Blogs from County Dublin, Ireland, Europe


Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin July 15th 2021

Ancient Dublin Dublin is full of history and on the heygo virtual tour today we learnt so much in such a short space of time. We were able to briefly go inside two cathedrals St. Patrick’s & the oldest Cathedral Christchurch originally 1028 & rebuilt in stone in 1170 with his magnificent floor tiles. We crossed over the River Liffey & walked down one of the oldest streets in Dublin, Fishamble Street and viewed a house, No 26, where the same family have lived over many centuries. One of the best known pubs in Dublin for traditional Irish music is in on of the oldest parts of Dublin city and one of the most enduring legends surrounding Dublin has to be that of the woman – Darkey Kelly. For generations Darkey Kelly was known in Dublin’s ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Skerries March 25th 2021

24th March - Skerries #heygo Skerries is a small seaside fishing town in Fingal. The name comes from the Norse word ‘skere’ which became the Irish ‘na sceirí’ which means ‘the rocks’. Historically, Skerries was an active fishing port and later a major centre of hand embroidery, while in the 20th century, it became a resort town, and a dormitory town for Dublin commuters. The two Martello towers in Skerries at Red Island and Shenick Island are part of a chain of such towers constructed in the early 19th century. They were to serve as protection from Napoleonic French armies (In the scenario of an invasion) and as an early warning system for attacks. Our stroll today was along The South Beach which is a 2.5 kilometre stretch of beach As we strolled our guide ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin February 4th 2021 4th February - In Dublin’s Fair City The Vikings settled in Dublin from 841 AD onwards. During their reign Dublin became the most important town in Ireland as well as a hub for the western Viking expansion and trade. Today’s tour started in the Georgian Quarter by the famous Molly Malone statue, the heroine of the famous song of the same name. Molly was Immortalised in bronze during the 1988 Dublin Millennium celebrations. It is not known for certain where the song originated, or if Molly Malone ever actually existed. According to the lyrics Molly was a young and beautiful fishmonger who sold her catch from a cart on the streets of Dublin. The song’s final verse states that after dying of a fever she went on to haunt the city. Dublin - Part 2 ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin November 16th 2019

We leave Dublin today and will be traveling for the next 24 hours. Our first flight is to Istanbul, Turkey. Then on to Addis Abads, Ethiopia and then finally to Cape Town. I’ll make some airport posts if we see anything interesting.... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin November 15th 2019

We started out the day with a visit to Dublin Castle. It’s actually the headquarters of the government. Part of it is really old and we went on a tour underneath where you can see walls built by the Vikings ca. 1035 ME. Then we went to the Archeology Museum where I finally got to see bog bodies in person (I’ve researched them in the past as I find them fascinating). From there, we lunched on Cornish pasties. I know they‘re English, not Irish but they’re irrestible. We realized that we needed to get out of the city to see the topography of Ireland so we took a 20 minute train ride out to Howth (pronounced Hoth with a long o) Howth is a fishing village located out on a narrow peninsula (see map) and we ... read more
He still has fingernails.
Bog body #2
Close up of #2.

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin November 14th 2019

We arrived in Dublin at 7am Dublin time (10 hours later than California time). It’s rainy and cold but hey, I like that. We rarely get this kind of weather in San Diego. We’ve checked into The Brooks Hotel, showered and now I’m trying cure myself of jet lag. There’s a Starbucks nearby so that will do the trick. Our flight from Newark was only one hour longer than our flight to Newark. We had even better seats on this flight but I wasn’t able to get any sleep despite having a down pillow, gel pillow, down comforter, a cotton blanket and eye blinders. Stay tuned for pictures of our adventures later today.... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin November 14th 2019

It was really cold today and I’m just not used to that. I had to buy a wool sweater made in Ireland just to keep warm. We walked quite a bit, through the Temple Bar neighborhood and we also toured the Guinness Storehouse, the old brewery which is now a museum. We had fish & chips and Irish lamb stew for lunch. We are committed to staying up at least until it gets dark around here. Here are some pictures from our adventures.... read more
Coopering at Guinness.
Old beer making equipment.
An inside museum wall from the 1700’s.

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin September 12th 2019

Met de Hop-on bus die om 9.30 klaar staat naar Trinity College in Dublin, waar de geboekte gewezen-student-gids zich wel excuseert om ons te laten wachten. De jeugd van tegenwoordig jammeren de gepensioneerden. Hij wou ons Vlaams gezelschap wel gidsen in het Frans, want had zes jaar in Brussel gewoond en in Parijs gestudeerd. Leuk voor hem, maar voor niemand van ons echt nodig. Uitstekende gids overigens. Trinity College werd als universiteit in 1592 door Elizabeth I van Engeland opgericht als bolwerk van het Protestants geloof. Tot 1793 Verboden voor de Katholieken, Ieren. Daarna mocht het, volgens onze gids, nog meer dan 100 jaar niet van de Paus. Deze oude universiteit herbergt wel een schat aan 200.000 historische boeken in de 'Long Room' van de oude bibliotheek, waaronder het 'Book of Kell's' een door monniken rond ... read more
Trinity College - Onze gids in zijn vroeger studentenplunje
Trinity College - De 'Campanille'
Trinity College - lange wachtrij bibliotheek en het Book of Kells

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

Woensdag 11/9/2019 Rondrit Dublin met de Hop-on Hop-off Bus Een speciale Hop-on/Hop-off bus komt ons 's morgens oppikken aan de camping voor een bezoek aan het Guinness Experience Center in Dublin. Na de lunch kiezen we voor een complete rondrit van de stad met zo een Hop-on bus. Zo krijgen we een idee van de drukke grote stad en de mogelijke interessante plekken die we morgen kunnen aandoen voor verdere exploratie met dit bussysteem. Om 16.30 u kunnen met een speciale rit terug naar de camping. 50 min voor 16km zelfs langs de speciale buslanes. Het verkeer loopt hier in Dublin ook muurvast.... read more
Dublin - Guinness Experience Center
Dublin - Guinness Experience Center
Dublin - the Spire, 120m hoge naald

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

We meet most of our group at breakfast. Some are heading home, some moving on to other destinations. Naturally, this is a bittersweet occasion. We experience the usual contradictory feelings that well up at the end of a long tour; we are sad that the trip is suddenly over but looking forward to returning home. The hardest part is saying good-bye to a group of friends that we will likely not see again. We have been privileged to enjoy the company of these wonderful people. And, after goodbyes to our mates and to Tony, we're off to the airport. Naturally, my plan is to take some Irish spirits home. The airport duty-free has an immense collection and I'm not sure how to approach the choice. Luckily, a young lady takes an interest in me and offers ... read more

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