View from the house in Canary Wharf
Lunch with Peter and Elizabeth McGregor and their friend Corinne at Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant on the Thames near Canary Wharf
Peter and Steve rode home after lunch! the girls walked.
Steve’s school friend Ian Barnes. We stayed with he and wife Ali at Islington – a great area in London. Our room was on the 5th floor! with great views over the suburb. Had dinner at Ottolunghi a really great little restaurant.
The pubs of Dublin are fantastic

Loving the streets of Dublin. Beautiful buildings, interesting people and the pubs! on every street.

IRELAND Starting in Dublin

Had to get up very early to make our way to the station then Gatwick airport. We’d had  a lovely meal cooked by our host Ian the night before and a few glasses of Italian red so it was hard to get up!

But we made it to Gatwick – not  the best airport in the world. It always seems crowded with groups of people going on cheap holidays to Europe . All flying Rynair which is not the best airline, but you get what you pay for….. and have to keep paying for anything extra. It’s a free for all when boarding starts! I’m surprised you don’t have to pay to use the toilets!

The plane left late and we arrived into Dublin around 11.30 a and at our hotel, Wynn’s Hotel, too early to check in. So we found a pub( really easy in Ireland) and had lunch. Both of us had cider as its so refreshing.

The Hotel in Abby St was a good find. It’s old, central, lovely room for a big breakfast and nice comfortable room ( 5th floor overlooking Abbey St , with an opening window)

We were an easy walk to the bridge across to the main area for bars and music.
Really enjoyed our days wandering the streets of Dublin. Did a walking tour  which included the university – a good thing to do.

Also did the hop on and off bus and tours of the Guinness brewery and Jameisons whiskey. Both really good. Had lunch at Guinness on the top floor. Really good.