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Old 12-05-2010, 05:15 PM   #16
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Hope you have a great time in Dublin, why not visit Belfast when there, its about 1hr 30 mins on the train,or bus or hire a car and drive up and spend a few days sightseeing up here
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It wud be wonderful if ya can let all of us in on your experiences in jolly ol London!


A trip report perhaps??



Q: What sights/ attractions do ya plan on seeing?
reason why I ask is I am mulling over next either a 7nght stay in San Fran OR a 7nghter in London and am looking for information.


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Right now I have a huge list of things to do in and around London. We are trying to sort through it and decided what we want to see this trip. We are trying not to pack to much into this trip, so we can relax and enjoy it.

Thing's we want to see:
Tower of London
Imperial War Museum/or British War Museum
Portobello Road Market
Bike or Walking Tour

Bovington Museum

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Old 12-07-2010, 06:46 AM   #18
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Hope you have a great time in Dublin, why not visit Belfast when there, its about 1hr 30 mins on the train,or bus or hire a car and drive up and spend a few days sightseeing up here
Hi,
We will have to save that for our next trip, we will be on the ABD tour while in Ireland and will not have time to visit Belfast.

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Hope you have a great time in Dublin, why not visit Belfast when there, its about 1hr 30 mins on the train,or bus or hire a car and drive up and spend a few days sightseeing up here
Funny you say cuz this is one place I really wanted to see but I can't be away from my job that long (Gen Mgr only allows me a max of 10 days away from home at a time).

So car rental is out of the question (I am also on a group tour).

But -

If I had 14 days at one time - I would see the WWII tour of all the famous landmarks that made it what it is including Normandy.(different tour company).



Anywho -

Hope your water situation up in your area is slowly getting better (Belfast). Have you heard if they going to have to make repairs?


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Smile The Dubliners rule, food food and more thoughts of food - oh my!!


(photo shot while at the Disney Archives; April 2010)


Well, a lot has gone on since my last posting as I now have 3 vacations underway (in various planning stages) so should I appear to be a little scatter brained - please be patient as the first order of rule is:


**** I gotta go back on my diet ****

Why u ask??

Well - it mainly has to do with two issues:

1) tasting Guiness (and what not) over in Ireland doesn't contain zero calories.
2). I don't wanna appear on the next episode on cable tv's program of, "What not to Wear" while on vacation.


Coming off on my last vacation (Oct 28th-Nov 4th 2010), I only incurred a two pound weight gain so hopefully no issues here for my very first adventure across the pond.
Will be posting here and there my weight loss as a motivational not only myself but to others since I desire to lose about 15 pounds (before I leave for Ireland).


But about Irish food and other items- hmmmmmm........I can tell that there is a lot to chose from when it comes to International food. Promise to take plenty of food pics as u r talking to a foodie.

Anywho -


I am beginning now to empty my travel suitcase (from my vacation to Orlando) and am now beginning to fill it with a few necessary items for Ireland:

1). a pair of binoculars (for areas in & around the Ring of Kerry tour).
2). pen/pencil and notepad (to take notes while on the various tours as to not incurr info overload nor be confused with what I am looking at)
3). ac adapter/converter
4). airline travel pillow,small blanket, earplugs, sleep mask (for long flight over to Ireland, etc).
5). "Celtic Woman," "Ellery Queen" and other various dvd's for the long airplane ride.
6). portable dvd player for the long airplane ride
7). I-pod and headphones.
That and I have recenly purchased a cd of the Dubliners music. IMO, great Ipod music if ya like Pub sing alongs and such.

Now I do have one song from the Irish Rovers on my Ipod and it's called "The Unicorn". That was the only song I could find from them that I liked since to they come across as a 50's be-bop kind of group.


8). umbrella.
9). extra pair of tenny-shoes.
10).
11).
12).






Been watching recently the Rick Steve's dvd of the best of Ireland - can tell there is a lot to see and do. Am looking forward to it.


