Oct 6th and 7th 2018
Christine and I woke on our second full day in Ireland expectant for a magical day. The sky had cleared, making it perfect hiking weather at the Cliffs of Moher! We planned to grab our pre-reserved rental car, make the 3 hour road trip across Ireland, hike the cliffs, and make the return trip on an alternate route to see a different area of Ireland.
But...it all quickly fell apart once we arrived at Hertz to pickup our rental car.
(Feel free to skip over the sob story if you just came for the pictures!)
Like I mentioned previously, we had a reservation with Hertz. I made this reservation over the phone. Now, my wife and I aren't quite 25 yet. So Hertz wasn't the first place I called to try and make a reservation. Most places simply do not allow folks under 25 to rent cars - period. However, upon calling Hertz, the representative assured me that as long as I had my license for 6+ years, I was eligible to rent a car from them. I might just have to pay an extra insurance fee.
But...the moment I handed my driver's license to the local Hertz employee, I could tell something was wrong. He made weird face, asked his coworker to come over and look at his screen, they whispered some back and forth, and then told me "sorry you cannot rent a car from us because you're not 25". I was dumbfound.
I went back and forth with them for some time - explaining how the representative on the phone had assured me that it wouldn't be an issue and that I had already paid for the reservation. He went into a back room to "talk with his manager" but came back and simply shook his head and said "sorry". I called the Hertz help line and the rep on the phone agreed that I should be able to rent the car. He even talked with their manager for several minutes. But the management would not budge.
I left feeling rather discriminated against. No explanation was provided to us on why we couldn't rent the car because of our age. We were just told we couldn't...even though Hertz's official policy says otherwise.
Nevertheless, we decided to make the most of the situation and explore more of Dublin! So lets get back to the pictures...
Dublin Part 2!
One of the popular places to visit in Dublin that we weren't able to get to on our first day is Dublin Castle! We rode the bus over to the castle and were able to walk through it. The architecture and decorations in this castle were so different to what we had seen in Venice and Dubrovnik! It was fun to be able to compare the finer details.
Our next stop was the Jameson Distillery for a tour and whiskey tasting! On the way we crossed over one of the many bridges stretching over the river Liffey!
The weather was perfect for walking through the city. A little chilly occasionally but we brought the appropriate attire so we were comfortable. Before we knew it, we made it to Jameson's Bow Street distillery!
This location was Jameson's primary distillery for many, many years. But eventually the whiskey became so popular they had to expand and moved to a different area in Ireland. They still keep the original location open for tours though!
The guided tour involved a walk through the company's family and business history, an explanation on how the whiskey is triple distilled and given it's unique flavor, and of course a whiskey tasting!
The tasting involved a comparison between the Irish Jameson whiskey and two other whiskeys - Johnnie Walker (Scotch) and Jack Daniels (American whiskey). They illustrated, via the tasting, how you could taste the difference between a single, double, and triple distilled whiskey (which we certainly could!). Overall I highly recommend the tour - it was delicious and very entertaining :)
Of course you can't go to Ireland and not eat at a real Irish pub! So Christine and I found the oldest pub in Ireland and decided to eat there! Ireland's oldest pub, Brazen Head, dates back to 1198. However, their present building was built in 1754 (still older than the United States!). I couldn't resist and ordered a Guinness with a Guinness stew. Christine ordered a grilled salmon. We sat outside and enjoyed our time.
Christine and I had such a fantastic time at the botanical gardens the day prior we decided to visit the gardens again! We actually weren't able to walk all the way through the gardens our first time 'round so our second visit gave us the opportunity to see the second half!
The lighting wasn't quite as good in the afternoon as it had been the morning prior but here are a couple shots
After finishing the gardens Christine and I were pretty exhausted. We made the bus ride back to our AirBnb, found a cool, local burrito shop for dinner, and rested in our snug apartment for the rest of the evening.
One more flight...
The following morning we made our way back to the Dublin airport and boarded our final flight back to home sweet home! It has been one heck of a trip full of adventures, exploration, fun, and relaxation. We cannot wait to do it again!
Thanks for reading!
We have a couple more bonus posts on the way featuring more photos from the trip! So stay tuned for those!
Until next time,