On to Tuesday… the drive took us more thru the midlands of Ireland and away from the coast. I was sad to say goodbye to our coastal drives but the midlands were just as beautiful and as a bonus, the roads seemed significantly wider and we eventually ended up on a highway which was a bonus. We arrived to our bed and breakfast just before 2. It was the boys first time in a B&B and they really thought it was cool that we were staying in someone’s house essentially.
We left the B&B shortly after arriving in order to do some exploring in the Dublin area. Our B&B was actually in Swords which is just north of Dublin but only about 4 miles from the airport which was essential since our flight was at 8:30AM. The owners suggested we stay outside of Dublin since you really needed more than a few hours to explore it so we went to Malahide Castle (http://www.malahidecastle.com/) for a little bit. The kids ran around in the huge fields of grass and then we grabbed a quick snack before we headed into Dublin.
We went to Dublin because once we got to Malahide, Josh mentioned the Viking tour to me (he claims he mentioned it before we left but I didn’t hear him). The Viking boat tour is pretty much the same thing as the Duck tours in Boston but everyone wears Viking hats (since the Vikings did in fact land in Ireland too). The kids loved the idea of doing the boat tour and the fact that it went in the water and on land. We’ve never done the one in Boston and I’ve always wanted to do it.
So we drove in to the city which reminds me so much of Boston. I can see why so many immigrants go to Boston from this area – it’s like home away from home. The feel of the buildings and the streets and even the park by the Viking boat tours looked like the public gardens.
They also loved that we had to roar as random Celts – the tour guide would tell us when we were approaching a group of Celts and would tell us to roar. It was a lot of fun and actually the tour was really informative. The other thing that was a bummer was that I never really had a great view of much since I was seated on the inside on the wrong side of the bus – so my pics aren’t all that great.
I will admit to being a little ambivlent about going in the water despite the fact that these things go in every day, multiple times per day. But I would never have told the kids that. I definitely breathed in a sigh of relief when we finally emerged from the Grand Canal area.
We finally headed back to the B&B around 8ish and got the kids to bed since we had to be out the door pretty early (6AM) to head to the airport. I didn’t sleep a wink (probably that chocolate I had right before bed – shame on me!) but everyone else seemed to get a good night’s sleep and off we went to the airport again!!