After seeing our friends get married in North Yorkshire, Clem and I headed over to Dublin - the first time either of us had been to Ireland! We had a long and complicated train-bus-ferry situation to get from Richmond to Dublin, which I wouldn't recommend - we should have spent a night in Manchester on the way, instead of camping out in train and bus stations for hours. A car would also be ideal to get from point A to point B, but you wouldn't need one to explore Dublin.
We'd booked two beds at the Dublin Generator Hostel, and we arrived early enough in the day to chow down on a fresh breakfast in their café. We napped on the couches in the common area for a bit, and the staff amazingly arranged for our room to be the first one cleaned that day, so we were allowed in well before the normal check-in time.
We napped for most of that first afternoon, then emerged for a walk around the area north of the River Liffey in search of some dinner. We checked out lots of restaurants, but none really struck our fancy until Clem found The Winding Stair, a modern Irish restaurant above a bookstore, with windows facing the Liffey. We were early enough to catch the "Pre-Theatre Menu," which is essentially a prix-fixe menu. It was expensive, but that had more to do with the exchange rate and Irish cost of living than it did with the restaurant itself. Plus, the food, atmosphere, and service were all incredible. I would definitely recommend reservations if you're planning on eating after 6ish, as the restaurant fills up fast!
We meandered back to the hostel through quiet side streets, and walked though the old Jameson distillery, right behind the hostel, and put our full bellies and tired heads to sleep.
We had a much more exciting time in Dublin over the following four days...stay tuned!