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June 21

New York

June 22

June 23

London

June 24   Travel,  Bankside Walk

June 25   Westminster

June 26   The Tower

June 27   Greenwhich, Piccadilly

June 28   Stonehenge, Bath

June 29   St Pauls, Death N Murder

June 30   Travel

Ireland

July 1  Slug a Bed

July 2  Blarney

July 3  Bunratty, Burren,  Moher

July 4  MizenHead, BarleyCove

July 5  Limerick, Lough Gur

July 6   Killarney, Ring of Kerry

July 7   Dublin,  Guinness

July 8   Dublin, Jameson

July 9   Dublin, my birthday!

July 10  Homeward bound

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June 21

New York

June 22

June 23

London

June 24   Travel,  Bankside Walk

June 25   Westminster

June 26   The Tower

June 27   Greenwhich, Piccadilly

June 28   Stonehenge, Bath

June 29   St Pauls, Death N Murder

June 30   Travel

Ireland

July 1  Slug a Bed

July 2  Blarney

July 3  Bunratty, Burren,  Moher

July 4  MizenHead, BarleyCove

July 5  Limerick, Lough Gur

July 6   Killarney, Ring of Kerry

July 7   Dublin,  Guinness

July 8   Dublin, Jameson

July 9   Dublin, my birthday!

July 10  Homeward bound

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We got up, got showered and got out the door exactly when we planned to. We walked the several blocks to the aircoach stop outside the tourist Centre/Church. The trek was amazingly easy considering all the luggage we were hauling.

AirPort Bus

The bus got there about 20 minutes later and took about a half hour to get to the Dublin airport, getting us there about 7:30 A.M.

Ath Cliath

We found our checkout counter after some slight confusion, and here's where the problems start.

# 1. Jim's ticket was booked under the name "Jim". His passport and license both show the name "James". the leap from "James" to "Jim" was apparently way to difficult for the security guy to make, and he gave Jim a hard time about the difference before deciding to let us through.

# 2 The lady behind the counter informed us there were storms in Chicago and our plane was delayed three hours. we were already there well over an hout early,so our wait time became somewhere around five hours. ACK!

We got a wheelchair and someone to push it for Jim, and went to our gate. We got some food and settled in for the duration. Did a little last minute shopping in the airport gift shop and we read. A lot!


Delayed

We finally got on the plane around 1 P.M. Irish time when we were supposed to have left at 10.00 A.M.

Take-off

My last glimpse of Ireland

We arrived at O'Hare at 5:30 P.M. Chicago time, went through customs (with the wheelchair and a pusher. yay!) and since the delays had caused us to miss our connection, got rebooked.

Great Lake

They rebooked us on a flight that was supposed to have left at 5:30, but due to the storms had also been delayed. At that point it was due to take-off at 7:30. It didn't wind up boarding until 9:00 P.M and there was a gate change involved as well.

...Into the Sunset

We arrived at LAX at midnight. Only 8 hours later than we were supposed to get there. Which meant instead of Jim's brother picking us up as planned, we had to get a Super Shuttle. The driver kept circling the pickup area til he managed to get a full van, and then he took us to Glendora, via Norwalk. I am geographically challenged, but I don't think that's a direct route.

From Glendora, where our car was parked in front of jim's brother's house, we drove home, arriving in Upland at about 2:30 A.M.

The next morning, I had to be at work in Diamond Bar by 7:30 A.M. I have no idea how I managed that AND got some work done.

There are no more entries in this journal. Typing in the whole day of travel a year later has been enough to exhaust me all over again. I'm gonna take a nap.
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We got up, got showered and got out the door exactly when we planned to. We walked the several blocks to the aircoach stop outside the tourist Centre/Church. The trek was amazingly easy considering all the luggage we were hauling.

AirPort Bus

The bus got there about 20 minutes later and took about a half hour to get to the Dublin airport, getting us there about 7:30 A.M.

Ath Cliath

We found our checkout counter after some slight confusion, and here's where the problems start.

# 1. Jim's ticket was booked under the name "Jim". His passport and license both show the name "James". the leap from "James" to "Jim" was apparently way to difficult for the security guy to make, and he gave Jim a hard time about the difference before deciding to let us through.

# 2 The lady behind the counter informed us there were storms in Chicago and our plane was delayed three hours. we were already there well over an hout early,so our wait time became somewhere around five hours. ACK!

We got a wheelchair and someone to push it for Jim, and went to our gate. We got some food and settled in for the duration. Did a little last minute shopping in the airport gift shop and we read. A lot!