Promise to take plenty of pictures and video, be vveerryy respectful of the Cliffs of Mohor and above all - to enjoy seeing the other half of my heritage.




UP NEXT:
Doing to double digit dance, finalizing hotel ressies for "Ladybug" and a response from one of the hotels where I will be staying at concerning the soft drink "Dr Pepper" that will just leave u in stitches (esp if you are from Texas reading this).



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Old 02-21-2011, 06:08 PM   #21
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Smile LAST MINUTE DETAILS AND OTHER WHAT NOTs....


(one of the many surprises left for me for this upcoming vacation while @ WDW's POFQ; Oct 2010)



Top of the Morning to you!

And what a wonderful past 3o days it has been as a lot has been acomplished with lots stilll left to do about all things Ireland but hey - atleast I have stopped yo -yo ing in regards to my diet!


YYEEAA!!!!!

I have lost 4 pounds with a little over 90 more days to go with the biggest accomplishment being stablizing my weight and beginning to reverse the trend....just in time for Ireland.

Biggest culprit?

Sodas (ouch!).


Anywho -


Onwards to about my fav topic........


Dublin.
(I am almost 3/4 the way through reading "The Ulysses" - very hard to follow but not bad reading material).



One of the things I have noticed about Dublin is that it's very important to do some basic research before you head off and see the sights.
And see the sights I plan on a doing as the city's "Hop off - Hop on" bus system is going to be very helpful in what I plan on seeing while there.

There is a lot to choose from with me planning on seeing places in the afternoon (during "on your own time") anywhere from Kilmainham Gaol (ok....so I am a history nut...I will admit it), to Saint Patrick's Cathedral and a few other places - just in time to boogy on back by 6pm to what I term Gogarty's but the real/official name of the pub is Oliver St john Gogarty's; located just a wee bit northeast from the entrance to Trinity College.

Why you ask??

I figure by then spending a wonderful day in such a beautiful city such as Dublin - ya gotta find a even "funner" (that's the word for the day...."funner") way to cap it off by a dinner and a music pub crawl.

Their restaurant menu I have checked out and is not bad - so it's a toss between either #17 or #21 but of course what's a nice dinner like that doing without something to drink?

So after a nice bite to eat and a Guiness, then it's off for the start of the music pub crawl....which starts of course at Gogartys as I plan on having a fun (opps! I meant to say funner) evening afterwards throwing a game or two of darts at some of the pubs before taking a cab back to the hotel.

Cabs are easy to hail; just ask the bar keep and they will call one for you. Nothing wrong with having a great time in Dublin - great and SAFE time is what I have in mind.


Anywho -
so...ya got on your running shoes?? Cuz this is me and what I do when I am on vacation. I live off of Dr Pepper and rice krispy treats/chex mix while out and about---- which reminds me -



About that hotel conversation I had a few weeks back about Dr Pepper (the equivalent of my morning coffee) -.


So I e-mail them asking kindly that I am a on the go a lot traveler and that I was wondering if they would happen to carry Dr Pepper since it would be just great if they do, etc.

They write back:
"What's Dr Pepper?"


Immediately, I flashed back mentally to a bar in northeast Montanna (mid 1980's) when I asked the barkeep there for a Slice. He asked me with a gruff in his voice, "A slice of w-h-a-t!?"

(Slice was a soda beverage sold by the Pepsico Company back then).


So, with a funny visual of the restaurant scene in the first "Back to the Future" movies also in my head, I picked up my keypad and gently explained to them what Dr Pepper is.....as I look over to my Dr Pepper sunglasses and my Dr Pepper coasters, etc in my home.

Hmmmmm..... looks like the front desk there will be receiving from me one or 2 Dr Pepper assorted things (I live less then a 2 hour drive from where it is made) as I also introduce to them my Texan twang.



Anywho -


And lastly, no vacation is complete without making sure my best buddy has her hotel ressies all secured as well. So my 14 yr old (Beagle) got her hotel room all secured.....at $12 a night just a few days ago.


