she became my tour guide of the city.
She had been sending me pictures of a pretty lighthouse at Howth which meant we had to go see it for ourselves and off to the train station we went. It is about a 30 minute ride from Dublin to Howth and easy to figure out because the train from Connolly goes there as the last stop. Continue reading
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles the sequel. A movie about a girl, her grandparents, and a global pandemic shutting down international transportation just at the end of the girls first trip abroad.
Here is the plot twist. It isn’t a movie. It is real life. I am that girl. Those are my grandparents, and that was my trip.
To get the full experience we must travel back to last summer where a bright young girl with big lifelong dreams to visit her cousins in Ireland for the first time yet again asks her mother to take her. Only to hear the same answer she has heard her whole life, the bridge is not yet built. As that bridge is never going to be built I resorted to plan Y but this time with a twist. I asked if I could convince my grandpa to go with me if I could go. Mom, as usual, agreed knowing that my attempts were usually feeble. But not this time. Oh no. I had a new ace up my sleeve this time. This time my grandpa had recently gotten hip surgery… So the next day off I set, over the river and through the woods to the grandparents house I went.
“So Grandpa…” I said.
“Want to take your new hip on a trip?”
Would it even actually be Fall if you don’t go on a Fall themed adventure? Of course not, and this year I actually got with the program and went on one. My roommate and I decided to spend one of the rare sunny Ohio days out and about. So we left campus and drove 40 minutes to an apple farms kids fall fest. Did we then pay 8 dollars to get into said fun fest? Yes. Was it totally worth it? Yes, yes it was. Continue reading