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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin May 13th 2023

The suitcases were getting rather full so we got a wine case from the neighborhood wine shop, filled it with souvenirs and some clothes we weren't going to wear, took it to the post office bright and early, and mailed it home. Who knows when we'll see it! We walked down the road a few shop fronts to Fothergill's Cafe for breakfast. Lovely little place, great breakfast. St. Patrick's and maybe a distillery was on our list for the day. We got a taxi in to the Cathedral but there was a funeral and it was closed until 1 p.m. So, we got back on the Hop On Hop Off bus from yesterday and rode around, getting back to St. Patrick's just after the funeral ended! We visited/toured around and headed back to the unit for ... read more
Isle of Man symbol
Floor tiles at St. Patrick's

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin May 12th 2023

Since I blew a fuse the evening before, I began the day by fessing up (by What's App) to the host who replied that it was not unusual for North American electrical items to cause that problem and she would 'pop up and check' during the day. Had a reservation for 9:30 for the Book of Kells in Trinity College. Got up early, took a taxi in to Trinity. Certainly looked different from our last visit--not the College but the streets around the College. In 2017, there was a massive Roads Project and it was a mess. Some of the entrances to Trinity were closed by it even. This time, we easily walked across the street and in, had a great visit with the Book of Kells and went up to the Long Room. A LOT ... read more
Book of Kells introduction
Book of Kells page
Another page

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin May 11th 2023

Got up, had one last breakfast at the B&B, settled our bill (they had laundry service and we now have clean clothes!!), and took a taxi down the hill to the train station. A smaller station than Dublin and not near as much walking they did have a Starbucks so Mike got a cup while we waited. Another nice train ride across the country and we were in Dublin. Rainy but we found a taxi to the Airbnb we had reserved. It is in a suburb called Rathmines and we spent the rest of the day settling in, wandering, and having dinner. working with my very old little travel laptop that evening, I blew a fuse which the host fixed the next day but I fear I may have fried the laptop’s battery or ability to ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 23rd 2022

Ireland the North. Dundalk to Dublin No rain today and a magnificent tail wind. I wouldn’t call it magnificent if it was in our face would I? The Glen Gat in Dundalk was a really good stay and can be recommended. The rooms were good, as was breakfast and the place was stacked with old classy artefacts plus the staff were very helpful. They even demanded a group photo for their Facebook page. The first point on our journey today was Blackrock which is very much like Morecambe Bay with a flat beach with a fast tide and previously a big cockle picking area as shown by the ???? on the promenade. This took us onto the R132 which has a series of long boring straight roads until we reached Castlebellingham where we turned to the ... read more
Glen Gat van
Cockle picker statue

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 12th 2022

TUE, 09 AUG 2022 – It was late afternoon/early evening when we made our return to Dublin on the last day of the 10-Day Ultimate Ireland Small Group Tour by Overland Ireland - Small Group Tours. I was the first tour member to be dropped off at his/her/their hotel. Check-in went smoothly and after a short freshen up, I headed for Oscars Café Bar, a few feet from the hotel, for supper. Linguini and chicken in white sauce (not very Irish) with an Island’s Edge Irish Stout (very Irish) hit the spot. In that Island’s Edge Irish Stout regard, I had spotted Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery on Google Maps (both within walking distance), but my investigation revealed a minimum tour fee of 25 Euros (up to as much as 100 Euros). I have always had ... read more
On the Way to Somewhere, or Nowhere, in Dublin, Ireland
On the Way to Somewhere, or Nowhere, in Dublin, Ireland
On the Way to Somewhere, or Nowhere, in Dublin, Ireland

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 9th 2022

TUE, 09 AUG 2022 – “Day 10: Kiss the Blarney Stone and the famous sights of the Rock of Cashel - The full Irish (cooked breakfast) will set you up for a guided historical amble through the narrow streets of Kinsale. Then it’s off for a bit of kissing and to the famous Blarney Stone. Legend has it that whoever kisses it, gets the gift of the gab, and your fellow bus buddies will be sure to tell you if it works! Our final photo stop before returning to Dublin and her sweet Molly Malone is The Rock of Cashel. As our guides take you back to The Capital, they’ll give you tips and recommendations if you plan to stay on in Dublin. Goodbyes will have to be said but it’s slán go fóill, (see you ... read more
On the Drive to Dublin, Ireland
Blarney Castle & Gardens – Blarney, Ireland
Blarney Castle & Gardens – Blarney, Ireland

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin July 31st 2022

Ireland the North 2 Here we go on an adventure in Ireland cycling around the northern half of the enchanted island of Ireland. This tour starts off in Dublin, where we arrived by ferry this afternoon in heavy rain, but what did we expect in the Emerald Isle? After locking the bikes securely in the Q car park we checked in at the Gresham Hotel, which is a really nice hotel on O’Connell St Upper. We were checked in by two nice young girls from Argentina and Ukraine, which was a lot slicker than last time we came when it was nothing less than mayhem taking about an hour to process. Bill, my chief negotiator, managed to book us in the restaurant for a meal which is usually chocker block on a Saturday night. Great food ... read more
Your tour bikes are ready
James Joyce

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin July 30th 2022

I noted earlier that the folks from my tour of Ireland (Overland Ireland) suggested I move my tour one tour later in the year to avoid the havoc (crowded restaurants, etc.) brought about by The Galway Races Summer Festival. I agreed, but my return to London from the Wales tour “late in the day” on Friday and a 0830 departure on Sunday for the Ireland tour gave me only Saturday to move my base of operations. Fortunately, I will have two days to explore Dublin after the conclusion of the tour of Ireland. That early Sunday appointment got me up and going on Saturday to have breakfast, stock my small suitcase with clean laundry (from the big suitcase that had been in storge), stow the big suitcase AGAIN and get to London Heathrow to catch the ... read more
Hard Rock Café – Dublin, Ireland
Hard Rock Café – Dublin, Ireland

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin July 16th 2022

July 16 Today is the day that we meet the people with whom we will be spending the next two weeks. We will travel by bus around Ireland and Scotland and will part ways once we end this tour in Edinburgh. Breakfast was at 8 am. It was a buffet breakfast complete with components of an English breakfast along with many extras such as pancakes, fried potatoes, mushrooms, and a variety of breads. Once finished, we had time to return to our rooms before boarding the bus for a trip around Dublin. I always laugh at the word Dublin…’s because of the many jokes Terry Wilson tells. I won’t share it here in print, but you can ask him and I’m sure he will tell you. Top of the list today……find a shirt that says Dublin ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin July 15th 2022

July 15 This is a travel day so much of the day has been spent getting from me place to another. We are going from London Heathrow Airport to Dublin. We flew Aer Lingus, which was a first for me. The day started our much like our flight at Pittsburgh, our flight was delayed about an hour. Eventually we went to the gate and boarded our flight. It was a totally uneventful flight. This flight didn’t include and snacks or drink unless you paid. I listened to music, Shealyn watched out the window and Marsha slept. Going through passport control was a breeze. Before we knew it we were at the cab queue outside the airport. We had to wait a bit because there were three of us with 2 suitcases each. Our cab driver was ... read more

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