Dublin Journals

England and Ireland in 120 Hours or Less

A November 2009 trip to Dublin by cflecker

Brazen Head Photo, Dublin, Ireland More Photos
Quote: My first solo journey, in which I took way too many flights, met two penpals, spent a glorious 19 hours in a perfect little town outside of London, and crammed the rest of the journey full of an overview of Dublin and environs.

Glendalough

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The Round Tower from afar Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Phillip had showed me the TripAdvisor page on Glendalough when I was still deciding whether or not to visit. I wouldn't say it sealed the deal, but seeing a place that looked like the embodiment of "The Foggy Dew" certainly swayed me in the Irish direction. Once I decided, I made him promise that he wouldn't let me leave without seeing Glendalough, which is "a glacial valley renowned for its' Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century." We left Dublin early on Friday and headed south into the Wicklow Mountains, passing scenery that could have been on postcards-- windswept meadows tucked between huge rocky outcroppings and cottony sheep grazing beneath rainbows and nea...Read More

Brazen Head

Attraction | "The Brazen Head"

Brazen Head Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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"Get your rest," Phillip said as way of greeting. "We'll be hitting the town pretty hard tonight." "That sounds like a threat." "Hmmm, well...." With a disconcertingly diabolical laugh, he hung up, leaving me puzzled.That evening, he collected me from the Skylon and ushered me into a "tacsai," where he took great pleasure in mocking my boldfaced American-ness to the driver. After only a few minutes, we were deposited on the street in front of a brick-faced pub. "The Brazen Head," Phillip explained. "the oldest pub in Dublin, so they say. it's a bit of a tourist trap. Perfect for you." He led me inside, through a warren of small, low...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 20, 2010

Brazen Head
20 Lower Bridge St
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 677 9549

Dublin Skylon Hotel

Hotel | "Comfortable, Cost-Effective and Convenient"

Dublin Skylon Hotel Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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A 10 euro cab ride from Dublin Airport brought me to the Dublin Skylon Hotel at 10 am on a Thursday morning. The lobby was empty, except for the cheerful desk clerk. I had booked a double-bed non-smoking room, but happily accepted the two single-bed, smoking room I could have had right then. The check-in process was quick and painless.The room was surprisingly large and nicely decorated, and though it was a smoking room, I couldn't tell. The bathroom was enormous, with radiant flooring and a large shower, which I made quick use of before settling in for a nap. The beds (I alternated from one to another over the three nights I was there) were very comfortable.The location wa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 30, 2010

Dublin Skylon Hotel
Upper Drumcondra Rd.
Dublin, Ireland
+353 (0)1 884 3900

PHL-ORD-DUB-LGW

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PHL Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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My first experiences navigating airports by myself taught me a lot, namely that people are sheep (the fire alarm went off at the gate at Philadelphia International, and we all just sat there, wondering whether or not we should evacuate...) and one should be prepared to duck at Gatwick's Immigration (I had taken a Ryanair flight over from Dublin, and was told by a FA that since I held an American passport, I would have to enter England as though I had just flown in from the States-- as it turns out, this is incorrect information, and the immigration agent let me know this by flying into a rage and hurling my passport at me).