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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin July 30th 2013

Last day in Ireland. Last day of our holidays. Heading home tomorrow. What to do with our last day in Ireland. We got the Hop On - Hop Off bus through to the Zoo where Phoenix Park is. We wanted a walk in somewhere peaceful and this seemed to be the place to do it since it is so large. We first went to the Duke of Wellington obelisk which is the 2nd largest in the world after the Washington one and took a look at it. Quite impressive. Then across to the Zoo where we took a walk through the park and gardens then back down into the city. To the Guiness Factory or the Dublinia Museum. We chose the latter as it described the history of Dublin from it's beginnings after first being taken ... read more
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O'Connell street in Dublin
The book of Kells

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin July 30th 2013

Last day in Ireland. Last day of our holidays. Heading home tomorrow. What to do with our last day in Ireland. We got the Hop On - Hop Off bus through to the Zoo where Phoenix Park is. We wanted a walk in somewhere peaceful and this seemed to be the place to do it since it is so large. We first went to the Duke of Wellington obelisk which is the 2nd largest in the world after the Washington one and took a look at it. Quite impressive. Then across to the Zoo where we took a walk through the park and gardens then back down into the city. To the Guiness Factory or the Dublinia Museum. We chose the latter as it described the history of Dublin from it's beginnings after first being taken ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin » Ballsbridge July 28th 2013

Finally had a good night's sleep with the help of the NyQuil sleep medicine. Some people were leaving the tour in Glasgow and a few more will meet us in Dublin. I'm so excited to go to Ireland! After breakfast we got on the bus to catch the ferry to Ireland across the Irish Sea. Good-bye Scotland; it's been fun! Once we got to the ferry stop, our bus went through security. Some people had their bags checked, just random checks. The bus drove right on the ferry. It is like a cruise ship, not that I've ever been on one or plan to. The food court, cafe, and bar take up the top deck and there is comfy seating all around. We sail past the island. It is where they get the granite to make ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin » Ballsbridge July 28th 2013

Last night was incredible. It was a night to really enjoy the Irish Pub culture. Everyone is there for some fun and cheer. After breakfast, we got on the bus and headed for Belfast. Our tour guide will be teaching us an Irish pub song each morning on the bus. Today she taught us "Whiskey in the Jar"; good thing I'm Irish and already know it. Driving into the city, I can see some of the remnants of what the locals call "The Troubles". Some streets have the Union Jack and Northern Ireland flags and others have the tri-color. A local tour guide comes onto the bus to give us information about Belfast, its troubled past, and peaceful future. I could not possibly blog about all the information I learned about the struggles of Irish Catholics ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin July 26th 2013

Friday 26th July, 2013. Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland. We got up early, had a quick breakfast on deck 9 and then got our tender tickets. We were on the first tender boat into Dun Laoghaire at about 7.30 am. We immediately boarded the free shuttle bus into Dublin. We were dropped off in Merrion Square outside the National Gallery. We asked a friendly looking local girl for directions to the Tourist Information Office. M already had a bucket list of 3 things that she definitely wanted to do. D had been to Dublin before but M had not. We found the Tourist Information Office and arrived about 5 minutes before it opened at 9 am. We were first in the queue when it did open. The girl behind the desk was incredibly helpful. We gave her ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin July 20th 2013

Day 8 Today was a very low key day as we had nothing on the agenda except eat,drink,and shop (I can do without the later). The credit cards are still warm, but we didn't do too bad (as far as I know anyway). We did stop in one pub with an interesting name of "The Hairy Lemon". The reason behind this name is unknown to us but I imagine they had a good reason. The beer was cold and that's the important thing. The next pub was named "the Porterhouse" and we had the usual pint, and also lunch. We tried to go see the Book of Kells but the line was out the door and it just didn't seem worth standing in the hot sun, so we took a photo of the sign and moved ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin July 19th 2013

Day 7 We started this day at the Guinness brewery and took the self guided tour and ended with a lesson on how to pour the perfect Guinness. And, all were successful! And, we got to enjoy the perfectly poured Guinness! And, we had some nice gentleman give us a couple extra tickets for free beers and we didn't want to offend him, so we accepted! We went to the 7th floor and enjoyed great views of Dublin. Next we boarded the "hop on hop off" bus and received an unexpected tour of the city. We were dropped off at Trinity college where myself and Annie and Becky headed back to hotel while the rest shopped. Upon arriving at the hotel I secured a much needed fan and was very relieved! The Chieftans concert was next ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin July 18th 2013

Day 6 Another exciting day in Ireland today. But first, I would like to remember my brother Joe on the tird (that's Irish for "third") anniversary of his passing. We love you Joe! We started by visiting Charles Fort (since we didn't make it the previous evening). Then off we went to the town of Waterford. We took the tour of Waterford crystal and saw some really cool stuff. Very interesting to see how they make the crystal. Next, we headed to Dublin. Arrived in Dublin around 4 and had to say our goodbyes to our most awesome driver Eric. We presented him with a nice twelve year bottle of Irish whiskey and he was very touched. Off to the pub we went to have our first pint of the day. Then it was time for ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin » Ballsbridge June 22nd 2013

Hi! Today was a free day, so I took full advantage. Last night I didn't feel well so I went to bed early. I slept in late and then got ready. I hung out downstairs for a little while before other people came down. I still did not feel well so Claire told me to rest today. I went back upstairs and got back into bed. I slept for a little while and then I talked with Brooke and Brooke when they came back from lunch. I did not leave the hostel until Claire came and asked me if I wanted to go with her to get dinner. We went to the store and got stuff to make hamburgers and brussels sprouts. We came back to the hostel, fixed dinner and hung out with other people. ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin » Ballsbridge June 21st 2013

Hello again! Today we went to Kilmainham Gaol. I have never been to jail before so this was a neat experience. We got to see where key people of the 1916 revolution were held. We were also told about a couple who got married just before the man was to be executed. They spent 10 minutes together as a married couple. Then he was executed. A few years later she was arrested for opposing government forces and held in prison there. We were also able to go into some of the cells and see what it was like. That was pretty neat. I know that I never want to be in prison. After the tour we were able to go through a museum and see some of the history. After Kilmainham Gaol we went around an ... read more
Kilmainham Gaol Cell




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