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Viking Barbeque

Posted by Jen on Jun-5-2010

Ivan only slept about 4 hours when he woke up on June 3, 2010.  I woke up late.  It was great to sleep in. 

Ivan, Lil Dave and I went to lunch at Kylemore.  Ivan and I shared the good mixed vegetable soup.  We both got chicken, onion and guacamole on a multi-grain baguette  Lil Dave got a banana and peanut butter sandwich.  The food was great.

We walked around Grafton Street.  There wasn’t much there though.  Some of the shops are high end, but the street is mixed with all types of stores (like Boots and Foot Locker) so the street isn’t that fancy.

Ivan thought we should have some tea.  I was feeling weak.  I think it’s because I’m used to eating so much and at certain times.  We pretty much had a set schedule when we were on the Paddy Wagon Tours bus.  We had tea at Bewley’s Cafe.  Ivan had a Gold Blend tea.  I got the Irish Breakfast tea.  Dave was sad that the cafe didn’t have a banana tea.  So, he bought a banana juice from a store nearby.  The tea was good.

Ivan wasn’t sure what we should do next.  We’ve already explored much of Dublin.  Ivan thought we should do the Viking Splash Tours.  So, we walked to the Dublin Tourism Office.  Ivan booked the tour there.

We walked to the bus stop.  There was a DUCW already there. A DUCW is a WWII vehicle that can go in the water.  One of the guides told us that we were on the next DUCW. 

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We boarded the DUCW for the Viking Splash Tour.  Our guide was a funny guy.  If we wanted to, we could wear Viking hats.  The guide taught us to put our hands in the air, make a mean face and scream.  We would be doing this to people walking in the street. 

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We started driving and seeing the sights of Dublin.  The vehicle stalled once.  It got going right away, so we thought that was the end of the car troubles.  But, we were wrong.  The DUCW stalled later on.  It was lucky we were near the mechanic shop.  It only took a few minutes for somebody to come.  We had to switch vehicles though. 

Our guide took us around Dublin to places like St. John’s Cathedral, Bank of Ireland, The Spire, the Birthplace of Oscar Wilde, and Trinity College. 

We stopped and everybody in the group had to put on life vests.  Also, a few men put floats on the DUCW.  The guide drove us into The Grand Canal.  We saw the U2 Recording Studios and Grand Canal Theatre. 

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It was a great tour.  The guide was so funny.  I liked screaming at people passing by.  I highly recommend it, if you’re ever in Dublin.

We walked to Temple Bar to find Mongolian Barbeque.  We were just in time for the early bird special.  It was €17.99 per person.  It included the all-you-can eat Mongolian grill, salad bar, a bowl of rice and a glass of wine. 

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We gathered up our ingredients and then the cook grilled it up.  It was quite tasty.  Too bad the restaurant was out of fish and tofu. 

We walked back to the hotel.  We chilled for the night watching tv and using the internet.

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Kilkenny and Guinness

Posted by Jen on Jun-4-2010

Ivan, Lil Dave and I had to wake up even earlier on June 2, 2010.  We had a quick breakfast.

We were picked up by the bus at 8:30 am.  It was the last day of our Paddy Wagon bus tour.  We drove to the small city Kilkenny.

We walked around the High Street trying to find a place for lunch.  Ivan and I found a cheap place for sandwiches and wraps.  We ate at Nostalgia Cafe.  I had a chicken, onion, lettuce and egg wrap.  Lil Dave had a banana salad wrap.  Ivan had a vegetable soup and a tuna sandwich.  The food was alright.

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We sat down in the big grass area which is next to Kilkenny Castle.  I was so happy that it was another sunny day.

We met up with the group on the bus.  We drove to Dublin.  The group was going to visit the Guinness Storehouse.  It’s not a brewery tour, but actually a museum. You do learn about how Guinness is made.  But, you don’t actually see it being made or bottled.  It’s not worth the admission price of €15.  It didn’t cost us anything since it was included with the Paddy Wagon tour.  We also saw advertising.

At the top, there’s a Gravity Bar.  Here we got a free pint of Guinness.

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Ivan and I each got a pint.  The view of Dublin was great.  We talked a bit with some of the people from the group.

We piled on the bus.  Our guide Martin dropped people off.  We got off at O’Connell Street.

