Friday, October 27, 2006

Our weekend in Kilkenny

We finally got a chance to go to Kilkenny. I always wanted to go there, well, since we've been in Ireland. I've heard good things about it. Small town with a Castle, good night life and nice people.

I booked us a room and got the bus tickets while Jess was in Canada. As we spent 10 days apart, we figured we deserved to go somewhere alone - we'll use anything as an excuse to travel, I swear. Haha.

So, Saturday morning we got on the 9am bus and arrived in sunny Kilkenny at 11:15am.
We checked in to our Hostel and decided to go find some lunch. It honestly took us about 10 minutes to walk through the main part of downtown. Very nice and picturesque.

We found a nice pub that was serving food so we decided to just stop there as it had a patio (so Jess could smoke - I haven't had a cigarette in 3 months now - yay me!). We were there a little before 12 noon and the kitchen didn't open until noon, so we decided to have a pint of Kilkenny to start.

In the end we had a great and tasty lunch, along with a pint of Guinness and it was not expensive at all.

After lunch we decided to walk more, towards the Castle and the other side of the little river (more of a creek) and explore. The Castle was nice, but you had to take a guided tour and we didn't want to waste an hour walking around with someone yammering at us, so we decided to leave.

We went to the other side of the river for a pint in this very nice pub. But as nice as it looked, we had about 1/2 of the pint. It was THE WORST pint ever so we left. Now we had to make up for this bad pint and go somewhere else.

Eventually we found a pub more our style - rowdy and loud. I decided to try Smithwicks with a Guinness head (very tasty) and Jess went with her Bulmers. After that pint we decided to go back towards our hostel to freshen up, but we never made it as we stopped in this cute and tiny pub right outside our hostel.

Man the pints flowed, great Guinness. We probably spent good 2 hours there, just sitting and talking and enjoying each others company. Eventually we got hungry and decided to really do it up and go for a nice steak meal.

We found some very posh place where we had steak and salmon and prawns and a bottle of wine. After dinner we headed back to the hostel to take a nap.

We woke up at about 11pm due to the rowdy people all over the streets. We got dressed and headed out for a night on the town. We had slept much longer than we thought we would but it was just what we needed after the long morning we had.

We headed out toward the oldest pub in the town where we had a pint (Jessica went out for a cigarette and ended up having to persuade the doorman to let her back in as the pub was closing). At around 12:30 the bar started to shut down so we moved next door to the late club where we met a few 18 year old kids that dragged us onto the dance floor. It was great craic. We FELT like 18 year olds! Needless to say, we got home quite late and then woke up, got out of the hostel, went for brekkie and enjoyed a little walk around the town until it was time to hop on the bus back to Dublin.


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