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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin April 18th 2015

Saturday. Today I decided to take a rail trip down the coast from Dublin to Wexford. The first half of this trip hugs the coast, and is said to be one of the most scenic routes in Ireland. I took the suburban train from a station nearby, Portmarnock, to Dublin, then switched onto the intercity service. The journey was quite pleasant, with spectacular coastal scenery, and later pretty farming country along some rivers. Wexford is on the coast, and features fishing trawlers and seabirds, as well as a pleasant shopping centre and some history. I read that it was in Wexford that the Irish declared a republic in 1798, a move mercilessly repressed by the British occupiers, and leading to a huge number of political prisoners, many of whom were transported to the penal colonies in ... read more
Scenery near Wexford
Fishing Trawlers - Wexford
Intercity Train

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin April 18th 2015

Friday. Airports are usually about queuing too (see last blog posting), and there was plenty of it at CDG. Lack of staff numbers really – check-in was very slow, and a huge queue for passport control. Spotted the Air Brussels Tintin aircraft - see picture below. If you want to know more, see Arriving in Dublin was quite pleasant, with a very short line for immigration. The officer there read my name on my passport, and then said: “Well now, John William Bradley. Welcome home, John”. What a delightful welcome to the country of my ancestors, though one that I have never visited before. Car rental, why is that always such a torrid experience? They reel off a list of all the things you are liable for, all the huge extra charges you will have ... read more
Irish Coast at Malahide

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin March 26th 2015

Arrived at dusk into Dublin and made our way to the apartment. The first surprise of the stay was finding out we’d been upgraded to a 2bd apartment. Given Dale didn’t have to stay on the sofa bed and we had room for our luggage, this was most appreciated. The second surprise was that whilst we’d had 13C in the Alps and shed thermals because they were not needed, it was 9C on the coast and the thermals were getting active use. Oh the irony! The Irish are very accommodating. We went out for dinner to The Brazen Head, which is the oldest pub in Ireland, established in the mid 1100’s. I asked Dwayne to order me a sparkling apple juice and the waiter brought out a 750ml bottle of apple cider instead. I commented that ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin » Ballsbridge March 15th 2015

So this past weekend we headed off to Dublin for St. Patrick's day weekend. Dublin's an oddly charming place. There aren't as many grand monuments as other European capitals, since it's been a historically poor city (thanks England), but something about it just feels different. Part dirty old town, part American-Irish tourism mecca, part living history. If you go, I'd highly recommend the following two guided tours: 1) Historical Walking Tour, given by history post-graduates. They take you through the major sights of Dublin (other than the Guinness brewery) and give the stories behind them. The stories are what really make the city interesting, especially since Ireland has such a turbulent past. url= read more
Beer Festival Marchmallow
Beer Festival Marshmallow
Beer Festival

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin January 25th 2015

Our first trip out was to Dublin for my (Ros) birthday. On the Airlink bus into the city from the airport, I was struck by the boarded up windows of several old buildings right on the river Liffey. However, Temple Bar (where we were staying) was much more living and seemed to be bursting at the seams with shops, restaurants and PUBS. Karen, a school friend of mine, gave us lovely tour through Trinity College. The Book of Kells was interesting and the Long Library beautiful - but my favourite was Karen's story about a shootout between university students and a lecturer in days gone by! On Saturday evening the town got really busy with Irish merrymaking and we enjoyed a bit of a pub crawl through The Quays, BADBOBS (the sign looked just like BAOBOBS, ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin December 31st 2014

Today is my birthday! Can’t believe I turn 20…. My family sent me a heartfelt and lengthy string of messages on Viber, each person writing a paragraph for me with their own thoughts. My mom sent me some pictures of me when I was just a baby in her arms, I couldn’t help but look at them for awhile and thank God for the wonderful family that I have. We woke up and had breakfast, and started planning for the awesome night we were going to have. I had booked our spots for this New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl that was supposed to be packed and really popular, and we both couldn’t wait until it started… so much so that we started drinking at 2:30 pm. We kept it up until 5:30 pm or so, and ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin » Ballsbridge December 30th 2014

We woke up today at 10:30 am again to catch the wonderful breakfast that was waiting downstairs for us. We enjoyed it in a timely manner, and by timely I mean until we felt that we had satisfied ourselves. The plan for today was to either go to the Guinness storehouse or the Jameson Distillery, and we had opted for the Guinness Storehouse. I had been there already, but I didn’t mind going a second time because I thought it would be worth it for Adam to see it and also because they give you a complimentary pint of Guinness at the end of the tour, which is always a plus. We decided to take a taxi there because walking there would take about an hour and a half or so, which was not an option ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin » Ballsbridge December 29th 2014

We arrived in Dublin the other day pretty late, around 11 pm or so (I forget), so we just crashed in our hotel room as soon as we got there. We woke up today around 10:30 am because the breakfast buffet that was included with our stay was set to close at 11. The food was amazing, so glad we woke up in time for it… It was a traditional Irish breakfast, with meat pudding, glazed ham, smoked beans, sizzling sausages and baked potatoes…. as I’m writing this I’m getting hungry. We sat an enjoyed our meal in no rush, as we had no plans for the day other than to explore the area. In fact, we didn’t start venturing out until 3 pm because we did some research of the area in our room and ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin December 26th 2014

Merry Christmas from Dublin Ireland! I know readers, it has been almost a week since my last blog and that is due to all the traveling we have been doing within Ireland! Where did we leave off last? Torino ofcourse! I still am finding myself saying ciao and Grazie to people around Ireland, ignoring the fact that English is spoken here. Those words just come natural for me now! We departed Italy on Saturday morning, to arrive in Dublin, followed by a 3 hour bus ride to Galway. So far in Ireland we have seen minimal of the beautiful land that Ireland has due to the fog, rain, and windy weather. We have seen sheep in green fields so that was a successful moment on our bus tour! Galway is a small Irish college town. ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Malahide November 12th 2014

Today I'm back in Dublin again, well, actually I'm in a suburb called Malahide just to the north near the airport. I got in around noon and went straight to Malahide Castle. This one was pretty cool, who am I kidding…they all have been. Also a museum like the Kilkenny Castle, but they let you take pictures inside as long as you don't use flash. The story behind this castle was that it had been in the Talbot family for over 800 years until the last descendant was forced out in the 1970s because she could no longer afford the taxes. The property went to the government and is now obviously open to the public. There are 2 trees several hundred years old on site, those were quite a sight. After the castle tour, I wandered ... read more
The Great Hall
Jester's Door
400 Year Old Oak

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