Drove to Newgrange--our GPS and what we call the "brown tourist signs" seemed to be befuddling us, so we got there at 10:25, later than planned. We were signed up for the 10:45 Knowth tour and the 12:15 Newgrange tour. Visited the most important place on any tour and the gift shop while we were waiting. Both sites were amazing and both tour guides excellent--we were very glad we went to both.
Ate lunch at Brambles Café in the Newgrange VC--not as good as other Brambles, which surprised us.
On to the Battle of the Boyne. The exhibits and the videos were good, and the walled garden was lovely, but the walks didn't seem to really bring the battle to life as other battlefields we've visited have done. The weather has been beautiful, so we enjoyed walking around a little.
Went to Old Mellifont Abbey--got there at 4:00 and the sign on the VC door said they were closed-and listed their open hours as 10-5:15. Disappointing. There are only a couple of informational plaques, but the site is striking and we liked walking around and taking photos.
Drove to our hotel--the Radisson Blu at the airport. Very nice. The trainee at the desk needs more training to check with her manager if she's not sure about something before she gives out inaccurate in formation. Nothing terrible, but she told us local calls are free (they're not) and that the restaurant in the hotel hadn't changed, but was still O'Dea's. Later, when I went back to tell her that, although the website says O'Dea's, the restaurant says T3, she was a bit argumentative--until a colleague told her it was T3. DH and I giggled about her not knoeing th name of the restaurant in the hotel where she's working.
Went to Zao for dinner. Not our best evening. The directions link on their website sent us in completely the wrong direction; fortunately, it was only about a 7 minute drive and we were able to find someone to ask who knew where it was--now 15 minutes the other way. We weren't in a time crunch, so that wasn't too bad.
The menu on-line isn't the same as the one in the restaurant, which annoyed me, as I had picked the place based on reviews and the menu. It was pricy for what it offered, we thought. 6.90 Euro for a bowl of vegetable soup seems high to us. The items didn't come with the ingredients listed in their menu description, which irritated me. I asked if the curry dish we were ordering could have aubergine added, as that was included in a different curry and it's my favorite veggie. The waitress said yes, of course--but didn't bother to check with the kitchen, which had no aubergine. The food itself was OK, but nothing special. No biggie--we're not hungry now,