We took the train from Belfast to Dublin, checked into our hotel, grabbed a quick lunch at Cafe la Seine, and tried to do as much as possible on our own before we officially started our Rick Steves tour. I squeezed in a visit to the National Museum of Ireland and ran through the Treasury Exhibit before it closed.
We met our leader Joe Darcy and fellow travellers. Joe gave us the all-important list of restaurants included in the tour before walking to Eden Restaurant. Irish food is not just stew and potatoes anymore.
Each morning (or the previous evening) we were given an itinerary. Our walking tour included the usual: Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Dublin Castle and Christ Church Cathedral (closed for a funeral).
Lunch at the Brazen Head was fun because it claimed to be the oldest pub in Ireland.
Because this was my third trip to Ireland, I skipped the Guinness Storehouse in favor of the new EPIC museum which celebrates the impact Irish immigrants have had on the world. I stamped my "passport" in each room.
And they had scones!!