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Apr 26, 2018 - Back to Dublin

After yet another breakfast of toast, cereal, fruit, yoghurt, eggs, sausage, bacon, orange juice, coffee and tea we start out to cross Ireland one last time. The drive from Doolin to Dublin is 3.5 hours. I loved that we encountered our first true Irish traffic jam on this piece of the journey. I have absolutely loved being here during the lambing season. See the photos of the cemetery. We've passed many, many sites like this but this is the first one with both an obvious road to reach it and a place to pull off to the side. My best guess...

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Apr 19, 2018 - Trans Atlantic.....in coach

Frustrated that I can’t make the maps do what I want them to do. Especially after I paid extra for the premium package so I could go back and edit previous trips. Something to work on later. I don’t fly any where near as much as I did 20 years ago. Last flights were to San Fransisco 2016 and Seattle in 2015. I remain astonished at the new systems airlines and TSA dream up and implement between trips. I especially enjoy the various ruses airlines use to maintain their on time departures. I’m also amazed that during the same period of time...

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Oct 11, 2017 - Budapest/Stansted/(UK)/Dublin

Wasn’t going to do a blog so soon after the last one but I reckon this is worth telling! Left Budapest at 4am in the morning, caught the 6am flight which was 40 minutes late arriving at Stansted Airport (London). Originally we had 2 hours to then catch the next flight to Dublin (tight but do-able), but now reduced to less than 1½ hours. The flight crew said we wouldn’t make the next flight. As the plane landed Peter (with me trailing) pushed his way to the front, apologising profusely and we were the first off. Ran to Immigration only to...

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Aug 30, 2017 - Day 19 Goodbye and Love to Ireland but there's no place like home

After 19 days, 11 hotels, 7 distilleries/ breweries, and countless visits to cities, castles and historic treasures we are heading home. Wouldn't have missed any of it but have to admit that it will be nice to be in my own bed and have some of John's home cooking. Bus picked us up at 6 am for our 9:55 flight. Michael told us we absolutely had to be at the airport 3 hrs before flight.Dublin airport is well organized with pleasant checkin, tsa and custom folks. Check in was an interesting process. After getting our boarding passes, We started...

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Aug 29, 2017 - Day 18 Back to Dublin and a visit Teeling Distillery

Leaving Westport my feeling was right on from the last visit here. One of memorable spots. Only regret is that we didn't have time to ride The Great Western Greenway that Dr. Moss raved about from his last visit to Ireland. It's a 4 hours bike out to the coast along beautiful pathways. I guess that's one reason to return. We drive from the west coast through the scenery in center of Ireland to Dublin on the east coast. About a 3 hours drive. This scenery is getting very familiar. We'll visit Teeling Distillery, Dublin’s newest distillery in...

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Aug 23, 2017 - Day 12 Last day on our own in Dublin; welcome our new travel mates

We're to meet the CIE bus and jump aboard to start the day with the Jameson tour. It was great to see friendly faces although they looked tired from their plane ride. Real troopers without even checking into their rooms or brushing their teeth. Jameson's was a good tour and John decides to buy his special gift. Many of the group will walk back to the hotel we opt for a taxi. We'll meet with our city tour guide at 2 for the bus ride through the city and our Guiness tour. Even though we had a quick tour with Michael earlier this tour was...

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Aug 22, 2017 - Day 11 in Dublin move to Croke Park Hotel

Today we'll move to the south side to the Croke Park hotel where we'll meet our new group. Can't say we'll miss the Talbot Hotel Stillorgan and our noisy room on the busy road in front of the hotel. With check out time at noon, we head off for a walk in the neighborhood. I can quickly tell why Michael described this as the snooty part of town. Nice homes and well kept yards with some palm trees. Can't believe the palms but I guess since Ireland doesn't freeze over due to the warm Atlantic drift they have wonderful environment in which to...

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Aug 21, 2017 - Day 10 Dublin and getting comfortable

We wake up and the sunny is actually shining .... No rain. Really getting a bit tired of the full Irish breakfast as they call it. Someone is there to actually make eggs so I can have a soft yoke. I realize how much I miss my routine of fruit shakes at home.After breakfast we head back to the room for a short nap. Our clothes are off to be laundered so strange the feeling of turning over nearly all of your clothes stuffed in a couple of bags. We decide today to visit Trinity University Library and the Book of Keels. The line looked very...

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Aug 20, 2017 - Day 9 Dublin on our own

After saying goodbye to our group and some new friends we begin to get to know Dublin on our own. We decide to have the hotel launder own clothes primarily because we can't locate a laundermatt anywhere near us. It's raining again and while this dampens our mood we decide to just get out and brave it. It's easy to spot the folks living versus visiting first because the take the rain in stride and secondly they don't have their faces glued to ia map. The bus has been less scary the last two days as we now know to get off at Nassau or Dawson...

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Aug 19, 2017 - Day 8 Dublin and Glasnevin Museum

We start off our day on a tour around the city with our tour guide Michael around O'Connell St. The doors off the apartments are brightly colored. The neighborhoods are typical of larger cities with some exclusive neighborhoods. The city is extradinarily clean. I remember that we had gotten a call from Tom so I quickly calculate the time change and call him from the bus. Oops, I calculated wrong it's 4 AM in New Jersey. I apologize and promise to call later. Knowing we will be in Dublin the next few days on our own I try to remember the...

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Jul 23, 2017 - Dublin and Home

After visiting the Scottish National Museum, we headed for the airport for our return to Dublin. Unfortunately, the smallish security area was packed and, to complicate matters, most of our carry on bags were flagged for further inspection. The problems primarily were multiple small bags of liquids in one or two suitcases instead of being distributed amongst all of us. This delayed us by 20 minutes or longer and by the time we hiked to the Ryanair gate at the very far end of the terminal (trust Ryanair not to pay for convenient locations),...

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Jul 20, 2017 - Airport check-in

We had exactly seventeen steps from the B&B door to the bus stop for the airport, and Bus 16 appeared in about 90 seconds. At the airport, we lined up with our fellow sheep. Just before the ticket counter we had the old fashioned "who packed your bags" questions, followed by tickets and bag check. We then had an Irish bag scan, complete with passport check. I had an item confiscated for maybe the first time: a tiny Swiss Army knife with handy scissor feature. Somehow, it had managed to elude capture when we did our world trip and the four...

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