This morning we left for Dublin at 8:30 and we reached the hotel at 2:00. When we got there, the room I was sharing with Carly and Dana wasn't ready yet, so we left our bags with the staff and stopped by Veronica and Jiffy's room before roaming the streets of Dublin. It was while I was using their bathroom that I suddenly realized that my mom's ring was missing from my finger. I of course panicked and we retraced our steps through the hotel on our way out, only we couldn't check the bus because it was locked. There was a little gray rain cloud over my head the whole day.
We took some pictures of Christ Church first since it was right across the street, then headed down about three blocks to the Liffy so that Jiffy could have a picture of "Jiffy on the Liffy."
Next, we went to St. Patrick's Cathedral, which has a very nice little park behind it. The park offers some excellent views of the building. Like most tourist churches, you have to pay to go inside, unless you visit at one of the service times for the service. So, we didn't go inside. Instead, we took some pictures and then tried to find Temple Bar and Temple bar district, but got "distracted" by Dublin Castle where we ended up losing Jiffy (or, as it was so wonderfully put by Dana, "Jiff-Jiff is poof-poof"). So, we walked around sans Jiffy and found a gelato place that we eventually went back to after dinner.
After dinner at a "fifties" style diner of hamburgers, and then some very delicious gelato, we went back to the hotel, where Dana, Carly and I finally got our room, which is probably the nicest hotel room I've been in. Well, except while I was in Japan. But then a private school was paying for all of the costs, so..... In any case, the room was on the fifth floor and offered a marvelous view of Christ Church and the surrounding city of Dublin. Once we settled ourselves in, we went down to the hotel lounge and watched some rugby. Of course, as soon as I was actually getting ready for bed, I discovered that I'd left my PJs at the hotel in Killarney.
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