Blogs from County Dublin, Ireland, Europe - page 4


Europe » Ireland » County Dublin May 6th 2015

First, let me say that Dublin is great, and the people of Dublin are great! I would encourage anyone to come here for a visit! But with that out of the way, I must say that one of our primary goals for this trip was accomplished: a visit with Bowen's brother, Curry. Curry has lived in Ireland for several years and it's been quite a while since we saw him. He lives in County Donegal, which isn't really close to Dublin, but he traveled in to visit us for the day. It was a WONDERFUL visit! We shared memories, stories, pictures and lots of laughter. It was as though time had stood still. I'm am still amazed how much Bowen and Curry sound alike and even look alike - definitely carrying Sam's Morris genes. Curry brought ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin May 2nd 2015

We woke up in Dublin on the 30th not so bright eyed and bushy tailed as we fought our jet lag. We stayed at Abigails backpackers in an 8 bed female dorm. It was a really nice hostel with clean sheets, clean bathrooms and most importantly free breakfast! It was also conveniently close to every thing we wanted to do. Located by the river Liffy it was just a short walk to city hall where we began a free three hour walking tour around the city. Our tour guide, Conor, was born and raised in Dublin and was very proud about his city and his culture. As he took us around the sites he told us bits of history and anecdotes about each location. We saw the Dublin Castle where the English were made to wait ... read more
Castle in Howth

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin April 28th 2015

I arrived in Dublin around 4pm and headed to the city centre where I found my way to the hostel. After dumping my bags I headed out for an early dinner at the Indian restaurant just down the road and then went to bed. The next morning I headed out to walk around and explore and ended up having to duck into a shopping centre to buy an umbrella as there was heavy rain. After about two hours of walking around, my shoes leaking and the backs of my jeans soaked I decided I couldn't be bothered being a tourist anymore and headed into the shopping centre to waste the afternoon. I got a microwave meal from the supermarket while I was out so I didn't have to go out in the rain. The next morning ... read more

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 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 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

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