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Oct 9, 2015 - Walking Tour of Downtown Dublin

We took a day ( I think it was the 9th) and did a three hour walking tour of downtown Dublin. I would recommend the on-off bus first, to get a feel for the town, and then do side trips to where you want to go. We did that on a 2nd day, and the third day I went into town by myself. Eric took us into Dublin on the Luas: https://www.luas.ie/ and we followed a map walking around, receiving lots of help from the friendly Irish. We saw some interesting buildings, lots of history and got quite a flavor for the town. We took two other trips into...

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Ireland Travels 2015

Oct 6, 2015 - Traveling to Ireland

On Oct 6th we left for Ireland. We flew AerLingus: <> as it was one of the most reasonable flights, and also had a wonderful chair that converted to a bed for the night. We were encouraged to fly business class, and certainty glad we did. We were so comfortable, and treated wonderfully by the Irish flight attendants. We had great food....a nice rest and even breakfast (3 am our time), and as Ireland is 8 hours ahead, we arrived just about the time we left (October 7). We flew from Seattle to...

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Sep 17, 2015 - Ireland - Dublin

Time to say goodbye to Ireland and go back to England. So up at 4.15am to shower and finish packing before walking back into the city to catch the bus to the airport at 5.00am. We got to the airport just before 6.00am and went through the process of checking in etc. We had enough time to get some breaky and spend the last of our euros before boarding the plane for the trip back to East Midlands airport. Ryanair is a great low cost airline - with a turnaround of 25 minutes between flights. The flight back was 40 mins - we just got up in the...

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Our European/UK Trip

Sep 14, 2015 - Ireland - Dublin

We had a little sleep in this morning - not by choice - but because I closed the curtains up last night and they are that thick and heavy no light at all was let in. So we got up and happening and found a little cafe for a bite to eat and a coffee. We jumped back on the hop on hop off bus and Dave was able to take some better pics this morning. However it was bloody freezing on the top of the bus - so when it cleared enough - we went and sat up the front under cover - just in time too I might add as it started raining again!! The weather...

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Sep 13, 2015 - Ireland - Dublin

Up at 3.15am today as we are going to the airport and popping over to Ireland today. Poor George and Carl didn't get back until after midnight - now they are taking us to the airport - it is still dark - should I say the middle of the night!!! We get to the East Midlands airport at 5.00am and try to work out where we are going - there are so many people here it is mind blowing - this airport is really quite big. We say goodbye to George and Carl and go through security. Guess what - they were not happy with my handbag - it got pulled aside...

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Sep 11, 2015 - Driving out of Dublin

We took a taxi to the airport to pick up our car from Dooley Car Hire. Easy peasey, no problems. Got the extra tire and rim insurance. Really good idea it ended up! We drove out of Dublin on the freeway and headed south to the Wicklow Mtns. Freeway was great, but the secondary road was narrow, narrow, narrow, and very windy. Up into the mountains... and then it started raining. The scenery is lovely, very different, lots of small trees and grasses. What we could see thru the rain... Then disaster... we hit a really sharp rock on the edge...

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Sep 11, 2015 - More Dublin

We had the morning before we picked up our car, so we went for a tour of Glasnevin Cemetary, which was walking distance from our B&B. It was established in 1832 as a cemetary for all. Prior there had been nowhere in Dublin for catholics to bury their dead. Daniel O'Connor was a great statesman who brought it all about. He believed diplomacy would work against the British rather than rebellion. He is buried here as well the rebels who died in the 1916 rising. His spot has a 300 ft tower above, and a crypt below. It is supposed to be good...

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Sep 10, 2015 - Exploring Dublin

Took the Hop On Hop Off bus all around the town! A really good tour with lots of info and humour. These Irish people are alot of fun. The tour went by all the sights, big and little. Guiness Brewery, St. Patricks cathedral, Ķilmainam Gaol, Trinity College, the Spire, St Stephens Green, to name a few. We took a tour of the gaol. Opened in 1796, closed in 1964. The oldest wing was pretty dismal. The newer wing is the picture attached. You may recognize it from the movie In the Name of the Father, with Daniel Day Lewis. It was quite...

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Sep 9, 2015 - Dublin first night

Arrived ar Botanic View B&B to be greeted by an amazing woman, Bernadette. She is a whirlwind! She has 9 rooms in 2 side by side houses, and keeps each person or group up to date on where to go and how to get there and how to get back and what the state of the Irish econony is, and the best places to eat. We took her up on one of her suggestions and had a fantastic meal and traditional music. Kevin had Irish beef stew with mashed potatoes. It was sooo good. I had a seafood soup with guiness brown bread. Mmmmm. The music was amazing. A core...

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Sep 5, 2015 - Last Chance for a Guinness and the Book of Kells

Day 27: September 5th - Our Last Day: Dublin and Guinness Stout! After breakfast, we had to stop at the Hospitality Desk (Barbara calls it Hostility Desk) for a repair request to our bathroom. Someone else had a request to move because the heater was stuck ON. But it is a nice hotel, large room, with an alcove big enough for two wing chairs and a table (but still no face cloths, no clock, no A/C). We took off early on this cool morning, passing many iconic sites on our way. Crossing over a canal and its locks, we saw the home of Oscar...

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Sep 4, 2015 - Avoca Hand-weavers and Dublin

Day 26: September 4th - Avoca Handweavers, Glendalough & finally Dublin Well, I guess it’s time to go home. Today was Grumpy Day for Sue. Keep reading, it does get better by the end. It started off nice when we met a friendly young man from Uganda in the lobby before breakfast. He offered Sue his seat and we three chatted for a while about his dairy business. But then we got on the bus to head for Dublin, our assigned seats were taken. No problem, I thought. We’re in the next-to-the last row, we’ll just sit in the very back of the bus and...

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Sep 2, 2015 - Back to Dublin

It was back to Dublin and Cassidy’s, which seemed familiar when we returned. That night we had a long group dinner at Le Bon Crubeen (the good pigs foot) where we said all of our goodbyes to our traveling companions—folks that were strangers when we started and good friends by the end.

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