Tuesday, October 23rd
I tossed and turned at night in the Castle. I will admit, between the rich dinner sitting heavy on my tummy, other muscle soreness and feeling a bit spooked from... trying to get spooked, I didn't sleep well at all. We had a lazy morning in and had decided to take it even easier by ordering "Breakfast in Bed". I got the Traditional Irish Breakfast, and I must admit; I am not a fan of Black Pudding. What is black pudding, you ask? Well, the picture of the plate (seen below) with the eggs and bacon, you can see 2 round things... one very dark? That is the Black Pudding. Ok, but Colleen... what IS black pudding? Wikipedia defines it as "a type of blood sausage originating in Great Britain and Ireland. It is made from pork blood, with pork fat or beef suet, and a cereal, usually oatmeal, oat groats or barley groats."..... needless to say after sampling a tiny bite, it was not my favourite.
After breakfast, as I had already packed and did my morning routine, I opted to go out and walk around the grounds one more time before we checked out of the castle.
Our chauffeur, in a nice Mercedes, picked us up after Sarah had to pull me off of the Castle. Ha. Joke. Our driver was so friendly and helpful. He told us about the hot spots to visit in Dublin and helped us know what to expect. I had mentioned how I wanted to visit Pheonix Park and see the deer... so he took that way and stopped to let us out and get closer to the deer! This was my favourite capture (seen below). There were so many of them. We were only out of the car for about 10 minutes and eagerly jumped back in as the wind was so intense!
When we reached the O'Callaghan Davenport (first rude service from front desk) we got up to our room & started to unpack. We would be staying here for the remainder of our vacation; 7 more sleeps! I really liked the bathroom here, very bright & a great big raindrop shower head. The view from this window was a drastic change from the view from the Castle window, but it was still alright. The Pub called the Ginger Man seemed like a hop'n place later that night and we made a point to check it out before we left Ireland, as it was so conveniently close.
It was now around 2pm-ish and our big Breakfast was wearing off. We went and sat ourselves down in the Hotel Restaurant. While Sarah enjoyed a Chocolatini with sandwich and fries, I decided to try the Super Food Salad. It sounded amazing! Baby kale, charred avocado, couscous, apple baked ricotta, quinoa popcorn, lemon dressing and I added chicken! It was a HUGE salad.
During lunch, we agreed to go walk around and check out where our pick-up point in the morning would be; 6am the next morning at the Molly Malone statue. We also decided to stop by the tourism place to confirm our bus tours were still a go for Wednesday and Thursday. So with our minds at ease for the upcoming sight seeing days, we took to Grafton street to shop! To be honest, we both were fairly underwhelmed. Other than the Claddagh Jeweler's, the only other store that was entertaining was the Disney store... but once we got down to the lower level it smelled like sewer back-up. We took our pics with the Hulk and high tailed it out of there to catch our breath.
We continued down Grafton until we saw the corner entrance into a park called St. Stephens Green. I am so proud of Sarah. For someone with a huge fear of birds, she walked through that park like a boss. It was so heavily populated with pidgeons (with no respect for personal space), and seagulls (the size of turkeys). There were also swans, ducks, and magpies. We also saw a crane or 2. Honestly.... bird poop everywhere! At least 25 birds for 1 person in that park.
Once we got out of the park we wanted to wet our whistle with a Guinness. Honestly it tastes so great over here. Creamy and smooth and filling like a meal. We found a bar that was called O'Donoghue's (and found out there is more than one O'Donaghue's in Dublin). This place was pretty much a bar set up in an alleyway with heat lamps galore. The staff were up beat but they didn't serve food here. So after a nice relaxing beer in an alleyway, we crossed the street to check out a grocers. We pick up some food for the evening and got us some breakfast to eat before heading out the next morning. We headed back to the hotel, got cozy and settled down for the night. It was going to be an early morning!
- 31 weeks Smoke-free!
- 5 days until my hike with Team Diabetes at Wicklow Mountain !!!!!!
- We are in Dublin Ireland!!!!!!!
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Colleen lives in Arnprior and is working to control her Type 2 Diabetes by training and Fundraising for the 2018 SSE Airtricity Wicklow Mountain Hike in Ireland with Team Diabetes.