August 2017
  • Day1

    Luxembourg - Dublin

    August 8, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Departure for our big Ireland Trip. On this journey we will discover the following places:
    Dublin - Kerry Way - Killarney - Dingle - Cliffs of Moher - Conemara - Wicklow Mountains and back home !!!!

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  • Day1

    Dublin overview

    August 8, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    On our arrival, we made a long stroll through the city. We also used the hop on hop off bus. A perfect way to get orientated in the city. Dublin is not so huge as London or Paris. With a population of nearly the same as Luxembourg (country), over 550000 peaple, it is very easy to do it on foot.Read more

  • Day2

    GPO

    August 9, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    On our second day, we were very busy visiting 3 interesting museums. The first was the GPO, General Post Office, one of the places used for mass gatherings of the populations. It was on this place where the rising of 1916 took place. This was the beginning of Irelands fight for independance from the British rule. It was ended by the British military force just a few days it started. 16 of the main caracters f the rising were executed in the week after. But it should not end here. After several years of civil war, Ireland became the Republic of Ireland in 1922.Read more

  • Day2

    Kilmainham Gaol

    August 9, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    After the GPO we use our 48 hour ticket for the bus to get to the former prison Kilmainham Gaol. It was built in 1798. the intention was to put one prinsoner into one cell. This would avoid the very bad conditions by that time. But after some time, they had to fill up the cells with up to 5 prisoners, with a peak of 9000 prisoners during the famine. By that time, people were committing crimes on purpose in order to get into the prison as the conditions inside were much better than outside. During the whole period, there were lots of political prionners especially 14 of the 16 from the rising, who were also executed here. Others, until the mid 1800s were put here to wait for the ship for Australia. Nowadays, the prisons is a major tourist attraction and also used as location for movies.Read more

  • Day2

    Guinness Storehouse, Dublin

    August 9, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Next stop is the main attraction of Dublin, Guinness. Well, not being a beer drinker at all, we still had to visit this place. And we were not disappointed at all. Even for non-alcoholic people, this is a must. They show you the process of making beer very detailed and in an easy to understand way. After the exhibition you get to the top floor, the gravity bar, built out of glass on top of the building. Here you can enjoy a fresh pint of Guinness or ....... if you don't want to a glass of soft drink. Well we tried the pint but still didn't manage to like it. I prefer cooking wth beer than to drink it. But still it was a great place to learn more about the historic drink.Read more

  • Day3

    Book of Kells, Trinity College, Dublin

    August 10, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    On our last day in Dublin, we visited another top museum, the book of kells. The book is an illuminated manuscript gospel book of the New Testament. It dates back to 800 AD.

    In the museum, I found a mention of the Echternach Gospels. They were written in Lindisfarne Abbey, the one that was completely destroyed by the Viking during their raids in Northern England. Willibrord brought this book with him to Echternach Abbey, in order to bring christianity to the continent. It is now in a collection in the BNF in Paris.

    During our visit, we could see four pages of the book of Kells. Amazing to see a book with such detailed illustrations before you knowing it is over 1200 years old.

    We then continued to the Old Library, a huge library containing over 200'000 books.
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  • Day3

    Train from Dublin to Killarney

    August 10, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Riding by train is a very fast and reliable way to travel in Ireland. Our train set off at 13:00 and we arrived at 16:15 in Killarney, a journey of about 240 km that would have taken the same amount of time by car. After 2/3 of the distance, we had to change trains. We just had to get to the other side of the quay to get the train, it just took us 10 sec.

    We had book our seats in advance. Our names were even shown above our seats.
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