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  • Day2

    A round up of day one

    July 15, 2017 in Ireland

    We reached our hotel by 11am, dropped off our bags and went out to see some of the sights of Dublin. First stop was City Hall then onto Dublin Castle where we booked a guided tour for mid-afternoon (which was very interesting). Then we walked to Christchurch Catheral which had a pop-up food village operating within its grounds.
    We had a very tasty lunch at The Larder then walked along the River Liffey in the afternoon, seeing lots of bridges , including Samuel Becketts bridge (see photo), and the Famine Sculpture.
    We had an interesting self-guided tour of the Guinness Storehouse which ended with a pint of the 'ruby red' ale in it's Gravity Bar on the 7th floor with 360 degree views of the city.
    We ate dinner in the Old Storehouse in Temple Bar then listened to live Irish music by 3 chaps, 1 on guitar, 1 on flute and the other on the handheld drum - clapping and singing along were aided by another pint of Guinness!
    We returned to the hotel through the very lively Temple Bar area.
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  • Day2

    Day two was a long one!

    July 15, 2017 in Ireland

    Fuelled on a full Irish breakfast, we visited St Patrick's Cathedral before taking a stroll around St Stephens Green then looking in the shops along Grafton St. After a slice of delicious cake at quirky Dolce Sicily, we took a guided tour in the Little Museum of Dublin then walked around the Government buildings and Trinity College before returning to the hotel and getting changed for our night at the theatre.
    According to Allison's phone step count we did 24.100 steps today which was marginally up on the 23,600 we managed yesterday.
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  • Day54

    Destination #8, around Ireland

    August 22 in Ireland

    Now that we are here we are going to do some touring and visiting with the Toals.

    Our first tour is around Dublin on the Hop-on Hop-off City Tour Bus (with an additional tour of the Guinness Storefront).

  • Day2

    Dublin, Ireland

    August 21, 2017 in Ireland

    Loving Ireland and especially the Irish people. I love their lilting speech and wonderful sense of humour, they are so friendly and happy. Had a wonderful time exploring Dublin on the Hop on Hop off bus started out at 8.30am and arrived home around 9.30pm, didn't stop all day. Enjoyed a Guinness and Lager at the Guinness Storehouse, love all the flowers especially the ones outside the pubs. Had a great time on the night tour.Read more

  • Day146

    Day 146: Exploring Dublin

    July 11, 2017 in Ireland

    We've been here for a day and a half, but it's finally time to get out and explore Dublin! Last night we'd gone through and figured out what we wanted to see, so all we needed to do was follow the plan - easy.

    Left the house around 10:15 and caught a bus into the city (without Schnitzel for a change). Our first stop was a free walking tour of the central city, run by a company we've used a couple of times before. Although the tour itself is "free", you're expected to tip the guide as payment which is actually good - it gives the guide an incentive to be as good as possible. Our guide was an older Irish guy named John, very chatty and friendly and quite knowledgeable about the city and its history.

    Over the next 3 hours he showed us around the castle (of which there's basically nothing left), Christchurch Cathedral, an important theatre, the place where U2's career started, the Rory Gallagher memorial, and of course Trinity College. Finishing up here was quite handy, since that was our next stop!

    After a quick coffee break we headed in to see the Book of Kells housed in the library here. These are hand-written copies of the Four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), lavishly decorated and illustrated with rich colours and beautiful script, dating from the 8th century. Yes, books that have survived in fantastic condition for 1200 years - difficult to believe! Apparently they were buried in a vault for hundreds of years to hide them from Viking pillagers, and were only recovered in the 17th century. Very impressive though!

    We also headed upstairs to check out the Long Room in the library, which is a beautiful tall and long building, rich mahogany wood, with shelves upon shelves of books. Lining the entire room are busts of famous people (some writers and philosophers like Shakespeare, Swift and Plato, others lesser known like Doctor Baldwin). Took some photos and then headed out.

    Final stop on our day out was of course the Guinness Storehouse in the west of the city. We walked over because it didn't look that far, but was actually about 30 minutes walk! Oh well. The tour was great, somewhere between a museum, a Disneyland queue and a trade show. Although it's an interesting history, working in marketing and advertising for 17 years gave me a slightly different takeaway to most people I guess. It's basically what you'd call "experiential marketing", and it's sort of amusing to think you've just paid 20 euros each to experience a multi-hour Guinness commercial.

    And it's not like Guinness is a small family-owned company either - they're fully owned by Diageo which is the world's largest spirits company (they also own Smirnoff, Tanqueray, Pimms, Johnnie Walker, Baileys and Kilkenny among many many others). Oh well. It was still fun, we enjoyed pulling our own pint and then drinking it on the rooftop bar with a great view of the city.

