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Published: October 7th 2022
Arrived yesterday after an uneventful flight . I was however reminded of the goodness of people in the Toronto airport . While changing into my comfortable long distance flight clothes I had taken my tablet out to set it on flight mode .
I was quite perplexed when I was paged to come to the desk in the departure area . I was first asked for some ID then I was presented with my tablet . I had forgotten it in the washroom and someone had turned it in . Wow ! It affirms my belief that people are good.
Arriving in Dublin at 8:30 was good although it was raining. Fortunately it didn't last too long . I found my bus and my BnB with little difficult . I was able to drop my luggage and have a cup of coffee and a visit with the owner but was unable to check in that early . Fortunately the National Irish Botanical Gardens is @900 metres according to MAPSME so I headed to the gardens. It is really large and the greenhouses are a big part of them . I enjoyed them but they were hot and made me sleepy . The Rose Garden was spectacular and the smell was awesome . But the need to be horizontal was too strong and I headed back for a shower and a nap .
It was good .In 3 hours I found the bus to get down to the TempleBar area to walk and gawk . I liked it . LOTS of people around , most seemed happy to be there . The cobblestone streets and many of the buildings are more than 200 years old . There were street musicians playing on several different corners . They were good and seemed to be having fun . I had a hard time choosing a restaurant as there were many cuisines being offered . Finally chose Lebanese and a spicy chicken kofta with a glass of red wine from Lebanon.
By the time I finished eat I was pooped . Found my bus and made my way home and slept for 9 hours.
Today I did the hop on hop off bus and first did the nearly 2 hour ride around . Ended up at the National Museum of Art , St Patrick's Cathedral and when I returned to the Guiness Storehouse they were sold out !!! Oh well . I did have a nice walk and found a restaurant that serves a great seafood chowder served with a wonderful brown bread . I also had a Guiness . Probably my last ...
I found the hotel I will move to tomorrow and where I will meet the group I will travel with the next 9 days .
Time to quit for the night . Hope all is well with you and yours . Keep in touch.
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