("Ladybug" still having fun - @ 14 yrs of age)


$12/night.....hmmmmmmm.....now only if we humans would get that kind of rate on our rooms.




and with that, gotta go for now. I can tell this is beginning to shape up into a really nice hop across the pond for this first timer.


Looking foward to it & as always - will promise to take lots of video and pics where I can.





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I have never seen Dr. Pepper there, but if you like orange/lemon soda try Lilt, which is really good, kind of like Orangina.
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Kilmanman (sp) Gaol was AMAZING (I am a historian). St. John Gorherty's (sp) was also lots of fun. They had a band most nights on the second floor. By forwarned of you are thinking about eating late night pub food as snack, most of the bars stop serving early. It isn't like US where the kitchen is at last open w/ appetizers....

Dublin Castle I feel is a must. Guiness store/factory was very commerical but the view from the bar on top of the factory..... FABULOUS! Anyway if you have anay questions that I might be able to help w/ let me know. oh and as to one of the posts we got some euros here from back, but it was very easy to use ATM, but be warned some banks will require you contact them and "activate" that you are going to be using foreign ATMS and that it is you so to speak.
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Hi! I'm from Ireland so maybe I can be of some help to you if ya have any questions for your trip from what you already asked:

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And I would like to have - say 2-3 yards of Guiness with my evening meal and don't have an issue with spending the money to have a nice meal.
We don't do yard's we do pints Also unless you eat in a "pub" (I believe they're called bars stateside) or restaurant in a hotel you prob won't be able to have Guiness with your meal. Some restaurants may have cans you can buy but it tends to be rare outside of pubs and hotels eg: there's a cafe in Dublin called Cafe Kylemore you wouldn't get Guiness there with your meal! Also when in Dublin you can visit the Guiness Brewery which I think you'll like!

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Q: Can you take your laptop with you on the plane??
I have seen people taking laptops on planes to Ireland. When we travelled to Orlando and back people were allowed take one small suitcase type of bag and a smaller piece of hand luggage on board. Only thing they were really strict with was weight in our check in luggage it had to be not above 50 lbs!

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Q: Anyone play any dart games while over there?? In the bars I mean.
If you want to play darts you're prob going to need to go to one of the smaller pubs!

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..is that a grocery store??? I looked up M & S on the internet and up popped up them being listed as a grocery store. Tea & cookies does sound good though - a huge thank you for the tip.
Marks and Spencers is an english grocery store. We have centra and supervalu and Dunnes Stores as the main irish ones and then there's Tesco (english), Lidl and Aldi (both german.) If you're looking for Irish food to bring home Tayto (they're what stateside would call chips we call them crisps) Cheese and onion being the best imho! Lyons Tea. Cadbury Chocolate! I can't think right now what other foods you would be able to take home but most of the grocery stores will have them (lidl and aldi being the exception to some of the products although lidl do have more irish food now as well) all this stuff will obviously be cheaper in grocery stores as well. You can also buy Guiness in supermarkets cheaper

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Laundry......... on what part of the trip (beginning, middle, end) did you take care of any laundry needs?? Where?

Flight over to Ireland.....ok?? did you feel a need to bring some things to keep you occupied??
There will be various laundrettes in Dublin if you look for them that may be cheaper than getting laundry done in your hotel I'm not sure what way it works really in Irish hotels as never used it obv!

On our flight to america they played movies going over and coming back we had our own screen which had movies, television programmes and games. You could bring a book or puzzles to amuse yourself as well but I'd sleep if you can as there's approx a five hour time difference so sleeping on the plane will help with Jet lag!

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Clothing? Will do 2 pair pants and 2 shorts, etc.
Eh bring a raincoat! It rains most of the time here. June could be sunny but most likely it won't be warm enough for shorts but I would say bring a mix of warm and cooler clothes as really you could quite possibly get for seasons in one day in Ireland and the weather has been getting crazier lately we've had almost two months of snow at the end of last year and we never had that much snow before. Last summer in July and August we had heat waves where it hit 30 degrees normally "heat wave" for Ireland would be 15 degrees so not that warm!

