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Sunday at the Ritz by Ann Treacy
October 24, 2007, 8:16 pm
Filed under: Dublin, Dun Laoghaire

We had another busy day on Sunday. We had afternoon tea at the Ritz Carlton in Powerscourt. (Powerscourt may sound familiar – we visited the Powerscourt Garden a couple of weeks ago.)

The hotel opened on October1. The big deal about the Ritz is that it is home to a Gordon Ramsay restaurant. (That’s the chef from the Top Chef program – who swears a lot.) We didn’t eat there because it was booked and because we decided we’d wait on that until we could get a babysitter.

Anyways the restaurant was very nice. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that we did get full on tiny sandwiches and desserts. The service was very good. Our table, actually all of the tables faced Sugar Loaf, a beautiful mountain. And what was very very fun was that we got a private tour of the hotel while we were there – and Sunday was the last day they were going to offer the tours.

There are 3 restaurants and a ballroom and lots of wonderful gardens. The rooms were really nice. We’ll have to find an excuse to stay there at some point. I’d say that there will be plenty of weddings there since it is so beautiful. I just need to meet a bride!

After the hotel, we went to see the tallest waterfall in Ireland – the Powerscourt waterfall. It too was striking. There were a couple of playgrounds nearby and the girls enjoyed that a lot.

Sunday night Patrick participated in a children’s story slam in Dun Laoghaire. That’s where the readers tell their stories and the judges decide who was the best. Personally I think Patrick was the best but someone who wrote a young adult story actually won.

We enjoyed listening to all of the authors. None were professional but all of them were very good. After Patrick read the judges said – oh you’re a storyteller. They were speechless but though that he should find a way to either work with students to perform the story or otherwise find a way to tell the story to people.

Again pictures should follow – soon I hope


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