Yesterday we made our first trek into Dublin Proper. We took the train to Pearse station. Wandered through Ryan Park in Merrion Square.

Then we bought sandwiches at Spar and ate them in St. Stephen’s Green park. We were kicked out at 5 o’clock sharp (herded out by a booming-voiced park guard) and shopped at St Stephens’s Centre for a bit. We walked up Grafton Street amid the throng and made our way to our bus stop on Eden Quay.

Leaving St. Stephen’s Green shopping center

On Grafton Street.

The excitement of the evening was when Dad left his cap on the bus, caught up to the bus at a red light and rode to the next stop, which luckily was within sight. He returned triumphant, his hog cap upon his head.

Bill met us at the pub for dinner. Mom, Dad, and I had mushroom soup (and chips) and Bill had a burger.

Today we got a late start, me the latest of all! We walked out to the beach on Bull Island and watched the ocean. We got rather chilly and had to come home and strengthen ourselves with tea and biscuits.

Tomorrow, Bill has to go back to Kilkenny to get the car (with its shiny new gearbox). I think the parents and I will visit the farmer’s market and maybe Malahide Castle. Tomorrow night we’re taking a Ghost Tour of Dublin.

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