Monday, July 4, 2016

Ireland - Day 9 (Dublin)

Today, we visit the English Market in Cork, Rock of Cashel on the way to Dublin and Dublin itself as our final stop.

Breakfast at The Kingsley.
Breakfast at The Kingsley.
Breakfast at The Kingsley.
Breakfast at The Kingsley.
Breakfast at The Kingsley.
View from Breakfast at The Kingsley.
View from Breakfast at The Kingsley.
Breakfast at The Kingsley.
Time to check out the breakfast at The Kingsley! Included is the regular Irish Breakfast, however, all the items are on hot plates, but you can get it cooked to order as well. There are also a bunch of dishes that you can order off the menu and it is included, there are some items that a supplement charge to them though. There are a wide variety of breakfast cereals, mini pastries, fruit, and even a cold meat and cheese tray. I was very impressed and it comes with a really nice view of the river.

English Market at Cork.
English Market at Cork.
English Market at Cork.
English Market at Cork.
English Market at Cork.
English Market at Cork.
First stop, the English Market, it is located in the downtown area, but since we stayed a bit out of the way, we drove and parked at the Paul St parking lot, just off of the river. The English Market is over 100 years old and has lots of things to buy from treats to groceries. If you haven't been to a market, you should check it out. I don't think that it is very different from markets that I have visited before, but the variety of things there was neat to see.

Rock of Cashel.
Rock of Cashel.
Rock of Cashel.
Next stop, Rock of Cashel, which was arrived at by 12:00pm. We lucked out and made it for the tour at 12:30pm. The tour itself lasted about an hour and provides a lot of history of the site and it is a free tour. They talk about the past, how the restoration happened and the burials that still happen to this day. You also get a very nice view of the surrounding area since you are on top of a hill with no obstructions. There is a parking lot there, but it was full by the time we arrived. Luckily, there is plenty of nearby street parking, make sure to arrive back in time since you could only pay for two hours maximum. We finished the tour and Rock of Cashel itself by 2:00pm.

Lamb Burger at Cafe Hanz.
Crab, smoked salmon, shrimp and fennel salad at Cafe Hanz (Starter portion).
A short walk from Rock of Cashel (under 5 minutes) if Cafe Hanz which we stopped at for lunch. We ordered the lamb burger and a salad for €22. The food was quite good and is recommended by Michelin. It is a small shop though, so there might be a wait and the service was a bit slow.

Our loot!
Our loot!
After lunch, we drove the rest of the way to Dublin and made it to our hotel, Sandymount Hotel, by 5:00pm. We got room 122 and it is really really far away. The hallways were narrow, however, the room size was actually quite decent. Breakfast is not included in our stay, parking is included, and it is about a 15-20 minute walk from the city center.

Beef Rib Burger at Mulligan's.
Fish and Chips at Mulligan's.
We got some information about the area from the receptionist, unpacked and walked to Mulligan's for dinner, a pub that was a short walk away. We ordered the fish and chips and the beef rib burger and they were both okay. Nothing fancy, just under €30. We walked to boardwalk area for a bit after dinner and headed back to the hotel and called it a night.

Tomorrow, we visit Trinity College and wander the city center area.