Anne & Tom Visit Ireland travel blog

Muckross House and grounds

Classic chimneys

Weaving studio and store

A wonderful selection of woven goods

Tom's new handwoven hat

No pictures were allowed in the house itself

Saying good by at the Killarney train station

Our track at the station

Back in Dublin at Heuston Station

A perfect rainbow at the end of our Classic Journeys tour

A detailed, day-by-day map of our Classic Journey

Our Hotel in Dublin - The Trinity Lodge

A government building

Double-decker bus

Jaunting carts are also in Dublin

A people-power taxi


The Guinness brewery dominates the Dublin skyline

There was a great deal of emphasis on natural, organic, and traceable...

Well, some things never change

Grafton Street - a pedestrian-only shopping experience

Classical musicians on Grafton Street

Fresh flowers

More shoppers on Grafton Street

It is a very busy street

Our hotel and the restaurant (George's) where we had dinner on Saturday

On our last day with Classic Journeys, we got up early so we could drive out to Muckross House, a Victorian mansion built in 1843 - and slept in by Queen Victoria too. The house tour was a wonderful insight into living in that era. One of the highlights of the house for Anne, though, was the weavers; workshop in the house, a group of eight modern weavers, Mucros Weavers, who demonstrate and sell their wares there. Anne insisted on being taken right back to the shop after the house tour so she could revel in the woven goods for sale.

Next stop was the Killarney train station, where most of us took the 11:50 train to Dublin, with a change of trains at Mallow , and arriving in Dublin at 3:15 PM. in plenty of time to get a taxi to our hotel and settle in before meeting Ed and Caroline, our English friends form the "Aranui 3" cruise in the Marquesas almost two years ago. They had flown over from England for the three days in Dublin and were staying in the same hotel, Trinity Lodge. It was just like we had seen them only the day before - we had a wonderful time, had meals together, and did some sightseeing both together and separately, since this was their third visit to Dublin, but our first. We all had dinner together at George's Bistro. part of the hotel and had a wonderful time catching up.

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