This is our fourth Valentine's weekend in Dublin. Mary worked here on and off for three years and sometimes I would go out there for the weekend instead of her coming home. Last month RyanAir were doing cheap flights. Yes I know they are always cheap but some are cheaper than others. And sometimes they have been more expensive than scheduled airlines, believe it or not. Anyhoo we booked a long weekend.
Sometimes my posts seem like a concatenation of Mary's FaceBook check-in's so here we go...
We stayed very central in the Harrington Hall Hotel - a lovely Georgian building within easy walking distance of the centre of Dublin and the restaurants we had booked for Saturday and Sunday.
First priority, after checking in to the hotel, was to go out and sample some Guinness:
- FaceBook: Mary Galashan was drinking Guinness with Mark McLellan at The Bleeding Horse Pub.
- FaceBook: Mary Galashan drinking Guinness with Mark McLellan at Cassidys Pub Camden Street.
Mary used to live in Malahide and we had a number of wine glasses from Gibney's Pub which had got broken over the years so it was time to go there, have a pub lunch, drink Guinness, watch the Rugby and stock up on glasses for her and her sister.
- FaceBook: Mary Galashan was watching France vs Ireland with Mark McLellan at Gibneys Malahide.
- FaceBook: Mary Galashan with Mark McLellan at Bloom Brasserie.
Despite many trips to Dublin we had never done a historical walking tour so that was Sunday morning's outing sorted. A seriously educational history lesson enlivened with a dry wit and some bad jokes.
Then it was time for lunch.
- FaceBook: Mary Galashan added 2 new photos — with Mark McLellan at The Seafood Bar by Wrights of Howth.
The food was good and the decor very smart. They've not been open long so all very fresh.
The evening meal was meant to be in the restaurant where we had a very extravagant meal some years ago but it turned out that Mary had booked in to the Bistro rather than the main restaurant. No matter, it was fine.
- FaceBook: Mary Galashan eating dinner with Mark McLellan at Citron Restaurant, Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin.
It was drink, eat, sleep, rinse and repeat - a kind of gastronomic Groundhog Day. Excellent.