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Ireland Day 18: Sláinte!

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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 17: The Rocky Road to Dublin

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Unfortunately, we didn't get a picture with the whole Moran family. However, we had a time wonderful visiting with all the Morans. Daniel was happy to see everyone again, and Catherine loved meeting them. We took this picture with Mary Kathleen, who was a bit shaken from her fall but doing much better in the morning. We made so many cherished memories with her and the family. It was hard to leave. Our time there was one of the major highlights of our trip. We hope to go back as soon as we can.
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Isabella (Adrian and Mikal's daughter) introducing a feral cat at Knock Shrine to Peppa Pig.
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Isabella loved "flying" around the lawn at the shrine. Daniel tried to teach her to fly on her own, but she seemed to prefer being picked up and flying around that way.
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The beautiful grounds of Knock Shrine. This church means a great deal to Daniel, as it is the place he decided to become Catholic and where his great grandfather was baptized. It always has a serene and peaceful feeling. Adrian told us some stories about miracles at Knock, and we had a wonderful afternoon before leaving. It was another sad parting, but again we hope to return and visit our friends and family in Ireland as soon as we can.
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We then set off towards Dublin. We had an AirBnB for the night near the airport. We had a nice drive across the country, seeing the sights and listening to music as we went. We tried to find a place to stop for dinner on the way, but it got late and we ended up eating at a Traditional Irish Italian Chipper in the apartment complex where we were staying. We had a cozy room, and the place was close to the airport allowing us to get a decent night's sleep before flying the next morning.

Posted by danielcatherine 23:06 Archived in Ireland Tagged dublin adrian mikal knock isabella mary_kathleen feral_cat peppa_pig chippers Comments (0)

Ireland Day 1: The Journey

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

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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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