The Petryk's Round-The-World Adventure 2007/2008 travel blog

Leaving the ferry port of Holyhead

Picture on board ferry to Dun Laoghaire

We left Chester this morning on our way to Holyhead to catch the ferry to Dun Laoghaire (Dun Leary) in Ireland. Our journey took us across northern Wales thru picturesque countryside and villages. Upon our arrival in Holyhead we checked into the ferry port and boarded the ferry. The ferry was a high speed boat which crossed the Irish Sea between the UK and Ireland in 99 minutes (the normal crossing time on a regular ferry is approximately 3 ΒΌ hours). The ferries are very modern and much more appealing than the BC ferries that most of us are used to. We arrived in Dun Laoghaire at about 5:00 PM and following the directions given to us by the manager of the Marina House Hostel we promptly took a wrong turn and wound up going two or three streets out of our way...what was supposed to be a 10 - 15 minute walk to get to the Marina House turned into a 45 minute journey. We finally arrived....the hostel wasn't quite what we expected based upon what we had read in The Lonely was not the nicest or cleanest place to stay however given the difficulty we had getting a place, we took it in stride and after checking in and getting settled we went for a walk in the area and came back to a pub called the Purty Kitchen where we had a nice dinner including a half-pint of Guinness (Barb wasn't crazy about the taste) and spoke with the manager of the pub who had recently been in Halifax, Nova Scotia for a lacrosse tournament. He had also previously traveled to Ontario and Washington and said that he should have come to BC and Alberta when he was in Seattle and was kicking himself for not doing so. The Irish seem to eat dinner late as the pub was busy with diners late into the evening...this pub also had a "jam session" where a number of musicians arrived to play Irish and Celtic tunes....we stayed and listened to the music before heading back to our room and turning in for the night at Marina House three doors down the street.....until next time.....

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