Day 2 began at 7:30 where the girls ate breakfast with the other tour group while Mrs. B waited patiently next door. 😝
Oops! We did finally find each other and discussed a few optional excursions and I let the girls decide as a group what they wanted to do.
With the stipend, I am funding a little of their last night with a Paris by night river boat tour, sight seeing, and coach back to the hotel.
The girls opted for an inexpensive Jack the Ripper ghost walk and inexpensive (5£!!!!) play at the Globe theater as a "groundling"! They decided not to do the London Eye, Wicked Broadway play, or the jaunt to the coast today (Howeth Ireland) and instead we spent a gorgeous day in the city.
We started out in a "hop on hop off" bus tour with Renee (pronounced Ree-knee to all of "us from the states") and enjoyed her many one liners and her "simply gorgeous" ice cream from O'Brien's at Phoenix Park. We saw the herds of fallow deer and the girls observed some teenage males playing football. The moment they set foot on the grassy knoll the boys started doing sit ups, running about, and nearly impaled each other with a football as a way to impress the girls. Don't worry fathers and mothers. They were more interested in the many furry friends they had around (photo ops with Louis and dogs being walked).
We then went to St. Patricks Cathedral... Beautiful!!!
where we learned about Jonathan Swift, St. Patrick, and the reformation of the church. Emma asked some great questions of Renee and we learned a ton. Oh, and saw Jonathan's death mask.
Louis, and Teagan, a student from Virginia who also didn't want to go to the shore, helped us find the post office for stamps and we have a lovely lunch at Keenleys and many photo ops around the city.
I am super tired but here are some pics of all the things we did. Ask questions in the comments because it is simply too much to write at 1 am!:)
National Art Gallery - one of monet's paintings
He wanted us to buy a suit! People have been so welcoming here.
The gardens of Dublin castle
Coffee and cronuts
In a cemetary...why are we smiling!?
Thanks to Daniela, Megan, Sydney, Caity, and Madison for welcoming Teagan to our group and for offering seats to other groups at dinner. So proud!
Thanks to the parents who commented - I read the comments to them today and lots of awwwws were shared.