This week was mid-term break and so we packed our bags, jumped in the car, and headed south to Dublin. The drive was beautiful, crisp, cold, and clear. We made reservations at a B&B south of Dublin in Sandycove near Dun Laoghaire. The first day we explored all around Dublin Bay.
We saw the famed tower where James Joyce stayed for less than a week. It's more famously known for its feature in the opening chapter of Ulysses. We also saw the 40 foot pool where people swim year around in the icy, cold Irish Sea! Seems a little crazy to me.
The kids loved standing at the edge of this walk way and holding on to the yellow pole to watch the waves crash up over the walkway! I don't think this would pass the safety standard in the USA.
That evening we had a memorable moment back at the B&B! The kids had all fallen asleep when the fire alarm went off! Cam and I dashed downstairs to see what was up, if indeed there was a fire. All the other guests came out and were looking for our hostess who had stepped out for a moment and left her phone. Guests were on their cell phones trying to get a hold of someone who would know what to do. The police were called, all the numbers on the listings by the door were called, etc. After five minutes of this and making sure there was no real fire I went back upstairs to make sure the kids were still asleep, they were. Finally, the host showed up and shut off the alarm. Cam and I had heard the family next door banging and jumping up and down and somehow they had jumped so hard it triggered the fire alarm beneath their room to sound. Well, that family wasn't too happy so then Cam and I got to hear them arguing into the wee hours of the morning. Thankfully, they left the next day and it was peaceful for the remainder of our time there. Our hostess was very apologetic and felt awful about it all.