Ireland
Leinster

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  • Day5

    Last Day in Belfast

    September 12, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 57 °F

    We left for Dublin this afternoon after lunch with Kelley and Paul and a visit to the Queens University campus and Ulster Museum in Belfast. Beautiful downtown campus with lots of "kids" and no parking. We found a palm tree in Belfast!
    Off to Venice in the morning.

  • Day1

    Kilkeny

    September 11, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Streets of Kilkeny. We parked and walked to the Castle. The cafes with outside seating had blankets on the chairs to use. Found some charity shops, no treasures yet. Us at a pub. The umbrellas were an entrance to an outside mall. It made me smile! :)

  • Day40

    Luggage what luggage!!!!

    February 28 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    The trip home has begun and mixed feelings. Sorry to be leaving such a wonderful place but glad to be seeing my boys again!! Chris and I have had a great time. 5 weeks in a camper van could test anyone but we managed to survive without an argument. The trip from Aukland to Singapore was uneventful, sleeping ,eating, drinking, watching films.....A star is born, Mary Queen of Scots, Mama Mia 2.We had a few hours stopover before our next leg to Paris. On we got and I fell asleep straight away , which is unusual for me as I rarely sleep on planes. I woke to find we had landed??? No we hadn't even taken off !! Due to Pakistan shooting down two Indian planes all flights had to be rerouted away from northern Indian/Pakistan border .😠This resulted in nearly a 90 minute delay . We eventually landed in Paris with no time to transfer to our flight to Manchester. As we got off the plane we were met by an airport worker who took us and two others through the maze that is Charles De Gaulle airport jumping all the queues to get to our flight which was already boarding😱We eventually arrived in Manchester and went to collect our luggage ...what luggage?? It wasn't there...It was still in Paris 😬😬We filled out our forms.....we ll courier it to you when it arrives....Chris was ok she was going to York..I still had a flight to Dublin to catch🙁Yes we ll get it to Ireland don,t worry . So I got my flight to Dublin, waited 90 mins in the cold for a bus , my coat was in my suitcase😖 2 1/2 hours after I arrived in Kilkenny and was met by my nephew who drove me to my sister's .I arrived back after 44 hours travelling happy to see everyone and ready for bed😴😴😴Chris got her luggage at 10pm that night ..mine is still travelling🌍🌎🌏Read more

  • Day29

    Wicklow mountains and national park tour

    October 2, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    What a stellar day! Beautiful sunshine and spectacular views. Went through the the mountains where Excalibur, Saving private Ryan, Braveheart, The Vikings and PS I love you were all filmed. Magnificent! Also saw a private cabin owned the guiness' nephews where only stars go for private relaxation. What a lesson in history! Love the signs here! Check out the new dog sign. They don't Jess around. Stayed tuned for more-just having a pub lunch of fish and chips.Read more

  • Day8

    A City of Immigrants

    September 6, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    I was struck today by the realization that Dublin is as much a city of immigrants as any in Canada. We were guided first by a fellow from Nigeria and then a woman from Latvia, into the arms of Ana, the Brazilian who is our B&B host. Our appetites were sated by lunch at a Hare Krishna eatery and then supper at a Korean fish monger's establishment. Sightseeing was full on Irish though. We toured Dublin Castle, Killmainham Gaol, and Christchurch Cathedral. Walking past the Catholic Church of St. James reminded us of the reason for our journey as it is an official part of the Camino for Irish pilgrims.Read more

  • Day2

    Charville Castle

    March 22, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 5 °C

    Leider war das Schloss nicht für Besucher geöffnet - halt absolute Nebensaison.

    Charleville Castle is a Gothic-style castle located in County Offaly, Ireland, bordering the town of Tullamore, near the River Clodiagh. It is considered one of the finest of its type in the country.

    (Wikipedia)

  • Day41

    Ireland's Ancient East

    October 14, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Today didn’t turn out quite as I’d planned. I had a list of ancient and medieval sites to visit. While I visited most of them I didn’t get to see much. I went to Loughcrew to see ancient burial sites but they were closed due to surveys being done.
    I came across The Spire of Lloyd (not on my list) which is a folly in the shape of a lighthouse. It was at the site of a famine mass grave. No markers or records. Quite sobering.
    It was raining quite steadily by now so I was looking forward to Slane Castle and distillery as I would be indoors. As I drove up to the castle I saw a lot of vintage cars out the front and was hoping it wasn’t closed for a wedding. I’m not sure whether it was a wedding but the castle was closed for a private function. Not to worry, I’ll just go to the distillery. Unfortunately that too was closed for a private function.

