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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

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

Day 01 Today we expected to be a long day, since leaving mid-day, and traveling for 14 hours or more, would be tiring, even for young folks. Well, we started on April 29th, going to the airport around noon, and getting to Dublin around noon on April 30th. We switched planes in Frankfurt, to make our final destination in Dublin. The plane ride was on the large Airbus 380. We had a dinner, and a breakfast served. Not much sleep, but some. While not individually plated by a chef in the galley the food did not taste like airplane food that I was accustomed to. We met my brother and his wife at the airport. We coordinated flights to be there close to each other. The initial wait time was going to be around 30 minutes, ... read more
The Oldest Pub in Ireland
Gail and Richard

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

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