Delayed

We finally got on the plane around 1 P.M. Irish time when we were supposed to have left at 10.00 A.M.

Take-off

My last glimpse of Ireland

We arrived at O'Hare at 5:30 P.M. Chicago time, went through customs (with the wheelchair and a pusher. yay!) and since the delays had caused us to miss our connection, got rebooked.

Great Lake

They rebooked us on a flight that was supposed to have left at 5:30, but due to the storms had also been delayed. At that point it was due to take-off at 7:30. It didn't wind up boarding until 9:00 P.M and there was a gate change involved as well.

...Into the Sunset

We arrived at LAX at midnight. Only 8 hours later than we were supposed to get there. Which meant instead of Jim's brother picking us up as planned, we had to get a Super Shuttle. The driver kept circling the pickup area til he managed to get a full van, and then he took us to Glendora, via Norwalk. I am geographically challenged, but I don't think that's a direct route.

From Glendora, where our car was parked in front of jim's brother's house, we drove home, arriving in Upland at about 2:30 A.M.

The next morning, I had to be at work in Diamond Bar by 7:30 A.M. I have no idea how I managed that AND got some work done.

There are no more entries in this journal. Typing in the whole day of travel a year later has been enough to exhaust me all over again. I'm gonna take a nap.
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Happy birfday me!


We got up earlier today. yay!

This morning we visited Trinity College

Jim in the Entrance to the Trinity College

where we viewed the Book of Armaugh, the Boof Of Darrow, and the Book of Kells.

We made a quick run back over to the Beatty library to get some free gifts that came with the Dublin Pass. Then over to Temple Bars cultural center for the same reason.

At that point we were getting grumpy(me more than him) so we went to a restaurant called the Shack for Irish Stew and Guiness Steak pie. Both dishes were faboo.

Back on the H.o/h.o over to Phoenix Park to go to the Dublin Zoo. It was raining (of course!)

Irish Ducks

so a lot of the aminals were hiding in their indoor enclosures.

Jaguar?

We did manage to get glimpses of quite a few though.

Irish Swan

The zoo was fairly empty, but it still took us a few hours to get around the whole thing.

Giant Irish Kitty Kat/Laddie

Catching Raindrops

After the zoo, we called it a day and headed back to the hotel to get everything packed up. We had room service, and were done packing by midnight. Amazingly, there wasn't even any difficulty getting the suitcases closed.

That probably should have told me things were going way too well....

TBC

Himself Down the Path
brassangel: (Sleeping beauty waltz)
Happy birfday me!


We got up earlier today. yay!

This morning we visited Trinity College

Jim in the Entrance to the Trinity College

where we viewed the Book of Armaugh, the Boof Of Darrow, and the Book of Kells.

We made a quick run back over to the Beatty library to get some free gifts that came with the Dublin Pass. Then over to Temple Bars cultural center for the same reason.

At that point we were getting grumpy(me more than him) so we went to a restaurant called the Shack for Irish Stew and Guiness Steak pie. Both dishes were faboo.

Back on the H.o/h.o over to Phoenix Park to go to the Dublin Zoo. It was raining (of course!)

Irish Ducks

so a lot of the aminals were hiding in their indoor enclosures.

Jaguar?

We did manage to get glimpses of quite a few though.

Irish Swan

The zoo was fairly empty, but it still took us a few hours to get around the whole thing.

Giant Irish Kitty Kat/Laddie

Catching Raindrops

After the zoo, we called it a day and headed back to the hotel to get everything packed up. We had room service, and were done packing by midnight. Amazingly, there wasn't even any difficulty getting the suitcases closed.

That probably should have told me things were going way too well....

TBC

Himself Down the Path
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Liffey reflection


Sunday morning we overslept.

Once we were up and moving, we tried to go to Dublin Castle, but it was closed.

Dublin Castle Entrance

We did see bits of it from the outside.

We also saw the Dublin Gardens, behind the castle. The gardens includes a huge round grassy area with a labyrinth laid into it in tiles. We watched a young boy following the paths with with glee.

Nap time


Next to the Dublin Gardens is the Chester Beatty library, where we were excited to find they had a disply of Leonardo Da Vinci's Leicester Codex.

Special Olympics Fountain

Outside the Beatty library was a fountain with a statue commeorating the special olympics.

Mama Irish Duck

A duck and several duckling appear to live in the fountain. I spent some time taking pictures of them.

Baby Irish Ducks

We had lunch at The Forum restaurant. Yummy soup!

