One of the best things about living over here is how inexpensive it is to travel. Our flights from Manchester to Dublin only cost around $70/person! Thank goodness for Ryan Air! The only downside to Ryan Air is their really strict carry-on policy. The only allow one carry-on period. That means only a bag. No purse, no jacket in your hand, no bottle of water or sandwich for the plane. Only what is physically on your body and one item. And they come around with a little cardboard box to make sure that your one item fits their size restrictions. If it doesn't, you have to pay £40!
Luckily, I am an excellent packer :) Here's what I packed for our four day trip. Inside the bag I have my big purse, a guidebook, two pairs of shoes, enough shirts for two a day and several other items. That's my friend Brandon's bag next to mine to help you compare.
We had two and a half days in the city, and we spent another day driving outside city limits to Kilkenny and Cashel. Kilkenny is an adorable little town where Kilkenny beer originated. There's a great castle and a few beautiful cathedrals and abbeys.
|St. Mary's Cathedral in Kilkenny|
|Rock of Cashel|
|Rock of Cashel at sunset|
Overall, we had an action-packed few days. And, we were blessed with some great weather for at least half of the trip. Here are some of the highlights:
|Enjoying an Irish Hot Chocolate (with Baileys)|
|Great dinner with great friends|