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    • Day 9

      Tag 9 Kultur, Saufi-Kultur, Kultur

      June 16 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Heute haben wir Dublin erkundet. Erste Stationen in unmittelbarer Nähe des Parkhauses waren Molly Malone und das Trinity Collage. Ein beeindruckender Gebäudekomplex. Ein Besuch der Library mit dem Book of Kells war leider nicht möglich - sold out. Neuer Versuch morgen. Dann war da dieser attraktive Whisky-Shop neben dem Whisky-Museum, der auch gerade öffnete...
      Was soll ich sagen? Kurz orientiert, Beratung bekommen und Sample probiert - schon war der erste Single Cask Pot Still Whisky meiner. 😀
      Ja und dann sind wir in Temple Bar unerwartet tief eingetaucht und fanden uns plötzlich in der gleichnamigen Touri-Bar bei Live-Musik und Cider und Guinness 0.0 (einer muss ja fahren) wieder. Was uns gestern Abend bei einer kurzen Autotour durch das Zentrum nach etwas überfordert hatte, machte nun um 14:00 Uhr richtig viel Spaß! Und die beiden Musiker waren echt gut.
      Es hätte nebenan in einer großartigen Whisky-Tasting-Bar weitergehen können, aber wir haben die Kurve gekriegt und haben das Kultur-Programm mit dem Dublin-Castle fortgesetzt. Anschließend krasses Kontrast-Programm: Kaffee in den Docklands. Spannender Architektur-Mix von alt und neu - sehr ansprechend und entspannend.
      Dann haben wir uns entschieden, noch an die Küste auf die Halbinsel Howth zu fahren, um im O'Connell zu essen. Statt einer beschaulichen Marina mit verträumten Restaurant erwartete uns jedoch ein Seafood-Hotspot ungeahnten Ausmaßes. Trotz Besuchermassen bekamen wir zwar einen Parkplatz vor dem Restaurant, aber keinen Tisch mehr.🫣 Absolut disapointet traten wir die Rückfahrt an; China Kitchen musste den Tag retten...

      Kleiner Nachtrag zu gestern: Wir waren noch bei Teeling. Große und bekannte Destillerie mitten in Dublin. Riesige Tasting-Bar, die natürlich getestet werden musste. Der 15-jährige Single Grain und der rauchige in Fassstärke waren gut- der Rauchige erinnerte mich an einen LAGG-Whisky (Isle of Arran).
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    • Day 10

      Tag 10 Abschlusstag in Dublin

      June 17 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Well prepared, weil prebooked (!!!) versuchen wir es heute nochmal in der Library des Trinity College. Auf dem Weg dorthin gibt es noch einen schnellen Abstecher in die Dublin Liberties Destille. Aber so komfortabel wie in Schottland ist das hier mit den Probierschlucken leider nicht, so das ein kurzer Blick in die hübsch gestalteten Ausstellungsräume reicht. Das Book of Kells, die weltberühmte Bibliothek und die Ausstellung haben wir uns dann im Anschluss angesehen. Man stelle sich vor, das ein paar Mönche um das Jahr 800 auf der schottischen Hebrideninsel Iona beginnen, die 4 Evangelien niederzuschreiben. Im Kerzenlicht haben die Mönche ein wahrhaftig prächtiges Kunstwerk geschaffen, reich und sehr aufwändig verziert. (Ausflug: Iona liegt vor der Südwestspitze der Isle of Mull und war über Jahrhunderte das geistliche Zentrum Schottlands. Noch heute befindet sich dort die Iona Abbey). Als dann die Wikinger ab ca. 860 ihren großangelegten Feldzug gegen England beginnen (Ragnar Lothbrok und so😂), bringen die Mönche das Buch zur Sicherheit mit dem Ruderboot 😳🛶) nach Irland und landen schließlich im Kloster von Kells. 1006 wurde das Buch aus der Kells Abbey gestohlen, ein paar Monate später ohne den legendären goldenen Einband wiedergefunden und schliesslich zurückgebracht. Bis 1654 blieb es in Kells, ging durch verschiedene private Hände und wurde 1661 dem Trinity College vermacht. Seitdem liegt es dort und wir haben es gesehen. Ehrfurcht ...
      In der angeschlossenen Austellung über die Restauration der Bücher und der Library selbst, hat dann sogar Sokrates mit uns gesprochen. Ich weiß, das ich nichts weiß.

