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Apr 23, 2017 - Return to Dublin

We returned to Dublin, and had a lovely dinner with Mary's sister Helen. She is so generous with her time and her love. No pictures. Sorry. Met another one of Mary's childhood friends. It's wonderful to see lifelong friends. More common in Ireland, as families stay together more than in the US. Mary's family have been so welcoming and loving of us, and we so very much appreciate that.

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Apr 23, 2017 - Change of Plans

After some serious discussion, we all agreed that this was the time to cancel our planned trip to Germany. I was sad to miss meeting the Sonnenstuhl's and see the buildings of Germany, but perhaps someday in the future this trip might happen. All in all, the decision was a good one, and we enjoyed our last few days in the Dublin area with family. It's a wonderful country, and nice to see our family so happy there.

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Apr 21, 2017 - Cliffs of Moher (Near Doolin)

We had the thrill of seeing the Cliffs of Moher from a different perspective than from the top. This is one of my favorite places, and pictures do not do it justice. At the end of our day we started from the smaller edge, and moved along the cliffs. Again it was a beautiful day and the cliffs were very beautiful. https://www.cliffsofmoher.ie/

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Apr 17, 2017 - Howth Harbour

We had a wonderful Easter dinner with Mary, the family and Helen. On Monday, we took a road trip to Howth Harbor. It was a school holiday, so lots of families and children. It was a lovely day, and Eric's dog Aoife went with us. She was great. What a charming coastline and charming house, considered a suburb of Dublin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howth Originally just a small fishing village, Howth with its surrounding once-rural district is now a busy suburb of Dublin, with a mix of dense residential development and wild hillside. The...

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Apr 13, 2017 - Experiencing John Prine

This was an amazing experience. John Prine is a long time music writer and entertainer. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Prine He put on quite a show. we were in the 2nd row, which was a fantastic experience. I was not familiar with the music, but enjoyed the concert. Everyone else knew him, and really enjoyed, especially Walt.... The audience was fantastic. John is married to an Irish lady, and introduced her to us. So, Ireland holds a special place in his heart. The pictures are what we saw when we left the concert, and the T...

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Apr 12, 2017 - Travel

That wee green isle of shamrocks called to us....and we answered. After an uneventful 24 hours of travel spent meeting interesting people--a ukulele player from Merville, a father/son duo who make pacemakers and is a construction superintendent respectively, an Irani in Canada for over 20 years, an Afghani driving our shuttle (has for 15yrs), a young lady on her way to Dublin to try out for Riverdance and others--we landed smoothly despite heavy winds under a cloud-covered sky. We picked up our rental car....a Volkswagen Polo...and headed...

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Isle of Shamrocks

Apr 10, 2017 - Getting there

We made the > 12 hour trip on the 9th-10th and we are here with family,in Dublin. The weather is just like the Northwest. Getting settled in, and recovering our sleep. It was a nice trip, and we really have the routine down for Aer Lingus. Flew from Seattle to SF and then on to Dublin. Pretty nice flight, and avoided the east coast.

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Apr 10, 2017 - This and That: GPO

Between our arrival and the John Prine concert, we did a few casual things. We had missed the GPO last time, so took a bus into Dublin to see and experience it. It was in the core of Dublin, so we also saw the HaPenny Bridge. The PUB was later in the week. Good food, good company. Walt's T shirt had been designed by a friend of Helen's, one of Mary's sisters. It was a fun evening.

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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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