I decided for my own memory sake to list my top 5 highlights and then lowpoints. I've considered this blog to be my travel journal and I gotta get it down while it's still fresh or it'll be gone tomorrow...seems to be the way my brain works these days.
Top 5 High Points:
1) The people of Ireland in general, many offered directions without us having to ask, most have been gracious and welcoming, curious about us and always greeted with a kind attitude.
2) The proposal we witnessed at the Cliffs. I just can't get past that. I'm such a romantic and that just made the already spectacular day even more incredible.
3) The Avis rental car agent. Her attitude and excitement were so positive and she was just a really genuine person
4) The Marless House B&B in Galway...while not perfect, was the best B&B I've ever stayed in.
5) The sunsets
Top 5 Low Points:
1) Returning the rental car and GPS getting me off track multiple times
2) The smell in Cork. it was really hard to walk around outside because we couldn't breathe without feeling like we were swallowing the smell.
3) The service at TGIF in Dublin.
4) The exchange rate my bank charged me for taking cash out of the ATM....for 200 euros it cost me $90 on top of that. Not Ireland's issue, just a low point for the week.
5) The service at the Dublin airport Maldron hotel. We had to change rooms twice and the housekeeping today didn't refresh the supplies or replace/wash the tea mugs.
Altogether, those low points are definitely overshadowed by the amazingness of the week.
To talk about today:
We slept in this morning. First time all week I've gotten a solid 8 hours of sleep. hooray! We had breakfast in the restaurant at our hotel, the airport Maldron. It was a continental buffet with all the usual Irish breakfast items...I went to grab the brown bread, and it was so hard I just left it in the basket. After breakfast we took a cab to O'Connell Street, Dublin's normal shopping district. I'm proud to say that even though we found several items we wanted, neither of us bought anything.
My best friend and several others told me that we should stop in at Queen of Tarts, a cafe and patiserrie. When we stepped inside the crowded cafe we instantly fell in love. It's decorated in the most beautiful red color (not an obnoxious cherry red) and was filled with people. A good sign! We sat down at the only empty table and stared at the pastries greeting us on the counter.
What a blessing this has been. My soul is refreshed.