Blogs from County Dublin, Ireland, Europe


Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin October 21st 2023

Today we leave Ireland and our EF Go Ahead tour group! We met some people we dearly loved spending time with plus we loved our tour guide and bus driver. We hated to part ways but another adventure with a new group was waiting for us in Switzerland. In order to get to the airport at Dublin, we had to take a bus from Galway which drove clear across the country. Now Ireland is not that big, but Galway is on one coast and Dublin is on the was about a 3 hour ride. Our flight was at 12 noon, so we left Galway at 6:30 am. It wasn't a bad ride, it was a local bus with several stops. We made it in plenty of time. The airport wasn't busy, but they did things ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin October 17th 2023

Today we had a breakfast time at 7:30 for a Hotel Breakfast Buffet. The buffet consisted of eggs, ham, bacon, sausage, baked beans, blood pudding, potatoes, a variety of cheeses, cold, cuts, fruit, cereal, porridge, yogurt, and cold cereals. there was something for everyone! I did have to laugh at the “luxury” granola!! Our new watch phase of this trip is on and gone. What that means is we were to be on the bus and pulling out at the designated time each day. So if the time was 8:30 the bus would pull out at 8:30 not 8:31! Today we were joined by a local guide for a tour around Dublin. She was a good guide, and very funny, but it seemed everything she pointed out, was on the right side of the bus… Of ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin October 16th 2023

Today was a day on our own, so we decided to take it easy, not set an alarm, and just have a slow start to our morning. By the time we were up and ready to start the day, it was past time to partake in the hotel breakfast. So we decided just to walk around town and find someplace to eat breakfast, brunch, or lunch. We saw McDonald’s, Burger King, and KFC. We decided to go in one of them, opened the door, and found it was a Mall! We walked through the mall, found a lovely café/coffee shop and decided to eat there. I had pancakes and fruit and a flat white. Nanci had a sausage roll and a great coffee. As we sat at the cafe having our breakfast, we looked around, and ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin September 26th 2023

Had a bit of a lie in this morn and on the bus at 9.15 am headed for the Guinness Factory covering 50 acres and leased for 9000 years as from 1759 !!!… went straight to the top floor and got our pint of Guinness sat with the group and admired the great view out over Dublin …. Didn’t have the acquired taste for Guinness 😝…. Had a look through the 7 floors of memorabilia and gift shop and media on the brewing of … out to the bus at 11.30 and made our way back to the hotel …. Some went onto the Glenlough National Park and dropped some off in town ….this big we have has put a real damper on things I now too am feeling a bit off ….back by midday and ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin June 15th 2023

After our very long flight it was great to get out in the fresh air and walk some of the areas of the south side of the river Liffey, including many of the Dublin highlight's, Temple Bar area, Trinity College, Bank of Ireland, City Hall and many Irish pubs. Great to enjoy the sunny walk to get and idea of what Dublin has to offer once we are over the jetlag. Great to enjoy some of Dublin hospitality for a cooling ale. Lovely day Thursday exploring Dublin, a truly magical city. We started the day early as the sun rising at 4:56am (this is so suited to Rose) as she is walking at 6am. Walking down to the river Liffey where we found a great little restaurant for Irish Potato Cakes, so yum and cheap. After ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin June 13th 2023

Welcome back all, after 5 years, 3 of those interrupted by the c-word (COVID), Greg and Rose are back on the road! On this trip, we are spending 10 days in Ireland mostly to catch up with some of Rose's distant relations and historical ancestry. Then we are going to Scotland for 10 days to catch up with family of two of our special friends, after that going to London for 2 nights to see our nephew and one of Rose's cousins. France is the where we will pick up our car and spend another 10 days getting to Tuscany where we will have 1 month with friends and family. The last 3 days will be traveling to Rome to catch the flight home. At this stage that seems like a long way away, but it ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin May 13th 2023

The suitcases were getting rather full so we got a wine case from the neighborhood wine shop, filled it with souvenirs and some clothes we weren't going to wear, took it to the post office bright and early, and mailed it home. Who knows when we'll see it! We walked down the road a few shop fronts to Fothergill's Cafe for breakfast. Lovely little place, great breakfast. St. Patrick's and maybe a distillery was on our list for the day. We got a taxi in to the Cathedral but there was a funeral and it was closed until 1 p.m. So, we got back on the Hop On Hop Off bus from yesterday and rode around, getting back to St. Patrick's just after the funeral ended! We visited/toured around and headed back to the unit for ... read more
Isle of Man symbol
Floor tiles at St. Patrick's

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin May 12th 2023

Since I blew a fuse the evening before, I began the day by fessing up (by What's App) to the host who replied that it was not unusual for North American electrical items to cause that problem and she would 'pop up and check' during the day. Had a reservation for 9:30 for the Book of Kells in Trinity College. Got up early, took a taxi in to Trinity. Certainly looked different from our last visit--not the College but the streets around the College. In 2017, there was a massive Roads Project and it was a mess. Some of the entrances to Trinity were closed by it even. This time, we easily walked across the street and in, had a great visit with the Book of Kells and went up to the Long Room. A LOT ... read more
Book of Kells introduction
Book of Kells page
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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin May 11th 2023

Got up, had one last breakfast at the B&B, settled our bill (they had laundry service and we now have clean clothes!!), and took a taxi down the hill to the train station. A smaller station than Dublin and not near as much walking they did have a Starbucks so Mike got a cup while we waited. Another nice train ride across the country and we were in Dublin. Rainy but we found a taxi to the Airbnb we had reserved. It is in a suburb called Rathmines and we spent the rest of the day settling in, wandering, and having dinner. working with my very old little travel laptop that evening, I blew a fuse which the host fixed the next day but I fear I may have fried the laptop’s battery or ability to ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin May 4th 2023

After breakfast, we took a cab from City North Hotel into the center of Dublin. Happily, there was another person in our group who needed to go into the city so we were able to share the fare. We checked our luggage at the Point A Hotel, near Parnell Square, then wandered down O'Connell St. We had purchased gifts for Mike's oncology team and wanted to put it in the mail. How convenient--post office right there and Eason's, a department store, with packaging supplies, just a few doors down. That mission accomplished, we headed on over the O'Connell Bridge and stopped at Fitzgerald's for a bit of lunch. We then hopped into a cab to go to Kilmainham Gaol, my goal for the day. Although it was a real jail and thousands of men, women, and ... read more
Court room
Looking from the old into the new

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