Collins Barracks, Dublin, now home to the National Museum - Decorative Arts and History

Collins Barracks, Dublin, now home to the National Museum - Decorative Arts and History

Thur, 26 Mar - Dublin

What a journey! A late-night start so one has already been up for over 12 hours before even leaving home; two flights totalling about 23 hours; a tight connection in Dubai; and then to arrive at the Davenport Hotel in Dublin to find they had no record of my booking (made and pre-paid through Qantas) ... The joys of travel! 

And the lie-flat beds the airlines shout about aren't really designed for the larger man. So I got virtually no sleep on the journey. But I still believe it's best to come straight through.

Fortunately the hotel was able to organise me a room pretty quickly. Given that the maximum temperatures at the moment barely get above 10 degrees, my first port of call this afternoon was Kingsize Big and Tall Menswear shop to get a weatherproof jacket. I also sorted myself some mobile wifi, familiarised myself with the bus stops and the ticketing for the hop-0n hop-off tourist bus I'm planning to use tomorrow.

Dinner in the hotel's bar, and an early night.

The forecast for tomorrow is : "Once the frost has cleared early tomorrow morning, Friday will be dry and cool with sunny spells though cloud will increase through the day. Highest temperatures will reach 9 or 10 degrees in light winds."


  • None other than Michael Parkinson and his wife parked themselves close to me in the Emirates lounge at Sydney Airport.


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