      Weil es irgendwie für Dublin dazugehört, sind wir danach -was für ein Kulturbruch- ins Guinness Storehouse gegangen. In was für eine TOURIFALLE 😡😡😡 sind wir da geraten??? Warum hat uns keiner gewarnt? Sowas ist uns sehr lange schon nicht mehr passiert. Völlig überteuert und mit einer überflüssigen, aber dafür aufwendigen digitalen Darstellung des Produktionsprozesses (gähn🥱) über mehrere Etagen. Was für'n 💩! Da hilft auch das im lächerlichen Eintrittspreis von 64 EUR für 2 Personen inkludierte Freibier pro Nase in der Gravity Bar auf dem Dach mit Aussicht und der zugegeben tolle Gift Shop rein gar nichts. Selbst in den kommt man nicht ohne Eintritt hinein. Sehr ärgerlich...
      Dafür haben wir aber ein sehr gutes Abschlussessen im Deadmen's Inn genossen. Bei dem Namen musste das Essen ja gut sein😜. Nun heißt es packen, morgen geht's früh raus und zurück nach Hause.
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    • Day 21

      Last Day 🥲

      June 22, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

      We begin to cross the middle of Ireland to position ourselves closer to Dublin for our flight on Thursday afternoon. Our plan today is to do some shopping in Athlone (town where Deni and Patrick Reilly, Barb’s niece, got married in 2005) and then to Tullamore and the Whiskey museum. The tours for today only had one vacancy, so Larry opted to spend money on take home stuff (ie: whiskey) than to do another tour by himself.
      Speaking of making choices - we opted to do this trip without internet or gps. It saved us a ton of money over the course of 3 weeks but also helped us to connect into the area we were driving through. It has been challenging at times but we had some good detailed maps and did use google maps at all of our stops to know where we were heading. Wi-Fi is widely available throughout the country. And, of course, it’s always a hoot to ask for directions because everyone knows everyone! The directions are usually “just a wee bit down the road past the farm” or “Turd (3rd!) turn off the roundabout”. Oh, how we will miss the beautiful brogue! Gaelic is still spoken in much of the country and there has been a resurgence of importance in last 15 years to ensure that the language does die off. Children are required to take the language in school and have a required testing in order to leave school. Many towns are strictly Gaeltacht, as are their signs. Most places have both English and Gaeltacht.
      Grogans pub in Athlone was closed on Wednesdays. What a bummer. We found the B and B that we stayed at and the golf course that the guys all played before the wedding. We couldn’t find the castle, someone told us they think it was sold off and is now private. Did a little shopping in town. We opted for the Brewery Tap to eat in Tullamore. Had great food, sidewalk table and people watching during the busy lunch hour. Larry was quite amused by the toilet facilities and they apparently rank in the top 50 of best urinals in Ireland. Yes, those are beer kegs.
      The Tullamore Whiskey factory has moved to a big brand new place out of town. Unfortunately, it’s has lost a lot of it’s charm that we experienced during our first visit there 15 years ago. Got a few things and hoping for access to more in the duty free shop at the airport. Nothing special that isn’t available in the US.
      Checked into our B and B for the night. Anne O’Brien is a talker! Lovely older woman who has been doing this for 25 years. Room is basic, older house but has upgraded electric so we could plug in all of our essentials. Perfect location to the airport. Dinner in town. Delicious seafood in a Spanish restaurant for our final meal. Early night and off to the airport after breakfast.
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    • Day 3

      Arrived in Dublin and getting settled

      June 26, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      The plane ride was smooth but the kids had trouble sleeping so they are pretty wiped right now. They feel asleep on the bus ride and now they fell asleep in the hotel room while we were getting settled. So now it's time to wake them up and head out to see the city. More fascinating posts to come.Read more

    • Day 4

      Book of Kells and the Long Room

      June 27, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      First thing we did on the first full day here was head to Trinity College and take in the Book of Kells (a 1200 year old copy of the first 4 books of the New testament hand illustrated by monks on cow skin). Super interesting. Upstairs from that is the a room ingeniously named... "The Long Room" due to it's rather impressing length. Apparently they had a lot of books and they needed a place to store them. Then we wandered around Trinity College for a bit before hitting the open road.... or.... in our case... congested sidewalks. More to come later.Read more

    • Day 6

      Day 3 Summary... and... parenting fail

      June 29, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Day 3... wow.... time flies. Today is our last full day in Dublin... and we still had a list of things to do. So we started... nice and late. Everyone slept in till 10. We must still be jet lagging it a bit. So we decided to start off the day with a nice breakfast/lunch at Lemon Jelly, a fun little restaurant with amazing food. After that we were treking it on foot to the Guiness Storehouse for a tour through their museum. It was very well done.