Next we caught the H.O/H.O bus over to the bank of the Liffey, then walked a few short blocks to Jameson's Old Distillery.

1780 Bar

Our Dublin pass got us in for free. While we were waiting for the tour I had an Irish coffee at the bar in the Lobby. Since it was still rainy and cold that irish coffee went down really REALLY well.

Irish Coffee

There were computers with interactive family trees of the Jameson family. On one of those, I discovered that one of the original Jameson's (great?) grandchildren was Marconi, which I thought was pretty interesting.

Before running an introductory video, the tour guide told us that everybody would get to taste a glass of Jameson's at the end of the tour.

Discovery Bar

Except four of us. Those four would get to taste FIVE whiskeys. Not being a whiskey drinker, I wasn't going to volunteer for this, but at the last moment some impulse made me throw my hand up in the air, and she picked me!

The tour was pretty interesting, and I took a lot of pictures (of course!). At the end, during the tasting, I discovered it's not whiskey in general that I dont like. It's scotch. I don't much appreciate peat. (Except for a really smoooothe scotch GianCarlo gave me a taste of at faire recently).

Smelling

We still have most of a bottle of Powers Whiskey (which as it turns out is made by Jamesons) left. We had bought it back in limerick, because Tim said he wanted to numb the pain of his tooth woth it. He never touched it and we packed it to bring to Dublin with us.

Whiskey Tasting

Powers turned out to be one of the ones in the testing, along with Paddy, Jameson's, a scotch, and some J.D. After the tasting I got a cute little certificate saying that I am now an official taster, and I had tasted sparingly, so jim, who IS a whisky drinker, got to tast all of the tasters as well. Which assuaged my guilt that he hadn't been chosen. yay!

As I mentioned before, Jameson's is very close to the River Liffey, so after Jameson's we strolled along the Liffey,

Seahorses by the Liffey

up to the Ha'penny Bridge, which is the most famous bridge in Ireland.

Ha'Penny Bridge

I wanted to make sure that we had a chance to cross it. On the other side of the Hapenny, there was a picturesque little passageway with a lot of foot traffic.

Up the Liffey From the Ha'penny Bridge

I thought we should turn around and get to Temple Bar as we had made reservations to go on the Musical Pub Crawl which started at Gogarty's in the Temple Bar District.


Oliver St John Gogarty

(For any of you SecondLifers out there, this is the bar in the Dublin Sim that Keltish sometimes plays at. I wish I could get on there, but this puter won't let me)

Oiver St John Gogarty's

Jim decided we should go ahead and go see where the passageway led. I must of gotten very turned around somehow, becasue that passageway let out right into Temple Bar.

Dublin Busker

We went to Gogarty's to wait, and shared a bowl of some very nummy veggie soup and Irish bread for dinner while we waited for the Pub crawl to get started. The leader of the musical pub crawl/the guitarist, led us all from Gogtgarty's to the Ha'penny bridge Inn,

Ha'Penny Bridge Inn

where he and Alan the Accordianist played for us for an hour and discussed irish culture, music and instrtuments.

Musical Pub Crawl

They then led us over the Ha'penny bridge, and over to a pub called Brannigan's, near the millenium spire(a.k.a the stiletto in the ghetto). This pub had a bunch of movie posters all over the place because it is near the Savoy theatre. According to our guitarist (no, I can;t remember his name) movie stars attending premeires there would sneak out and go to Brannigan's for drinks during the movies. he also said that the bar has ties to the 1916 Easter rising, as some of the men involved in the violence at the G.P.O. ran from there and his out in Brannigan's. At Brannigan's they sang and played and told jokes for another hour.

Musical Pub Crawl

they told us a friend of theirs, Alan Doherty who played on the soundtrack to the LoTR would be playing with a bunch of his friends, just to please themselves, at Bowe's, a pub just down the street. Which is how I came to be sitting in a pub in Dublin, on midnight of July 9th, my birthday, sharing a cider with my husband and listening to a group of local musicians jamming for their own pleasure.

Bowe's
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Liffey reflection


Sunday morning we overslept.

Once we were up and moving, we tried to go to Dublin Castle, but it was closed.

Dublin Castle Entrance

We did see bits of it from the outside.

We also saw the Dublin Gardens, behind the castle. The gardens includes a huge round grassy area with a labyrinth laid into it in tiles. We watched a young boy following the paths with with glee.

Nap time


Next to the Dublin Gardens is the Chester Beatty library, where we were excited to find they had a disply of Leonardo Da Vinci's Leicester Codex.

