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May 27, 2015 - May 27th - Back to Dublin

May 27th - Back to Dublin We woke up today to grey skies but we were happy that it wasn't raining. We were leaving Fermanagh today and we had one last spot we wanted to visit. We were told about a lookout that is up high on an escarpment that has a beautiful view of the lakes and rolling green hills of Fermanagh. And in the distance, you can see the Atlantic ocean. We were told that if it is raining, don't bother going because the mist will make it difficult to see anything. We checked out of the hotel and headed up to see the view. As we...

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May 21, 2015 - Day 1 Dublin

Our first day in Ireland. Ooooh those narrow streets. Only clipped our side mirror, just a tap. No harm no foul. Visited Temple Bar area of Dublin. They must have more bars per Sq. foot than any city in the world. No one will ever go hungry or thirsty in this town. Lovely meal at The Green Hen. Mushroom spinach and walnut Gnocchi, with a smoked Salmon appetizer. I think I wore Phyllis out. She just asked me if I didn't mind if we don't go out tonight? Off to the countryside tomorrow and more of those lovely narrow roads. Ta Ta, till...

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May 16, 2015 - May 16th (2) In Dublin

May 16th in Dublin This morning we woke up feeling quite normal...our bodies had finally made the time zone shift. We had a good breakfast and headed out into the sunshine to walk to Trinity College which is the famous university in Dublin. Our purpose was to see the Book of Kells and the library that it was housed in. We had heard of them both but wanted to see them for ourselves. The Book of Kells is a manuscript that contains the four Gospels in Latin and it was written on prepared calfskin pages in about the year 800 AD. It is written...

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Apr 24, 2015 - Early Arrival

We arrived in Dublin at 5 AM with little or no sleep on the flight - figured it would be best to keep going throuhout the day but go to bed early. Found the Bed and Breakfast lodge where we left the rental car and took the city bus into downtown. Had a good Irish breakfast then started touring Dublin via a hop-on-hop off tour bus. Did quite a bit of walking to and through the Guiness factory where we got a free pint with our entry tickets. We also saw some of the National Museum of Ireland before finding a very quaint pub (O'Neill's) for...

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Mar 31, 2015 - Day No. 1 | Dublin

My first day of travel has been long and tiring. I think I'll be a little more cautious when choosing my next airline. Let's just say Aer Lingus is nothing special - small seats, very few movies/shows to choose from and a lot of people who think it's exceptable to grab onto the back of your seat every time they pass your aisle (flight attendants included). Although, I can't complain too much. I was lucky and the plane was only about half full, so I had a window seat with no one next to me, which was a lifesaver because my original seat was...

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Oct 3, 2014 - Dublin

This morning we woke up to a rainy windy day. This was just the beginning, before long we received a text from British Airways that our 11:45 am flight from Dublin to London was cancelled. This required some scurrying around to get a new flight which we eventually obtained at 4:00 PM. So we laid around until checkout as the weather was not that great, although we did venture out to Starbuck's for an Americano and a muffin at some point. Eventually we caught our bus to the airport, sat around there for 3 hours, had a non-eventful flight to...

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Oct 2, 2014 - Dublin

Our tour is over. We made our way to Dublin and checked into the Shelbourne Hotel on St. Stephen's Green. A grand old hotel that saw the likes of JFK, Laurel and Hardy, Greta Garbot and other famous celebs, including the Casey's from Vegreville, Alberta, Canada. After all, we must be famous as I was awarded the Irish Open trophy in Waterford as you may recall from an earlier post. We walked to the Garden of remembrance where the Queen of England, the first Monarch to visit Ireland in 111 years, laid a wreath in remembrance of those who...

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Oct 1, 2014 - Tour

This was the last official day of the tour. Left Killarney bound for Adare to view the village with thatched roof houses. I expected to see most of the buildings with thatched roof but alas it was only 3 or 4 buildings turned into shops and restaurants. Sadly just another ploy to extract money from us. Didn't work this time though. After lunch we made our way to Limerick, a fairly industrial City, to look at King John's castle and the treaty stone. King John's castle was a castle located on an island in the River Shannon. Sadly it was just...

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Sep 27, 2014 - Tour

Today was our first full day on the tour bus. We have met some very friendly people from the US as we are the lone Canadians. In my opinion, taking a tour is very much like taking a cruise but instead of spending time at sea you spend time looking out a window. Stops are usually for 2-3 hours and then you go again. Today we left Dublin and went to Waterford, the home of Waterford Crystal which has gone bankrupt twice and it's most recent reincarnation was in 2010. I can see why their products are so expensive as there is a lot of hands on...

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Sep 26, 2014 - Dublin

This morning we boarded the bus for our tour and went around Dublin for the morning. We visited St. Patrick's Cathedral which is just down the road from Christchurch Cathedral, both Anglican Cathedrals. Apparently the site that St. Patrick's sits on has had some sort of church there since the 5th century. It became Anglican when King Henry the VIII started the Church of England. Like all churches we have been in on this trip their are memorials to people, people buried in the floor and a beautiful war memorial. During our visit to St....

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Sep 25, 2014 - Dublin

We spent the day in Dublin before making our way to our hotel at around 4:30 to join our Tour group. We will be on the tour from now until October 2. Before joining the tour though we once again hopped on the hop on hop off bus and made our way to The Guinness Storehouse and took a tour. The tour covered 7 levels and at the top we each received a pint of Guinness for tasting. It was really quite a lot of fun and when we reached the top we could enjoy our Guinness with a view of all areas of Dublin. Of course I had to help Dorothy drink her...

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Sep 24, 2014 - Dublin

Today we spent the day in Dublin. Started the day by taking a hop-on-hop-off bus. This time we stayed on it until stop 22 of 24 and made our way across the Ha'Penny bridge, a foot bridge across the river Liffey. We made our way to Trinity College and took a 30 minute student tour. The college was started by a decree from Queen Victoria to teach the Anglican beliefs to those Catholic Irish. Today 17,000 students attend Trinity College from all walks of life and all religions. The College is steeped in tradition and one of those traditions is...

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