    After a late lunch in a gorgeous hotel in Slane I headed for the Hill of Tara, an ancient burial site. The visitor centre was closed. I was still able to walk over the site although I spent more time looking at the ground dodging the sheep manure than looking at the surroundings.

    I was quite wet by then and it was getting late so I headed for the airport. Ive handed in my car with no issues. I’ve driven nearly 3500km in 20 days although I didn’t drive at all in Belfast. I’m staying in a hotel at the airport and will have plenty of time in the morning before I have to be at the terminal.
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  • Day107

    Kilkenny Day 2

    December 19, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    Another misty chilly day but the sun is shining. I went to morning mass and set out about town again. Went to St. Mary's cathedral, St. John's church, the Black Abbey, and Smithwicks brewery. Smithwicks has been around for over 306 years and was founded by the Fransiscan monks and is older than Guiness. After dinner I went to watch a local band at the Pumphouse Pub. They are celebrating the 12 pubs of Christmas here where the locals hit 12 pubs every day for 12 days and drink 12 pints per day. There is a lot of drinking going on here. I did see a chap do a face plant on the pavement after we left and the ambulance was kind enough to load him up and take him away. Apparently this is quite common here. Great Irish music in the pub and great atmosphere.Read more

  • Day24

    Dublin

    September 24, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    A fantastic day in Dublin- we love this city. We were up early for a delicious breakfast cooked by Mick and headed into town for the 10am tour of the Guiness Storehouse which truly was amazing and so interesting. The building had 7 storeys, each with a different part of the tour on it. We learned about the ingredients, the process, the making of the barrels, the history of the brewery and visited the tasting room where we all had a small glass of beer. The floor showing how Guiness has been advertised over the years was interesting and finally on the 7th floor we were on a glass observation deck where a free Guiness was on offer, as well as spectacular 360 views over the city, made even better by the beautiful sunny weather. We left the storehouse and headed off for a walk to a lovely big cafe for lunch. We then walked across the road to Trinity College which was buzzing with students and tourists. We visited the Book of Kells exhibition and the Old Library which really was incredible. Angela and Mick then left us as we wandered around the main shopping area before searching out Temple Bar. We just loved the hour and a half we spent in the Temple Bar listening to Irish music and enjoying the atmosphere. We then wandered along the Liffey River to the oldest bar in Ireland, The Brazen Head. It too was full of atmosphere and people. We then caught the bus back to Angela and Mick’s and after the half hour journey through the suburbs of Dublin congratulated ourselves on finding their house again. It was 7 15 and we then enjoyed chatting with Mick and Angela over dinner.Read more

  • Day26

    Dublin

    September 26, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Wow! What a day. Had such a cool day. Up early and off with Mick to a lovely modern cafe to meet up with Niamh Griffin and her 2 half year old daughter Sadhbh( pronounced Sive) for breakfast. One of the best breakfasts we have had. Left them to do the Kilmainham Gaol tour. It was amazing as the wonderful guide led us round the gaol and through the history of Ireland. Visiting the site of the 1916 executions following the Easter Rising was incredible and very moving. We departed the gaol and met Angela at the Irish Parliament buildings. Her brother John Lehart is an Irish MP ( TD) currently in opposition and his parliamentary assistant met us and escorted us into the members restaurant for a lovely lunch. We were joined by John before heading to the viewing gallery. We were fascinated to see a debate in progress with the prime minister, Leo Varadka in action. Interesting discussion about how much support children with special needs need in schools and the shortage of housing in Dublin. So lucky and such a privilege to be there. We then had a quick trip around the buildings before leaving Angela and Mick for a coffee and then to catch the Hop On Hop Off Bus which took us all around Dublin. We disembarked at Temple Bar and found our way back to the bus stop to make the return trip to Mick and Angela’s. We then left for a half hour drive up through the most beautiful hills on the outskirts to a pub called Jonnie Fox’s, where we enjoyed a lovely Irish meal and music in a truly Irish pub. We carried on at 9 for another pub down the road called The Blue Light. It was the true Irish experience as we huddled in the smallest of rooms listening and singing along to a 5 piece Irish band (average age was at least 70). We just loved it and the view down over Dublin city was amazing. Mick finally drove us home at midnight. It truly was one of those days you just want to savour forever.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Leinster, Laighin, لاينستر, Ленстър, Cúige Laighean, Ленстер, Leinsteri provints, لینستر, Còigeamh Laighean, Queiggey Lion, לנסטר, レンスター, ლენსტერი, 렌스터, Lagenia, Lensteris, Leinster Séng, Lagénîn, Leinsteri, لینسٹر, 利揚省, 倫斯特省

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