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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin September 22nd 2014

I could write a book of my adventures of just yesterday and today. But, alas, I will have to be concise for my readers benefit or they'll fall into a deep slumber..... Leaving the tiny seaside town of Glin yesterday, and having decided to stay in the midlands, I made my way to Caher. It was a lovely drive through hills and valleys with a thousand different shades of green. There are small ruins of old castles and monestaries all over Ireland. On the way to Caher I ran across an old Fransiscan Monestary. It was strange because there were signs all over the place that you couldn't bury anyone there, but then there were fresh graves and recent tomb stones everywhere. It had a wonderful quiet energy about it though, and I can understand the ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin September 19th 2014

Dublin, Ireland: Good food, great beer, a deep rich history - but most of all, some the best people I'd venture the world has to offer. Surely, the tour guide wasn't just providing lip service to the denizens of Ireland when he said that her best export was it's people - our experience here has been nothing short of wonderful. We're packing up for today's flight to Rome, and doing so with a heavy heart - not to say that Rome isn't inviting in it's own right, as I'm sure it holds it's own discoveries. Our first experiences in Dublin revolved around it's rich architecture and heavy foot traffic - the latter, a stark contrast to the eerily quiet Sunday morning when we first arrived. We joined in, and walked the city - a compression of ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin September 18th 2014

Sometimes, you just need a down day. Not to say that today wasn't full of it's own experiences (even if one of those was a dream where I built my own castle). We started today around 10:30, making our way down the cobbled Fleet Street we dodged gaggles of tourists not too unlike ourselves. What's fascinating and surprising is the hodgepodge of origins these tourists have. Turkey (or Turkiye, as the man's sign he held above his head read) was a surprising one to me. So far, Dublin has been a host to people from every corner of the world. Polish is actually the second most spoken language here - English being the first and Irish (Gaelic) being third. Anyhow, I started the day with a mad craving for cottage pie AND fish & chips (diet ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin » Ballsbridge September 14th 2014

Nach einem wirklich mehr als chaotischem Start und gefühlten 100 000 Nervenzusammenbrüchen haben Jenny (Eine Studienfreundin) und ich eine Wohnung gefunden, sie uns wirklich schön eingerichtet und geputzt und haben auch schon den ersten Vorlesungstag hinter uns gebracht. Wir wohnen in einer WG mit 2 Holländerinnen und einem französischen Pärchen - wirklich entspannt :) Die Uni ist glaube ich auch ganz okay, zumindest organisierter als die daheim :P Irland/Dublin ist wirklich schöön und die Iren sind das freundlichste und herzlichste Völkchen, das es gibt! Ohne deren Hilfsbereitschaft hätten wir unsere erste Nacht auf der Straße verbracht :D (laaange Geschichte) Nun sind wir bereit für die nächsten 3 Monate und werden bestimmt sehr viel Spaß hier haben und viele tolle Erfahrungen machen (kann ja nurnoch besser werden :D) Jeder der uns besuchen möchte ist herzlic... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin September 14th 2014

Well we made it :) Landed this morning @ ~6:40AM local time, went to Bewley's for some traditional Irish Breakfast (not exactly sure of everything we ate, but it was all good). That joint's been around since 1840! The room we're in is pretty great, and has a view of the town across the way. Asking the locals, the place Temple Bar keeps popping up - so that may be our destination tonight. We saw some tour buses whilst walking to Bewley's this morning & saw one that takes you to the coastline. One thing I've always wanted to see is the sharp cliffs of Eire - so I'm looking forward to that one. Other musts are - Jameson Distillery & Guinness Brewery. Wish we could see Skibbereen's Drombeg Stone Circle but it's a 3h43m trek ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin September 13th 2014

Hard to believe we've only been away for a few days - already seen so many things!! Flew out of Gatwick airport into Dublin and arrived at our accommodation around 2pm local time (in our little Citrion hire car), which meant plenty of time to do some sightseeing. After settling in to our cosy room at Harvey's Guesthouse (family run B&B close to all the action), we walked through the city centre to the very cool Temple Bar area. The streets were buzzing with music and merry people everywhere...no doubt with a pint or two already under their belts on a sunny Friday afternoon :) Had a lovely meal and a drink at The Old Storehouse, whilst enjoying music from a local singer / guitarist (Mylo) - check out the video of him attached to this ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin September 13th 2014

I have so many photos from tours of the Jameson Distillery and the Guinness Storehouse that I've created a separate entry...enjoy!! (We did) :) :)... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 10th 2014

I'm not sure how we chose to go to Ireland- we thought about Kenya, we thought about the rockies in Canada and then i was sure that we had to go to the Antarctica! Yes! I needed to be between floating in subzero water between huge mountains of Ice. We had enough frequent flyer miles ( thanks to Jeff) for all of those places but we kept going around in circles if we should leave the country especially with all that is happening in the last few weeks? Two days before our flight and before we went to work- we sat in our bomb shelter, with the sirens blaring and just looked at each other - and pondered! As the plane taxied and quietly took off - I looked out of the small oval window and ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 1st 2014

When we arrived in Dublin on Tuesday morning, at 6:30, we were exhausted. Neither of us had gotten much sleep on the bus or ferry, and we both ended up taking naps that morning. Rebecca slept in the bus station, and Max slept on a bench on a bridge over the River Liffey in the middle of morning rush hour traffic. When we were finally ready to go we wandered around Dublin for a few hours, walking by the Spire (a big, ugly metal pointy thing in the middle of Dublin), walking through the campus of Trinity College, and spending time relaxing in Merrion Square Park. Around noon, we were able to drop our bags off at our Airbnb, and after chatting with the guys there, we headed over to City Hall to go on another ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin » Ballsbridge July 10th 2014

Farewell cycle touring Europe, Hello Ireland Our 3 months in the Schengen area were up so we had to leave. Next stop, Dublin. We found a great ride into Dublin city along the Grand canal from our hotel and rode into town a couple of times to explore and finally to catch the train to Westport and our first Irish B&B and a “full Irish Breakfast”. Loved the bacon, eggs, sausages, grilled tomato, black and white pudding (well actually, I couldn’t eat the pudding), baked beans and toast. So if we return a bit pudgier than we should be- blame the breakfasts, (and the pub dinners!) In Westport we rode the Greenway to Achil Island and then several things combined to make us scrap any further plans for cycle touring. Firstly the ride which was described ... read more
Beautiful views over the bay
Monastary on Skellig Michael
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