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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 21st 2019

Our third day in Ireland found us among the city dwellers in Dublin. We were able to taxi and walk near the city center and discover a lot Dublin has to offer. Our Airbnb near Newmarket Square provided us with convenient options: a trendy hotel nearby for quick access to taxis; near the on and off bus, close to a distillery and the solitude of not being on the main drag. We began our day at Trinity College to see the Book of Kells... but much to Kerry’s dismay, on our way to the exhibit I found a young artist‘s studio 😍 Jamie handcrafts felt animals and I had to buy a bird! FYI you too can by a bird from Jamie at flockstudio.com... just a thought... Okay, back to the story... The Book of Kells ... read more
Irish Blessing.
Jamie, artisan at work.
Felt bird and ale.

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 11th 2019

August 11, 2019 Dublin, Day 2 Cead Mile FailteAugust 11, 2019 Dublin, Day 2 Cead Mile Failte This translates to: one hundred thousand welcomes. Another way to interpret this phrase: You are welcome, a thousand times, wherever you come from whosoever you be! Today is the day we have been awaiting. This is the reckoning. The homecoming. The Sphinx shall answer the riddle….or not. NO. Today – we visit Guinness!! St. James’ Gate. The Storehouse. The Mother Ship. We got off the ship and hired a cab – because it was just easier. We’re ALL about convenience, whenever possible. We could have taken the shuttle into town, but then who knows how long it would have taken to hire a cab, etc. And there are a LOT of etc.! Owen, our cabbie, is wonderful, hysterical, and ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 10th 2019

Dublin Well….we are SO excited to be in Dublin. Neither us of has been here before, and both have always wanted to see this dynamic city. As we sat in Horizons this evening, we noticed there were more than 40 construction cranes hovering over the city! The mix of “old” and “new” architecture blended so seamlessly is truly impressive. Not a provincial city hanging desperately onto its roots, but rather a city of change looking forward to what’s new and next. YES! Embrace change. Recognize that old can, and does, live well with new which may create a dynamic tension or a harmony so smooth and rich one hardly notices. Take a lesson SF! Just sayin’! An early morning so we can get on shore and maximize our time – we have things to do and ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 9th 2019

August 9, 2019 The alarm was set for 7am, so we can get a jump on Glasgow. We have plans to take Tea at the Charles R Mackintosh designed Tearoom The Willow. Best laid plans of mice and men ofttimes go astray! Once again, we were both certain we experienced an Earthquake – but we realize at sea this is most unlikely. SO…probably rough seas. THEN….the closet door was rattling opening and closing of its own volition. Yet another “omen” for the morning. THEN…I threw the curtains open. Our veranda, the windows and basically everything are covered in a mixture of rainwater and seawater. That must have been SOME storm! Both finished with our shower so we can get our day going and spend as much time in Glasgow as possible, WHEN…to our dismay…our cruise director, ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin July 9th 2019

Je voyagerai en train d'une ville à l'autre. Dublin est une ville très intéressante et je voudrais rencontrer des gens différents. Les bars et la nourriture sont célèbres et j’essayerai de tout manger. Je visiterai le château de Dublin et le parc Phoenix.... read more
Le Château de Dublin
Le Parc Phoenix.

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin June 7th 2019

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden”- Oscar Wilde We had the morning in Belfast, as we were taking the train back to Dublin in the afternoon. We woke up quite early (no crazy 8:30 sleep in like yesterday😀). We made coffee in the room, and had some orange juice from the “grab and go” bagged breakfast the Bullitt delivers to your room if you want (we thought we might as well get it, and have it on the train later). We headed down to the hotel restaurant for breakfast. Susan had the vegetarian Irish, and I had poached eggs with smoked salmon on buckwheat pancakes, with avocado. Another very good breakfast. We both had Irish breakfast tea rather than coffee. I’m quite liking the strong Irish breakfast tea. ... read more
Us on the open top bus
Belfast clock tower
Lagan River

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin June 3rd 2019

“Your feet will bring you to where your heart is” - Irish proverb We started out the day with a nice breakfast at Anchor House B&B. I had a vegetarian Irish (scrambled eggs, beans, and toast) and Susan had a traditional Irish (egg, ham, sausage, beans, and toast). I had a slice of my favourite, soda bread, and we had coffee and juice. There was also cereals, fruit, and yogurt available. We chatted with a couple from New York at breakfast. I had researched a potential walking tour prior to leaving home, and we decided to do it this morning, so we booked it online after breakfast. It is a Pat Liddy walking tour called ”Dublin Highlights and Hidden Corners.” We left our B&B about 10 ish, so we’d have time to visit the GPO - ... read more
Statue of James Connolly
Me and a friendly Garda outside the GPO
O’Connell Street and the Dublin Spire

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin June 2nd 2019

”May your joys be as deep as the oceans, your troubles as light as its foam. And may you find sweet peace of mind, wherever you may roam.” - Irish proverb We started the day with a good breakfast at our B&B in Annascaul. Susan had the mini Irish and I had the vegetarian Irish (fried eggs, beans, and toast). We also had coffee, juice and yogurt. I was very happy because the rain had stopped, and there were even breaks of blue sky. We left Annascaul about 8:30 and began our drive in the beautiful Dingle peninsula. The scenery was really lovely, with green fields alongside the Atlantic Ocean, mostly with small herds of cows. We first stopped at the Torc waterfall, because it gets quite busy in the afternoon and Alex didn’t know if ... read more
Scenery on the drive
The Atlantic Ocean, Dingle Peninsula
Dingle Peninsula

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin May 30th 2019

“The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink, and somebody to love you”- Brendan Behan I was lucky enough to be able to celebrate my birthday today with a Guinness, fresh from the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin! We started the day with a very nice breakfast in O’Neill’s. Susan had a full Irish breakfast (egg, back bacon, sausage and white pudding), and I had a vegetarian breakfast (egg, tomatoes, and beans) plus toast. There was also cereals, fruit, yogurt, juice, and soda bread. I really liked the soda bread and look forward to enjoying it during the rest of our time in Ireland. And we had coffee of course, though I may try tea next time as I’ve heard the Irish tea is nice and strong. ... read more
Susan’s full Irish breakfast
Trinity College
Trinity College Campanile

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin May 29th 2019

“However long the day, the evening will come.”- Irish Proverb Hello from Dublin! It has been a VERY long day, starting with heading to the Vancouver airport about 9ish yesterday morning. We enjoyed a nice breakfast at the airport, along with mimosas (our favourite way to start holidays, if we are flying in the morning). Our flight to Toronto would have been quite pleasant had it not been for the two small children sitting behind us, who either emitted ear spitting screams, or fairly continually kicked the back of our seats. Sigh. Luckily the flight wasn’t too long, at just over 4 hours. It was quite a new airplane, I think, with the windows that dim instead of the shades that pull down. The entertainment system was good and both of us watched a couple of ... read more
My breakkie - Eggs Benny with smoked salmon
Sculpture at the Vancouver airport
All flights delayed




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