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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin September 8th 2013

8th September - Sunday Dublin The morning was leisurely for us so we stepped out into the chilly rainy day about 10am to fetch some breakfast - or so we thought but nothing was open. We strolled about and ended up in Connell Street which is a wide promenade through Dublin and it’s main street. The place was a sea of people dressed in either yellow/blue for County Clare or red/white for Cork. It was the Grand Final day for the game of Hurling and 84,000 were off to the match. The cheeky Clare supporters had cars painted yellow/blue and balloons, flags etc on them and they drove their cavalcade up and down tooting away. It was amusing. Finally, we found a place to eat. It was Ta Chinese restaurant where the waiter was all flustered ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 21st 2013

Day 98 – Dublin We headed to Blarney Castle today to kiss the Blarney Stone. Apparently if you kiss the stone you will get the gift of the gab. We lined up for a while, hung upside down and kissed the wall. Can’t say I’m any more talkative than usual. We continued onto Dublin and had dinner and a show. The show was a traditional Irish performance with a band and dancers. The band was great and played some Irish classics. The dancers were pretty good too. There were only five of them and a few of them had performed professionally in things like Riverdance. I have no idea how they can move their feet so fast. Day 99 – Dublin So much walking today. I walked all over town just shopping ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 4th 2013

Finally had a breakfast that did not consist of crappy eggs, toast, and crappy coffee/tea. We headed to Kilmainham Geol. It was a jail dating back to the 1700s. Most importantly it was where 14 men, who helped organize the Easter Rising back in 1916 that declared Ireland a free and independent republic, were executed. It was a great way to learn more about Irish history. Then, we bought tickets for the hop on and hop off sightseeing bus to get to the Jameson Distillery. On the bus we went through The Phoenix Park. The audio guide on the bus said it was twice as big as Central Park. It was beautiful. The US embassy and the President of Ireland's house is located in this park. The Dublin Zoo is also located in this park. Laura ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin » Clonskeagh August 3rd 2013

Busy day of sightseeing beginning by trying to get onto the Docklands Tour route of our Hop-on Hop-off bus. But even though the driver was leaving a little early, she would not break their rule of not opening the bus for new passengers after the door has been closed. VERY frustrating! So we took the same tour route as yesterday and got off at St. Stephen's Green and wandered around this beautiful park for a while. Very reminiscent of Beacon Hill Park in Victoria, BC. After this we crossed the street to the Shelbourne Hotel to view the room where the Constitution was signed (beautiful hotel and very interesting history). We walked over to Trinity Street and had a scone for lunch at Keoghs (yet another brilliant recommendation from Sinead and a neat place and great ... read more
Draft copy of the Constitution
Our view from our table at Keogh's for lunch.
Bray train station

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 3rd 2013

Sleeping in till 9 was glorious. It was nice not having to rush around to catch the bus. We put our luggage in storage at that hotel while we got some breakfast and headed to Trinity College. We went to a little cafe and had coffee and scones. The scone was a little different than the traditional scones I've had, but it was so good. Then, we walked down to Trinity College. Due to the walking tour our tour manager gave us last week, I actually know where I'm going. Although, I did need help finding the entrance. A nice American overheard us and pointing us in the right direction. The campus is so beautiful with its old buildings and green grass. We find where The Book of Kells is housed. There is a line, but ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 2nd 2013

Landed in Dublin yesterday morning, got our rental car and then we were on our way to explore. First stop was our B&B St Jude's our host was David and he was extremely helpful as to where we could park our car and the easiest way to get to the city center (no way would I drive there). First stop was lunch at Neary's Pub on Chatham. It was really neat to see how many people that walked in the bartenders knew by name. Of course every sandwich on the menu pairs well with Guinness according to the bar tender. Next we made our way down Grafton Street which was neat to see all the shops and the street performers then we headed to the tourist center to get more information and of course free pamphlets. ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin » Clonskeagh August 2nd 2013

Toured around Dublin today on the Hop-on Hop-off bus. A 48 hour pass allows us to travel to most areas of the city and stop at whatever sites, restaurants, pubs, etc. that we want, dramatically cutting down on the walking. First stop, Trinity College and the Book of Kells. The most impressive thing here was the Long Room library; VERY Harry Potterish as you can see in the photos. The Avoca Café for lunch (thank you Sinead for that great recommendation) then off to the Guinness Storehouse to learn all about brewing this nectar of the Gods and of course to partake in the "free" pint they offer on their top floor with the fantastic view of the city. Lastly we stopped in at the Kilmainham Gaol to learn about some of Dublin's history of famine ... read more
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Former home of Arthur Guinness
Trinity College

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 2nd 2013

Last early morning wake up call...off to Dublin. We will be staying there for the rest of the trip. Our first stop before checking into the hotel is the Guinness Storehouse. I was so looking forward to seeing how Guinness is made. The storehouse has a museum that is hands on and very modern. It was neat seeing how the Guinness factory makes barley, hops, yeast, and water from the Wicklow mountains into the yummy concoction that it is. I learned a lot, especially that Guinness needs to be served in a cool pint glass drafted at 6 degrees Celsius. I still can't figure out why it tastes so different in the States. Locals told me it was due to the water. I'm nervous I won't like Guinness as much as I did before tasting it ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 1st 2013

Arrived safe and sound at 9:30AM in the OLDEST airplane that Air Canada owns. The movie was a 30 year-old cartoon on a screen at the front of the plane from a projection TV!!!! Taxi found our hotel no problem but of course we couldn't get in until 2:30PM so we checked our bags and wandered the city. What a beautiful, historical, old city and I think there are more pubs than all the pubs everywhere else in the world added together! Met up with our friends Damien and Sinead who took us on a little pub crawl. Had a GREAT time! We bought 48-hour hop on/hop off bus tour tickets that we plan to use tomorrow as well as checking out the 475 best places to see/eat/or drink that Damien and Sinead recommended tomorrow.... read more
Stained glass inside St. Ann's Church.
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The Liffey River dividing Dublin betweeen North and South.

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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