Special Olympics Fountain

Outside the Beatty library was a fountain with a statue commeorating the special olympics.

Mama Irish Duck

A duck and several duckling appear to live in the fountain. I spent some time taking pictures of them.

Baby Irish Ducks

We had lunch at The Forum restaurant. Yummy soup!

Next we caught the H.O/H.O bus over to the bank of the Liffey, then walked a few short blocks to Jameson's Old Distillery.

1780 Bar

Our Dublin pass got us in for free. While we were waiting for the tour I had an Irish coffee at the bar in the Lobby. Since it was still rainy and cold that irish coffee went down really REALLY well.

Irish Coffee

There were computers with interactive family trees of the Jameson family. On one of those, I discovered that one of the original Jameson's (great?) grandchildren was Marconi, which I thought was pretty interesting.

Before running an introductory video, the tour guide told us that everybody would get to taste a glass of Jameson's at the end of the tour.

Discovery Bar

Except four of us. Those four would get to taste FIVE whiskeys. Not being a whiskey drinker, I wasn't going to volunteer for this, but at the last moment some impulse made me throw my hand up in the air, and she picked me!

The tour was pretty interesting, and I took a lot of pictures (of course!). At the end, during the tasting, I discovered it's not whiskey in general that I dont like. It's scotch. I don't much appreciate peat. (Except for a really smoooothe scotch GianCarlo gave me a taste of at faire recently).

Smelling

We still have most of a bottle of Powers Whiskey (which as it turns out is made by Jamesons) left. We had bought it back in limerick, because Tim said he wanted to numb the pain of his tooth woth it. He never touched it and we packed it to bring to Dublin with us.

Whiskey Tasting

Powers turned out to be one of the ones in the testing, along with Paddy, Jameson's, a scotch, and some J.D. After the tasting I got a cute little certificate saying that I am now an official taster, and I had tasted sparingly, so jim, who IS a whisky drinker, got to tast all of the tasters as well. Which assuaged my guilt that he hadn't been chosen. yay!

As I mentioned before, Jameson's is very close to the River Liffey, so after Jameson's we strolled along the Liffey,

Seahorses by the Liffey

up to the Ha'penny Bridge, which is the most famous bridge in Ireland.

Ha'Penny Bridge

I wanted to make sure that we had a chance to cross it. On the other side of the Hapenny, there was a picturesque little passageway with a lot of foot traffic.

Up the Liffey From the Ha'penny Bridge

I thought we should turn around and get to Temple Bar as we had made reservations to go on the Musical Pub Crawl which started at Gogarty's in the Temple Bar District.


Oliver St John Gogarty

(For any of you SecondLifers out there, this is the bar in the Dublin Sim that Keltish sometimes plays at. I wish I could get on there, but this puter won't let me)

Oiver St John Gogarty's

Jim decided we should go ahead and go see where the passageway led. I must of gotten very turned around somehow, becasue that passageway let out right into Temple Bar.

Dublin Busker

We went to Gogarty's to wait, and shared a bowl of some very nummy veggie soup and Irish bread for dinner while we waited for the Pub crawl to get started. The leader of the musical pub crawl/the guitarist, led us all from Gogtgarty's to the Ha'penny bridge Inn,

Ha'Penny Bridge Inn

where he and Alan the Accordianist played for us for an hour and discussed irish culture, music and instrtuments.

Musical Pub Crawl

They then led us over the Ha'penny bridge, and over to a pub called Brannigan's, near the millenium spire(a.k.a the stiletto in the ghetto). This pub had a bunch of movie posters all over the place because it is near the Savoy theatre. According to our guitarist (no, I can;t remember his name) movie stars attending premeires there would sneak out and go to Brannigan's for drinks during the movies. he also said that the bar has ties to the 1916 Easter rising, as some of the men involved in the violence at the G.P.O. ran from there and his out in Brannigan's. At Brannigan's they sang and played and told jokes for another hour.

Musical Pub Crawl

they told us a friend of theirs, Alan Doherty who played on the soundtrack to the LoTR would be playing with a bunch of his friends, just to please themselves, at Bowe's, a pub just down the street. Which is how I came to be sitting in a pub in Dublin, on midnight of July 9th, my birthday, sharing a cider with my husband and listening to a group of local musicians jamming for their own pleasure.

Bowe's
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Note: Dublin was so busy that I had no time to journal. I am writing this from the perspective of having been home for a week now.

