We arrive in Dublin just before 8 am local, 15-20 minutes early. Ireland is 5 hours ahead of the east coast making our arrival 3 am est. It was a very smooth flight although neither one of us got much rest. We did not get out of the airport until 10:30 which did not make many people happy. At the hotel, the rooms were not ready, not surprising, instead of being provided options, we remained at the hotel; just as we decided to take a walk our room became available so we freshend up.
About 1:45 the group met and then departed for a tour of central Dublin. While driving, we saw many sites. One of the reasons we decided on our first bus tour was all the history. We expected that a tour narration would help us hear about things we would miss being on our own. If the first couple of hours is any indication, we will be overloaded with more info then we can possibly get on these pages.
While we were driven around in order to get a little orientation our main destination this afternoon is Dublin Castle. While the building is currently used for European Union official functions, it was the residence of the viceroy who was the official representative of the queen when England ruled. I did say that Dublin Castle was not really a castle and that is because a ruling family never lived there. The building inherited the name to this day because it was built on the site of the original castle.
Returning to the hotel we met as a group to introduce ourselves, have a drink and receive some tour info from our guide Marlene and driver Sean. Our group is from all over the state's a couple from Canada and a few ladies from Australia. We then took a stroll to get some dinner. We stopped at a pub accompanied by Donna, who is from Talladega, Al. We had a couple of Smithwick pints along with my salmon Judi had fish and chips while Donna had Guinness Irish stew. We had a nice walk back to the hotel to get some sleep. Today's weather: 50's some sun some showers, some rain but it didn't rain on us. Think our luck will hold out??? We'll see.