Meet and greet our fellow travelers this evening
03.08.2016 - 03.08.2016 18 °C
Hotel - Shelbourne Dublin Heritage, 27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 - Room 767.
We had a great night's sleep last night and woke up naturally. Rest day today while we wait for Phil's luggage to arrive from Paris. We checked with the Conceirge on our way to late breakfast and he was able to confirm that the bag will be here by lunch time. Fingers crossed.
We had a delicious breakfast of eggs benedict in The Saddle Room, which is a very tastefully decorated dining room. We are trying to "spot the Aussie" before our meet and greet function this evening. They should all be starting to arrive by now.
We spent a lazy morning in our room - Phil reading the paper and I tried to catch up on my Spain / Portugal blogs. Phil's bag finally arrived at 12.15 pm. Everything seemed intact but one of the zipper ends was missing.
We then walked up the street to the shopping centre. I am trying to buy Maxfactor lipsticks that I buy in Australia for about $25 and since I discovered that they are made in Ireland, I thought I might get them cheaper here. Well, they don't have the sort that I use in the shops here. Drat!
We had a bagel and coffee lunch and walked back to the hotel through St Stephen's Green, a magnificent park opposite our hotel.
I am a tree freak and the trees in this park are magnificent. The weather is changing. It is blowing a gale but is not cold.
We met up with our travelling companions this evening at 6.00 pm. There are 33 of us, but two are arriving late and will get in at 9.30 pm tonight. They all seem like nice people and are friendly and chatty. They come from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
The conceirge gave us a talk about the history of the Shelbourne Hotel and the famous people who have stayed here. Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier; John and Jackie Kennedy; every movie star worth mentioning and lots of other famous people. Apparently the Shelbourne is the place to be seen and many a famous Dubliner will just pop in for a drink. Unfortunately we don't know who they are!
Our Tour Director is Tom Doyle, an Irishman who now lives in Granada, Spain. He is a nice guy and we think he is going to be a good guide.
He did a short orientation walk this evening and a few of us went with him. We then continued on down the street to see some Georgian houses and then on our way back, stopped in at the Doheny and Nesbitt Pub for dinner. Several of our group were up there having dinner and we sat with Sharon and Bruce and Alan and Ilona, friends from Castle Hill. We had a nice chat, getting to know each other.
I had potato and leek soup and Phil had bangers and mash AGAIN!
Looking forward to travelling through Ireland with this group.