September 18th, we headed to Santa Monica to meet Brian who had already been away working for a week in Anaheim. We had a little time to kill and soak up some last warm California sunshine before boarding our plane for Europe.
Then we waited....
The boys were total troopers. Owen and I slept most of the flight. Scott was about 50/50 sleeping and binge watching movies. But all in all the flight went quite well...we were even delayed in London a couple hours before we caught our flight to Dublin, thankfully I had saved some new Harry Potter lego guys for just that circumstance.
And then we arrived in Dublin. It was late when we arrived so we all slept the first night in a hotel by the airport. The next day we made our way to Dublin and the B&B we'd be staying at for the next 4 our so days.
Our first thing to do in Dublin was hop on a bus for a tour around the city, hoping on and off to see the sights when we wanted. It made for the perfect way to travel since it was one of our only rainy days while we were there.
Learning the ropes of public transportation
Group shot in the rain
The next day we took a tour of Trinity College. Truly fascinating, so much history and tradition.
The highlight was that our tour guide was not hard to look at (not pictured: Irish accent)
We followed our tour with a picnic lunch in the park with a view of the Oscar Wilde statue
One of my favorite lunches of the trip, picked up at a little deli style restaurant. Our only issue was warding off the aggressive birds while we ate.
Then we played
Until we headed back to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells
That night we headed to Temple Bar for a musical pub crawl. So the boys got to officially experience their first bar.
We got to listen to music, learn some history, eat dinner and of course have drinks (ginger ale for the boys!)
By the end the boys had had enough and were exhausted so sadly we missed most of the Irish dancing.
Dublin to be continued....