After a brilliant night out to The Port House, getting up early wasn’t exactly easy. Yesterday, the weather forecast indicated sunny, blue skies, and we did not want to miss out on a second of it. Since I knew that days like the one we were getting were pretty far a few between, I planned an outdoor adventure. We would be visiting the Powerscourt House and Gardens.
First, though, food was in order. Every Wednesday at Matt’s office park, a market is set up with different make-on-the-spot treats. We decided to meet Matt there and enjoy lunch in the sunshine by the pond behind his complex. Now, Matt and I are pretty familiar with the market, because before I started with Suas, I would meet him every Wednesday for lunch. We always got fried dumplings and pad thai. Yum! Just like every other Wednesday this is what we picked out to share. My parents each got personal-sized pizzas, we all found a seat in the sun, and Matt joined us for a nice Wednesday lunch.
As hard as I tried to get Matt to play hooky from work, I was unsuccessful, so my parents and I made our way to Powerscourt after lunch. Matt and I had been there once for his company summer party at The Ritz, but I had never been to the manor or gardens. I can just say right now that it is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. We stepped out through the back of the house to a view of manicured lawns, fountains, and the humongous mountains in the distance. Seriously spectacular. We wandered through all of the trails to see the individual hotspots. There was a Japanese garden that Matt must come back with me to see. Flowers were in bloom even though we are just coming out of winter. A medieval tower sat among tall, ancient trees. Walled gardens and ponds with fountains were scattered throughout. It was absolutely beautiful, and with the perfect weather, we were in heaven. We even considered sitting out at the back of the house to have a coffee and a snack.
After a full day of nature, we briefly walked through the house before calling it a day, where my Mom bought some souvenirs, and I bought a gift for a friend back home. That night we made homemade burgers, watched a little March Madness, finished our brackets, and relaxed in anticipation for the Paddy’s Day celebrations. I will certainly say, though, that Powerscourt is a must-see in Dublin, and that I will demand that Matt and I go in May when the weather is nice and the flowers are in bloom. Here are a bunch of photos for your enjoyment.