Day 1 Jun03


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Fly Paris, France to Dublin, Ireland + nighttime walking tour of Dublin

morning Final breakfast in our Airbnb apartment at 29 Quai de Bourbon, Île-St. Louie in Paris, Île-de-France.

Black Cab taxi waiting outside takes us to RoissyBus stop at Place de l’Opéra for pleasant 1 hour ride to Charles de Gaulle Airport.


3:45 pm fly Paris to Dublin Airport
Departing from Charles de Gaulle Airport, we pick up a time zone hour en route and arrive Dublin 4:30 pm.

5:30 pm Airport bus drops us at entrance to Trinity College. Turns out this is an error! Only 4 short stops and we would have been dropped off at the hotel door. Live and learn. So we take a long walk through the bustle of Dublin at rush hour, alongsides Trinity College. Our initial impression is one of an endless chain of double decker buses in each direction.

6 pm check into Davenport Hotel
Location, location, location! Great travellers hotel. Right in the heart of Dublin – near Trinity College, tourist bureau, buses, bridges over river, main square, everything. Staff very helpful. Our room on second floor looks out on where Oscar Wilde lived as a student at Trinity College. We make ourselves at home and look through the Dublin attractions booklet left for our arrival. Lots to see and do here — let’s get to it!

7 pm walk around central Dublin and gawk at everything
As we always do in a new (to us) city, we go walking/exploring. Dublin is a pedestrian delight, very walkable, though the endless stream of double-decker busses is oddly hypnotic and we have to pay careful attention to where we step. We stroll down Nassau Street alongside Trinity College, turn left onto wide, pedestrian-friendly Grafton Street, (one of the two principal shopping streets in Dublin city center). Left onto North, left again onto wide, trendy Dawson Street. We are now in the heart of Georgian Dublin, on Dublin’s most stylish boulevard as we look for a place to eat.

8:30 pm drinks/dinner Café en Seine
Very unprepossessing from the outside. But inside, perhaps one of the most spectacular bars in Europe! Opulent decor, soaring interior, vibrant atmosphere – an immersive, visual experience. We enjoy a slow pint, tasty food, some chilled-out jazz, before reluctantly heading back to our hotel. Unique in both ambience and style, a must see — and a great start to our Dublin visit!

stay Davenport Hotel
Fall asleep immediately – been a full day.

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