December 1, 2014 – Today was our last day in Dublin, so we had to pack as much into the morning hours as possible. After grabbing breakfast at the hotel, we schlepped our bags on the bus and made our way to city center. Same rules apply… hold on to any handrails you can find and make your way to a seat. Bonus points if you make it to the upper deck.
Once at the tourism center, we found a bag drop across the street at a small newsstand. We were surprised that they had space to store the bags, since there was literally only space for 2 people to stand inside the shop. I’m thinking that they forged the luggage storage bin with time lord technology, since that’s clearly the only explanation here. (Or, they just pass it down into the basement where someone else is manning the bags.)
With our bags safely stored outside of time and space (or, in a basement), we ventured to the National Gallery of Ireland for a quick walkthrough of the exhibits. We enjoyed their masterpiece collection in the Beit Wing the most out of all their exhibits, and recommend viewing that if you are on a time crunch. While we would normally pick up some tea at the museum cafe, it was completely packed with school groups and there were no tables available. Instead, we used our remaining time to walk to St. Patrick’s Cathedral for a perusal.
When we got to the cathedral, we had great lighting to admire the stained glass windows and the architecture of the building itself. One highlight was seeing the war memorials and learning about the history of the the area during times of war. After we finished viewing the memorials, it was time to catch a bus to pick up our bags (no sonic screwdriver required), and then catch another bus back to the airport.
The remainder of our day was spent navigating EU airport security, which was fairly pleasant. Well, pleasant until we got the TSA-inspired checkpoint that all people going to the US have to pass through. It wasn’t THAT bad really, except for some long lines and a few moody passengers (agents were fine) that were probably having a bad day. Those passengers did not deal well with the long lines mixing into each other. One advantage to this setup is that we clear customs in Ireland, and can go straight to the car once arriving in Boston.
The flight itself was uneventful, and before we knew it we were back in Boston. The one fun event that occurred during the flight was that the VOD system had to be rebooted early in the flight due to content not loading. My guess was that the system was still referencing November content instead of the new content for December. After the reboot, it was smooth sailing… err, flying, for the rest of the trip.
Well, thanks for reading my first travel series for the site! I hope you had as much fun reading as I did writing. It will probably be back to Louisa for most future travel posts, but I might make an appearance from time to time. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!