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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 April 14th 2019

We made it! We left Saturday morning at 6. We travelled 9 hours by ca, made it through airline security and boarded a plNe for an overnight flight! We were tired, but arrived at 7 am Dublin time. (Around 2am for you guys) and hit the ground running. The most perilous part of the trip was Craig getting used to driving on the left side of the road in narrow city lanes and traffic, but he did it! Today was the Guinness store house and exploring Dublin. Guinness was a part of Craig’s long time bucket list goals! He loved it! We walked a lot in the city and saw lots of cool stuff! I am typing from my phone today , so I will mainly just post pics for today. Tomorrow we see ode of ... read more

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 August 17th 2018

Paddy slowed as we rounded a bend in the picturesque hedgerow lined laneway and stared reproachfully over his shoulder. His meaning was clear. "Do you really expect me to drag you AND that half tonne caravan up this hill??!!!" We dutifully alighted and led him up the incline, his slow but steady pace easy to match. Ev grumbled good naturedly that it should be called a horse drawn gypsy caravan WALKING tour as we had to hop down for each up or down hill stint! But we did not begrudge our sweet natured and placid draught horse the lightening of his load. We had all of us fallen hard for the chocolate horse with white fluffy socks and blaze and the deepest brown eyes - Katy was particularly besotted and carried handfulis of grass to him ... read more
View from our caravan
Entrance to Newgrange tomb

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

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 9th 2018

We’d had completely filled our day before and still had a partial day to fill after overnighting in Dublin. While every minute seemed well planned out for that first day, it could just be that we lucked out when our bus driver had come up with a Plan B to get us back to the ship; albeit, one-half hour late. The “Big Horse Show” had started yesterday and it had taken one couple two-and-one-half hours to take the Shuttle from downtown Dublin (by Merrion Square) back to the ship at the pier. At least our evening plans hadn’t gone up in smoke in a traffic jam. We took our good time about getting up, grabbed a bite to eat in the Lido, and I made sure to get a banana. I’m guessing that those Icelandic bananas ... read more
Different Colored Doors so Husbands can find their home in Dublin
John's Irish Flag
Statue of someone

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 8th 2018

Today we have a long day. To start, we have an early “All-Day” private tour and when we get back, it’s off to an evening of Irish food and entertainment that is sure to keep us in high spirits… in more way than one! I grabbed my deli-sandwich (which I put together myself) and Sharon had one simple request… a waffle with chocolate chips. The steward apologized, saying, “Sorry, no chocolate chips today! But I have these… even better! He then proceeded to pour what Sharon’s mom would call “Chocolate Jimmies” in a heaping mound atop her waffle. You and I might call them chocolate sprinkles. Either way, they looked like a million tiny ants. As I reached the table where Sharon had set down her plate, she was just staring at her waffle, “What am ... read more
Tower with Canon
Tower where James Joyce stayed and swam
Bathing area

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin June 29th 2018

These are the pictures that I couldn't get uploaded yesterday.... read more

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