A full June long weekend (or bank holiday wkend)

Trip Start Nov 26, 2007
Trip End Nov 04, 2009

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Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Tuesday, June 2, 2009

For starters... I have never really got why they call it a 'Bank Holiday' over here. It is a long weekend and a public holiday (as we call it), but why call it a bank holiday?? Not just bank workers are having a holiday....


Max got the Monday holiday off, so we decided we were going to make the most of the weekend, as he was working nights on Saturday and Sunday. The weather was really, really nice on Friday so Max went to Bray to do the walk/hike I had done the previous weekend. Friday night was that warm that we decided to have dinner and wine on the balcony! It felt fantastic to be sitting outside in the sunshine again - feels like it has been a long time. What a great start to the weekend.

Saturday morning after slowly getting ourselves organised we headed to Dun Laoghaire to do our weekly shopping. But first we strolled along the waterfront and meandered along the pier. The sun was warm, even though it was a little breezy. People had decided to come out of hibernation and play too, as there were quite a few people making use of the sunshine while it is here. Our trip wouldn't have been complete without an icecream to top it off! It was a pity that Max had to work at 5pm, as we had to make sure we were back in plenty of time.

Sunday was a lovely relaxed day. We decided to catch the DART into the city centre and wander along the docklands for the Maritime Festival. Now I'm not really that into boats, but I knew there would be market stalls to look at and that was my main reason for suggesting it. We were pleased we did, lots of stalls lining the Liffey, sun shining - a very relaxing afternoon or wandering and looking. We stopped in the sun for our "picnic" lunch and soaked up the warmth. Again we had to head home in time for Max to get ready for work.

When we got home, we both realised that we really should have bought that sunscreen yesterday that we have been talking about getting, as we were both quite red! Ooops! I can't believe that the sun had done that much damage and I hadn't had the foresight to buy the sunscreen.

Max sold his car today, which was good news. Nice to know there is one less thing to worry about later.

Monday we tried to get up and ready early(ish), but it didn't exactly happen. Max had to arrange a bit with his parents about the collection of his car, etc too. But finally we were off and headed towards Howth, just north of the city. Again we caught the DART, we are pretty lucky to live so close to both bus routes and the train!

The sun was out again, but I was a little chilly when we first got there. We spent a bit of time wandering around trying to find some public toilets and a tourist office. We finally found the tourist office, but no one was home - back in 30mins. We decided to keep on walking. Finally went into a coffee shop to use the loo. I have been disappointed with the lack of public toilets in Dublin/Ireland so far, if they have them they are not well signposted.

A little picnic on the grass before heading off to explore. We found the public toilets!! Max found us a map. Off we went, but not before we found somewhere to buy sunscreen!! Max had covered himself up quite well for the day, but I didn't really have anything that would cover me that would make me too bloody hot! We certainly slipped sloped and slapped that day!!!

Howth is beautiful in the sunshine! We hiked up to the summit of Ben of Howth and the views were amazing. We could even see where we live (well the area at least). We spent a bit of time soaking up the views and taking many snaps, as always. We decided to keep on walking and eventually (the walking trails are again not well signed) found the cliff paths that we wanted to walk along. We decided we didn't want to go right down to the Baily Lighthouse, we got the views we wanted to of it from where we were. Walking along the cliff paths were lovely and again the views of the cliffs were worth the walk. By the time we finally made it back into the town we had been walking for 4-5 hours straight. Again it was time for an icecream - gotta make use of this weather while we can.

It was a lovely weekend and I really am enjoying being outdoors and being active! Walking and hiking up mountains (they would probably really be considered as large hills!) is fun and exhilarating, especially when there are some fabulous views at the end. We are both really enjoying exploring little areas in and around Dublin too. It is something we can do that is really cheap and we get satisfaction from. We'll have to come up with some new places to visit soon!

We are trying to make use of the sunshine while it lasts too, as from what we have been told it probably wont hang around for that long before the grey rainy Ireland is back. But hopefully we will get a few more spells of sunshine to motivate us to get outside!

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