We had a good time on the Paddy Wagon Tours bus.  We didn’t really talk that much with the rest of the group.  They were all nice though.  Our guide was nice, but he wasn’t really that lively.  It was good craic (good times) during our bus tour.

Ivan checked us in to the Best Western Academy Premiere Hotel. We liked it before and it had fast free internet.

We walked to Temple Bar for dinner.  We ate at an Italian restaurant called Il Vicoletto.  Lil Dave got a banana penne with a tomato sauce.  Ivan and I shared a four course meal.  Our appetizer was a tasty pear, salmon and rocket dish drizzled with balsamic vinegar.  Our next course was a mild tasting spinach and ricotta ravioli with vegetables.

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The main course was chicken with herbs and vegetables on the side.  It was delicious.  Dessert was pears with mint chocolate chip ice cream.  It was a really good meal!

We walked to the Savoy Theatre.  We watched the funny movie She’s Out of My League.

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Horse Ride and the Blarney Stone

Posted by Jen on Jun-3-2010

Ivan, Lil Dave and I had to wake up early on June 1, 2010.  We had breakfast in the B&B.  We packed everything up and took our bags to the front door.  The Paddy Wagon tour bus picked us up at 9 am.

We were driven to the hostel where part of the group were staying at.  The Australian girls were already seated in a jaunty car.  It’s a one-horse cart.

A few minutes passed and another jaunty car came.  We hopped on and then we were off.

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Our driver and guide was an Irish guy.  He was taking us for a horse ride through Killarney National Park.  We were so lucky that it was a sunny and warm day.

It was really pretty in the park.  We saw a few deers.  Our guide was funny and told us about the park.

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We saw lakes and Ross Castle.  It was a good horse ride.

We got on the bus and started driving.  We reached Blarney Castle.

Ivan, Lil Dave and I climbed the steep steps of Blarney Castle.

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I didn’t know that The Blarney Stone was on the top floor of the castle.  You can stop in different rooms of the castle.  But, there’s nothing in each room.

We reached the top.  Ivan thought they’d be a long line, but there wasn’t.  Lil Dave didn’t want to kiss it.  I told him that if he wants to own a restaurant it would be important to know how to communicate with people.  So, the gift of the gab for 7 years would be helpful.  Lil Dave kissed it first.  The guy had to hold on to him since he couldn’t really reach the railings.

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I went next.  Since I’m so short (not even 5 foot!), I had to go really low and hold on to the railing.  I was afraid that I might fall.  Ivan kissed it next.  He told me later that it tasted like lipstick.  I didn’t think it tasted like anything at all.

Ivan and Lil Dave were hungry, so we went searching for a restaurant.  Our guide Martin told us where to go earlier.

We ended up having lunch at Blarney Woollen Mills Restaurant.  Ivan got salmon with 3 salads.  Lil Dave had cous cous with bananas.  I had a coronation chicken sandwich.  Coronation chicken is curry chicken with sultanas.  Ivan says it used to popular in the 1980’s in England, but now it’s considered old-fashioned.  We had a great meal.

We went back on the bus.  Our next stop was Kinsale.  We went to Charles Fort which is a 15th century star shaped fort.  We walked around the small town.

We started driving again.  We arrived in Cork City.  Some of the group was staying at the Kinlay House Hostel.  The B&B was actually a house right in front of the hostel.  There was an Indian man in our group complained since he had a small room and his bathroom door wouldn’t shut.  The Indian man and his wife moved to a hotel.  Our room actually had a double bed and two single beds.  Lil Dave was happy to have a bed to sleep on.  The house wasn’t like a B&B, just a house that serves breakfast in the morning.

Ivan asked an employee at the hostel about restaurant recommendations.  He said there’s a street full of restaurants and bars.

Lil Dave decided to chill in the room and eat his banana and honey baguette he bought in Kinsale.  Ivan and I walked into the city.  We found the street that the guy told Ivan about.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t much there.  Everything seemed to be closed or looked empty inside.

We headed to a restaurant that Ivan saw earlier.  The food was expensive at Louis Malones.  But, we didn’t have much of a choice.  There was an Indian restaurant next door,  I didn’t feel like Indian since we had it last night.

Our appetizer was salsa with bread to start.  The salsa wasn’t very flavorful.

