England & Ireland 2016, Travel
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7.2-4.2016 Dublin, Ireland

One sentence: Dublin is the capital and largest city in Ireland, but has a charming quaint feeling.

7.2016 Dublin, Ireland - Trinity College

7.2016 Dublin, Ireland – Trinity College

7.2016 Dublin, Ireland - Old Library

7.2016 Dublin, Ireland – Old Library

7.2016 Dublin, Ireland - American food

7.2016 Dublin, Ireland – American food for the Fourth of July

7.2016 Dublin, Ireland - St. Stephen's Greens

7.2016 Dublin, Ireland – St. Stephen’s Greens

7.2016 Dublin, Ireland

7.2016 Dublin, Ireland

7.2016 Dublin, Ireland

7.2016 Dublin, Ireland

7.2016 Dublin, Ireland - Katherina Zappone at the House of Parliament

7.2016 Dublin, Ireland – Katherina Zappone at the House of Parliament

7.2016 Dublin, Ireland - Guinness Storehouse

7.2016 Dublin, Ireland – Guinness Storehouse

7.2016 Dublin, Ireland - Guinness Storehouse

7.2016 Dublin, Ireland – Guinness Storehouse

7.2016 Dublin, Ireland - Guinness Storehouse Gravity Bar

7.2016 Dublin, Ireland – Guinness Storehouse Gravity Bar

7.2016 Dublin, Ireland - Ha'Penny Bridge

7.2016 Dublin, Ireland – Ha’Penny Bridge

7.2016 Dublin, Ireland - Rainbow on Ha'Penny Bridge

7.2016 Dublin, Ireland – Rainbow on Ha’Penny Bridge

Day 1

– Arrived by bus from Galway to Dublin, making it from the western to the eastern point in 2.5 hrs
– Visited Trinity College with its famous Book of Kells & Old Library
– Tradition dinner & dancing performance with my Irish friend Phil, who I met on a study abroad in Rome four years ago – how the time has flown by.

Day 2

– Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
– Met up at the Dublin Castle where we visited the The Coach House, Chester Beatty Library & State Apartments
– Toured the Old Jameson Distillery which has now been relocated to the south of Ireland
– Relaxing dinner at our Airbnb home

Day 3

– Met Phil for coffee and a stroll around Temple Bar (the center city) and St. Stephen’s Greens
– Lunch with the traveling dancers, Phil and another Irish Rome friend Michael. Chances would have it that we met a gentleman from Seattle who is now a journalist in NYC & saw the PNB perform at City Center last February – what are the chances!?
– Arrived at the Houses of Parliament to meet Katherine Zappone. She is Ireland’s Minister of Children & Youth Affairs. We had this absolute privilege through our connection with her brother Mark Zappone, who is PNB’s Costume Designer! She was dignified and a pleasure to met – we now have bragging rights!
– Toured the Guinness Storehouse which my cousin Ioana (the one I visited in London) and her company helped design. The tour finished on the top level – the Gravity Bar.
– Finished our travels with a rainbow on the Ha’Penny Bridge. How serendipitous.

What a trip this has been – 3 countries in 3 weeks – and what priceless memories with my three dancing friends.

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2 Comments

  1. Phyllis Gordon says

    My favorite room in Ireland is the Old Library – I felt as though I’d walked into the Hogwarts library!

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  2. Phyllis Gordon says

    I love being in Ireland on July 4. We saw celebrations of the U.S. everywhere. Funny story: the first year I visited, the 4th fell on a Wednesday. We went into a castle/museum. The clerk selling tickets heard our American accents and told us that because the Irish loved Americans so much, people from the U.S. were admitted free into all Irish museums on the 4th of July. We were thrilled and told the story later that night. It turns out ALL Irish museums are free for EVERYONE on Wednesdays, and she was just having a bit of dead-pan fun with us. I’m sure she had a giggle over her dinner that night! The next year, we were in Dublin and asked a young lady at the tourist office to recommend a local, non-touristy pub so we could have a bite and a pint. Her face fell, and she said, “I’m so sorry! It’s a special holiday today, and all the pubs are closed!” When she saw OUR faces fall, she burst out laughing and said, “Just kidding!” before she sent us to a delightful little pub around the corner, where everyone else was a local. 🙂

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