We left home bright and early on the morning of Saturday, April 18. We drove to Holyhead, Wales to catch our boat into Dublin. During this drive, we were able to see the north coast of Wales and decided that we definitely should make a trip to Wales. It is so beautiful - mountainous and the sea. How lovely.
We caught a 1:50 p.m. ferry and the ferry ride was three hours. It was a long ride, but the kids did excellent. We just made our way around the boat, ate a few snacks, saw a magic show and played a few games. Nathanael and I weren't feeling well as we both had colds, but we made it. We finally arrived after a bit of our detour in Dublin to our hotel around 5:30 or 6:00. We had dinner at the hotel restaurant and headed to bed.
On Sunday our first full day in Ireland, we headed to the Dublin Zoo, along with the rest of Dublin. The line to get in was crazy long, but once we were inside it didn't seem overly crowded. We spent the rest of the day viewing and admiring the animals. The kids just love going to zoos. We have tried to make it our goal to visit zoos everywhere we travel especially since we know it is something the kids enjoy.
After we were done at the zoo, we headed to the Hard Rock Cafe for some yummy American food. The food was okay. It made me realize how I don't really miss much (food wise) from America anymore. Oh, how we have adapted. The food, also, came in such large portions, we weren't even able to eat it all.
At the Hard Rock Cafe, they sat us back in a hidden booth. It was great. It gave the kids boundaries and also gave us a bit of privacy from gauking eyes. Our waiter was quite chatty as well. We had a very nice dinner there.
After we finished dinner, we took a bit of a stroll around the streets of Dublin. It is a beautiful city with of course, a river as all cities have. We then headed back to the hotel to get a good nights sleep before driving to the West coast of Ireland the next morning.