But we went anyway, and I am SO glad that we did.
Derry is an amazing, historic city. It's quite lovely, and though we only spent about 5 hours there, we really enjoyed it. A large reason we enjoyed it so much is that we ended up taking a tour from the tourist center and our tour guide was kick ass. He had lived in Derry through all of the history he was telling us about, and was personally and emotionally invested in the city. It was his passion for Derry that made us enjoy it so much.
The outskirts of Derry didn't feel as safe as the city center - there was just a kind of strange energy about it. But I'm very glad that we didn't end up skipping the day trip, because Derry was definitely an interesting place to visit.
The following day, we packed up and headed out of Co. Donegal to Dublin. We returned our rental car and checked into the hotel. The girls were still on a day tour, so BF and I went out exploring. We were in search of a sports shop where BF could load up on some rugby stuff, and instead ended up wandering around and ultimately stopping for a pint. We met up with the girls and went out to dinner, had delicious sticky toffee pudding with custard (photo below!) and then had entirely too much to drink at a pub down the way from our hotel. It was lovely!
The following morning we checked out of our hotel and left our bags at the lobby while we went out exploring again before our 6pm flight to Italy. We hit up the National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology & History, my favorite thing in Dublin, and once again saw the Bog Bodies exhibit. That exhibit is seriously one of the coolest I've seen - and the best part is that the museum is free!
Finally, we wrapped up our time in Ireland and zipped over to the airport for our flight to Rome! Our days in Ireland were refreshing and great, even though we were exhausted by the time we got to Italy!
Next up: Rome, Tuscany, and a gorgeous wedding!