We were happy that our dishes were big.  We really enjoyed the calzone mezzaluna which contains goats cheese, tomato, spinach, mozzarella and pine nuts.  We also liked the famous spicy island chicken.  It was a delicious meal.

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Ring of Kerry

Posted by Jen on Jun-2-2010

Ivan, LIl Dave and I went down for breakfast.  Ivan and I each got scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and toast.  We also had the tasty granola cereal as well.  Lil Dave had bananas on toast.

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We were picked up by the Paddy Wagon Tours bus at 10 am.  It was another overcast day. 

We drove around the Ring of Kerry (The County of Kerry, Ireland).  Our first stop was the Gap of Dunloe.  The sun came out.  The walk to the lookout took about 20 minutes. 

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There’s a beautiful view of two lakes.  We saw a happy horse.  Further along, we saw a cute sheep.  Ivan and I petted the sheep.  The sheep’s coat was very soft.

We walked back to the bus.  It was time for more driving. 

The bus stopped in Kenmare for lunch.  We checked out all the restaurants first before making a decision.

We sat down at The Horseshoe Restaurant.  Ivan and I shared a good potato and chervil soup.  Ivan had the open face chicken sandwich.  Lil Dave got fried bananas with chips.  I had a great warm chicken wrap with peppers and lettuce.

We drove around some more.  Our guide Martin tells us about Ireland and the places we visit while he drives the bus.  We stopped a few times to take pictures of the lakes.

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Our last stop was the Torc Waterfall.  It’s really pretty.  It’s only a short 5 minute walk to the waterfall.  The trees were all covered in moss.

We arrived at the Rivermere House B&B at 4:10 pm.  Ivan and I used the internet.

We walked into the town centre for dinner.  We went to the Indian restaurant Bombay Palace.   

Ivan and I shared the Aloo Tiki to start off with.  We enjoyed the papadums with the three sauces.  Lil Dave liked the papadums with a banana chutney.

Lil Dave had a mild curry with bananas and chicken.  Ivan and I had a good meal with chicken jalfrazi, chicken tikka tandoori, chapati and rice.  It was really good meal.  We were glad to have something other than pub food – which we’ve been having a lot of lately during this bus tour. 

We wanted to find live music.  We went into Courtney’s.  It’s a bar with great decor inside.  Ivan ordered two red wines and a banana juice for Lil Dave.  We sat down.  A few minutes later, the band was setting up.

The band was playing folk music.  We decided to leave Courtney’s and find something else.

We checked out one bar but it was very touristy there.  The music was alright.  It started raining real hard outside.

We went to O’Connor’s.  An older lady and man were playing.  The lady was playing the guitar and singing.  The man was playing the accordion.  The music was traditional Irish music.  You couldn’t hear the lady very well since they only had a microphone hanging from the ceiling.  It sounded good though. 

The man asked if we wanted to play the wooden spoons, but we declined.  A Canadian guy played the wooden spoons which sounded like a horse trotting along.  The lady played the banjo.  She told the Canadian guy to play the guitar.  He was okay.  Ivan played the wooden spoons.  He sounded great!  Later on, I played the shaker.  Lil Dave played the shaker too.  He also liked dancing around on the table.  The tourists didn’t like it because he spilled a few drinks. 

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Ivan really got into playing the wooden spoons.  He ended up with a big bruise on his thigh from hitting the spoons against it.  We had fun listening to the music and participating.

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Dingle and Killarney

Posted by Jen on Jun-1-2010

Ivan and I had a vegetarian Irish breakfast.  It consisted of toast, two pieces of Cheddar cheese, tomatoes and a poached egg.  We ate everything except the tomatoes.  We don’t like raw tomatoes.  Lil Dave had some banana cornflakes and toast with bananas on top.

The Paddy Wagon Tours bus picked us up shortly after 10 am.   We drove around a lot.  We went around Slea Head. 

Our guide Martin told us about a stone.  He said it was either a Fertility Stone, a mass grave or a secret meeting place for Catholics (at a time when Catholicism was banned).

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It was a cold and rainy day.  We drove next to Dingle Peninsula. 

