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Old 09-26-2019, 01:17 PM
 
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One of the more interesting things that happened to us was at the first B&B we stayed in. It was in the boonies. When it came time to find a place to have dinner we asked the owner for advice (there was list of restaurants) and she recommended one. Then she told us one of the owners would pick us up, take us to the restaurant, then bring us back.

I had the corned beef and cabbage. Hands down the best I've ever had.

Towards the end of our meal I heard the couple by us talking and they were definitely from the U.S. Cincinnati as it turned out. They came to our table and we spent some time talking over dessert. The husband came to our table and apologized because his wife was very busy driving customers back and forth, then gave us all a small glass of Baileys. By the time his wife was ready to take us back we'd had four glasses and felt just fine, thank you.

I just checked and the B&B is now closed.
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Old 09-27-2019, 02:50 AM
 
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Arrived in Dublin yesterday afternoon, rented a car at the airport, then took the M50 around the city to the southern side of town, drove through some local roads, and then pulled into the driveway of the cottage we're staying at this weekend. No problems at all with driving on the left.

After settling in, we walked a few blocks and took the LUAS Green Line tram into the city (we bought a Leap Visitor Card at the airport that allows us unlimited rides for 72 hours) and walked around St. Stephen's Green for a bit before hopping back on the tram and going one stop to Harcourt where we had an early dinner and a couple of drinks at The Odeon, which I highly recommend. The Odeon used to be an old train station, but has been completely remodeled. A really nice atmosphere, as well as good food and good drinks.

Here's a link to info on the Leap Visitor Card as well as The Odeon.

https://about.leapcard.ie/leap-visitor-card

Menus - Odeon

About - Odeon
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Old 09-27-2019, 10:51 AM
 
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Thank you MMOB. We have plans to return to Ireland and I appreciate the advice.
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Old 09-27-2019, 04:22 PM
 
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Thank you MMOB. We have plans to return to Ireland and I appreciate the advice.
Today we took a drive down to Powerscourt House & Gardens in Enniskerry. The grounds are absolutely stunning; in fact, National Geographic voted Powerscourt Gardens #3 in a list of the world's greatest gardens. Also not to be missed is Powerscourt Waterfall.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGYvEW2FWMg


After leaving Powerscourt Estate, we continued driving south to Glendalough to visit an old monastic settlement and do some hiking in Wicklow Mountains National Park. Here's a short video of Rick Steves walking through that monastic settlement as well as a short talk on Powerscourt:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMujxuSo9ac


To end our day in the mountains, we stopped for dinner and a pint at Johnnie Fox's Pub, which was established in 1798 and is renowned as Ireland's highest (altitude-wise) pub.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ub7ifU18I0

We're now back at our cottage south of Dublin, and will probably close the night by walking down the road to another pub, The Dropping Well, which coincidentally is where we began the day having breakfast there. The Dropping Well isn't quite as old as Johnnie Fox's, having "only" been established in 1848. Here's a link to its website showing it's location on a little creek, as well as a look at it's delicious breakfast menu.

Welcome to the Dropping Well - The Dropping Well Pub

Food & Drink - The Dropping Well Pub
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Old 09-27-2019, 04:40 PM
 
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We planned on visiting Powerscourt House & Gardens in Enniskerry on our way to our first B&B, but our pos Garmin took us in the wrong direction from the airport and we lost time figuring out what was wrong. We should have taken the Garmin we bought in 1999 instead of the new one. It actually works.

Next time we will know better.
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Old Yesterday, 05:32 PM
 
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Arrived in Dublin yesterday afternoon, rented a car at the airport, then took the M50 around the city to the southern side of town, drove through some local roads, and then pulled into the driveway of the cottage we're staying at this weekend. No problems at all with driving on the left.

After settling in, we walked a few blocks and took the LUAS Green Line tram into the city (we bought a Leap Visitor Card at the airport that allows us unlimited rides for 72 hours) and walked around St. Stephen's Green for a bit before hopping back on the tram and going one stop to Harcourt where we had an early dinner and a couple of drinks at The Odeon, which I highly recommend. The Odeon used to be an old train station, but has been completely remodeled. A really nice atmosphere, as well as good food and good drinks.

Here's a link to info on the Leap Visitor Card as well as The Odeon.

https://about.leapcard.ie/leap-visitor-card

Menus - Odeon

About - Odeon


WOW -- thanks for keeping this thread alive with new information. I will definitely remember that restaurant!
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Old Today, 01:19 AM
 
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MMOB always gives good advice. We were fortunate enough to meet him and his wife when they lived in Las Vegas. Wonderful people.
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