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Temple Bar

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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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  • Day6

    New Beginnings

    October 21 in Ireland

    Now I'm sure you're thinking "Wow, Kelley didn't post at all yesterday. She must not have done anything." Wrong. Not only did I wake up early and walk to the shop to get food, but I also had breakfast... and read a book. What a thrilling day. Really though, what occupied my time, was meeting my first cousin once removed and his family for the first time in my life. I took a taxi over to his house, because there was no way I would be late the first time meeting him, and thankfully found his house with relative ease. It was made a bit easier to find than most because it's made from shipping containers, and absolutely amazing. I don't know how most people feel when meeting a family member for the first time, excluding babies, but I was a little nervous. Fortunately, things went extremely well. I was welcomed in to their home, where I met his two children, and we enjoyed coffee and some cake all while getting to know each other. We spoke about our family tree; I think I surprised him with how many of us there are. After we all walked from his house and in to the main city center to go buy Halloween decorations for their house. Along the way we stopped in to say "Hi" to his wife, who was working at her family's shop, and I suppose to introduce me as well. When they realized I didn't really have plans for the day, they very kindly asked me to join them for dinner, and I most certainly accepted. From there we headed to a pub for a few drinks. While his youngest napped in the pram (stroller) and his older one was occupied watching videos on YouTube (fortnight gets you at all ages), the conversation continued to flow. After a while there, we headed back to the house, hoping to get there before the little one work up. Once we got back to the house we just spent time together chatting and, in my opinion, having a wonderful time. When my cousins wife returned home, with fresh cuts of lamb, vegetables, and potatoes, they set to work cooking... and wouldn't let me help at all. We sat down to dinner and I found that their young daughter was very concerned with vegetable intake, and kept serving bunches of vegetables to anyone who didn't have any on their plate. It was highly entertaining. Along with being fed well, we chatted the whole way through dinner an in to the night. I learned so much about my extended family, like that they're uproariously funny, and their life here in Ireland. Perhaps they were just being polite, but they invited me to stay with them for the rest of my stay in Dublin. I accepted. Well past midnight they called a cab so I could head back to my hostel and get some rest before today's adventure. With my plans constantly changing, I figured I had better see the sights I want while I have the time, so today I'm headed to Giant's Causeway on a bus tour. It's an all day trip to four destinations, two of which are apparently filming locations for Game of Thrones, but I'm just excited to see more scenery. So, let's see how today goes.Read more

  • 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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  • Day1

    Dublin

    October 2, 2017 in Ireland

    Arrived in Dublin at lunch time. Flight was pretty good from Dubai but it was good to get off the plane after traveling 30 hours from Townsville with connecting flights. The weaterr was sunny and 11 degrees when we arrived but it was pretty windy,. We had purchased a Dublin 3 day pass before we left so we activated it at the airport by catching a connecting bus to the city at Oconnell bridge at Temple Bar not far from our hotel.
    We are staying 2 nights at the Paramount Hotel in Temple Bar.
    The afternoon was spent checking into our accomodation and wondering around the liffy looking around a bit. We headed over to Dublinina which was located at the rear of the old Christ Church Cathedral. This was actually a great way to start as we found out about Dublin's early history and how it was founded by the Vikings. The Cathedral was on the way out from the Viking ehibition. A beatuful old church that had rooms below it dating back to 12 century.
    After leaving the Cathedral, we heeaded down and along the liffy just for a look and tried to find Jamiesons distillary even though it is closed for renos at the moment we thought we might find it. We were unsuccessful as Clin't map didn't have it shown on it so we will try again tomorrow. We were getting hungry so decided to head back to a place called the larder. Lovely little place that we stopped into before heading off to the hotel (we coulldn't find the entrance to hotel and Clint needed to go to a loo). I needed a cuppa tea and we needed to get our bearings. This is the place we went back to for dinner. It is a lovely little place and the food is good as well as the people very friendly. We had dinner there and the chicken wings were amazing as well as the steak very tasty and headed back to the hotel as we were starting to get a bit spent from traveling.
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