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Maui and Kaua’i Day 17: Beyond the Horizon

sunny 86 °F

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We started off our day by finishing our packing (we had done most of it yesterday.) Once it was all packed we set off on our last Kaua’i adventure of this trip. We had to get our lunch for a last “car picnic” at Sueoka’s. On our way there we noticed this lizard skittering around on the hood of the car. When we stopped Daniel was able to get the lizard off our car with a piece of paper and we saw it run off.
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Our last stop at Sueoka’s for our favorite Hawaiian treats: Spam musubi and Hawaiian coffees and juices.
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Daniel in the car with the coffee.
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We stopped at Hanalima Bakery for some malasadas. We added them to have for dessert. Catherine said “our lunch just keeps getting better and better!”
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Said lunch.
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We stopped at a place called The Pineapple Store, which had boxes of pineapples which supposedly didn’t need to be inspected. The inspectors thought otherwise and opened them up during their search. It was an interesting little place with chickens and pigs wandering around, and our Maui Golds were packed in Dole boxes. They seemed to be knowledgeable about pineapples and we were glad we stopped there.
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In the airport, Aubrey wanted Catherine to tell her a story. Aubrey and Dalton piled on Auntie’s lap to hear the story.
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Us on the plane. Once we got to Daniel’s parents’ house we found a restaurant that was open (The Garrett) and got some pizza to go. We had a nice late dinner. It has been wonderful being in Hawaii all this time, and we are so happy to have shared this wonderful experience with our family.

Posted by danielcatherine 02:02 Archived in USA Tagged airport family plane coffee san_jose aubrey musubi dalton sueoka’s the_garrett Comments (1)

Hawaii Day 7: Wine in the House of a King

semi-overcast 83 °F

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Today, Katie and Anthony had to fly back home. We got ready a little bit earlier to take them to the airport, but thankfully their flight was at a reasonable time and we were able to have a nice breakfast. Daniel prepared one of our pineapples from the plantation tour, and Katie and Anthony went on a walk and returned with malasadas (Portuguese doughnuts) from a nearby bakery. We had a nice breakfast, then helped them pack and drove to the airport. We had lunch at the same food truck court as we did on our first day, then dropped them off at the airport. Although we are excited about our next few days here, we were sad to see them go. We had a lot of fun snorkeling, hiking, and playing cards with them. It has been a wonderful trip so far.
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After dropping them off, we decided to see the town of Paia. It was an interesting little town, but seemed to consist of nothing but women's clothing shops. Eventually we found a souvenir shop where we got a print of three sea turtles.90_BBA21CA3-F..232A2F97E52.jpg90_1D921ED5-8..A1D4D63A832.jpg9FB338B3-2..B75AD6F78B1.jpg
We also found a shave ice place. Catherine got blue vanilla and fruit punch, and Daniel got "mounds," which consisted of coconut flavoring, chocolate syrup, and macadamia nut ice cream. After we finished there, we decided to go to a wine tasting at a winery that Daniel had heard about. They use Maui Gold pineapples for some of their wine, and have tastings in a building that was used as a residence by King David Kalakaua, who wrote the book Daniel is reading. It was towards the other side of the island, along the southern slopes of Haleakala, so we had to drive a little ways.
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Holy Rosary Church in Paia. It is a very beautiful church. We just happened to drive past it, but we decided to stop in and take a look. It was completely open, and there were a couple other people visiting it as well.
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Outside of the church is a shrine to St. Damian of Molokai. There is a great deal of interest in, and devotion to, this saint in Hawaii for his selfless care of the people suffering from leprosy who were housed in a colony on the island of Molokai. As we continued our way, we came upon...
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...another church! This one is amazing. It is called Holy Ghost Church, and is built in a unique octagonal style. It was the parish for the Portuguese community, who traditionally have a great devotion to the Holy Ghost.
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Pictures of the inside of the church. There is a beautiful altar, and the Stations of the Cross were carved in Europe and have inscriptions in Portuguese. The information book inside the church suggested that the octagonal shape was either based on the design of the original crown of St. Elizabeth (or Isabella) of Portugal, or simply that it was architecturally strong in the high winds the area gets.
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The dome.
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The view from the church.
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As we drove into Upcountry Maui, we started encountering mist and this verdant landscape, complete with rock walls. If it weren't for the heat and the lava rocks used for the rock walls, we would have thought we were in Ireland!
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Some views of the beautiful winery. It was a perfect place to go: it was cooler than the lower areas of the island, and the wind was more like a pleasant breeze. There were several interesting trees and other plants, and the setting was so incredibly different from the rest of the island that we've seen.
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This land belonged in the 1800s to Captain Makee, from Boston. He was friends with King Kalakaua, who at one point was his guest. It was seen as inappropriate for the king to stay in a house with commoners, so a cottage was built for the king's use on their land. This is the house, and this circle of statues sits on the stumps of the trees that ringed Kalakaua's hula grounds, where dancers would perform while he and guests watched from the porch.
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The small museum at the tasting room. The pictures show the entire story of the lands, from the first purchase by the Captain, to the King's stay, to the use of Maui wine at President Reagan's inauguration, to the present day. It was a fascinating story. They had a complimentary tasting, and we purchased a bottle of the pineapple wine.
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We had a wonderful time! Afterwards, we went back to the hotel, then got ready to go to dinner and watch the sunset in Lahaina. We went to an Italian restaurant, which had delicious pizza and bruschetta. The pictures of the sunset seem unbelievable, but they look exactly like what we actually saw. After dinner, we walked around Lahaina a bit, then stopped at a grocery store to prepare for our drive to Hana tomorrow morning!
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Posted by danielcatherine 02:32 Archived in USA Tagged churches sunset airport museum dinner cottage wine lahaina portuguese hula food_trucks shave_ice kalakaua reagan lizard_count:12 Comments (1)