      After that we walked briskly over to the Archeology Musem to search for an old chess queen that Evan saw a replica of and found out the queen was in Dublin while the other pieces are in Edinburgh and London. So... we thought it would be cool to find them all. But we couldn't find it and they eventually kicked us out. After that we went to the potatoe famine memorial which was super interseting, and then we made our way back to the hotel where we had supper and relaxed for a bit.

      And now... on to the parenting fail. I thought it would be fun and interesting to take the kids out a bit later and see the lights and the energy of the city. Jen warned me that may not be a good idea. I thought she was worrying over nothing and we would be fine... thinking her concerns were with safety. They were not. We headed down to the Temple Bar area because I wanted a picture of the historic bar all light up. And... I was looking forward to hearing some live Celtic bands as we merrily stroll through the streets. As it turns out, not only is there a very large amount of drunk people walking around at 10pm, but this is also the time companies start to put out their advertising for lap dances and steak dinners. So, after getting some Gelato at Cloud Nine, we walked around a little bit until we saw a couple of girls doing something inappropriate and then one drunk girl stole Liam's nose. Liam was traumatized and ran off and Caden had to run up and steal the imaginary nose back. What a hero. So, it was at that time I figured it was time to go.

      So... lessons learned. Put the kids to bed at 8 don't let them out at night. And always listen to your wife when she tells you something is a bad idea. Liam keeps reaching up to check if his nose is really back. Poor kid. Tomorrow it is on to Killarney. Should be fun.

      p.s. We also set a new personal best of 26,522 steps. Woo Hoo.

      p.s.s On top of all that, I still didn't get to hear any celtic music. All the bands we could hear were all playing modern music. Stupid modern society.
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    • Day 2

      We Made it to Dublin

      July 10, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 64 °F

      We made it to Dublin! Today has ended up being nearly 30 hours without sleep. Our flight was delayed, but ended up being an uneventful flight except for not being able to get comfortable enough to sleep. Our seats supposedly had extra leg room…I can’t imagine how tight the regular seating was!

      Our flight had some empty seats so Mom, in an attempt to get comfortable, thought she would go sit in one of them so we could spread out a bit. She was barely gone, when she returned to her seat telling me she had accidentally sat on some sleeping man’s feet which startled the poor guy! 😂

      After landing, we took a taxi ride with a NON-STOP talking taxi driver named Igor. He dropped us off in front of The Clarence hotel in the Temple Bar area of Dublin.

      We rallied past our weariness and walked along the cobbled streets to the Temple Bar and enjoyed some wonderful live music (Mom and I even had some Guinness!) We ended our evening at a yummy Italian restaurant then meandered back to our rooms. It is time to catch up on sleep so we can do a little exploring around Dublin tomorrow.
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    • Day 3

      Dublin Day 2

      July 11, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ 🌧 66 °F

      We probably should have ended our day much earlier tonight, but our evening dinner and drinks at Baraza and nightcap drinks in our hotel lobby were SO good…so it’s late and we have to get up early for breakfast and meeting our Inroads Ireland guide, Hugh.

      There was some discussion before ordering breakfast today about the meaning of black and white pudding, and once it was confirmed that black pudding has blood in it, it was out of the running as a breakfast choice. 😂 😂 We stuck to what was most familiar today. Maybe one of us will get braver as the trip continues. 🤷‍♀️

      The highlight of today was Trinity College. It was founded in 1592, and our guide, Jerry, shared how the college came into possession of The Book of Kells (800 A.D.) - perhaps the most representative piece of Celtic and Irish art, an ornately decorated, very unique copy of the New Testament of the Bible. Its pages, or as they are called, folios are made from vellum. Vellum is made from the skin of calves, sheep or less frequently, goat kids, but in the case of the Book of Kells, calfskin was predominantly used. Completing all the folios of the Book of Kells required the skins of more than 185 calves. 😮

      We were able to see one out of the four parts of the book and then we spent time in the amazing Long Room library. 📚 200,000 books!!

      Our guide was a wealth of information and did a great job, but the heat and humidity got the better of us by time we ended the tour at the castle.