We went to lunch at Dingle Bay Hotel.  We shared a vegetable soup.  Vegetable soup seems to very popular in Ireland.  Ivan had an open face salmon sandwich.  I had a great goats cheese, red onion and red pepper panini.  Lil Dave got a banana, chicken and avocado tart.

We walked around Dingle Peninsula. 

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It’s a fishing village.  There’s a dolphin that lives in Dingle Bay named Fungi.  He loves to interact with people.  Fungi has been living there since 1984.  He’s an independent dolphin that finds his own food – he never accepts fish that is thrown to him.

The group piled on to the bus.  We drove to Killarney, Ireland.  We checked in at the Harmony Inn Rivermere House.  It’s a nice B&B.  Unfortunately, we got a room on the third floor which is far from the router – so we don’t get internet access.

We went to the Reception area so we could use the free wi-fi.  

Ivan wanted to walk around Killarney before dinner.  It didn’t seem like anything was still open though.  So, we headed to The Lough Inn for a drink.  The gorup would be meeting here in 30 minutes time for dinner. 

Ivan and I got a Kopparberg Strawberry & Lime cider.  It goes down easy since it tastes like a sweet juice.

We sat down with the group.  Ivan and I ordered red pepper and tomato soup, a salmon dish with crab on top with a creamy sauce and a prawn and avocado salad.  Ivan liked the soup, I thought it was alright.  The salmon dish was good while the salad was pretty plain.  Lil Dave had a open face banana sandwich with a salad.

There was a guy playing a guitar, keyboard and singing.  He sang pretty good.  He didn’t do good on Robbie William’s Angel song. 

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But, he sang Cat Stevens’ Wild World really good.

We thought we should head back to the B&B.  We used the internet in the Reception and then we went upstairs to get to bed.

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A Wish, The Cliffs and Irish Music

Posted by Jen on May-31-2010

Ivan and I had breakfast at the Aaron House B&B on May 29, 2010.  We had baked beans, over medium eggs with toast and tea.  Lil Dave had bananas on toast.

We got picked up by the green Paddy Wagon bus at 10:05 am.

We started driving.  Our first stop was Corcomroe Abbey.

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It was nice there.  I saw lots of graves there.

We drove even more.  Our guide Martin said we had to make a wish at the wishing well.  Martin said we have to stand on a stone and face away from the well.  You hold the coin in your right hand and throw it over your left shoulder while you make your wish.  The coin must land in the water.  If it doesn’t land in the water, the opposite of your wish will come true instead.  I made a wish.

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I was worried that my coin didn’t make it into the water.  But, one of the girls said that it had.  Lil Dave made a wish and I’m sure you can guess what he wished for.  Yes, that’s right, more bananas!

The day was mostly overcast.

We stopped in a small place called Doolin.  It was time for lunch at Fitzpatrick’s Bar.  All the tour buses were there since it was the only restaurant open for lunch.  Ivan got into line.  He ordered our seafood chowders.  He handed me my chowder since the table was near the line.  He ate his chowder in line.  He finished it even before he could pay.  Lil Dave got a chicken and banana chowder. The chowders were delicious and very filling.  Seafood Chowder is a popular Irish dish.

Our next stop was the Cliffs of Moher.  It’s a popular destination.  Martin told us that an average of 6 suicides happen ever year at the cliffs.  We walked up the stairs to get a good view and take some pictures.

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It’s real pretty.  The Cliffs of Moher has been seen in the movies Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince and The Princess Bride.  We also saw the O’Brien’s Tower.  You can go to the tower to pay €2 for a better for of the cliffs.  Martin said it wasn’t worth it.  There’s another side that you can possibly see puffins.  But, it was a far walk.  So, we just walked around to waste time.  We had an hour there which was way too much time.

Our group consisted of 16 people on the smaller green tour bus.  Some people left since we had met up with a few people from the 6 day Northern Ireland tour earlier.

We started driving again.  Martin told us that the town we’re staying in doesn’t have ATMs so we should get money in Adare.  We had 30 minutes to walk around Adare.  We just checked out the gift shops and bought water and dark chocolate Kit Kats.

We couldn’t believe that we had an hour and a half until our destination.  We drove so much today.  I’m not sure why we sleep so much on the bus.  It just makes you tired being on the bus and watching the scenery.  Even with loud music, you just fall asleep.

