Hello from Bucharest! Well, technically we’re in the Bucharest airport, waiting for our final flight to Athens. It’s been a long day; we flew out of Dublin at midnight, arrived here at 6:00 am (4:00 am Dublin time), and have been hanging around ever since (it’s 1:15 pm and our flight is at 4:30 pm). We originally planned on going out into the city to have a look around, but the absolute pouring rain and a distinct lack of available information changed our minds. So, we’ve just been here, trying to sleep and get caught up on photo labeling (or blogging).
Our last two days in Dublin were very leisurely. On Saturday, we had a delicious brunch with Noon at a place called Herbstreet. I ordered eggs benedict with a side of smoked salmon and Chris ordered this wild mushroom toast thing. Both were incredible and we stuffed ourselves so much that the walk back was significantly slower than the walk there.
After gorging ourselves, Chris and I headed back to the Archaeology Museum to see the last bit about Viking Ireland that we had missed on Thursday. It was neat to see how the Vikings had influenced and interacted with the Irish – most of the beautiful Celtic metal work associated with Ireland was heavily influenced by the Vikings.
After we thoroughly experienced the museum, we headed back to Noon’s to rest for a bit before going out to meet some of his friends from Dropbox. We had a great time hanging out with everyone and talking about how different things were in our home countries – there were two Englishmen, one Irishman, and one Swiss, in addition to us. It was a pretty diverse crew and it was neat to hear all the varying perspectives. We also had a delicious dinner at 777, a Mexican tapas place with very tasty margaritas. Food, drink, and friends – a perfect evening!
Sunday was very laid back. We all got up late, snacked on some leftovers from Noon’s fridge, then headed to lunch at Chez Max, a cute little French bistrot with delicious onion soup. After lunch, Chris and I walked to the Guinness Storehouse to learn all about “the black stuff.” It was interesting, but, having toured the Sam Adams brewery in Boston and just not being a huge fan of Guinness in general, I was a bit let down.
Then it was back to Noon’s to pack up before heading to the amazing Dunne and Crescenzi again, this time for dinner. We ordered bruschetta, pecorino, and mozzarella as appetizers, then I had eggplant parmesan and Chris had mushroom risotto. We were all in heaven – everything was amazing!
All too soon, Chris and I were saying goodbye to Noon and hopping on the bus to the airport. It was wonderful to see Noon, but now we’re on to the next part of our adventure – Athens! That is, if we survive the layover here in Bucharest!