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Jun 19, 2016 - A Day in Dublin!

Today, we all woke up tired. We walked down to Trinity College, which was opened in the 1500's. We saw the Book of Kells, which are books on the first four gospels. They were copies by monks by hand and each page has beautiful illustrations with colored ink made from ground up stone. The artwork is phenomenal! We walked upstairs to the old library...oh my! I think I died and went to heaven! Thousands of VERY old books. It was my dream library!! We took a walk down to St. Steven's Greene and walked around the park. We saw a swan, which...

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Jun 18, 2016 - On our way to Dublin!

We woke up early to head to Dublin. First, we found a parking lot so Elizabeth could learn how to drive a stick shift. She only stalled the car twice as she was learning and I was quite impressed by that. She got the hang of it quickly so later in the day, I let her practice driving on a country road. There were a few scary moments (she says I overreacted!;)) but overall she did a fantastic job for driving a stick for the first time on the opposite side of the car and the opposite side of the road. I finally got the hang of driving in...

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May 19, 2016 - Dublin

Well have arrived in Dublin and the end of our wonderful,journey. We turned in our little Renault Captor sans any dents or scratches! Dublin is a beautiful city full of great architecture and history. We enjoyed a great city tour and got a good labor of the city . Would like to have seen the inside of the St Patrick and Christ Church cathedral but have run out of time and energy. We did get to see the book of Kells and learn how it was done. It is a wonder how those monks good do such minute illustrations with the lighting they would have...

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May 11, 2016 - Day 4----Dublin

We seem to be getting up later and later. I usually get up about 7 a.m., shower and head to breakfast. I bring Mom and Dad a little food back that they can eat as they finish getting ready. Around 10 a.m., we are ready to make our way ashore. From the boat, a taxi took us to Trinity College in the center of Dublin. It is the oldest college in Ireland and one of the oldest in Europe. I had talked about the Book of Kells enough that Dad decided it would be worth seeing. He sort of expected the exhibit to be just a book that we looked at and...

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May 2, 2016 - Dublin again

We picked interesting times to come to Dublin. Lots of activity remembering the Easter Uprising of 1916. 100 years ago this week, the beginning of the end of English rule in the south of Ireland. We visited the old Kilmainham Goal where the the leaders of the uprising were executed. We meet another Aussie couple today on the bus. They are from the Gold Coast. It was great to have a conversation with another couple.

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May 1, 2016 - Dublin

Made the direct route trip back to Dublin today. Staying at Harrington Hall, walking distance to the city., which we did this afternoon. Very touristy and it is a long weekend here at the beginning of summer so I suppose that doesn't help. We found a more local pub near our accommodation luckily, The Bleeding Horse established 1549. On our walk we checked out The Trinity College founded in 1592. Very majestic and humbling to wander through. We wanted to have a look at 'The Book of Kells' but were unfortunately too late.

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Mar 2, 2016 - Run doggies, run!!!

Going to the Greyhound Races was hilarious! The locals all take this sport quite seriously. I, however, was in giggles throughout my visit as I watched dogs chase a really fast electronic rabbit. I couldn't help but think that LaFawnda might even be able to keep up!? Maybe...? (She is damn fast!!!) I read through the program and had no clue what any of the numbers really meant so decided to simply watch the dogs as they came out & were introduced for each race, then bet on a winner. Nothing too complicated. The first race I bet on, I won!...

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Mar 1, 2016 - Top o' the mornin' to everyone!

Well I am glad to have been staying in Lower Baggot and my only regret was not staying there sooner. My townhome has been awesome and the people I met in my many travels were equally fabulous! I got caught in a hailstorm one day as I was walking to Dublin Castle so I sought refuge in St. Augustine & St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. I walked in as they were about to begin an 11am mass dedicated to 'the repose of the souls of our dearly departed'. Because I was in absolute awe of the beauty of this church, I decided to stay and take in...

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Feb 28, 2016 - Welcome to Dublin, Ireland

We made it! After a series of loooong flights, long customs lines, and delays at the hotel, we finallly made it. Exhausted, we went in search of Irish beer & Irish stew. Following which, we slept! (Did we ever!) Andy and I spent the next day touring Dublin together. We hopped onto the Red Bus (same company as in Cape Town - these tours are incredible!) and headed out to the Kilmainham Gaol (jail) one of the largest unoccupied prisons in Europe, covering some of the most tragic events in Ireland's emergence as a modern nation from 1780s to...

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Dec 24, 2015 - First days in Dublin

Well we arrived safe and sound at Dublin airport after 31 hours of travel Whew!!!! We were met by lots of people that we didn't know all dressed in funny Christmas jumpers. Picked up our car a pulsar very nice drove into Dublin only to get lost stopped to ask directions a lovely Irish man "hi do you know how we get to Parnell street" "yes if you go down here take a right a second left a u turn past the park then you will be on the wrong side of Parnell sorry love not sure how you get to the right side" very funny we stop again after asking...

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Nov 10, 2015 - We leave Dublin

We left Dublin on November 10. We had such a wonderful visit and will miss this green and peaceful trip. We appreciate that we had fairly good weather, a lot like the northwest, so nothing new to us. Our visit with our Ireland families was wonderful, and I know I will wish for a trip in the future to explore new areas.

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Oct 14, 2015 - Kilmainham Gaol

One of the most interesting days we had was our visit to Kilmainham Goal: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilmainham_Gaol David, a brother in law of Mary's gave us a unique and interesting tour of this Jail that we will not soon forget. Walt had a dream before we went, so he expected to feel the presence of a ghost.

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