We were dropped off at the Four Winds B&B at 6:30 pm in Annascaul, Ireland.  It’s a really nice house.  The surrounding are beautiful and green.  Right next door, there’s a field filled with sheep.

We had a long day.  We got freshened up.  We decided we should walk to the pub to get food.  Our guide Martin said that last call for food would be at 8 pm.  Also, there was going to be a party at the pub for a local man who’s turning 50 years old at 9 pm.

We arrived at the Up the Kingdom Pub.  Up the Kingdom is the hostel and pub that is owned by Paddy Wagon Tours.  Ivan ordered us the special that included a chicken vegetable soup, fish and chips and an apple pie.  Lil Dave got fried bananas and chips and a banana pie.  The food was average – the best part was the apple pie.  Ivan and I had some red Chilean wine.

It was 9 pm and nothing was happening yet.  Ivan asked the waitress when the party was.  She said it was 10 pm.  He asked Where are they now?  She said that people drink at home and then go out to the pub.

We decided to take a walk.  We saw a Canadian couple from our group.  They were headed to a bar nearby.  We decided to check it out.  There were a lot more people in this bar.  Ivan ordered the red Chilean wine.

A band would be coming on at 10 pm.  We got a table that had a good view of the band.  We chatted and waited for the band to start.

It was two guys – one guitarist and an accordion player.  The band started playing Irish music.  We recognized a song we heard at The Irish House Party in Dublin.  The band was good.

We noticed the other people went back to Up the Kingdom.  So, Ivan thought we should leave and check it out.

We started walking up the street.  We saw two Australian girls.  They said that nobody was really in the Up the Kingdom pub.  We weren’t sure why the party wasn’t started.  Our first guide Gabriel was saying that it would be a huge party.

We thought that we should head back.  We lost our table at the other bar.

We used the internet for awhile .  It was dark out and you could hear sheeps baa’ing.  It was time to get some rest.

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Paddy Wagon Tours

Posted by Jen on May-30-2010

Ivan, Lil Dave and I were picked up for the Paddy Wagon Tours at 8:15 am on May 28, 2010.  There was a big group of 32 people and 1 monkey on the bus.  Some were doing the 3 day, 6 day and even just a 1 day tour. 

We started driving.  The bus has really big windows so you can see the beautiful scenery around you.  Our bus driver and guide was named Gabriel. 

We stopped at the nice village Cong for a lunch break.  We went to the River Cafe.  Lil Dave brought his own banana and honey sandwich.  Ivan and I shared a vegetable soup.  We each had a great chicken panini.

We drove even more.  Ivan, LIl Dave and I slept a lot on the bus.  I think it was because of the rocking of the bus and the great green scenery that was rolling by.  Gabriel liked to sing songs like Molly Malone.  He even sang one that he wrote.

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We saw a really huge loch (lake) and we stopped to take pictures of it.

We stopped at Connemara. 

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Here, we saw the beautiful Kylemore Abbey.  We walked to the Craft Shop to look around.

There’s also a neo-Gothic on the grounds, but it was far to walk there.

We hopped back on the bus.  We drove for an hour and a half to Galway. 

Gabriel said that we’d meet for dinner at Monroe’s at 7:30 pm.  Most of the group were dropped off at the hostel.  If you paid more money, you could stay in a Bed & Breakfast.

We were dropped off at the Aaron House B&B.  Ivan wanted to chill in the room for awhile before heading out.  We used the free wi-fi internet.

We had a Bulmer’s Cherry cider at a pub on Shop Street.  Lil Dave had a nice non-alcoholic banana cider.  We told him it had alcohol in it.  This made him act weird.  He started dancing around the room and jumping on people’s backs for no reason. 

Lil Dave saw a sign outside a pub that was serving monkey pizza.  He decided he’d have the tasty monkey pizza which was banana pizza.  He said he would walk around town and meet us in the room later on. 

We walked to the pub Monroe’s where we’d be having dinner with the whole group.  Ivan only saw a few people from our group and it was already 7:30 pm.

We waited longer and more people started showing up.  There was a private room in the back set up for us.  There were about 35 people there.

Ivan and I ordered ricotta and spinach ravioli and a salmon dish.  We were joined by 2 Americans.  It was Vicki and Megan, a mother and daughter, from Pensacola, Florida.  They’re currently residing in Southern Spain right now.    

