New Journal Entry
I had booked a bus tour of Dublin online through www.viator.com. It was the best deal I found because children 4 and under, considered infants, were free, and adults paid $25 dollars. I was able to get an online 5% discount; you can search for promotional codes for viator to get a discount. Other places like cheaptickets.com had similar offers, but I had to pay half for my daughter. These tours are valid for 24 hours, and the bus operates from 9 am – 6 pm. You can go on and off the bus all day long with the same ticket, which is really good especially for those who are traveling with children. I woke up around 9:45 am Dublin time and ate breakfast at the hotel. I wasn’t feeling adventurous, so I didn’t try the Irish sausages. It was the only day I ate breakfast at the hotel because it cost $15 euros per person! My daughter only a box of cereal and a glass of water, so I don’t think it was worth the money. In Dublin, I saw better breakfast deals, but the hotel was convenient. The hotel shuttle dropped us off at the bus stop that would take us to Dublin. It was about a 25 minute drive to Dlubin. We were dropped off at O’Connell Street, one of Dublin’s main streets, and we spotted the tour bus right away! There are tour buses everywhere, and you can’t miss them! We just gave the pre-paid computer printout to the driver, and he gave us a bus ticket to ride all day. We didn’t have to show ID to get on the bus. We picked up two sets of headphones, and we went upstairs. The bus had a recorded guide in 7 different languages, including a special guide just for children. Everything that is interesting in town was pointed out by the guide. We decided to drive through an entire cycle, and on our second time around the city, we started getting off the places where we wanted to see. I was impressed with Dublin, I must say.