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Fields and whiskey of Kerry…

Today we were in the county Kerry, widely known as one of the most beautiful areas of Ireland.  And I think they’re on to something here.  The wide and gently sloping fields are an amazing green each bordered by either bush or more likely stone walls.  In fact most walls here are made of stone.  Its like the island is …

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Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast

Thursday we left Dublin and drove three hours to the top of the island and drove east to west on the Causeway Coast. So many stunning views and rock formations, here are a few of our favorite stops. Kinbane Castle, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Ballintoy Harbor, White Park Bay, Dunseverick Castle, Giant Causeway, Dunluce Castle

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Trinity College & Hugh Lane Gallery

Our second full day in Dublin started off with Hurricane Ali. Down graded to Storm Ali once it hit land, it brought winds of 100 km/h and knocked down large tree limbs through out the city. There were 2 blocking the road outside our hotel when we got up. We braved the pounding wind (no rain yay!) and tried to …

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I like old books and I can not lie…

So another day another adventure into the world of old books. Maybe it’s time you could call me a antiquarian, though I don’t actually own any valuable books and none older than my college years. So perhaps hold off. Anywho we visited the Armagh Robinson library in Armagh Ireland. This is an old library specializing in 18th century books, though …

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Chester Beatty Library

This was a heavy marching day. On the way back toward the hotel we stopped by the small and quite amazing Chester Beatty library. I’ve got a bit it thing for old illuminat manuscripts and enjoy the old Islamic design.  So this was a neat trip. Arts of the Book, a permanent exhibition of almost 600 objects from the Library’s …

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Dublin walk about town

On our first full day in Dublin we covered 3 of the main neighborhoods and got a good overview of the city center. Here is what we were up to. Yeat’s painting We took a short city bus ride and walked through the Trinty College on the way to the National Gallery of Ireland. Upon entry we discovered the 5 …

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I like gold…

Today one of the many stops we made was at the national museum of archaeology of Ireland. It was nice to get in for free to the museum as one of the collection of national museums and galleries. One of the big draws to the archaeology museum is the claim of the best collection of historic gold in western Europe. …

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Sunday Roast! oh and church too

We have arrived in Dublin! Our direct flight on Aer Lingus was comfortable and quick, first time we have flown direct to Europe in a long time. (Usually too rich for our blood). K navigated the Dublin leftsided driving like a champ after staying up all night on the plane and we arrived at our hotel around 3:00 in the …

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Helsinki, Finland

Today our port of call was Helsinki, Finland.  We have another stunning sunny day to take in the sites.  We started our visit with a 2 hour boat tour around the archipelago of rock islands and nature parks that surround the capital city.   The Finnish clearly love the water and everyone was out enjoying nature with sail boat classes …

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Churches of St. Petersburg

Over our two days in St. Petersburg we visited several important and stunning cathedrals and churches. We visited 3 smaller churches and the larger than life, Kazan Cathedral, Church of Spilled Blood and St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Below are some of my favorite pictures.