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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin May 2nd 2015

We woke up in Dublin on the 30th not so bright eyed and bushy tailed as we fought our jet lag. We stayed at Abigails backpackers in an 8 bed female dorm. It was a really nice hostel with clean sheets, clean bathrooms and most importantly free breakfast! It was also conveniently close to every thing we wanted to do. Located by the river Liffy it was just a short walk to city hall where we began a free three hour walking tour around the city. Our tour guide, Conor, was born and raised in Dublin and was very proud about his city and his culture. As he took us around the sites he told us bits of history and anecdotes about each location. We saw the Dublin Castle where the English were made to wait ... read more
Castle in Howth

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin » Ballsbridge March 15th 2015

So this past weekend we headed off to Dublin for St. Patrick's day weekend. Dublin's an oddly charming place. There aren't as many grand monuments as other European capitals, since it's been a historically poor city (thanks England), but something about it just feels different. Part dirty old town, part American-Irish tourism mecca, part living history. If you go, I'd highly recommend the following two guided tours: 1) Historical Walking Tour, given by history post-graduates. They take you through the major sights of Dublin (other than the Guinness brewery) and give the stories behind them. The stories are what really make the city interesting, especially since Ireland has such a turbulent past. url= read more
Beer Festival Marchmallow
Beer Festival Marshmallow
Beer Festival

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin January 25th 2015

Our first trip out was to Dublin for my (Ros) birthday. On the Airlink bus into the city from the airport, I was struck by the boarded up windows of several old buildings right on the river Liffey. However, Temple Bar (where we were staying) was much more living and seemed to be bursting at the seams with shops, restaurants and PUBS. Karen, a school friend of mine, gave us lovely tour through Trinity College. The Book of Kells was interesting and the Long Library beautiful - but my favourite was Karen's story about a shootout between university students and a lecturer in days gone by! On Saturday evening the town got really busy with Irish merrymaking and we enjoyed a bit of a pub crawl through The Quays, BADBOBS (the sign looked just like BAOBOBS, ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin » Ballsbridge December 30th 2014

We woke up today at 10:30 am again to catch the wonderful breakfast that was waiting downstairs for us. We enjoyed it in a timely manner, and by timely I mean until we felt that we had satisfied ourselves. The plan for today was to either go to the Guinness storehouse or the Jameson Distillery, and we had opted for the Guinness Storehouse. I had been there already, but I didn’t mind going a second time because I thought it would be worth it for Adam to see it and also because they give you a complimentary pint of Guinness at the end of the tour, which is always a plus. We decided to take a taxi there because walking there would take about an hour and a half or so, which was not an option ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin » Ballsbridge December 29th 2014

We arrived in Dublin the other day pretty late, around 11 pm or so (I forget), so we just crashed in our hotel room as soon as we got there. We woke up today around 10:30 am because the breakfast buffet that was included with our stay was set to close at 11. The food was amazing, so glad we woke up in time for it… It was a traditional Irish breakfast, with meat pudding, glazed ham, smoked beans, sizzling sausages and baked potatoes…. as I’m writing this I’m getting hungry. We sat an enjoyed our meal in no rush, as we had no plans for the day other than to explore the area. In fact, we didn’t start venturing out until 3 pm because we did some research of the area in our room and ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin November 9th 2014

This weekend, I spent an amazing weekend in Ireland! I decided to do a tour through Shamrocker Adventures called the Southern Rocker tour - it was a three day bus tour that allowed us to see more of the countryside. I flew in Thursday evening in order to make it on time. When I arrived at the tour office the next morning, we boarded the bus and got ready to head out. Our first stop was a castle, The Rock of Cashel, which was not quite as brilliant as it usually is. It is currently under construction, because a mosaic was found which is quite unique in Ireland; they are currently restoring it. We got were still able to walk around the grounds, but we chose not to go in since a large portion of it ... read more
Blarney Castle
A Stop at the Beach
The Cliffs of Insanity

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin November 4th 2014

I hope my coworkers appreciate the name of this one. We never have failures or mistakes at work, only opportunities for improvement...Let's just say, I'll do better next time. It's 3:00 on Tuesday afternoon (9:00am at home). I've been awake (with a few short uncomfortable naps on the overnight flight) for over 24 hours. I've learned several lessons in my menial 7 hours spent in Dublin so far: Pre-order vegetarian meals for long flights. I didn't know this was a thing. Being a vegetarian for 7 years now, I should know better. I've never heard "Chicken or Beef" more t... read more
Ha-Penny Bridge
Temple Bar opposite the river from my hotel
Inside the Leprechaun Museum

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin November 3rd 2014

Ce matin la journée a commencé très tôt puisque deux des filles qui partagent ma chambre ont préparé leurs valises à 4H30 du matin. J’étais dégoutée, pas du tout fatiguée, je pensais qu’il était 7h. Après je me suis rendormie, puis c’en est une autre qui a fait sa valise. Parlons de choses plus intéressantes. Comme je ne sais pas trop où aller ni que faire, ma mère m’a proposé ceci « une virée à Londres pourrait t’éclairer. Et tu peux repasser à Aubagne et investir dans une valise à 4 roues motrices puis étudier les possibilités pour d’autres horizons… » Ce qui n’est pas idiot du tout puisque mon billet de retour en France serait beaucoup moins cher en partant de Londres. Du coup je ne dépenserais pas beaucoup plus. Notons aussi qu’avec le froid ... read more
U2 wall
Dim sum!!!!!

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin November 2nd 2014

Aujourd’hui, j’ai pris le bus pour Dublin, sans l’illusion que ce soit extraordinaire. Et j’ai bien fait car en effet, rien d’extra. C’est juste une grande ville. Il y a toujours des bâtiments rouges partout, c’est peut-être un peu plus uniforme qu’ailleurs mais moins propre que Londres. Et il fait super froid ici !! Ce matin j’ai posé mes valises dans la pièce de l’auberge consacrée puis je suis allée manger un sandwich (cher et dégueulasse, j’aurais mieux fait d’aller dans un pub, ou même dans une izakaya ! j’ai vu qu’il y en avait une !!!!! Alors pour ceux qui ne connaissent pas les izakaya ce sont les bars japonais. On peut y boire et y manger, c’est super, surtout quand il y a des nomihodai (as you can drink)), puis j’ai fait un tour. ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin October 18th 2014

I had a terrible night sleep in that hostel. I will say the bed they have at Isaacs hostel is one of the worse I have ever experienced and I usually can sleep on anything. I went downstairs to eat breakfast which was a standard continental breakfast. After getting some toast, jam and juice I sat down next to Annelise and Jeff, the two American students I had met the previous night before. I will admit now it took a few moments to recognize them as I was still quite groggy. After food, shower and packing up I headed to my first stop of the day which was the Guinness storehouse. I had gotten various advise on what to see in Dublin but the storehouse was the one place I wanted to see for certain. Dublin ... read more

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