It took forever to get our food.  It was nice chatting to Vicki about their travels and Spain.  Her husband works on the Military Base in Spain.

The food was delicious!  I really liked the salmon dish.  It came with a great creamy sauce and went great with the mashed potatoes.  The bill was taking forever to come.  Vicki and Megan wanted to leave.  Ivan told them to leave the money or just give the waitress it.

We wanted to get out of there as well.  It was 2 hours since we arrived and it was boring just sitting in a plain room.  We ended up giving the waitress our money and leaving.

The group was scheduled to head to Coyotes sometime after dinner.  We saw a guy in the street that was giving out stickers for a free shot at Coyotes.  Ivan thought we should check it out.

We arrived at Coyotes.  There was a girl singing a Lady Gaga song.  It wasn’t karaoke, but the quality was about the same.  It was nothing special.  The bar was really empty. 

Ivan thought we should leave.  I thought it was a good idea.

We got back to the B&B and used the internet.  Then, we saw a great episode of Spooks.

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Chillin’ in Dublin

Posted by Jen on May-29-2010

Ivan, Lil Dave and I went to a sandwich place for lunch.  I had a BBQ chicken sandwich.  Lil Dave got a banana and honey sandwich.  Ivan had a good tuna sandwich.

We walked to the Paddy Wagon Tours office.  Ivan booked us in for the 6 Day Southern Ireland tour.  It starts tomorrow. 

We went shopping at Penny’s which is run by Primark, but under a different name.  I bought a light jacket.  Ivan got a few t-shirts, socks and a jumper.

We all chilled in the room for awhile.  I worked on the blog.  It was great to have a day without too much activity.

Ivan and I walked to Temple Bar area for dinner.   There was good music playing by The Busketeers. 

We chose Gourmet Burger Kitchen for dinner.  Lil Dave got a banana and chicken burger.  Ivan and I shared a Moroccan salad. 

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I got a chicken burger with avocado.  Ivan ate the falafel burger.  The food was quite good.

We grabbed some snacks at Tesco for breakfast and the tour.  Then, we decided to head back to get some rest.

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Walking House Party

Posted by Jen on May-28-2010

Ivan, Lil Dave and I got some lunch at Quizno’s on May 26, 2010.

We walked to the Tourism Office building.  It’s in a church.  I asked one of the guides from the walking tours if it was a church.  She said that in Dublin, they don’t believe in tearing down old churches.  So, instead they convert them into something else.  It’s great to keep the beautiful churches instead of demolishing them.

Today, we’d be going on the Highlights of Dublin tour with Pat Liddy’s Walking Tours of Dublin.   The tour was very affordable at €5 per person.  Our tour guide was an Irish man named Michael.

I call it a speed walking tour because our guide walked super fast.  We saw many different sights around Dublin like the Mansion House, Grafton Street, St. Ann’s church, Temple Bar area, Trinity College and the Bank of Ireland.  St. Ann’s church is where Bram Stroker got married.

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Bell Tower at Trinity College

The buildings in Trinity College are beautiful.  It was a great tour.  I think visiting buildings, places and learning the history of a city or town is important to learn more about the place and it’s people.

We returned to the hotel for awhile.  We got ready for the night.

Ivan, Lil Dave and I took a cab to Lansdowne Hotel.  Here, we were attending the event The Irish House Party.  It comes with a four course meal and entertainment afterwards.

We sat down in a big room.  Our table consisted of a big group of people from Finland and then a couple who sat next to us (not sure where they were from but it wasn’t England or America).

Our appetizers came out.  Ivan and I each got the tasty vegetarian soup.  Lil Dave got a good banana salad with extra bananas.

Then, we got our main courses.  Ivan got a great salmon dish.  I had a good chicken breast with a rich roast gravy.  Lil Dave got a banana stuffed chicken breast with a creamy sauce.  Our dishes all came with mashed potatoes and two small regular potatoes.

Dessert came next.  It was small pieces of carrot cake, a Irish cheesecake and an apple crumble.  The cakes were delicious.

Tea and Coffee came out next which they count as the fourth course.  Not even a course, more like a drink to accompany your dessert.

