Friday, February 10, 2012

Day 13 - The End

Final post of this trip, perhaps of the blog? It's been a great run, but I just can't find the time to regularly post about this all and check out everyones blogs at the same time.

Now to the final trip post: Funny story, when booking the flights my mother had forgotten we'd be in Limerick at the end of the trip so I was scheduled to fly out of Dublin instead...whoops. I had to take a taxi across the island which only took about two hours. He wanted about twice as much as he was supposed to get when we got there which I wouldn't have agreed to, just on principal, but the folks I was carpooling with were just paying him so I put in a fair share.

 The view out of the Strand at about 3 in the bloody morning when I had to wake up.

 Sunrise from the Dublin airport

My plane, we actually walked across the tarmac to get to it. Oh Ireland, I have no complaints about my entire trip. The weather was great, the island beautiful and the people all very friendly.

The first thing I see when I get back at the baggage claim, a typo. Wonderful, reminds me of just how lacking some editors are.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Day 12 – Farewell to a Fun Group and a Great Country(p2)

Well this is awkward, my previous retelling of this trip is no longer available so I'll have to come up with it as best as I can remember, luckily there isn't much left.

Great advertisement, I think everyone got a picture of this at some point
 Some of the traffic in Limerick

Too many cowboys, just one apache fit pretty well with them being next door to a New York Pizza

 Horry shet, it's a shark
 The view from my room
 Our final dinner at the dining room of the Strand
 The good man standing is our driver, Nigel giving us a final toast and thanking us for being a great group.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Day 12 – Farewell to a Fun Group and a Great Country

I think I can actually fit the whole day on one post now, the pictures are winding down as the trip draws to a close.

Today we’re going to Limerick and then travelling to Bunratty Castle and Folkpark to spend most of the day. Bunratty is the “most complete and authentic medieval castle in Ireland” it was restored in 1954 and had its accompanying village built as well.
Bunratty grounds.

More of the Grounds
My Grandma’s maiden last name was Jones!
Bunratty Village
They look dead but they aren’t. It was field trip day and kids were running around EVERYWHERE. I imagine the dogs were just exhausted by all the attention.

Finally, Bunratty Castle itself.

Who do they expect to fit through a door like that?
In your country takin pictures of you nappin'
We get on the coach and head to Limerick. We’ll be staying at the Strand, a modern hotel. It was very nice and had good accommodations.

This doesn't wrap up the entire day, there's still a bit more to go.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Day 11 – The Best has Passed but it’s still Great(p3)

Continuing on, slowly but surely. I'll make it guys, I will!
These are peat bogs where they cut those bricks earlier from. They have to leave them out for weeks while they dry. The land is very spongy and it feels a bit like walking on a mattress that may suck you in if you jump too high on it.

We stopped at Cong, the village where apparently the Quiet Man was based out of? I’d never heard of the movie but a few people on the tour got really worked up about being there.

We also visited this pottery place where Alex had ordered plates for the women on the tour.

 The owner had a huge, really friendly dog. He was a lot of fun. I’m not sure if his size is shown well enough but I would say he probably weighed around 120lbs.
 We end in Galway at the Ardilaun and prepare for our last day of the tour.