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Cider?? OMG - I LOVE CIDER!!!! WHERE????????
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Protests in the Dublin streets about the euro...., etc.

and I have a vacation set for Ireland June 11th for 9 days.

Hope they get their act together financially but ouch! No other country wants to help them....
In Ireland tomorrow we have an election for new government. The last one spent all the countries money and ran up major bills so basically left the country in ruins money wise and they country has had to borrow from European Union to try sort out the banks! Most likely they won't have their act together financially by June but it shouldn't affect your vacation alot except for the fact that compared to American prices everything here will seem really really expensive... eg: I got trainers in America for 18 dollars over here the same trainers are 45 euro which would be approzx 62 dollars.


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Funny you say cuz this is one place I really wanted to see but I can't be away from my job that long (Gen Mgr only allows me a max of 10 days away from home at a time).

So car rental is out of the question (I am also on a group tour).
if you really really want to go to Belfast you can get a train from Dublin Connolly station to Belfast.

If you have anything else I can help you with feel free to pm or ask here and I'll answer when I see it Main suggestion to you is bring a raincoat
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Ya know, the #1 thing I am looking forward to about this is taking in visually the sights and just pausing to take a moment and reflect.



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I have never seen Dr. Pepper there, but if you like orange/lemon soda try Lilt, which is really good, kind of like Orangina.
hhhhmmmmm.....yes - that sounds like a good alternative to coffee or Dr Pepper in the am. Ok...I will be on the lookout for this when I over there as I need a good jolt in the am to get me started (since I am on my feet most of the previous day having fun and seeing things) Thanks for the good suggestion.

oh well - I guess

is just gonna have to wait for me until I get back to the U.S.



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Kilmanman (sp) Gaol was AMAZING (I am a historian). St. John Gorherty's (sp) was also lots of fun. They had a band most nights on the second floor. By forwarned of you are thinking about eating late night pub food as snack, most of the bars stop serving early. It isn't like US where the kitchen is at last open w/ appetizers....

Dublin Castle I feel is a must. Guiness store/factory was very commerical but the view from the bar on top of the factory..... FABULOUS! Anyway if you have anay questions that I might be able to help w/ let me know. oh and as to one of the posts we got some euros here from back, but it was very easy to use ATM, but be warned some banks will require you contact them and "activate" that you are going to be using foreign ATMS and that it is you so to speak.
Now about late nights snacks while frequenting the pubs in Dublin......

RATS!

Didn't know that.......

but hey - thanks for the heads up/tip! Glad I now know this. Oh well...just means more I get to nibble on while at Gogarty's in the early evening. You bring up a good point about the Guiness Warehouse as oh yes - all of the stops while at Dublin I plan on reflecting back though my blog. And "jjuusstt" a few stops I plan on a makin'.......

A hhuuggee thank you to all for offering your suggestions as my overall objective is to have fun, enjoy, hit the ground running while over there but above all....be safe while enjoying the Emerald Aisle.
I welcome any other tips or suggestions anytime so feel free to chime in if the mood moves ya



More to Come I promise.


Only 2,472 more hours & I will be in Ireland.....but hey - whose countin'?


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I also want to say Thank You for all the great tips. We will be there the end of June so all recommendations are appreciated.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do in Dublin with an 18yr old? She loves history and shopping...

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Old 02-27-2011, 10:05 PM   #28
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Smile Ideas for 18 yr olds while n Dublin & Why Ireland?

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I also want to say Thank You for all the great tips. We will be there the end of June so all recommendations are appreciated.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do in Dublin with an 18yr old? She loves history and shopping...

