Just A Short Bus Ride From Dublin
My oldest daughter and I set out on an adventure that started in Paris France and ended in Dublin, Ireland. It was a trip of a lifetime although rather costly; by our last two stops we were spending frugally. Whoever said that you need to spend a lot to receive a lot, never took a bus ride. One of the many things that I love about Europe is their public transportation; it is nothing if not cheap.
On our last day in Ireland we were ready for some wide open spaces and scenic views. We were open to going wherever the wind blew, we inquired around about places we could see in a day. Upon inquiry we were told about a little seaside town that wasn't far from Dublin. The people of Ireland are friendly and helpful. The front desk clerk at the B & B we were staying at in Temple Bar, was more than informative. She told us about this town that was just a short bus ride from Dublin, where if you’re lucky you can see and feed the seals. That was exactly what we had in mind for our last day in Europe. So for around $2.30 we jumped on the bus heading to Howth, Ireland. If you are a seafood lover this place is the place for you. All along the boardwalk were fisheries were one could buy anything their heart desired, and inexpensively. There were restaurants that open later for dinner as well and offered views of the Harbor where one could sit and watch the boats come in for the night.
Our first stop was the last stop on the bus route. Upon departing the bus in what took about 10 minutes we reached the peak itself. The views were worth every bit of the effort and the $2.50 bus fair. Once at the top you’re prized with this lovely picturesque view of the lighthouse down below and water as far as the eye could see. It was exactly what I had pictured in my dreams. What makes this all the more memorable is that you can follow the cliffs edge around to the harbor. For the more adventuresome there were also lower trails, but since Courtney and I were both in dresses we stayed to the higher trails.
The views were breathtaking the weather was perfect and those you encountered on the trails were friendly. It is supposed to take a walker/hiker about an hour to get to town, but she and I stopped along the way and at one point made our own trails. The photo opportunities were endless and breathtaking from every angle. One would never bore with the views below. Once into town there were restaurants and eateries all along the bay front and harbor, or with just a short walk up the hill you could venture into the village of Howth. We opted for the latter. We found a locally family run pub (This is my opinion is the only way to experience a foreign country), to sit among the natives, talk with them and to hear their stories that is what makes traveling abroad worthwhile for me. After several pints of Irish Cider and a fish & chips dinner we had to depart, the final bus picked up at 11:30 PM.
Upon reflection; between enjoying the sights of the lighthouse, the ocean views, sailboats coming in for the night (with seals following along behind), and the fisherman who had set up camp along the harbor wall, the sea side village of Howth had been exactly what the doctor ordered for our last day. For a girl who lived in Kansas it was truly a magnificent day spent by the sea.