A Travellerspoint blog

September 2012

Ireland

The Trip Home

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Our trip home was uneventful. One thing to keep in mind is that you should be at the Dublin Airport at least 3 hours in advance. Aer Lingus recommends that you arrive 3 hours 30 minutes in advance (terminal 2 for all international flights). There is a reasonable duty free shop, and you reclaim your VAT tax in the duty free area. Somewhat surprising is that you clear US customs and immigration in Dublin, so that you are spared that ordeal in your first US Airport. You will, however, have to re-screen through security.

Ireland was spectacular and well worth a trip there. The people are among the friendliest in the world and they are always looking for a way to help if you appear to be lost or confused. We found the food to be very good, and we relied on the recommendations of the front desk folks for good restaurants, and were never disappointed. Of particular note were the wonderful croissants for breakfast - the French would be envious (if that is possible).

Another amazing fact - in the twelve days we were on the island, it only rained as we were driving back to Dublin for our flight home. REALLY unusual, but well appreciated!

I don't recommend trying to do all the UK and Ireland in one trip unless you want to spend about 3 weeks or more overseas. England, Scotland and Ireland are three separate trips in order to give them the attention they require!

Next up:

Submarine League Symposium in October
Two travel conventions in November
Allure of the Seas in December
Celebrity Equinox in January
Galapagos with Celebrity Xpeditions in March!

Stay Tuned!

Posted by rpickett 14:03 Archived in Ireland Comments (0)

Ireland

Waterford to the Dublin Airport

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We woke up to some clouds, and for the first time since August 29th, we were faced with the possibility of some rain. Pretty amazing for this time of year. Our first visit was to the Waterford factory and showroom. This particular showroom was completed in the spring of 2010 and produces about 50,000 pieces per year. Other factories exist around the world. It was a fascinating process that was enjoyable. Of course I spent some money in the showroom. I shipped it home - they do it for 20 Euros with insurance.

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Then off to the Carlton Dublin Airport to wait for the flight home. We turned in the car and had driven 1697 km/1055 miles. What a wonderful journey! I will do a final wrap up of the flight home (with an overnight stay) and some comments - stay tuned!

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Ireland

Killarney to Waterford

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After a nice dinner and some Irish music at one of the local pubs, we went to bed ready for another great day. From Killarney, we headed to our final town of Waterford. On the way, we had to take in the Blarney Castle and my two traveling mates had to kiss the Blarney Stone (I have kissed it twice already so I passed). It was another beautiful day. The Irish has now open the Victorian mansion that is part of the property, but our travel schedule precluded visiting that. We did have a nice lunch in the Stable Cafe though.

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From Blarney, we headed to Cashin to view the Rock of Cashin - the 12th century Cathedral of St. Patrick. It is one of Ireland's more important historical landmarks and is really impressive. They a currently renovating about half of the Cathedral.

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And then on to Waterford. A pretty long day - more than 170 km driven.

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Ireland

The Dingle Peninsula

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During breakfast, we were trying to decide whether to do the Ring of Kerry, pretty touristy and bussey, or go to Dingle and see the Dingle Peninsula. After reviewing Fodor's we decided on the Dingle Peninsula, as I have never been there before. On the way we stopped at a famine house, that showed what living conditions were like in the 1840's during the devastating potato famine. Dingle is wonderful little seaside village that was well worth seeing. We decided that we had made the right decision.

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Ireland

The Cliffs of Moher

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We left Galway for Killarney and made the trip to the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland's most spectacular sites. As the weather was perfect, the view was superb, as was the drive through the Burren - the barren hills that are prevalent in the western part of Ireland.
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It was then off to Killarney for our two night stay.

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