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Last day, Dublin

Ireland 2008

large_1297706_14348132365031.jpgIn the afternoon we have our flight back home so we don’t have a full day but still enough for some sightseeing. After an early breakfast we head out to Malahide [Malahide-travel-guide-937941] castle. This 12th century castle is owned by the Irish state and open to visitors. But since we are not interested in the interior of the castle we just visit the gardens, and a short stop at the souvenir shop in the hallway. The gardens are beautiful and I can imagine more so in spring.

Then we drive up to Howth [Howth-travel-guide-937041] where we walked along the cliff edge path. Howth is considered to be a piece of Dublin [Dublin-travel-guide-936355] but it’s actually a nice little fishing town. We tried to walk all the way to the lighthouse but as we are nearly there a fence blocks our way. At that moment the helicopter we saw parked near the lighthouse took off so we had front row seats for that spectacle.

Then it’s off to the airport. We take some extra time because we also need to return your rental car and we don’t know how long that’s going to take. Proved to be settled quickly so we were way too early at the gate and still nearly missed the flight because they changed gates and did not show it on the board at the gate we were waiting. But all turned out ok.

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Posted by Stefmuts 04:24 Archived in Ireland Tagged landscapes culture city dublin Comments (0)

Dublin-Kilkenny through Wicklow mountains

Ireland 2008


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large_1297706_14329748781751.jpgIt was a bit of a hassle to get out of Dublin. We drove throuhg Wicklow mountains national park to Glendalough [Glendalough-travel-guide-1309844], one of the must sees on my list. Glendalough is famous for its Monastic Site with Round Tower and the two lakes. But first we drive though the winding roads of the Wicklow mountains with highland like views (sorry if I offended Ireland by that comment, I meant it well). We had to stop a couple of times because of sheep on the road. The famous round Tower at Glendalough is on the cemetery. We have to pass a double gated entrance to get there. The tower is 30 meters high and is said to be the one of the most beautiful in the country.Round towers wereclock towersthat also served as a repository of valuable manuscripts and watchtowers to guard the cemetery against grave robbers.large_1297706_14329749016433.jpg The entrance is mostly placed at about 4 meters above the ground and can be reached by usinga ladder that could be brought in to make it difficult for intruders.The tower is nice but I'm actual more interested in the beautiful irish crosses.

At the cemetery there are also the ruins of a church and several outbuildings. We walked along the Lower lake up to the Upper lake where we went to take a look at the Poulanass waterfall and ruin of the Reefert Church. At Upper lake the trail went further up the slope to another few ruins, but we had seen enough. We walked down the other bank of Lower lake back to the starting point.

On the way to Kilkenny [Kilkenny-travel-guide-937251] we passed the ruins of a abby, we stopped the car to take a look around. Unfortunately the local youth has established its base here, empty beer cans and candy wrappers.

In Kilkenny we found B&B Olinda, bit dated a toilet with issues and bring your own towels but good enough

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Posted by Stefmuts 03:49 Archived in Ireland Tagged landscapes ruins dublin kilkenny high_cross Comments (0)

Starting point Dublin

Ireland 2008


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large_1297706_14317135489239.jpgOld Jameson’s DistilleryWe landed at Dublin [Dublin-travel-guide-936355] airport in the afternoon. At Hertz a car was ready waiting for us with the steering wheel on the wrong side (my opinion!) If I had to drive it I'm not so sure I wouldn't have hit some mirrors of parked cars. The hotel was easy to find, the hotel parking was more difficult. The entrance was tucked away in an alley. After getting our stuff up to our room we hit the hotel bar. It's only a 1,5 hour flight but we didn't feel like doing much so we also had our dinner in the hotel, and after dinner it's back to the bar. The Guinness and Smithwicks taste too good!

Next morning we started at the tourist information office to get a map of Dublin, the hotel only had a small useless one. I printed out some B&B addresses on the global route we thought we were going to follow but at the tourist information office we bought a guide with all addresses of B&Bs in Ireland, this will be our sacred book this vacation.large_1297706_14317135519270.jpgFoundations of Old Jameson’s Distillery

I wanted to visit the Guinness storehouse but the guy at the hotel front desk said it would probably be a disappointment, a tour with headphones and one pint for €15,-. He suggested the Old Jameson's Distillery and so we went there instead. Good choise! In the entrance hall you walk on a glass floor so you can see the old foundations of the original distillery. Waiting for the next guided tour to start we have a taste of the Irish coffee, mjam! The distillery is no longer in use but the tour shows some parts of the proces in working order and there are some nice miniatures to show the proces. And of course there is a tasting of the whiskey. With some people they do a small test if they can taste the difference between Irish, Scottish and American whiskey.

After the distillery we started walking, first to the Wellington monument and then Christ church cathedral which is partly a museum on the old Dublin, real nice. Then we went to Dublin castle. we were too late for a tour but we took a quick look around. We had dinner at O'sheas and then back to the hotel to make our plans for the next couple of days.

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Posted by Stefmuts 03:47 Archived in Ireland Tagged dublin sightseeing guinness old_jamesons Comments (0)

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