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Luck of the Irish! August 13, 2011

Posted by Michael Hodgson in Travel Log.
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Hey all!

Been a while since I posted – one thing about traveling abroad is a distinct lack of decent internet and/or the time to use it!

Just got back last weekend from Dublin!  Incredible sights were seen and then we went home.

Nah, I’ll give you a bit more than that! 🙂

Took us three trains and a ferry to arrive in Dublin.  Wasn’t expecting a cruise ship to be our ferry – it was cheap for a cruise – only 33 pounds!  Arrived in Dublin and checked into one of the coolest hostels I’ve ever seen.  Paddy’s Palace in Dublin also doubled as the departure center for most of the tours of Ireland! Spent the first day walking around and seeing the city.  Saw the monuments and houses of Oscar Wilde, saw Trinity College and the famous Book of Kells, and finished the day with dinner and a walk through Dublin’s famed Temple Bar district.

Day two started with a little more walking followed by an awesome tour of the old Guinness factory in Dublin, where they still make several hundred thousand gallons of beer every day! We went from there to the old Jameson distillery where they make one of the finest whiskeys in the world. After enjoying a guided tour from Seamus with the really strong Irish accent, we took a walk over to the Brazen head pub, the oldest pub in all of Ireland, for dinner and a drink.

Day three dawned with a tour leaving from our hostel at 730 am! An incredible bus tour of the Irish countryside, seeing everything from a 12th century abbey, to the true Irish farmland, to the Cliffs of Moher. Some of the most incredible vistas the world has to offer! After the full day tour of Ireland, we came back to the hostel, slept for the night, and caught another ferry and 3 trains back to Oxford!

Overall, a very productive and exciting weekend!

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