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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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Back to Europe

Jul 19, 2017 - Things we missed

You can't see it all. We came back to Dublin for a prison tour and Mo's appointment with a genealogy service, and even managed to see the National Archeology Museum. However, Duffy's Circus comes to town after we leave. In Sweden, we had to leave just before Midsummer Day. The Tour de France went though the region we were in, but it was ten days after we left. In Scotland, I had no idea about the Mendelssohn festival on the island of Mull. In Ireland, we missed Galway's international arts festival and the national plowing...

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Jul 16, 2017 - Through the Boyne Valley

Friday, July 7 Today we were returning to Dublin Airport to catch an evening Ryanair flight to Edinburgh, Scotland. En route, we stopped to visit the fanous archaeological site of Bru na Boinne in the Boyne Valley north of Dublin and the airport. It is a site of numerous huge grass-covered burial mounds which are some 5000 years old, older than the Pyramids in Egypt. The mounds follow a bend in the Boyne River and offer exceptional views of the surrounding countryside. The parking lot was packed when we arrived at the excellent large and...

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Jul 14, 2017 - Ireland

I used to assume I needed to travel overland. The growth of the low cost airline sector has changed my thinking. For this trip, we've flown KLM, Norwegian Air, FlyBe, and Aer Lingus between countries. All are low cost. All share modest service, nothing complimentary, and loading from the tarmac. I enjoyed KLM most because the flight featured the most perky, friendly cabin crew member who called all of us sweetheart. Our Glasgow to Dublin flight was without mishap. Not even much transfer anxiety. Our hotel, Barry's, has the distinction of...

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Back to Europe

Jul 6, 2017 - Out and about in Dublin

Up a little later than usual – 8:00! Then a nice breakfast and meet with the tour at 8:45. Alice comes down at the end as she wasn’t hungry. Off we go to downtown Dublin. Streets a real mess as they are putting I a new rail system through the heart of downtown. Bus made its way along and Juliann pointed out important places – the most photographed door in Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral, Trinity College, James Joyces’ house and many other things. About 11:00 we were all dropped off near the shopping district and the bus headed off. Alice...

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Jul 5, 2017 - Glass, cloth, religion, and Dublin

Up around 6:00 and pack up then down to breakfast a little past 7:30. Seems you had to be there at 7:10 or you didn’t get to order what you wanted so I had cheese, jelly, and rolls. Yum. Not too bad though. Alice came down and nibbled. Then on to the bus and off on our journey with George, a new driver for a couple days. We drove about ten minutes to the Waterford crystal factory and did the tour and watched folks blow and etch glass. Got to see several unique pieces as well. Seems they only do clear glass at this plant and colored glass in...

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Jun 9, 2017 - Day 14 (Friday)

This is the last day of the tour and starts with the trip to Blarney Castle and Gardens.  I didn't kiss the Blarney Stone, because it's accessed up a circular staircase of well-worn stone.  I'd done well with the knees since the last fall, and didn't want to chance a fall. The grounds of the castle, though, are really quite extensive and our stop was long enough to see the various gardens.  There was a Fairy Garden, with smaller plants, a Poison Garden, and a fern garden with a couple of waterfalls.  It being Ireland and spring, everything...

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Jun 4, 2017 - Day 9 (Sunday)

I woke up early again and went looking for breakfast, but nary a thing was open, it being Sunday and all, so I returned to the hostel and paid the £3 for what they had.  Turned out to be pretty good - included cold cuts, cheese, bread and butter and juice. I joined a couple of ladies at the breakfast table.  One was from Brazil and the other from Scandinavia, I think.  The Brazilian woman told me that she wanted to get another tattoo, but a good one in Dublin would cost €1,600.  After making some inquiries,she found out that she could fly...

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Jun 3, 2017 - Day 8 (Saturday)

Said my goodbyes to Jesse, Debbie, and Aidan, with thanks for the hospitality and travel planning. Got to the London Luton airport in ample time and flew the 1 hour over the Irish sea to Dublin, arriving around 4 pm. I found the Times Hostel, checked in and went to the room. I had booked one bed in a room with 3 other women, hoping that the other 3 would remain unoccupied. Unfortunately for me they were full for that night, but I was able to get a lower bunk. When I unlocked the door and flicked on the lights, I realized that two of the...

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May 2, 2017 - Dublin

From the Travelodge we caught the #13 bus to the center of town. We walked first to Trinity University to see the Book of Kells. It was 10.45a, the library where it is kept, did not open till noon! It was Sunday on a holiday w/e. Others were arriving too so we decided to be first in line. We needed tickets. Others had bought tickets on-line....for 10a, 11a, and 11.30a. The prepaid line grew. The "without tickets" line grew faster. By 12 noon, the latter stretched almost 3/4 of the way around the courtyard....and it was starting to rain!...

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Isle of Shamrocks

Apr 29, 2017 - Starting home

We thought we would be home by Sunday, April 30th. We arrived at the airport, and the beginning of the flight was wonderful. Two hours over the polar ice cap, a decision was made to return to Dublin, as a passenger had a medical emergency. So, two hours back, and then for two more hours we sat on the plane, waiting for a decision to be made. We then were told (2 more hours) that the flight was cancelled. We had to leave the plane, get our luggage, and then be rebooked on a new flight, and housed for the night. 300 of us. Needless to say, we...

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Apr 28, 2017 - Happy 73rd Birthday, Pat

Nice time together with our Irish family on my birthday. http://porthouse.ie/ Eric gave me a beautiful rose gold necklace. We started trying to come home on the 29th. Another story to come, no pictures.....

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