      Awesome parts to our day:

      1. Relaxing morning over breakfast
      2. Adrianne and Haley finding the road with all the umbrellas overhead
      3. The Long Room library
      4. Finding a lunch place where it was cool (Porterhouse Temple Bar)
      5. Haley finding a spot for dinner across the river at a place called Baraza
      6. Temple Bar streets in the evening

      Tough Part:

      1. Humidity and warm temperatures - Adrianne said it looked like someone had doused my face with water I was sweating so bad. We all made makeshift paper fans to cool off.

      Tomorrow we start our tour around the southern part of Ireland.
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    • Day 89

      CÚIG GHRIANGHRAF-Ireland Day 24

      July 11, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      Today was our last road trip as we made our way to Dublin, our last destination of our three-month European road trip.

      One of the sites we were interested in visiting was Newgrange, a 5500 year old Neolithic burial mound. It's older than Stonehenge or the Pyramids of Giza. We learned that the entrance into the mound books way in advance so we were unable to get tickets. Jim C suggested that we instead go to Dowth a lesser known Neolithic passage tomb located in the Boyne Valley, County Meath, Ireland. In my research, I learned that Dowth is one of the three principal tombs of the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site – a landscape of prehistoric monuments in the area.

      Unlike Newgrange, Dowth has no visitor center. It's announced by a simple gate, in a mostly unkempt cow pasture. When we arrived, there was only one other visitor. The structure is cratered in the center. I assumed that the structure just collapsed, but learned that it was subject to an "unprofessional excavation" in the mid 1800's. More specifically, the Royal Irish Academy used dynamite as their excavation tool.

      We saw some closed passages to the chambers as we dodged cowpies to go up the ridge. When we made our way to the top, we could see Newgrange in the distance. Dowth Hall, a stately manor with a adjacent cemetery, could also be viewed on the property. On one of the kerbstones, we could see carvings representing the sun. This is fitting as the entry points of the cave are perfectly aligned with Winter Solstice sunset light. In reflection, we think of ancient peoples as primitive. Perhaps, we're the primitive ones as we too often fail to celebrate the simple gifts available to us with no cost.

      We left Dowth and headed to Drogheda, an industrial port town north of Dublin. I had a bit of macabre interest in viewing two sites there: St. Peter's Church of Ireland and St. Peter's Catholic Church.

      The first site has a cemetery with an unusual memorial to its departed: two cadaver stones. These stones are seven-foot veiled skeletons carvings. We talked to a man who was enjoying his lunch in the cemetery, and he told us that he sang in the church choir when he was a boy. He mourned the deterioration of his town which he attributed to growing drug addiction and the availability of heroin. He remarked that he hardly knew anyone in town anymore, and that he was surprised to talk to out-of-toen strangers who spoke English. We thanked him for the conversation, and we made our way to the Catholic Church a few blocks away.

      I have been using the website Ireland Before You Die (IBUD). St. Peter's Catholic Church houses the relics of Saint Oliver Plunkett. More graphically, the church houses some of his bones and his mummified head in full view inside ornate cases. While the gruesome display draws curious visitors like myself, this is also a place where Catholics visit to honor the most recent canonized Irish Saint in the last 700 years. Saint Oscar was known for promoting Catholicism in Ireland. He was the last victim murdered as a result of a Protestant conspiracy campaign known as the Popish Plot where he was accused of conspiring with the French to kill the Protestant King. This church also purports to house a piece of wood from the cross used to crucify Jesus. The church is quite beautiful, and I'm glad that we were able to visit.

      We left Drogheda and made our way to Dublin. The last two miles were a bit slow due to traffic, but we made it to the flat we're sharing with Peter & Jarek. They are a lovely, engaging couple. We joined them for a pasta dinner prepared by Jarek, and we enjoyed our conversations.

      We watched the news about the upcoming celebration of July 12th by Unionists in Belfast. One of the traditions is to burn massive bonfires reminiscent of football homecoming celebrations. I couldn't help noticing that at the top of the pyre in one piece of footage was Ireland's tri-color flag, a reminder that the internal strife remains. I'm grateful to miss the disdain "festivities".
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    • Day 9

      Lady's Island - Erste Nacht in Irland

      July 13, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Gerade als wir beim Kaffee überlegt haben welche Route wir nehmen, hält ein Waiblinger auf seinem E-Bike an, als er unser Kennzeichen gesehen hat. Er reist seit über 30Jahren regelmäßig hier her und hat auch mehrere Jahre in Ireland gelebt. Er hat uns super Tipps für eine Route gegeben an die wir noch garnicht gedacht hatten :)Read more

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    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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