Ireland
Stephen's Green

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  • Day2

    Goal: don't fall asleep at 4pm

    November 8, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    We made it to Ireland and our hotel around 3pm 🙌 now the challenge was to stay awake until a reasonable bed time!

    While we waited for our room to get ready we checked out the hotel bar - the scones we got were amazing, with the best clotted cream to cover them in! I think I could just eat those scones for the rest of my life.

    We got our room, a cute little boutique hotel room tucked up in the corner. We successfully resisted the urge to nap, got cleaned up from a full day of travel and headed out to eat more!

    Igor found a great seafood restaurant, called Matt the Thresher, where we had some amazing oysters, halibut, chowder, and cocktails 👌

    We wrapped up dinner and it was... only 7 pm. :( So ready for sleep! We agreed on a pub stop on the way home, and stayed out all the way until 830! Party animals we are.

    Now off to bed at a reasonable hour!
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  • Day1

    Einfach mal treiben lassen

    May 20, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Was gibt es schöneres in einer fremden Stadt, als sich ziellos treiben zu lassen? Bis zum Sonnenuntergang sind wir durch Dublin gebummelt. Vorbei am Trinity College, wo wir morgen eine Führung machen wollen, durch schöne und durch schmuddlige Gassen bis zum Park St. Stephens Green, der wunderschön angelegt ist und wo wir mit tollem Licht und Wetter belohnt wurden. Zum Schluss sind wir am Liffey entlang (erinnert ein klein wenig an Amsterdam) zum Gin House spaziert, das ca. 2 Meter neben unserer Unterkunft liegt. Die Auswahl ist grandios, eine absolute Empfehlung für Gin-Liebhaber.Read more

  • Day1

    Unconventional start ...

    September 6, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Eschewing Irish stew and Guiness, we opted for cheap but tasty fare for our first day in Dublin ... spicy Korean cuisine featurung kim chee for supper and a Hare Krishna eatery for lunch. A visit to Kilmainham Gaol gave us some history and of course some of the tragedy that is Ireland. And never far away ... a reminder of the pilgrimage to come.Read more

  • Day3

    Dublin, Ireland

    August 22, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    What a fantastic day, all 14 hours of it. First meeting Marian Fitzpatrick who I haven't seen in years. We met Marian at the entrance to Trinity College then went for coffee for a catch up, such a long time has passed. We then went sight seeing with Marian. Firstly to Dublin Castle, the Chapel Royal and the Palace, the guide was so passionate about the history of not only the castle but anything you wanted to ask her about Dublin and Ireland. We also visited a ceramic exhibition and the paintings in the Museum. We walked through Merrion Square with its beautiful gardens and flowers and saw the statue of Oscar Wilde. We had a cuppa at the very up market Shelbourne Hotel, yes silver service, where all the celebrities and dignitaries hang out. The Hotel is opposite Stephen's Green so had a walk through these gardens as well. From here Marian walked us to the Gaiety Theatre where we left her as we had tickets to Riverdance. The show was fantastic especially with the VIP tickets we unbeknowingly purchased. I sat next to the lead dancer's parents so a lot of yelling and cheering from very proud parents.Read more

  • Day2

    Daily Grog

    September 6, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Turning your internal clock around isn’t always easy and Laurie has had a restless sleep. We get up early and are at our breakfast spot at the 7AM opening. It is a full breakfast and we depart caffeinated and full.

    It is raining lightly as we walk to the National gallery a couple of blocks away. The gallery is part of a series of National museums all in the same part of town - similar to the Smithsonian museums. It is a decent if not spectacular collection of art work - some Rembrandt’s, a Vermeer, a few Ruebens, a bunch of early renaissance works and a whole floor of Irish painters.

    Cultured up, we go full tourist and take the Hop on Hop off bus to the Guinness Storehouse for a 45 minute long advertisement for Guinness that ends with a pint of beer in the Gravity bar 7 stories up with a nice view over the city. It was free with our Dublin pass (thankfully) and I am no more a fan of Guinness now than I was before - luckily Ireland has so much more to offer in the ways of craft beer now.

    Today has been logistically fine tuned, which is another way of saying we have a schedule to keep, and we leave Guinness and catch our HoHo bus to the Kilmainham Gaol for a pre-booked 12:45 tour of this famous prison which housed many a political prisoner but most notably the leaders of the Easter 1916 rebellion. The Gaol is a national museum and if it wasn’t obvious before, it is now, the Irish have not been well treated by the British over the 700 years that the English were lords and masters. The potato famine of the late 1840’s being the worst example of English rule. It is very well presented and you don’t have to hate the English to enjoy it. The Gaol closed in 1923 and fell into disrepair until the early 1960’s when it was restored and used as a location for many movies including the following:
    The Italian Job, 1969
    The Mackintosh Man, 1973
    The Last Remake of Beau Geste, 1977
    The Whistle Blower, 1987
    In the Name of the Father, 1993
    Michael Collins, 1996

    After the tour we linger for a while and explore the museum before HoHo’ing to the Jamieson Distillery for more alcohol and advertising. We both find Jamieson’s to be a better tour and it culminates with a taste test of Jamieson’s, Jack Daniels and Johnie Walker Black label - the best selling brands of each particular type of whiskey. Irish Whiskey is definitely smoother than its counterparts if not as full of flavour.

    By now I am amazed that Laurie has stayed awake, and with a big evening ahead, we HoHo it back to our hotel and have a 45 minute power nap - not in the schedule but important nonetheless.

    Amazingly refreshed we head out for our evening Musical Pub Crawl which starts in Temple Bar at Oliver St John Gogarty’s for a quick bite before beginning our pub crawl. It is a fun 2+ hours at three pubs. It is informative and we make new friends - singing along (quietly). A great time. It is a precursor (hopefully) of things to come on the Irish west coast.

    We end at a north side bar and walk home to our hotel for a good nights sleep.
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  • Day20

    Trinity College Library

    September 7, 2015 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    We visited the main reading room of Trinity College Library. Most of the leather-bound volumes, I noticed, were Bibles. Afterwards we went to a separate part of the library to view the Book of Kells. There was a very long line, and no photographs were allowed. The illuminated manuscript was beautiful, though.Read more

  • Day3

    The house of the mayor

    June 2, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Being mayor of Dublin is a short lived pleasure, but you get a house.
    The Motto say Obedient citizens make a happy state - a Warning of the English

    Also Irish Gaelic sounds cool but is, apparently, wickedly difficult.

    Also, somewhere in Dublin, this rainbowy statement.

  • Day4

    Viking Splash Tour: Land

    June 3, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    A fun sight seeing tour in a 70 year old amphibious water-car. Yes, they were build for WWII.
    Funny helmet and a guide who absolutely killed it! On the level of 10 year olds - exactly my kind of tour plus some dark jokes for the 21+ on board. ;)

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