Ireland Day 18: Sláinte!

overcast 64 °F

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One of the great challenges for Americans driving in Ireland is keeping the side mirrors. Daniel's dad had insisted that it wasn't possible. The roads are much more narrow than most American roads, and they usually have walls on either side that make it hard to get over. We took these pictures to show our car, undamaged and with both side mirrors.
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We went in to Dublin airport, and picked up a few items in the shops there: Coole Swan, and most importantly Lyon's tea (which we have not allowed ourselves to run out of since that day, and which we drink on a daily basis). We got on the plane and got ready for the flight to Toronto.
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Our last glimpse of Ireland. We had with us the teapot and the Infant of Prague figurine Mary Kathleen gave us, two loaves of treacle bread, and the bittersweet feeling of a beautiful experience coming to an end. We were sad to see it end, but happy that we have had yet another adventure and that this one has been so perfect.
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Plane travel is never all that comfortable, but we tried to have as cozy a time as possible. Catherine realized that there was a bar in the back of the plane (or a "speakeasy" as she called it) and we got some Bailey's to drink a toast to Ireland.
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There were no clouds over Greenland as we flew over. The pilot said he had not seen Greenland that clearly in his whole career. It was absolutely beautiful, and these pictures do not do it justice.
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Back in California, having tea and treacle bread with Daniel's family. Mary Kathleen had asked us to take it to them. We had a great time reminiscing about our trip and sharing our memories.
Our trip to Ireland was a beautiful experience. We talk about it all the time, and can't wait to go back. We feel so lucky to have had this experience, and love the adventures that we are able to take together. We are also happy that we were able to finish our blog and get these pictures and memories compiled so we can remember them in the future. And as always, we can't wait for our next adventure!

Posted by danielcatherine 23:43 Archived in Ireland Tagged airport toronto dublin plane san_jose greenland bailey's lyon's coole_swan treacle_bread Comments (1)

Ireland Day 1: The Journey

With Service to Toronto, the Basque Country, India, and Turkey

semi-overcast 63 °F

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On Saturday we got everything packed and got ready to head to San Jose to get our flight at the San Francisco Airport. On our way out, we met Catherine's parents and her brother, Fr. Michael. We had dinner at a Basque restaurant in Fresno. We had never had that type of food before so we thought that was a good start to our adventures. We stayed at Daniel's parents' house.
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Daniel's parents dropped us off at the airport.
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Our flight was with Air Canada.
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Catherine had a window seat and Daniel had a middle seat. We had an excellent view out the window. These pictures show the vast deserts in Nevada. We saw the Rockies and the Great Lakes.
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Our flight to Dublin was delayed for over an hour. While this was frustrating, it gave us a chance to have a nice meal at an Indian restaurant in the terminal. Daniel had chana masala (chickpea curry), which is actually one of our favorite meals to make at home.
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Our flight from Toronto left at midnight, and once the sun rose we could mostly just see clouds and ocean.
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Our first glimpse of Ireland!
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More of Ireland from the plane.
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We found a bus to O'Connell Street. Daniel had made plans to meet his friend Adrian, who he met when he was studying abroad in Galway. He called Adrian and they arranged to meet at Wynn's Hotel off of O'Connell Street. We took the bus to O'Connell Street, and thankfully found a Tourism Office where we could store our bags. When we got to Wynn's, we met Adrian, his wife Mikal, and his daughter, Isabella. Adrian said no trip to Ireland would be complete without Turkish kebabs, so we went to a Turkish restaurant nearby. Adrian strongly recommended the shish kebab, so we split that and some curry chips. It was very good, and we had a nice lunch. Adrian had a meeting (which was the reason he was in Dublin) so we chatted for a while with Mikal.
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We were right by the General Post Office (GPO) which was a major location in the Easter Rising in 1916. There is a museum there which we toured. We were very tired so we didn't take as many pictures as we should have, but it was a very informative and interesting tour.
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After that, Daniel showed Catherine the hostel where he stayed the last time he stayed in Dublin, and the pharmacy where he bought a toothbrush and toothpaste because his bags had been lost. After that, we picked up our bags at the tourist office and got a taxi to our AirBnB.
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Our AirBnB is a house in Ballsbridge in South Dublin. According to a letter on the wall it was used as a safe house by Michael Collins in the early 20th century. It is very comfortable, and our room has a beautiful view.
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The neighborhood is beautiful. We are across from St. Mary's Catholic Church, and just down the street from the Dylan Hotel where Daniel's aunt Jackie is staying. We are very excited about our trip. Tomorrow, we will be touring Dublin!

Posted by danielcatherine 20:59 Archived in Ireland Tagged planes airport toronto ireland dublin turkish canada gpo san_francisco shish_kebab Comments (3)

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