Dublin

Day 110 – Bog Bodies, rain and a great meal

Today was Sarah and My last day in Dublin. I think we were able to see and do a lot. we were very tired when we returned from the theatre and neither of us had an easy time falling asleep.  As a result the plan to get up and be out by nine was squashed as neither of us woke up.  So about ten we started to back up and get ready to check out at eleven.  we were truly dragging.

We ate at the little cafe down on Fishamble Street and then walked all the way to the wrong museum. … Went to the natural history first and when we saw all the stuffed birds and other animals we knew we were in the wrong place…  we managed to walk back around the long block to the Acheology and History museum and found the display on the Hill of Tara which was just wonderful and the Bog Bodies.  they were fantastic to see.  We spend about and hour there and we were both done with museums.  we walked over and caught the Hop on Hop Off bus over to where we were staying and stopped for a little lunch, potato leak soup,yummmm.  And then walked across and got Sarah some strong coffee and a snack and proceeded to go to the hotel to claim our baggage.  they just gave us the key to the storage room and told us we could get our own out.  I love the trust level of people.  heart warming really..

then as we were ready to leave the rain had started so we hustled down to the Citylink office and waited inside until the bus was coming.  we both slept most of the way back to Galway.  When we arrived it was windy and rainy so by the time we got to the apt we were soaked, at least the front of us.

after saying hi to Denis and showing him some of our purchases we changed to go out to dinner.  We met Thomas and his wife Marion at the Dail and had a wonderful meal and conversation.   Was somhappynthat I got to meet Marin and to see Thomas once more before we left.  he is such a good person and the university is lucky to have him working on this project.  so after a good meal, and great conversation we came back and we are all very tired,

the computer is not working well so I will upload pictures later.

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day 109 – We split up for most of the day but theatrical night

Sarah went off to see Newgrange and the Hill of Tara today.  so what was I to do by myself. we both had very good days.  I saw her off on the tour bus and the. Headed for Dublin Castle, did the tour there and wow, what a fantastic place.  there were rooms I swear we’re bigger than my house twice over.  I have pictures but cannot show you until tomorrow night.  the. I walked next door to the Town Hall to see their exhibit.  it was very interesting and they had lots of little films you could sit and watch. so I learned a lot about the history of the City.   I also had lunch there.

The. I took out the map and decided to walk to St Stevens Greento their Christmas Fair.   it was a nice walk over there and nothing seems too far away.  I was not I pressed with the Christmas Fair. Some of the same booths as in Galway. but across the street I saw the DublinCity Museum and went over there to take a look. I went through it, they have quite a collection of regular type items from homes in Dublin that people have donated.  and they have an entire room dedicated to U-2,  Their history etc. the old pictures were fun to see and to read about their beginnings and ups and downs.

As I left there I saw the Hop on Hop Off bus and went over and got out tickets and got on and went to St Patrick’s Cathedral.  it is one of those buildings that kept changing from Catholic to Protestant and back again depending on who was running things in England.  it is the oldest Church in Dublin. I got there just as a tour was starting and the woman giving it was so cute and funny,  We learned a lot and they are doing much there to commemorate those who died from Ireland in WWI and also I learned that .st, Patrick’s color is blue not green. Did you know that? I certainly thought he was in green etc but she said no. he wore blue robes and that is his official representative color.   I also learned than Jonathan Swift who is buried there next to his true love is buried standing up as is she because he was afraid that floods from the river would separate their caskets if they were buried the normal way.  ain’t love grand!!!  !

After the tour I walked back to the hotel to rest my feet and try to nap until Sarah returned.  she came back about 4:30 so we both rested a bit and then headed out at 5:30 to get dinner before the show.  we found a very old pub that served food and had a bit to eat and the. Walked over to the Abbey theatre to see ” She Stoops To Conquer”  It was great.  I thought the Abbey would be like Proctors Theater in Schenectady but itis not. it seemed quite modern. the show was terrific and we laughed and laughed, The cast was so good and I would encourage anyone in Ireland to get over to see it while you can.

We walked back to the hotel and ate a cookie and are trying to get things done so we can get some sleep. we figure we have about six hours to see more things tomorrow so are thinking we will get started as early as we can.

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day 108 – Sarah and Auntie Take on Dublin

No pictures today because I only have the iPad. I will bring it with me tomorrow and take some pictures with it.  we got up and made it for the 10:15 express bus to Dublin City. we both slept on the way over. there were a bunch of guys on the bus who must have had a grand weekend in Galway… the were full of chatter and laughter all the way there..

We got into the city, no rain coming down then.  first stop was for a coffee to go from a nice shop that sold lots of good looking chocolate things…  we walked over the bridge and down the Quays to Fishamble Street and up to the Harding Hotel.  we checked in and dumped our stuff and made up,our minds about a few things.  Sarah is going on a tour to Newgrange tomorrow and I am going to stay here and see some of the places I missed the first time. then we headed out to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells.  it was a nice walk down there and of course on the way we passed lots of historic buildings.  there was no line to get into the Book of Kells display.  it is so well done. I think we both really enjoyed it and then went up the stairs to see the library which is so big. it was gorgeous.

then we decided to head over to the Guinness tour.  I came up with the bug idea to take the hop on hop off bus, activating our passes even though it was late in the day.  first we waited at the wrong stop, oh well and then when we got the right one the fellow suggested stongly that we wait until tomorrow since it was late in the day.  I told him I really just wanted to activate it so we could get to Guinness. he was so cute, He said just stay on and take the die up there but then use the passes tomorrow and Tuesday.  I love the Irish, I was not surprised at all with his kind response. Typical of all the irish folks I have met.

So We got up to the Guinness Factory and took the tour. it was so interesting and I learned a lot and I also drank some Guinness.  the view from the top was fabulous.  I did not buy and thing in the gift shop because as you know I don’t believe in advertising for any booze companies.  if you don’t know that it is because I worked in the substance abuse prevention field and I am not anti drinking but don’t like doing commercials for them since so much is aimed at kids.  end of sermon….   it was a good tour and I really did enjoy it.

Then we started walking back towards the hotel. then we saw the sign for the oldest pub in Dublin, Brazen Head, We had a good meal there, I Had good fish n chips, and Sarah had a pasta dish.  We had a great conversation. I love how grown up she is and has such a good perspective on life.  her mom can be very proud of her.

We walked back to the hotel getting here around nine. I was ready to crash. we just finished watching the final show of the British X factor show.  Some guy named Ben won and as usual the last ones were all very good.  Now that I am done with the blog, I suspect I will be asleep sooner than later.

Will add pictures when I get back to Galway..

 

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