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Jan 31, 2017 - First leg - Dublin

Everybody is travelling for a different reason. Some people do it to see places, some to get out from the everyday life, there are the ones who do it for party and also the ones who have too much money to spend on anything else. I describe myself as an adventurous traveller. Don't really like big cities, I rather go to see the seaside, the mountains, the woods, jungles, anything involves nature. I like adventures, jungle trips, zip lining, trekking, sleeping in tents. I've done many of these as most of you already know but this is a very...

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Nov 21, 2016 - Athletic Prowess

Last day in Dublin, and a bit of a busy one at that. See, we had a plan for Dublin, and it involved certain things on different days. Unfortunately, winter changes a lot of the open times and dates around these parts. Long story short, we wanted to book an outing to go play gaelic sports, but they only operate on Fridays and Saturdays in Winter. Naturally, we arrived late Friday night and had already booked a tour for Saturday. So, after a bit of emailing back and forth on Alyssa's part, they agreed to do a special session for us anyway....

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Nov 20, 2016 - I can't feel my face

So, it is a balmy 30 degrees as I write this. Luckily we have grabbed food and are hiding down in the hostel basement, which used to be a hundreds of years old wine cellar. Very nifty. My face is recovering feeling. We took the opportunity to sleep in this morning, as we had nothing booked until 6pm. I literally did not exit my bed until after noon. It was lovely. Following the eventual exit of my bed, we got more bundled up than we did yesterday and hit the streets. We wandered over to Trinity College first and got in line to see the Book...

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Nov 19, 2016 - Nature!

Megan woke me up this morning and I glared at her. She's been the first to rise every single day. Very annoying. Sleep in woman! Anywho, luckily all three of our roommates decided to wake up at the same time as Alyssa and I, so we got to it. Attempting to dress as warmly as possible. We had to walk a little ways to get to our bus for the tour this morning, and there was some general sniping as we tried to figure out where to go. Streets once again are not clearly marked. They are only on street corners. And not all corners either. How...

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Sep 25, 2016 - Feet on the Ground, getting adjusted

25 September We arrive in Dublin just before 8 am local, 15-20 minutes early. Ireland is 5 hours ahead of the east coast making our arrival 3 am est. It was a very smooth flight although neither one of us got much rest. We did not get out of the airport until 10:30 which did not make many people happy. At the hotel, the rooms were not ready, not surprising, instead of being provided options, we remained at the hotel; just as we decided to take a walk our room became available so we freshend up. About 1:45 the group met and then departed for...

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Sep 13, 2016 - Dublin

Steeped in history and youthful energy, Dublin is a medieval city where the charming and cosmopolitan converge in delightful diversity. Fine museums and art galleries chronicle Dublin’s long and colourful past, while the pubs and cafes buzz with traditional and contemporary entertainment. Throughout Dublin city and county you will find an abundance of visitor attractions to discover and explore, from the most majestic museums to more modern centres of entertainment. Whether your interest is sport, history, art or literature, whether you...

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Aug 10, 2016 - Kilmainham Gaol

We pulled out of Dublin after we stopped for a tour of Kilmainham Gaol. Because this year is the centennial of the 1916 Rising, there is great interest in this tour since this prison is where the leaders were executed. Irish history is complicated, but as we keep traveling around and hearing the stories from different perspectives, it is beginning to stick. On the Gaol tour we learned about the marriage of Joseph Plunkett to Grace Gifford; later in the evening we heard a ballad called Grace which tells the story in a poignant way. They...

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Aug 8, 2016 - Dublin 2

On Sunday we took the morning to reorganize and move to our new hotel in central Dublin, the Busgrove. It is right across the street from the Archaeology Museum, so it is a great location. Our cab driver in to town was interesting; he has a brother in Atlanta who landed there because of a football (soccer) scholarship to SMU, met a San Antonio lady and now works in Atlanta in his own graphic design business. Our driver has a 12 year old son; they recently took a trip to Atlanta, Florida, and New York. The son got to pick what they saw in...

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Aug 8, 2016 - Dublin 3

I am loving the full Irish breakfast! We needed lots of fuel today because we went nonstop from 9 until 4. Buswell's Hotel is a Georgian style hotel on 23 Molesworth Street. The tour includes some meals, and it is really nice to start the day with a great breakfast right in the hotel. We met at 8:50am for our walking tour. No grumps and no latecomers are the Rick Steves rules. Our guide was Tom Graham, editor of History Ireland. What a trove of information interestingly delivered! We had a short walk down the street to start our day with...

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Aug 6, 2016 - Dublin 1

We arrived in Dublin on Friday afternoon, and after navigating to the car rental lot, dropped the car and took a taxi into the center of town. We decided to scope out the archaeology museum for Saturday since we were arriving toward the end of the day on Friday. Our taxi driver was friendly and helpful, but he did give us some incorrect information about the location of the tram we needed which added a good long walk to what we had already done. Good aerobic workout! After finding the museum and making plans for Saturday, we ate...

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Jul 25, 2016 - Dublin

We started today with a sightseeing drive for about 1.5 hours around Dublin city and Annemarie pointed out the main sights to us. She then armed us with maps and let us loose on our own to look around the city. Unfortunately we left Mum and Dad on their own to look around and at some point in the morning Mum was pick-pocketed. She was not injured apart from being a bit shaken up and we are so thankful that she wasn't hurt although it is a horrible thing to have happened and it could happen to anyone because the people doing this kind of...

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Jul 24, 2016 - Belfast - Downpatrick - Dublin, Ireland

We had a guided driving tour around Belfast this morning. We saw the "peace fences" that were built in some suburbs around the City to separate Irish minded residents from English supporters. One fence was three times higher than the Berlin Wall. Some have been removed and the government has reached an agreement that all of the fences will be removed by 2023. We also saw a lot of political murals on walls around the city. The artwork commemorated people who had been killed during the "troubles". We saw an old police station that looked like...

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