On Sunday November 20th I was all packed to fly! I got
the train from Polegate to Gatwick Airport.
I got to Gatwick and checked in straight away. I was
flying with Aer Lingus, which is basically the Irish
equivalent of British Airways.
After a bit of a long wait, it was time to
board the plane - an Airbus A320.
Flying was awesome. We had a bit of turbulence
because of the bad weather, but it was really cool to be
above the clouds.
The flight from Gatwick to Dublin took about 1 hour
and 10 minutes, and I bought this model our actual
plane on board as a souvenir.
To get to my hotel in a place called Red Cow, I got the
Airlink Express bus into Dublin city centre then the tram
out to Red Cow in the east.
My hotel was an Ibis near the motorway but was
surprisingly quiet. The tram stop was just a short walk
over a bridge.
I ate at the hotel for most of the trip, it was just so much easier
than looking for somewhere in the city and the
prices were fairly reasonable. My first meal was:
Bruschetta to start.
Beef burger and chips.
Chocolate fondant for dessert.
It was strange not seeing the whole of the UK on the
weather map! As you can see, the weather
was a bit grotty.
On Monday I got the big train up to Belfast called the
Enterprise. It was very comfortable, much nicer than
I explored some of the railways in Northern Ireland,
travelling from Belfast to Bangor and Antrim.
I stayed in Antrim for a little while to have lunch and
watch some of the buses and coaches.
On Tuesday I travelled by train to Cork in the south. Irish
trains are very nice and comfortable, and it was nice to
go on some trains I’ve never seen before for a change.
I also went to Cobh which is by the sea and the sun
This is the train I got back from
Cork to Dublin, I think its one of my
favourite looking trains for its
The interior was cool, apart from the weird blue-tinted
windows!? And I liked the old fashioned light-up map to
show where we were going.
That evening, I spent some time travelling on the DART,
which stands for Dublin Area Rapid Transport. Its sort of
what they have instead of the tube.
I had pizza and chips for dinner at the hotel that day,
was really tasty.
On Wednesday, I did a bus tour of Dublin city. It was really
interesting as we passed the grand General Post Office, the
Guinness brewery, and many other landmarks.
Its interesting to see the small differences over in Ireland, like
how the pedestrian crossings also have an orange light and the
push-buttons are different too.
The last meal I had at the hotel was a chicken breast burger, and I
left a note and a tip for the lovely restaurant staff
On the Thursday it was sadly time to leave. I got the Airlink bus
back to the Airport, and checked in for my flight to Manchester.
This is the view from the Departure Lounge at Dublin airport. It
was nice to watch the planes moving around, gave me something
to during the long wait after Security.
The weather was much clearer for the return flight which was
nice as I could look down over Dublin, Liverpool and Manchester
as I flew over the UK.
I also saw an off-shore wind farm which was cool.
I was met at the airport by my friends Mark (left) and Dan (right).
After stopping off for a Nando’s dinner in Manchester city centre,
we got the train first class across to Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
After staying at Mark’s house in Chesterfield, we were joined by
Louis (left) and Corin (right) on Friday.