So, last week I’d booked a spontaneous day trip to Dublin. Flying out at 6am and flying back around 10pm… easy! Lonnnnng day I admit, but as it had been half term, I had also dragged along both my kids (18yr old son & 15yr old daughter) for the experience, as it’s so important to me that they also realise that everything is do-able with the right mindset and attitude!
Well, I love Dublin! Yes it’s a different kind of trip when you’re restricted for time, but it is do-able!
Getting from the airport into the city centre is so simple with one of the many buses, takes about 25 mins depending on traffic, and costs €15 for an adult return ticket! Taxis cost around €25 each way.
ƒduFirst stop we headed to after we arrived at the city centre, was a doughnut breakfast at The Rolling Doughnut on Bachelors Street. Amazing selection and quality of doughnuts. We ended up going for Red Velvet, Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch and Baileys Bliss!
Absolutely gorgeous! Then I walked the kids round the corner to have some hot chocolate at the famous Butlers Chocolate Cafe on Grafton Street. White hot Chocolate x 3, accompanied by one of their delicious champagne truffles!
Dublin was off to a great start indeed!
We then booked tickets with Dublin CitySightseeing company for a Dublin Hop On Hop Off bus tour. This was €19 for an adult and €17 for students.
This took us past all the tourist spots including The National Art Gallery, Trinity College, Both Cathedrals, The Guinness Factory, The Dublin Zoo, and back to the City Centre again. The tour takes approximately 90 mins if you don’t get off. It’s worth doing just to give you a feel of what Dublin’s about!
Then we headed off to Temple Bar, fleetingly… well, having both kids with me, I was on responsible mother behaviour!
After a mooch around there and along the River Liffy, we went back to get a fish and chip lunch from Beshoff ‘s on O’Connell street… absolutely delicious, mouth wateringly, melt in the mouth cod and chips! They even had a gluten-free fish option!
Then we headed off to do a bit more sight seeing, souvenir shopping and visited the boutique shops along Nassau street.
Finally, it was time to get the bus and head back to the airport, with two very tired teenagers who’d been woken up at 3am that morning. Yes, it’s a long day, but it’s sooooooo different.
By the time we arrived back at the car park I had notched up 18640 steps!
Great bonding time with my kids, minimal budget, but still an adventure.
Next spontaneous trip abroad is in two weeks. Eindhoven Festival of light! But before that, an adult weekend of disco inferno Watch this space!