Saturday morning we all managed to get up at an ungodly hour and get all our stuff intio the van. I slept through most of the drive back to Dublin. We stopped at a gas stationand I roused enough to go in to go in for snacks.

There was a major dogshow in Dublin Saturday and Leisa wanted to attend it and talk to a ladt who had written books on Irish Wolfhound breeding. After some confusion we dropped Leisa and Tim off at the fairgrounds, then found the hotel the four of them would be staying in before heading to the airport in the morning, so they could store all of their luggage.

Rowena and Byron then dropped us off at our hotel, The O'Callghan Alexander in Marion Square, near St. Stephan's green.

Welcome, Ms Noble

The link below show's you the exterior of the Hotel and if you click for the second picture, It's the EXACT layout of the room we inhabited for the next few days.

http://www.ocallaghanhotels.com/dublinmain/Alexander.aspx#

We were able to check in early and settled into our room, then had lunch downstairs at the "winner's lounge", which is the hotel's bar.


We got directions from the the concierge and then walked several blocks to the Tourist's Information Center.

Near The Alexander

It turned out to be a converted church.

Old Church/Tourist Office

At the Info center we got our Dublin CityPasses and picked up tickets that would allow us to use the Hop on/Hop Off tour busses plus all public transport busses for the next three days.

We accidentally got on the public bus once we were outside the visitor center and had to walk a few blocks back to get the Hop on/off bus. On the way we found the statue of Molly Malone.

The Molly Malone Statue

According to Declan (yes, another Declan) who drove one of the busses we rode, the locals call her "the Tart with the cart" among other things.

We took the Hop on/off bus for the entire circuit to get our bearings, and figure out what we wanted to do.

We decided to start with the Guinness Storehouse at St james Gate.

Inside the Guinness Storehouse

Our Dublin passes got us in free. It's a self guided tour so you can go at your own pace. The Storehouse is the second largest brewery in Europe.

Tasting Lab at last!

Along with our free entrance we also got a little plastic paperweight that has a few dropps of guinness encased insode it in a little bubble. Attached to the paperweight is a little tag. At the end of the tour you wind up several stories up in a room called the Gravity bar. It has clear sheet glass windows all the way around and a fabulous view of the entire city. In the Gravity Bar they take the little tag off the souveneir and give you a free glass of guinness.


Jim in front of the Entrance to The Guinness Factory

It was after 6 when we left the Guinness storehouse, which meant that the H.O/H.O bus was running at 30 minute intervals. we had just missed the one, and the next one was running late, so we got to stand there and enjoy the Irish weather for quite a while.


Ha'Penny Bridge


We caught the bus to the closest stop to the hotel and we saw the boyhood home of Oscar Wilde on the walk back.

Liffey

We relaxed a bit at the hotel before going out to find food. To jim's chagrin it was late and we wound up eating at a burger king.

It was THIS Big!


After a bit of wandering we managed to find our way to Temple Bar, dublin's cultural and party district. The link below explains:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_Bar,_Dublin

We went in a couple of bars to listen to music and the third one was THE Temple Bar. It was extremely crowded and jim and I would up standing in the doorway between two rooms getting jostled everytime someone wanted to move between the two rooms. I was in the midst of a bit of a meltdown as that many people jammed into such a small place was making me claustrophobic and I finally just about shoved my way outside to wait for Jim to be done soaking up the atmosphere. It was late and I was obviously overly tired, so we caught a cab back to the O'C. A. at that point.


Millenium Spire
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Note: Dublin was so busy that I had no time to journal. I am writing this from the perspective of having been home for a week now.

Saturday morning we all managed to get up at an ungodly hour and get all our stuff intio the van. I slept through most of the drive back to Dublin. We stopped at a gas stationand I roused enough to go in to go in for snacks.

There was a major dogshow in Dublin Saturday and Leisa wanted to attend it and talk to a ladt who had written books on Irish Wolfhound breeding. After some confusion we dropped Leisa and Tim off at the fairgrounds, then found the hotel the four of them would be staying in before heading to the airport in the morning, so they could store all of their luggage.

Rowena and Byron then dropped us off at our hotel, The O'Callghan Alexander in Marion Square, near St. Stephan's green.

Welcome, Ms Noble

The link below show's you the exterior of the Hotel and if you click for the second picture, It's the EXACT layout of the room we inhabited for the next few days.

http://www.ocallaghanhotels.com/dublinmain/Alexander.aspx#

We were able to check in early and settled into our room, then had lunch downstairs at the "winner's lounge", which is the hotel's bar.


We got directions from the the concierge and then walked several blocks to the Tourist's Information Center.