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Denise

18 yr old in Dublin eh? Good question. Some of the things that come to mind when it comes to shopping:


Grafton Street, located between Trinity College and St Stephen's Green is the more smart shopping area with fashionable stores such as Brown Thomas, the department store catering for many designer showcases, both foreign and local. Dublin's leading and most exclusive jewellers, Weirs, is also here, as well as the most popular of the famous Bewley's Cafés. The nearby Powerscourt Townhouse (located on South William Street) one of the nicer, albeit small, shopping centres in the city. The southside's largest and one of the city's best shopping centres, the St. Stephen's Green Shopping Centre is located at the top south end) of Grafton Street. Some of the city's main bookshops are just around the corner on Dawson Street.
Georges Street/Camden Street
Georges Street, or South Great Georges Street to give it its full name, is home to the superb Georges Street Arcade, a red-bricked indoor market of stalls and stores offering everything from unusual fruits and foreign produce to second hand clothes, memorabilia, fortune telling and body piercing books and more. Behind the Arcade, near the Powerscourt Townhouse is the Castlemarket area, with numerous clothes and shoe shops and some fine food shops and restaurants.
Outside, the street has a number of home furnishing shops, trendy bars, music and art shops.
Georges Street continues south, through Aungier Street, to Camden Street, which features a daily outdoor food market and is crammed with little food, craft and gift shops.

Nassau Street/Trinity College Running the axis of the south side of Trinity College, Nassau Street is the main area for quality Irish design, including woollens and tweeds (both traditional and modern designer styles) and also ceramics and glassware.
For those of Irish ancestery are a number of heraldic shops so along with the designer shops Nassau Street is the ideal place for Irish gifts and souvenirs. The main bookstores are also nearby, with Eason's on the corner of Nassau Street and Dawson Street and also Hodges Figgis and Waterstones on Dawson Street.



BUT........


Imo, please wear a money belt. Yes, that may open a small discussion on this thread but from what I have been reading (Rick Steves Guide to Ireland) it is wise to wear a money belt.

It has taken me a while but I am used to wearing one now.




Now for the trickier side of your question. An 18 yr old and Dublin.

the only thing that comes to my mind what peaks her interest the most & go for it. Example, does she get into sports?

There is a sports museum in Dublin.


Let us know more and we will try to help assist u more on both sides of your ?.


ME?


One of the places I plan on hitting is a spa but NOT in Dublin (got too mouch going on in Dublin to schedule a spa retreat).


Details will be listed in my blog.




Now, some have asked me why Ireland.

I have always known I am 1/2 Irish but never really knew of some of the details until 1989 when...........

my Mom (3 months before she died) went on over to the Lockerbie, Edinburgh areas of Scotland and well......

made a stop on over in the Dublin area.


There she did some family research on our name and found some rather interesting results.

the most unique one being that in 1841, my Mom's Dad's Dad's Dad passed while "encountering" a bar fight.

What did him in??

He got hit over the head with a beer mug (she never found out who started it).



So, my courisity has me at its best plus Ireland is just so rich and deep in history that's well -



1/2 my heritage. I am also going to Ireland to do a little more diggin' into my family history (while in Ireland) as we go wwaayy back in regards to all things Irish.



T.B.C.

and....


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Old 02-28-2011, 12:53 PM   #29
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I also want to say Thank You for all the great tips. We will be there the end of June so all recommendations are appreciated.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do in Dublin with an 18yr old? She loves history and shopping...

Thanks
Denise
Go see Leprechaun Museum I think it's Jervis street will double check that and the National History Museum.

Shopping wise, Grafton street and Henry street are main shopping streets but there's shopping centres close by you can get bus or luas (tram) to Liffey Valley you can get bus 66 or 67a on the yellow and blue buses in Dublin. Dundrum shopping centre you can get luas to. Blachardstown is another hueg shopping centre you could get a bus to not sure of the number for that though.
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The Musical Pub Crawl (Gogarty's) is very popular among the tourists. If you want to do it make sure you sign up for it early because spots go quickly. We did it and it was good fun.
We also did a Literary Walking tour which was fun. Quite a few of our fellow ABD travellers did it. We were an adult only group and our tour guides arranged it for us.
If you have free time before the ABD tour starts try to catch a tour of the Jameson Whiskey Distillery.
I loved Dublin ... enjoy your trip!
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