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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin September 23rd 2018

What a lovely day! We woke up gradually, knowing that it was Sunday in ireland and nothing much would happen before 11am. We went to brekkie in La Terraza and found that there were actually thousands of bike riders in the streets outside for the annual Great Dublin Bike Ride. We then retired to the observation lounge and read whilst our suite was being made up. Just after 12 we left the ship and boarded the shuttle for the 10 minute drive to the city centre and explored the streets around Trinity College. We found an Irish Pub (in Ireland!) and went in for lunch. We had Irish stew washed down with a pint of Temple lager, followed by an Irish coffee. We then continued shopping (well, I shopped, Tom carried) until we were ready to ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin September 22nd 2018

Today we had a day off. This touristing thing can get tiring. After a nice calm night and relaxed morning we arrived in Dublin at around lunchtime, docking whilst we were at trivia (ahhh, we came last, or 6th as I prefer to call it). They docked our ship in the River Liffey, down a little ways from their troubles-scarred post office. We had lunch in The Restaurant and today they did a Mexican theme for entrees (quesadilla, wraps etc) but a chicken stir fry for our main. After lunch, everyone was going ashore, so we did our washing! And then had a two hour nap! We’ve been here twice before and we’re weighing up what we really wanted to do/see. We had a booking at La Terraza for dinner - at night it becomes the ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 25th 2018

I met the gang at breakfast this morning - all except David & Nick who were up early and on their way to Wicklow before I got up! After breakfast Brid & Alex were going to drive me to the train station to get a train to Dublin however, I didn't figure into the plan that Pope Francis was arriving in Dublin that morning. All the trains seemed to be booked out online but we figured we would head to Limerick Junction and try our luck. With 5 minutes before the train was departing at 11:20, I was able to buy a seat (at an inflated price of course!) but then it was a quick goodbye to Brid & Alex and I was on my way. The train was comfortable, quick and had good wifi! What ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 12th 2018

We started out day with breakfast on the Spey Restaurant balcony and then prepared for our departure from the Balmoral. After redistributing the weight in our suitcases to get as close as 20 kg per bag as possible we headed ashore to a blue line cab who whisked us away to the airport in light drizzle. We arrived more than 3 hours before our flight but caught up with some correspondence as there was no 4G reception in the North Sea crossing. Our Aer Lingus flight was a turbo prop plane which boarded from the rear so our first row seats gave us little advantage but within an hour, we were landing in Dublin At 2:00 pm. Renting a car at Dublin airport is not as efficient as many other places we have visited with a ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 9th 2018

We’d had completely filled our day before and still had a partial day to fill after overnighting in Dublin. While every minute seemed well planned out for that first day, it could just be that we lucked out when our bus driver had come up with a Plan B to get us back to the ship; albeit, one-half hour late. The “Big Horse Show” had started yesterday and it had taken one couple two-and-one-half hours to take the Shuttle from downtown Dublin (by Merrion Square) back to the ship at the pier. At least our evening plans hadn’t gone up in smoke in a traffic jam. We took our good time about getting up, grabbed a bite to eat in the Lido, and I made sure to get a banana. I’m guessing that those Icelandic bananas ... read more
Different Colored Doors so Husbands can find their home in Dublin
John's Irish Flag
Statue of someone

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 8th 2018

Today we have a long day. To start, we have an early “All-Day” private tour and when we get back, it’s off to an evening of Irish food and entertainment that is sure to keep us in high spirits… in more way than one! I grabbed my deli-sandwich (which I put together myself) and Sharon had one simple request… a waffle with chocolate chips. The steward apologized, saying, “Sorry, no chocolate chips today! But I have these… even better! He then proceeded to pour what Sharon’s mom would call “Chocolate Jimmies” in a heaping mound atop her waffle. You and I might call them chocolate sprinkles. Either way, they looked like a million tiny ants. As I reached the table where Sharon had set down her plate, she was just staring at her waffle, “What am ... read more
Tower with Canon
Tower where James Joyce stayed and swam
Bathing area

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin May 11th 2018

7thMay 2018 Ireland – Only for the Brave 5 ‘Where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea’ Continuing the Grey Haired Nomads’ 2,200 mile journey by motorhome, clockwise around Ireland Belfast to Dublin and beyond Bank holidays can be a pain for retired folk like us when we’re on holiday. We don’t do crowds. And campgrounds can be full if you don’t pre-book. That’s never easy when you don’t know exactly where you’ll be when it’s time to stop play for the day. Inland seemed to be the best bet and we ended up for the night on a small site at Rathfriland, near Newry; very convenient, as it happens, for a tour around the Mountains of Mourne. To the east, boulder-stone walls fringe chess-board fields: bright green meadows on hilly slopes, ash and ... read more
To the east, boulder-stone walls..........
Battle of the Boyne!.
Hill of Tara

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin May 7th 2018

It is light until 10pm, so the previous evening we wandered slowly in the pleasant evening air, snapping a photo here and there, and finding ourselves drawn, again, to the Fisherman’s Harbour, exploring an area we had not set foot upon previously. There is just something about the sea, a harbour, a town backdrop, the boats and the buildings associated with such scenes. We were virtually the only ones wandering about while others, not many, were enjoying a drink or food at the various eateries that remained open. All was calm so the reflections of the lights and boats onto the water was just beautiful. We sat on the edge of the northern sea wall gazing out to sea where an overhang of deep bluish cloud formed a backdrop. We commented on where we were, how ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin » Ballsbridge April 18th 2018

Endlich in Dublin! Es ist hier sogar noch alles viel schöner, als ich es mir vorgestellt habe. In meinen letzten Tagen in Victoria waren wir noch auf dem Mount Douglas, wo man eine tolle Aussicht sowohl über die Stadt als auch den Ozean hat. Zwei Tage darauf liefen wir durch den Uplands Park, der sehr an einen Sumpf erinnert. Das Viertel an sich sieht total idyllisch und sauber aus, aber das gilt leider nicht für den Park. Überschwemmte Wege voller Matsch wohin man geht. Wir haben Dicke Stöcke als Brücken benutzt und haben es dann doch irgendwie wieder heraus geschafft. Meine Reise nach Dublin hat am Montag morgen begonnen, denn ich hab nur meinen Rucksack gepackt und bin dann aufgebrochen Richtung Fähre, dann nach Vancouver Downtown und dort den Abend verbracht. Nachts bin ich dann mit ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin » Ballsbridge October 30th 2017

In Dublin's fair city, Where the girls are so pretty,I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone,As she wheeled her wheel-barrow,Through streets broad and narrow,Crying, "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh!" … read the whole song at … under Lyrics …. :-) …I did not find her and did not caress her cleavage as hundreds of others have done to the point of polishing up the bronze ... This will be a backward look to three interesting towns/c... read more
Medieval Couple
Lane Decoration in Waterford
From the Bus

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