St. Stephen's Green
e) St. Stephen's Green: A Beautiful, romantic green park located right in the middle of the city (next to Grafton street). The park has many beautiful features, from bandstands and colourful plant beds to numerous higgledy-piggledy paths and plenty of green spaces for relaxing in the sun. The beautiful white swans are happy to greet you if you happen to offer them bread.
b) Liffey river and O'connell bridge: This river flows almost through the middle of Dublin and divides the city into North and South. Most of the tourist attractions are to the south of the city. A walk along the river Liffey right before the sunset is recommended. There are many bridges that connect the two banks of the river, O'Connell being the most famous.
Connemara National Park
Now Connemara National Park is one of those offbeat locations in Ireland that would make you fall in love with nature, travel and life all over again. Situated in the west of Ireland in County Galway, this National Park comprises of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. You would have a time of your life in this little corner of the world, without even realising it. Read on for a complete itinerary and suggestions.
8:30 AM - We checked out of our B&B and drove to Portmagee to catch our boat out to Skellig Michael. It's an old monastery built into a large craggy rock pretty far out into the ocean (a 50 minute boat ride) that survived three separate recorded raides from vikings and harsh living circumstances (no livestock, rough sea winds, etc.). We hiked 300 steps up to the settlement (also the filming location where Luke Skywalker was revealed in the most recent Star Wars movie). On our way back we went by the "Little Skellig", which is inhabited entirely by seabirds (and seals, as you can see in the last pic).
Powerscourt Gardens and House
3:30 PM - After the waterfall we drove to Powerscourt and used our Marriott points for a free stay at the epic Autograph Collection Powerscourt Hotel. After checking in we walked over to Powerscourt House & Gardens and walked around to take pics of the gardens. After the tour we went back to our hotel and had dinner at the hotel pub, then went back to our room to relax and pack for the airport. Tomorrow we head home. :(