Welcome to Ireland!  Our cross-Atlantic flight seemed short this time around and it’s probably because we were flying from New York versus California.  Mike’s parents, Eric and Betsy Matz, joined us on this leg of the trip.  Upon landing in Dublin, we picked up our rental cars and Mike & Eric had to immediately get used to left-hand traffic.  It was interesting, to say the least, to maneuver the streets of Dublin with careful precision given our jet lag and inexperience.

After a short rest, we headed straight for the Guinness Storehouse for a tour and a divine pint in their Sky Bar.  What a way to start the journey together!  We were fortunate to be in Dublin on their “2013 Culture Night,” which only happens once a year.  There were a ton of free cultural festivities around the city, so we decided to visit the Temple Bar quarter, City Hall, Dublin Castle and the Ha’penny Bridge.  It was a lovely evening filled with great food, beer and live music!  Although our time in Dublin was very short, we enjoyed the thriving city and looked forward to relaxing in the countryside of Northwest Ireland.