14-05-2009, : 08:19
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Europe Holiday Ireland 1
gebouwen rotterdam jameson distillery lahey holland station rotterdam After finishing up the Top Deck tour, I spent a few days with Kydi and Adrian... and had to decide what to do next. So I decided to go to Ireland and do a Paddywagon tour.
Arrived in Dublin on the 11th, and made friends with an American girl who was also going to be on the tour. And what better way to experience Ireland and cement a friendship than to go on a pub crawl. Ok, ok so there is some slight sarcasm there, that pub crawl was hardly a true indication of what Ireland was like, but it did highlight what an expensive city Dublin is. The next day, Alison (my new friend) and I did a Hop on/ hop off tour of the city. Went to Trinity College, and was bowled over by the Book of Kells and also the walking tour- our college student guide was so entertaining. Also checked out the Jameson distillery, and have now got a new found appreciation for Irish whiskey (don't get the wrong impression, I'm not turning into an alcoholic!) We also saw a few interesting sights- Oscar Wilde's childhood house, St Patricks cathedral, and the modern art gallery which
was once a hospital. On the 13th the tour started and we drove up to Derry, via a church which had St Oliver's charred head on display as some sort of celebration of his life and good deeds. (Personally I'd hate for that to occur to me, but this seems to be the norm is so many European countries. Derry is an interesting city- the political problems in Northern Ireland are unbelievable, we went on a walking tour of Free Derry which took in the perspective of Catholics in the area. The following day we went to Belfast, via the Giants Causeway. Such a beautiful and interesting bit of coast. As for Belfast- to be honest it scared me that such actions have occurred so recently within that city, and from what I could gather things aren't greatly on the improve, there are so many walls around the city (approx 40) to maintain peace. Personally I could live in a city where I was told what areas I could or couldn't go to because of my beliefs and heritage. But I can appreciate it to some degree, as only an outsider can do. We did a black cabs tour, which
The Angel's share... I wish I was an angel!!! took in the perspective of the Protestants in the area. From there we went to beautiful Galway, which was my fave Irish city... beautiful coastal city with a great atmosphere. Then down to Dingle, via the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren- more amazing parts of the coast. Saw the ring of Kerry from a distance, and also Giant's Island Also went to Killarney- went horse riding which was a great way to see the islands nearby. And finally kissed the Blarney Stone, and as you can see I am still waiting for the effects- I'm hardly eloquent. lol. Returned to Dublin and caught an Irish dancing show at a pub, which was amazing- such talented dancers.
Flew to Glasgow yesterday, and am in love with this city. I can see why Stephan and family lived here for a year. Its got plenty of charm and the people have been absolutely awesome (thanks to the elderly gentleman who helped me get a bus to my hotel.) Today I went via train to visit my friend Fiona in Ayr, which was fantastic. Fiona is awesome!!! A great girl and was great to catch up. And Ayr is a great little
St Oliver's Head.
Yep, mumified head of St Oliver. O_o beachside town.
Tomorrow I head for Edinburgh for more shinanigans.
Celtic Cross at Monasterboice.
Highest Celtic cross in Ireland... so I was told.
Giant's Cause way... stunning!!!
Night out in Galway.
Cliffs of Mohir.
To Be Continue