Another quick city trip, this time to Dublin.

Trip Start Mar 08, 2007
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Trip End Jul 23, 2007


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Thursday, April 26, 2007

For the ones interested here follows the story about our fabulous trip to Dublin. My brother Frans brought us to the airport "Eindhoven" from where we flew to Dublin on a cheap flight. 1 euro 49 (+extras!!) In all not that cheap but still cheap.! We arrived safely and took the bus to our hotel that was booked by Trinity College. Fabulous location on St Stevens on the green (Beautifull park) for those of you that know Dublin. We had dinner and a pint at the local pub where there was ofcourse someone singing irish songs. Next day I went shopping while Michael finished his paper. At 12.30 we met "Robbie" the professor of Social work and Social Policy. He took us out for lunch in the staffclub of trinity College that was built in 1759 (or something like that) The lunch was a few notches above what we would have ordered and we really enjoyed it. Robbie was a very easy going guy with an office where there was so much chaos you wonder how he ever is able to do any work. Books and piles of papers everywhere. Michaels paper was at 4.30 so while he went to talk to a few people I resumed my walk through Dublin and looked at some interesting sites. The paper was very well received and I also  thought it was very good. There were about 60 people which is quite a good number. After this we went to an famous irish Pub, Long Hall, where we had drinks and then to a nice restaurant, this still all paid for by the university. I don't think they are that generous in Australian Universities. Thanks to the EU there seems to be more money around there for research etc. The people we were with were very nice and we got along really well. Next day time for sight seeing, We went to see the Book of Kells, a bit more of Trinity College, lots of walking and the Art Gallery which turned out fantastic with lots of fantastic paintings of Dutch, Flemish and Spanish Artists. After this we made our way to the bed and Breakfast which was about 10 minutes out of the centre. Clontarf, a suburb on the beach. Another pub dinner after a long walk along the sea,  no music here but cricket on TV. The Bed and Breakfast  was excellent despite the fact it was the cheapest we could find. The lady told us by being just a bit cheaper she was always full. We were so lucky. She only had 4 rooms and the other guest were also very nice. Getting a bit sick of all the sight seeing we decided to go to Howth, a fishing village just North of Dublin.We managed to take the wrong bus and ended up somewhere else nice, made a long walk along the beach there and then took 2 other busses and ended up where we planned to go. We walked there also along the headland and light house but didn't have enough time to do the long walk as planned. We had tickets for the Abbey Theatre that night were there was a play called the Cavalcaders by the Irish writer Billy Roche.It was a funny but yet serious play about 4 guys who had a barber quartet and worked together . There was even singing in the play. Very lucky for us that it was such good play that night. We also saw the Modern Art Gallery where again we were  lucky to see an exhibition of Georia O'Keeffe, who is an American Modernist and eventhough I didn't know her turned out to be really worth seeing. I thought she was fantastic she really touched me, there were some other things , an exhibition by Alex Catts (New york) and a sculptor exhibition with works  by Miro and Calder. All these museums are for free and yet so fantastic.Such a treat. Next day we went to pick up the car. We rented something small but ended up with a brand new automatic Toyota Corolla. very Nice. We went down south to County Wicklow. We got to Glendalough at about 3 after a beautifull route through the country side. Ireland in spring when the sun shines is so beautifull. We still  had stacks of time to visit Glendalough, the valley of the 2 lakes, a magical place with very ancient monastries and gravestones and a tower dating from as early as 700 . A priest called Kevin decided to start a monastry there . Very impressive and very peacefull. It is all part of a national park. It is light here till about 9 o'clock which is very handy. When we started looking for a B&B the first one we tried was full but had an appartment which turned out not only cheaper but very nice and big. The little shop in the village was still open and it was lovely to be able to do a bit of home cooking. The local pub had music we were told so we went for a "pint" to find the music was country and Western. Still it was fun for a bit. Due to big blisters on Michaels feet we had a car day the next day and travelled through the high lands to the coast. 2 highlights before we got to the coast were the place were 2 rivers met where  a poet made a poem that was engraved there on a stone and one of the other tourist that happened to also be there spontaneous started singing.Very moving.The otherone was Avoca were ballykissangel was filmed. The coast line was also very beautifull with wild headlands and pebbly beaches and little villages. Lucky for us the weather held out and the rain that had been forecast stayed away.We also went to a museum about jails and Irish freedom fighters being transported to Australia, but that was pretty boring. The next day was allready the end of the holiday but not till we made the trip over the mountain over the  Sally Gap pass. It cut right through the turf bogs and to our great suprise quite a lot were smouldering and created a lot of smoke. As we later heard it is impossible to stop the turf burning and one just waits till a lot of rain falls. it was pretty scary to see and gave a very spooky feeling to the place. The country side here is very wild, no villages, it feels like very high country but I believe it is under 1000 km. I have made over a 100 photos so anyone who really is interested in old ruins, stoned walls, beautifull fields , quaint villages etc. only has to ask one day....... I could write so much more but you probably allready bored  with our Ireland trip so will leave it here. Back in Holland now and the good weather still continues with over 20 degrees and again hight expected.
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