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Old 03-19-2013, 06:51 AM   #31
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acndis... my kiddos are drinking age so they are wanting to do a pub crawl on our pre night, whereas my DH & I would like to find a pub/restaurant with music/storytelling, etc. Still searching for common ground!
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Old 04-06-2013, 02:28 PM   #32
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Anybody else on the 7/13/13 trip?
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:10 PM   #33
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Pif

We are PIF! Can't wait. We have decided to go to the National Museum of Ireland on pre-day Tuesday (it's closed Monday) before the Welcome Dinner. Am I missing something or is it NOT on our tour? Just making sure.

We would love to do a pub crawl, too, but it's not really appropriate for our 5-year old! However, we'd love to hear about where folks are thinking of dining on their pre-nights. We are total foodies!

Also, I highly recommend the DVD The Story of Ireland with Fergal Keane. It's a great primer for the history of the country. It was fascinating! It made me realize how little I knew about Ireland and what a unique place it is.

Does anyone know who our guides are? I saw that Jennae had posted a picture of Ireland on the ABD site but does anyone know anything for sure?
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:09 PM   #34
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We are PIF! Can't wait. We have decided to go to the National Museum of Ireland on pre-day Tuesday (it's closed Monday) before the Welcome Dinner. Am I missing something or is it NOT on our tour? Just making sure.

We would love to do a pub crawl, too, but it's not really appropriate for our 5-year old! However, we'd love to hear about where folks are thinking of dining on their pre-nights. We are total foodies!

Also, I highly recommend the DVD The Story of Ireland with Fergal Keane. It's a great primer for the history of the country. It was fascinating! It made me realize how little I knew about Ireland and what a unique place it is.

Does anyone know who our guides are? I saw that Jennae had posted a picture of Ireland on the ABD site but does anyone know anything for sure?
From what I can tell the National Museum of Ireland is not on the tour.

I haven't thought about dining too much so I second any recommendations from DISers.

And thank you for the information on the DVD. Will check it out before we go.
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:37 AM   #35
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Emerald Isles 8/3/2013 ....

Are we going alone?
"We" is: Mary and Terry 50ish and our daughter Sarah 18. We're from south Florida. This will be her graduation trip ... Ireland is her choice and we could't be happier. Her first time and my husband's first time, I had a layover at Shannon airport on my way to Germany years ago ... but my first time too!

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Old 04-19-2013, 02:41 PM   #36
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Are we going alone?
"We" is: Mary and Terry 50ish and our daughter Sarah 18. We're from south Florida. This will be her graduation trip ... Ireland is her choice and we could't be happier. Her first time and my husband's first time, I had a layover at Shannon airport on my way to Germany years ago ... but my first time too!

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The beauty of ABD is that you *won't* be going alone! Just maybe not with other DISers!

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Old 05-05-2013, 04:27 PM   #37
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Ireland 7/23/13

Hi, my three children and I just booked the 7/23/13 Ireland trip.
It will be our 2nd ABD. Last August we loved Italy Signature.
When we booked we got the last slots, anyone else on the boards going?
Any tips for the trip?
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:43 PM   #38
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Hi, my three children and I just booked the 7/23/13 Ireland trip.
It will be our 2nd ABD. Last August we loved Italy Signature.
When we booked we got the last slots, anyone else on the boards going?
Any tips for the trip?
Welcome to the thread.
I am eagerly counting down the time until our trip.
The biggest tip I've read about Ireland is to have a light rainjacket as it rains quite often.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:22 PM   #39
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July 22 2013

Hi we are going to Ireland July 22 2013, any others out there?
Any "Not to be missed" tips from any prior travelers?
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Old 05-24-2013, 05:09 PM   #40
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Just booked the 7/1/14 trip -- yea!

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Frequent WDW and DL visitor and sometimes cruiser -- just booked our first ever ABD trips, so excited!

It will be me and my DD15. I used to travel internationally for business and have been to much of Europe but it will be my first trip for fun -- for her it is the very first European trip ever.

We are going to London for a few days first -- big Dr Who and Harry Potter fans so must do appropriate tours and then also want to see a couple of plays. Then train to Edinburgh and the Scotland ABD starting June 21, 2014. We have an extra day in Scotland and then fly to Ireland for an extra day in Dublin before joining our Ireland ABD on July 1st.

Can't wait!
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:17 AM   #41
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Extra Expenses??!!

Hey Emerald Isle folks--

We are getting really close to the summer trips. We just got back from the Wonder on the Repo cruise to Vancouver. It was absolutely fantastic but now we are gearing up for Ireland.

I am doing our final budgeting but wanted to know how much everyone was estimated for "extra expenses" (not including Adventure Guide tips). We only spent about $500 extra for the three of us in Greece but I believe Greece was significantly less expensive than Ireland. What is everyone else planning?

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Old 06-03-2013, 04:03 PM   #42
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We have to budget a little more especially for DH golf at Dromoland.

BTW... Just got our backpacks and trip handbook today! It is getting closer!
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Old 06-03-2013, 08:16 PM   #43
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We have to budget a little more especially for DH golf at Dromoland.

BTW... Just got our backpacks and trip handbook today! It is getting closer!
I got our ABD box today too!! I saw your post while waiting for DD to get her hair trimmed and she couldn't wait to get home to see if our box had arrived.
The new backpacks are not going to work for us at all. Since we are doing Germany and then Ireland we had requested to get the ABD embroidered blankets rather than backpacks for the 2nd ABD trip. Unfortunately, each box contained 2 backpacks. So now we have 4 ugly, unstructured backpacks. Sent an email to my TA to see why the mistake. Maybe they don't offer the blankets anymore.

For my DD and I we're trying to keep each adventure to 500 Euros (not including tips for the guides). I am not a big drinker and don't enjoy beer or wine so I don't anticipate needing to pay any extra for alcohol. That will save some $$. I have some cushion for going over so we'll see.

We leave home in exactly 2 weeks to spend 2 days in New York, then on to Germany. We'll arrive in Dublin in the afternoon on June 30th. Is anyone else arriving early so we can say hello.
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I got our ABD box today too!! I saw your post while waiting for DD to get her hair trimmed and she could wait to get home to see if our box had arrived.
The new backpacks are not going to work for us at all. Since we are doing Germany and then Ireland we had requested to get the ABD embroidered blankets rather than backpacks for the 2nd ABD trip. Unfortunately, each box contained 2 backpacks. So now we have 4 ugly, unstructured backpacks. Sent an email to my TA to see why the mistake. Maybe they don't offer the blankets anymore.

For my DD and I we're trying to keep each adventure to 500 Euros (not including tips for the guides). I am not a big drinker and don't enjoy beer or wine so I don't anticipate needing to pay any extra for alcohol. That will save some $$. I have some cushion for going over so we'll see.

We leave home in exactly 2 weeks to spend 2 days in New York, then on to Germany. We'll arrive in Dublin in the afternoon on June 30th. Is anyone else arriving early so we can say hello.
I requested the blankets. We have two of them. I don't find them very practical for travel. They fold into a 13x12 inch rectangle that is almost 2 inches thick. I was expecting something smaller that would fit easily into my backpack without taking up all the space. We received them back in February and they are both still in the plastic wrapping.
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I requested the blankets. We have two of them. I don't find them very practical for travel. They fold into a 13x12 inch rectangle that is almost 2 inches thick. I was expecting something smaller that would fit easily into my backpack without taking up all the space. We received them back in February and they are both still in the plastic wrapping.
I thought the blanket would be a little more useable. Thank you for the info, Bobo912.
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