Friday, March 18, 2016

Our Ireland Adventure
Day 3

Off To The Guinness Storehouse And To Pick-Up The Renault Fluence

 

Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin

We had to say good bye to the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin. We highly recommend this lodging for both service and facility. It is also well situated in the city and close to everything you needed.

Guinness Storehouse Tour

Guinness Storehouse Tour

Guinness Storehouse Tour

Guinness Storehouse Tour

Guinness Storehouse Tour

We visited the Guinness Storehouse before picking up our Hertz Rental car. Our friendly taxi driver took us to the section of Dublin owned primarily by the company. Our driver explained that Guinness even has their own doctors. Since we arrive just after nine in the morning, we were first in line but us tourists shortly filled the establishment.

The Guinness Tour is self-guided which was not as much fun. Nevertheless there are seven floors to explore. I enjoyed the pub station where they taught you how to pour your own glass of Guinness correctly. The bar overlooking the city was also worth the price of admission. 


Opa's first stint behind the right side steering wheel!!!


The procedure at the Hertz car lot was very easy. We were assigned a brand new Renault Fluence with just 15 kms on it. Everything was explained and we were reminded several time to stay on the left side of the road. Paul was told not to worry because he would be pro after the first fifty miles

Well that was not quite how it went and just getting out of Dublin was very scary. Luckily we opted for total coverage!!!

However, our GPS was invaluable and we soon found ourselves on the highway, which was more manageable. We arrived at the Faithlegg House Hotel safe and sound. 

Faithlegg House Hotel

Faithlegg House Hotel - Margaret Power Room

Faithlegg House Hotel - Margaret Power Room

Faithlegg House Hotel - Margaret Power Room


This hotel is a grand old country lodging offering classy en suite rooms and free WiFi, plus an 18-hole golf course. We stayed in the Margaret Power room which was huge and pretty modernized. Margaret was unhappily married and is said to return to her room nightly to search for her jewelry. 

Faithlegg House Hotel - St.Ita’s Walk

Faithlegg House Hotel - St.Ita’s Walk

Faithlegg House Hotel - St.Ita’s Walk

Faithlegg House Hotel - St.Ita’s Walk

Faithlegg House Hotel - St.Ita’s Walk

Faithlegg House Hotel - St.Ita’s Walk

Faithlegg House Hotel - St.Ita’s Walk

Faithlegg House Hotel - St.Ita’s Walk

Faithlegg House Hotel - St.Ita’s Walk

Faithlegg House Hotel - St.Ita’s Walk


Paul was pretty tired from his stressful day behind the wheel, so I went on a walk by myself around the estate. The receptionist recommended St.Ita’s walk. It was beautiful and featured both an old church with graveyard and St. Ita’s well.

Of course, I found myself lost and had to inquire as to where the hotel was. A super nice Irish man walking his dog assisted me. Richie not only gave me directions back to Faithlegg, he walked me back to the entrance; above and beyond.

We tried to stay up for the live music which started at 10:00 p.m., but after a very nice dinner, Paul and I both fell fast asleep. Not sure, but I think I heard Margaret Power’s around 2:00 a.m. ghost!!!


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