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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin May 21st 2022

Exhaustion prevailed this morning, and we decided to skip the National Gallery and sleep. Even with a couple more hours it still wasn’t enough. As I write this entry it is Sunday morning, and while we are up and in the process of getting ready, we are both still very tired. So much so, that it is prompting us to re visit the entire itinerary to see how we can make the trip a bit more relaxing, we tend to try and do way too much, and we are not as young as we use to be. Back to our Saturday. The forecast was for rain, but the turned out to be pretty nice and no rain, a little overcast but no rain. With the last start most of the day turned into a walking tour ... read more
St Patricks
Inside Chester Beatty
Leo Burdock

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin May 20th 2022

We both slept very hard but were not fully rested, but that is the price you pay for world travel. Day started at 5:30, showers in the all-in-on Bathroom, a bit of re packing then breakfast. The breakfast choices were; a full English, a full English or a full English. It was a hard choice but we went with the full English. Otherwise known as a breakfast heart attack. Two sausage links, two slices of rasher bacon, on over easy egg, deep fried hashbrown, blood pudding (I have no idea what is really in it), beans, and toast. It was good, how could it not be, but did have a bit of an adverse gastro intestine affect (not Mexico City so don’t worry). After breakfast we were off to the ferry, a quick 5-minute walk from ... read more
The Corssing
Stena Plus Loung
First Fish & Chips

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin February 14th 2022

Dear All Greetings from London! I’m writing as I have just returned from a short four-night trip to nearby Ireland, or Eire, or the Republic of Ireland, and plan to write three blog entries for my three full days on this beautiful green island. This is my first one. I am majorly excited about this trip, and have been for some time now. A few years ago, I joined the Travelers’ Century Club, a club for travellers who have been to 100 of their listed countries. I initially joined as a Provisional Member, which you can do once you visit 75 countries on their list. In 2020, I was about to reach Full Membership with a summer trip to South Africa, and Swaziland was planned to become my country number 100. As we all know though, ... read more
The Long Room
Temple Bar Pub
River Liffey

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 http://www.heygo.com 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

http://www.heygo.com 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.




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