Next came the entertainment.  Our host was an Irish guy.  He had a funny name but I can’t remember what it was.  He introduced the band.  I do remember Fergal who was playing Uilleann pipes (Irish pipes similar to the bagpipes) and the Irish dancer and concertina player was named Maeve.

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They started playing an Irish song.  The band was really quite good!

Maeve did some Irish dancing.  She made it look so easy.  But, I’m sure it would take years to learn her Irish dance moves.

Check out Maeve’s Irish Dancing:

The host brought up people to learn Irish dancing.  It was fun watching people try to dance.  Lil Dave wanted to dance, but there were no monkey girls to dance with.  He still danced around on the table.

There were also sing-a-longs to the music.  We sang along to the song Molly Malone.  It was really fun.  We had a great time eating good food, listening to great Irish music and seeing some cool dancing.

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Dublin Bars

Posted by Jen on May-27-2010

Ivan, Lil Dave and I checked out of the Holiday Inn Express in Croydon on May 25, 2010. 

We got the train to Gatwick Airport which took 20 minutes.

We went to check in our luggage at the Ryan Air desk.  It was so busy since there was only one person working there.

We grabbed some sandwiches at Pret a Manger for lunch.

We boarded the plane a few minutes later.  Lil Dave was mad that he had to be in my luggage during the plane ride.  It’s just too expensive for an extra seat for him.  He’s lucky it’s only a short flight!  We left at 1:15 pm for our hour flight.

We jumped on a shuttle headed to our hotel.  We checked in to the Best Western Premier Academy Plaza Hotel.  It sounds like we’re staying at a school.

It was nice that we got a chance to chill out.  We watched tv and used the free wi-fi.

Lil Dave decided to stay in to do his Math homework for his internet class.  He also loves to jump on beds while watching monkey cartoons.  We couldn’t take him on the pub tour we would be headed to.  He’s much too young to drink alcohol.

Ivan and I walked to Porterhouse Central.  It was where the pub tour meets.  We ordered some dinner.  We shared the vegetable moussaka and the chicken breast.  The chicken breast meal was really good, but the moussaka was pretty plain.  We had a glass of red wine with our meal.

We met up with the tour guide Kia.  Kia is a 22 year old who’s Irish and American.  It was her first night as a tour guide for The Dublin CIty Pub Crawl.  Our group consisted of 3 Canadian girls and us.  In the Porterhouse Central, we got a free sample of beer.  Ivan chose a stout and I got a light lager.  We only drank a little since we already had some wine earlier.  It’s not really good to mix drinks.

Kia took us to the next pub O’Neills.  There’s two taps at the table – one filled with Guinness and the other one with Carlsberg.  We thought it was cool that you didn’t have to leave the table to get a beer.  I bet it’s really handy during sports matches. 

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We each got to pour our own Guinness.  I don’t usually like stout.  But, I drank almost all of my half pint.  It must have been the influence of all the drinks I already drank.  I think Guinness is like a meal – a bit heavy and tastes a little like coffee.  Chips and sausages were brought out for us to eat.  Ivan and I nibbled on a few tasty chips.  We heard an Irish guy singing Irish tunes.  We only heard him for a few minutes.

It was time to walk to our next bar.  The next one was called Rush.  Here, the bar is known for a shot that contains Bailey’s and Kahlua.  It sounded really sweet and similar to an already existing drink.  Ivan and I had a glass of house red wine.

We walked to a bar that was playing cool music called Capitol.  We chilled out there for awhile.  Kia was a good guide telling us stories about her travels and asking the group about their travels.

We walked to our last destination Dandelion.  It was busier than the other places we’ve visited tonight.  Ivan was trying to get us two cocktails.  There’s only one guy who creates the cocktails.  The 3 Canadian girls ordered after Ivan and they got their drinks first.  Ivan complained but it didn’t seem to matter.  He said forget it and give me my money back.  He decided to get a glass of red wine for us to share. 

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We said bye to Kia.  She had an early start in the morning, so she had to get home.  We stuck around for a few more minutes.  Then, we said goodbye to the Canadian girls.

We stopped to get a Subway sandwich to share later.  We got back to the hotel and ate our chicken breast sandwich.  Ivan was so tired he fell asleep afterwards. I used the internet for awhile then went to bed.  We definitely had a fun night!

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