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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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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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Today was all local.

Tim has a tooth absess and is not feeling well, so he stayed at the cottage while Leisa and the rest of us went to Lough Gur's Visitor Center.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lough_Gur

Lough Gur, County Limerick

The cottage is so close we could have walked, but we try to preserve Jim's feet whenever possible, so we drove.

Lough Gur, County Limerick

We tried to take a walk around the lake, but were soon deterred by gates across the trail.

There was a group of some sort out on the lake in kayaks. Maybe the Irish version of Boy Scouts?

Lough Gur, County Limerick

They were playing bumper kayaks from what we could tell. It was apparently a lot of fun as we passed one of the kids who had been playing at one point and in typical irish gregarious fashion he told us all about it. He seemed to have fallen in, which must have been freezing!

The Path Less Taken

Around the Bend at Lough Gur

After our shortened hike we backtracked past the cottage, stopping to say hi to Jim's drafthorse friend.

Jim's Friend and Baby

She had a pretty little paint with her this time, who we assummed was her filly. Not a baby, but quite small. Leisa had an apple with her, which she fed to the paint as the bigger horse didnt want any.

Apple

Next we went to the grange stone circle.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grange_stone_circle


Grange Stone Circle

This circle was easy to access and you could walk all the way around, walk through it, and even got to pet 4 calves that belong to the farmer who own the land.

Leisa and Calf  @ Grange Stone Circle

Of course, the presence of the calves means you also have to pay attention to avoid cow patties.


Key Stone Grange Stone Circle

We made a small monetary offerring at what appears to be an altar or key stone. Sadly, I didn't have a ribbon to tie on the wish tree across the circle from the keystone.


Wish Tree

Next we continued on to the town of Limerick where we did some shopping. Leisa found an Arran sweater and scarf and a throwblanket in a little shop called Irish Handcrafts.


Limerick Mail BoxLimerick Busker
Church Street, limerickPlanet Life


We wandered through their market, and had McDonalds for lunch. You know, Irish beef makes McDonalds sooo much better!

Rowena schmoozed a fire captain she saw driving past to find out where the local firestation is.

Accosting the fire captain

We topped off the day with a really cool guuided tour of the Limerick fire station. I guess Byron tries to visit a local station in every country he visits.


TurnOutsLimerick Fire Station Tour
Turn out HelmetLimerick Fire Station
Limerick City Fire BrigadeEngine and Turnouts

The station had a memorial to a couple of firefighters whos parents or grandparents came from Limerick. After their boys died in 911 the parents or grandparents sent the memorial plaques they were given to the Limerick Fire Station.

911 Memorial Plaque

Christopher Pickford





We headed home after that and had tacos for dinner and we are now sitting and watching Angel on Sky.

We were going to hottub, but the wind is truly hideous out there tonight.

The following is the view from the front door of our cottage

Cottage gate
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Today was all local.

Tim has a tooth absess and is not feeling well, so he stayed at the cottage while Leisa and the rest of us went to Lough Gur's Visitor Center.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lough_Gur

Lough Gur, County Limerick

The cottage is so close we could have walked, but we try to preserve Jim's feet whenever possible, so we drove.

Lough Gur, County Limerick

We tried to take a walk around the lake, but were soon deterred by gates across the trail.

There was a group of some sort out on the lake in kayaks. Maybe the Irish version of Boy Scouts?

Lough Gur, County Limerick

They were playing bumper kayaks from what we could tell. It was apparently a lot of fun as we passed one of the kids who had been playing at one point and in typical irish gregarious fashion he told us all about it. He seemed to have fallen in, which must have been freezing!

The Path Less Taken

Around the Bend at Lough Gur

After our shortened hike we backtracked past the cottage, stopping to say hi to Jim's drafthorse friend.

Jim's Friend and Baby

She had a pretty little paint with her this time, who we assummed was her filly. Not a baby, but quite small. Leisa had an apple with her, which she fed to the paint as the bigger horse didnt want any.

Apple

Next we went to the grange stone circle.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grange_stone_circle


Grange Stone Circle

This circle was easy to access and you could walk all the way around, walk through it, and even got to pet 4 calves that belong to the farmer who own the land.

Leisa and Calf  @ Grange Stone Circle

Of course, the presence of the calves means you also have to pay attention to avoid cow patties.


Key Stone Grange Stone Circle

We made a small monetary offerring at what appears to be an altar or key stone. Sadly, I didn't have a ribbon to tie on the wish tree across the circle from the keystone.


Wish Tree

Next we continued on to the town of Limerick where we did some shopping. Leisa found an Arran sweater and scarf and a throwblanket in a little shop called Irish Handcrafts.


Limerick Mail BoxLimerick Busker
Church Street, limerickPlanet Life


We wandered through their market, and had McDonalds for lunch. You know, Irish beef makes McDonalds sooo much better!

Rowena schmoozed a fire captain she saw driving past to find out where the local firestation is.

Accosting the fire captain

We topped off the day with a really cool guuided tour of the Limerick fire station. I guess Byron tries to visit a local station in every country he visits.


TurnOutsLimerick Fire Station Tour
Turn out HelmetLimerick Fire Station
Limerick City Fire BrigadeEngine and Turnouts

The station had a memorial to a couple of firefighters whos parents or grandparents came from Limerick. After their boys died in 911 the parents or grandparents sent the memorial plaques they were given to the Limerick Fire Station.

911 Memorial Plaque

Christopher Pickford





We headed home after that and had tacos for dinner and we are now sitting and watching Angel on Sky.

We were going to hottub, but the wind is truly hideous out there tonight.

The following is the view from the front door of our cottage

Cottage gate

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