    Got a cab back into the main area of town (Temple Bar), where we hit up Bad Bob's for an early dinner (it was now around 6pm). Had some very tasty burgers and a pint of beer, then decided to head for home on the bus. Schnitzel very excited to see us, as he'd been on his own for quite a while and he's not as used to that these days. A bit more planning and videoing tonight before an early night ahead of a long travel day tomorrow!
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  • Day19

    Dublin

    May 15 in Ireland

    First full day in Dublin and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. So many green spaces, great city planning. Streets and parks are clean and tidy, people friendly. Not gonna lie, I don't hate it that this is an English speaking country, I don't have to try and fake the language like in Belgium or France. Visited Trinity College ( two Oregon maples are prominently planted on campus, seeds were obtained in 1827! ), alumni include Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker), Book of Kells, Temple Bar District, St. Stephens Green, Merrion Square where Oscar Wilde's monument is, surrounded by a large concentration of Georgian style houses.Read more

  • Day22

    Dublin 2.0

    May 18 in Ireland

    Irish beer, that I tried:

    O'Hara's craft lager
    O'Hara's ale
    Hophouse 13 lager
    Smithwicks
    G
    Yankee White IPA
    Kilkenney lager
    (and at least two that I have forgotten the names of)
    Quote for the self-guided pub crawl day: "slow and steady wins the race".

    Ireland, like Belgium, has got to be tricky for bartenders/dishwashers. The breweries have a special glass for many of their beers, therefore, lot's of washing, drying and putting back in place. On a busy night at the bar, that must be challenging.Read more

  • Day36

    Having fun in Temple Bar

    August 28, 2017 in Ireland

    Saturday, and a full day in Dublin is ahead of us, but first we need to get this phone organised. We were up late and hit the road at about 11am. Not hard to find a Vodafone shop- but when we did, the shop assistant had no idea - just wanted to hand the phone back to me “I don't know about iPhones?” she said. We went to an apple store - they looked up Vodafone’s details on the web, put them into Mary’s phone and we were away.

    I had looked for Aussie pubs in Dublin and the Woolshed Baa was mentioned. We went there on the off chance that we could see the Geelong game - good news, it was on and we watched the last quarter - a great win over GWS by Geelong, things are turning out okay.

    It was nearly 2pm and so we went looking for a half day tour. Decided to go around the northern coast of Dublin on a double decker bus with tour guide for Malahide Castle and Howth. The guide was excellent. There was a Tasmanian link as the last descendent of the Tabots could not afford to inherit the castle and sold it to the government and moved to a sheep farm in Tasmania. It was great looking through the Castle as it was not overly restored and so you could see how they lived in it.

    The northern heads of Dublin bay are where many of the wealthy live - grand houses and brilliant views of the coast. We stopped for fish and chips and a walk around the market.

    At night we were picked up by long time friend Floyd Jackson thinking we were going to a restaurant with him and wife Mary. We ended up at his home with a huge spread of food and the whole family joining us. They sang happy birthday to Mary and gave her a lovely Waterford Crystal Vase. What an enjoyable night.

    We expected another noisy night - perhaps we are getting used to the music and shouting, anyway it wasn't as bad as Friday night, oh and the guy on the reverse bike out front was still pulling in heaps of money …

    Tomorrow we head for Achill Island and Ireland’s rugged West Coast.

    Cheers
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  • Day19

    St. Patrick's Cathedral

    September 6, 2015 in Ireland

    I went to St. Patrick's Cathedral to take photos. There was an admission charge and a long line, so I took pictures outside. The choir of this church, along with that of Christchurch Cathedral (the Protestant Church), combined for the world premiere of Handel's Messiah on April 13, 1742.

  • Day19

    Noel V. Ginty's Cabaret Show

    September 6, 2015 in Ireland

    Tonight we went for supper to what is billed as a cabaret show. 10:45 pm we returned from Taylor's Three Rock Pub where we had dinner and an Irish folkloric show. The stand-up comedian, Noel V Ginty is an older gentleman who made me laugh harder than I have in years. One joke was about an Irishman who was thinking about vacationing in Spain but was afraid to do so because he didn't know the language. His friend told him, "Go ahead. Just speak very slowly and you'll have no problem at all." So once he was in Spain he went into a bar and said very slowly "may-I-have-a-pint-of-Guiness-and-a-glass of -red-wine-please." The bartender answered equally slowly, "Yes-of-course-you-may have-a-pint-of-Guiness-and-a-glass of -red-wine. The man asked the bartender very slowly, "where are you from?" Very slowly the bartender answered, "From Ireland." The man then asked, "Then why are we speaking Spanish?" Another was: When you buy a cured ham do you ever wonder what it was cured from?Read more

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