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Aug 30, 2018 - Dublin

I am sitting at Dublin airport having a coffee with Chili. My bus doesn’t leave for an hour or so. Just to fill anyone in about Chili.....my goddaughter Ruby gave her to me years ago as a travel companion so she still comes along. She has even done the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race! My business class from HK is courtesy of my brother in law John who died Feb 1st and gave me his Qantas points. So here’s to John who was a very adventurous traveller......and very generous with his points. To think of doing that while he was so sick. Before I...

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Jun 29, 2018 - Dublin

Left Belfast yesterday morning making one stop on our way to Dublin, our final stop. Downpatrick is the burial site of St. Patrick. Yes THE ST. PATRICK. He is entombed under a large boulder on which a simple early version of a Celtic cross is craved with the name “Patrick”. St. Bridget and St. Columbine are also entombed with him. It was a clear sunny morning. We gathered around his grave and each of us had are own quiet moment with the three saints. We entered Dublin proud! With the Rocky Theme playing we recounted every “little” challenge...

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Jun 28, 2018 - No Luck of the Irish for us.

June 28 Thursday Today we woke up a leisurely time,bought 2 shuttle tickets to go into Dublin. We shopped for a shirt that would fit Chas, a Blarney Stone, and a children’s book. Mary needed booze, a pin, and Irish Christmas ornament. Terry & Don took our tour tickets for the day. So off we went successful in our shopping endeavors. Had a coke a piece in an Irish pub and ta da managed to find the spot where the port bus dropped us off. Boarded the bus back to the Brilliance of the Seas but the driver said he didn’t need to see our tickets....

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Jun 27, 2018 - Fairies and Leprechauns .....Wrong

June 27, Wednesday Dublin Ireland Our guide today is a woman named Cloder, which means babbling brook or never shuts up. There is the history lesson followed by a few facts that stick with me. The Celtics worshiped the sun,moon,and stars. The romans came, in those short skirts says the guide, and left because it was too cold. The records here start with the year 1176. The longest tunnel in the UK goes under Dublin. They also have the highest birth rate in the UK. We arrived at the Malahide Castle. It had one owner, the Talbots for 800...

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Jun 19, 2018 - Departure/Arrival

From Dallas & Austin, Texas, from Sugar Grove, Plainfield & Orland Park, Illinois 14 individuals came together on Monday afternoon at O’Hare International Airport to board an Aer Lingus flight to Ireland. They came to discovery a connection to past generations. They came to see the rugged natural beauty of Ireland, and for some, they came because . . . well . . . why not? This could be . . . well . . . let’s just see how where the next 12 days will hold for the these Irish Tourists. (Actually, there are 16 individuals. Paula & Frank’s...

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Jun 13, 2018 - Ireland to Iceland

Iceland isn't on this map, so imagine a line heading off to the northwest! We are in a little town called Stokkseyri on the southern coast. Tuesday, June 12 We got a late start today, first because the site didn’t open until 10:00, and second, because we went out to find a very low tire. I called the car agency and they sent out a service rep to put on the spare, and he recommended a tire place only about 5 km away. ‘You can’t miss it’ he said, and fortunately, he was correct. They had a tire in stock (leak in the side wall—one curb too...

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Jun 10, 2018 - Hop on hop off bus

Slow start to a Sunday, breakfast buffet was full of great Irish breakfast items. NEEDED COFFEE TO get the blood flowing. Took a taxi into the city to our first stop Christ Church. Lied our way into the church when tourist were not allowed but Bun decided she wanted to stay for services. Jeff and Pam had more coffee and viewed the sights while Bun enjoyed the pomp and ceremony including communion. From there we took the Hop On Hop Off bus tour through Dublin. First stop the Guinness tour, visited the Gravity bar and had lunch on the 5th...

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Jun 9, 2018 - Drive to Dublin

We are getting close to the end of our adventure, today we return to Dublin. Drove through the highlands of Ireland over the Wicklow mountains to the St. Kevin's monastery. Walked the grounds to the Abby and through the ancient church to discover that St.Kevin is the patron saint of DISLOCATED SHOULDERS! Maybe that's why Jeff continues to have problems, it's Kevin's fault. Had lunch in a cafe on the street then pushed Bun through the gardens at Powerscourt. The flowers were beautiful. Got back into traffic as we hit the outskirts of...

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May 28, 2018 - In search of a Gilbert headstone

Great first day in Ireland, arrived in Dublin without any problems . Dublin is beautiful but too many roundabouts and traffic is terrible. Jeff is getting comfortable driving on the left but hit the shoulder several times trying to avoid traffic. Went to Monasterboice cemetery for started at 945AD, many Cemetery plots and Celtic Crosses period Drive to Lurgan, then drove to Moira when we stayed in a B&B for the night. Before dinner searched for Margaret Gilbert family plot. found a random cemetery where we met two locals Who Knew of the...

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May 28, 2018 - Dublin

Saturday-Sunday, May 26-27 Linda and Aloha dropped me off at SeaTac and I met Ruth at the Icelandic Airlines counter. The lines were minimal at check-in and security. After a nice lunch, we headed for the gate and caught our full flight to Reykjavik. The flight was uneventful, and we enjoyed the picnic dinner that we both contributed to. They turned out the lights and closed the window curtains at about 6:00 pm our time to encourage us to sleep. We both dozed a little before we landed in Iceland after about 7 ½ hours. It was a quick change...

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May 25, 2018 - Dublin

We went to the Temple bar last night it had a really great CRACK which apparently means good vibe here in Ireland, funny, anyway had a few drinks and a very lavish dinner, wait for it!!! Bangers and mash. Sooo good ! This morning we did the Guinness brewery tour, it was really very interesting, we were given a pint to try.. I had mine with a little black currant , they say it takes away the bitterness!! Don’t think beer is for me. Geoff’s enjoying it tho. All the tours were over around lunch time, so just nice to relax and wonder around...

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May 24, 2018 - Dublin

Waterford to Dublin Started the day with a tour at the Waterford Crystal factory, it was so incredible, I could have bought everything in sight !!! It’s all hand blown and carved.. I did buy a necklace which is stunning!! Off now to Kilkenny to learn the ancient Celtic sport of hurling, should be a lot of fun.. similar to hockey I think.. apparently the worlds fastest game and they’ve been playing it for over 3000 years, we had a ball ! Literally! He got us out on the oval paying the game.. so bloody hilarious.. we loved it.. luckily no...

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