Near The Alexander

It turned out to be a converted church.

Old Church/Tourist Office

At the Info center we got our Dublin CityPasses and picked up tickets that would allow us to use the Hop on/Hop Off tour busses plus all public transport busses for the next three days.

We accidentally got on the public bus once we were outside the visitor center and had to walk a few blocks back to get the Hop on/off bus. On the way we found the statue of Molly Malone.

The Molly Malone Statue

According to Declan (yes, another Declan) who drove one of the busses we rode, the locals call her "the Tart with the cart" among other things.

We took the Hop on/off bus for the entire circuit to get our bearings, and figure out what we wanted to do.

We decided to start with the Guinness Storehouse at St james Gate.

Inside the Guinness Storehouse

Our Dublin passes got us in free. It's a self guided tour so you can go at your own pace. The Storehouse is the second largest brewery in Europe.

Tasting Lab at last!

Along with our free entrance we also got a little plastic paperweight that has a few dropps of guinness encased insode it in a little bubble. Attached to the paperweight is a little tag. At the end of the tour you wind up several stories up in a room called the Gravity bar. It has clear sheet glass windows all the way around and a fabulous view of the entire city. In the Gravity Bar they take the little tag off the souveneir and give you a free glass of guinness.


Jim in front of the Entrance to The Guinness Factory

It was after 6 when we left the Guinness storehouse, which meant that the H.O/H.O bus was running at 30 minute intervals. we had just missed the one, and the next one was running late, so we got to stand there and enjoy the Irish weather for quite a while.


Ha'Penny Bridge


We caught the bus to the closest stop to the hotel and we saw the boyhood home of Oscar Wilde on the walk back.

Liffey

We relaxed a bit at the hotel before going out to find food. To jim's chagrin it was late and we wound up eating at a burger king.

It was THIS Big!


After a bit of wandering we managed to find our way to Temple Bar, dublin's cultural and party district. The link below explains:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_Bar,_Dublin

We went in a couple of bars to listen to music and the third one was THE Temple Bar. It was extremely crowded and jim and I would up standing in the doorway between two rooms getting jostled everytime someone wanted to move between the two rooms. I was in the midst of a bit of a meltdown as that many people jammed into such a small place was making me claustrophobic and I finally just about shoved my way outside to wait for Jim to be done soaking up the atmosphere. It was late and I was obviously overly tired, so we caught a cab back to the O'C. A. at that point.


Millenium Spire
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Tickets obtained! L.A. to N.Y. via L.V. 36 Hours for a whirlwind visit to N.Y. A wk in London, then Ireland thru my bday!
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Tickets obtained! L.A. to N.Y. via L.V. 36 Hours for a whirlwind visit to N.Y. A wk in London, then Ireland thru my bday!

Ireland

Feb. 5th, 2007 05:58 pm
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So far I have managed to get the time off. ALL of it. Ireland has expanded to a week in London, followed by a week sharing a cottage in Ireland. Limerick I think. Then Jim and I plan on staying a little longer and spending my birthday in Dublin. I had to take a couple of unpaid personal days to take all that time, and I can't take any PTO days between now and then (aside from three that were previously planned), which sucks, cause I was sick last week, and had to muscle through the misery and work anyways, but It's Ireland! If I have to suffer, I'll suffer.
In addition to getting the time off I went and got my passport paperwork filled out on Saturday. Which is important, because I am also going out of the country on a cruise with Jim and his family(using two of those three aforementioned days). The cruise will be on April 20th, so cross your fingers that the passports come in quickly!

So far, things are going well. Next step is all Jim. He's got to get our airplane tickets.

Ireland

Feb. 5th, 2007 05:58 pm
brassangel: (squee)
So far I have managed to get the time off. ALL of it. Ireland has expanded to a week in London, followed by a week sharing a cottage in Ireland. Limerick I think. Then Jim and I plan on staying a little longer and spending my birthday in Dublin. I had to take a couple of unpaid personal days to take all that time, and I can't take any PTO days between now and then (aside from three that were previously planned), which sucks, cause I was sick last week, and had to muscle through the misery and work anyways, but It's Ireland! If I have to suffer, I'll suffer.
In addition to getting the time off I went and got my passport paperwork filled out on Saturday. Which is important, because I am also going out of the country on a cruise with Jim and his family(using two of those three aforementioned days). The cruise will be on April 20th, so cross your fingers that the passports come in quickly!

So far, things are going well. Next step is all Jim. He's got to get our airplane tickets.

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