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« on: January 01, 2016, 03:15PM »

Hi everyone!
So my family and I went to Dublin over break and just came back yesterday. Pictures/trip details to follow!
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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2016, 03:31PM »

OK, it's been 15 minutes.  We're STILL WAITING! Wink
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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2016, 03:39PM »

Sorry Jim, might be a day or two since I can't upload pictures from my phone
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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2016, 03:39PM »

Hi everyone!
So my family and I went to Dublin over break and just came back yesterday. Pictures/trip details to follow!
   WOW  !      Shocked  Can't  wait.    Grin
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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2016, 03:46PM »

My elderly neighbor, who was born there, is in Dublin visiting her reletives for Christmas. Can`t wait to hear what the Irish thought of the barefoot American girl visiting  Roll Eyes  Need pics of the Barefoot Contessa in Ireland!
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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2016, 07:54PM »

Day 1: 26 December

After a 4+ hour drive from SE Michigan, a 7.5 hour flight from Toronto, and a 1 hour flight from London Heathrow, we finally made it to Dublin Airport. It was kind of weird having to fill out customs cards both at Heathrow (for entering the UK/IE) and Dublin (entering IE), but overall it was your standard airport experience: check in, security, waiting, etc.

http://s28.postimg.org/v1lbozqh7/20151226_055114.jpg

Things had already gotten a little confusing since I forgot that a) people drive on the left, and b) the accents were a lot thicker than the ones your hear on TV, but we didn't have any issues getting to our hostel in Temple Bar in downtown Dublin. FYI, while it's in a great location (max. 10-15 minute walk to most attractions), it wasn't the best idea to shove 6 people into a room half the size of a standard uni dorm with just enough room for 3 sets of bunk beds, especially when one of those 6 people is an 80+ year old grandma. And to anyone who's a light sleeper, Temple Bar's the main "tourist party zone", where you can go to bed at 10pm, hear people making noise outside the window until 12-2, and they'll probably start making more noise around 3am lining up for kebab/pizza.

http://s4.postimg.org/qkmyx3jqz/20151226_101341.jpg

As it was the 26th and most indoor places were closed for holiday, my dad, brother, and I decided to walk around outside near the river Liffey and downtown main street, and also checked out Grafton Street (which didn't have that many people since a lot of the shops were closed).

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Walking around Grafton Street when it's still (relatively) quiet
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Molly Malone, while everyone else isn't around taking pictures of her
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The Spire (read: huge needle in the middle of O'Connell St), lit up as a light saber for Star Wars
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My brother taking a photo over the Ha'Penny Bridge. I like that there's an Irish flag in the water from the lights.
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Yep, that's me in the picture looking awkward as usual Cheesy


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« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2016, 08:11PM »

Cool pics  !    Grin
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« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2016, 08:24PM »

Pics don't show for me -- just small boxes with an x in each. Huh
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« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2016, 07:09PM »

Day 2: 27 December

Though a lot of businesses don't open on Sundays, the tourist business still runs. We took a tour bus to the west coast of IE to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. There's not much to say besides that the place is as postcard-worthy as it's advertised as. Also, while Ireland doesn't get much snow (the taxi driver said that the last time that snow lasted long enough to be a problem on the roads was in 2010), it still rains a lot and it's really windy in the winter. So it still feels rather cold even if the temperature stays around 2-4 degrees C.




Yes I'm completely aware that my horns are crooked.



Eventually we headed back to Dublin and return to the hostel to make dinner. While at the nearby Tesco's (grocery store) we noticed a few things:

I worked in a bakery over the summer, so my brother pointed these out.
And apparently if you label food with"USA", it means "extra large portion."
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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2016, 07:35PM »

I don't know why, but I still can't see your photos. Huh
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« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2016, 08:05PM »

That's kind of weird...

Are you able to see anything if you click this link?

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« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2016, 09:14PM »

I can see a rocky area.
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« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2016, 10:09PM »

Okay, I'll add the links to the pictures tomorrow or the day after
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« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2016, 07:58AM »

Lanti,

It looks like your links are incorrect for that particular photo sharing website. You are using the direct link to the image: http://s15.postimg.org/pf5rq7srd/20151227_091234.jpg
but apparently there is a different link to use if you are going to use the image on another site: http://s15.postimg.org/kgi9booyj/20151227_091234.jpg

That is only slightly confusing and I have no idea why the site did it that way, regardless all we're seeing on this end is the broken image icon. To find the right link you have to click on 'show codes' below the picture and then select one of the forum options and copy and paste that into the forum.

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« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2016, 07:03PM »

Day 3: 28 December (can anyone still not see the pictures? If you can see them, click on them to view a larger image)

We piled onto another bus at 6:15 AM (yay for jet lag), this time headed to the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. As we were more awake than the day before (but only slightly because it was still dark outside), we spent a little more time looking out the window. It felt really weird seeing the names of places I'd heard of mostly in songs (e.g. Belfast, Newry, Derry, Carrickfergus) posted on physical signs, and finally knowing the general location of them was really cool. Another thing we noticed was all the roundabouts. That was kind of nice, since it's not much fun getting carsick simply because the bus stops at multiple intersections over a short period of time!

As we weren't sure about what to do when crossing from IE to NI since it's a different country with different currency, we had our passports in our bags, ready to stop at some kind of security checkpoint like when crossing the border between USA and Canada. However, there wasn't any checkpoint. Instead, there was just a white line and a traffic sign that read "you are entering Northern Ireland." The bilingual English/Irish signs changed to English only, and there may have been more references to miles instead of km on the signs. Now the only awkward part was exchanging Euro for sterling, which wasn't too hard- we stopped at a gas/rest station that accepted Euros and gave change in sterling.

Our first stop was Carrick- a- rede, a park where we could cross a rope bridge and walk onto an island formerly used by fisherman to catch salmon from. As it was really windy (Weather channel predicted 20-30 mph wind) we couldn't cross the bridge, but we still got to look at the scenery:


I wonder if a hobbit would want to live here...


Also, I wouldn't suggest bringing a wheelchair here, because the pathways aren't paved. Or if you do have to bring one, bring one with bigger wheels (like the hospital kind) and not one that's got skateboard-size wheels. That means one tired family:



After lunch at a nearby pub, we piled back on the bus and continued onto the Giant's Causeway. And it is true that the rocks (basalt columns from ancient volcanic activity) are hexagonal.





There was a phone booth by the visitor center, so my brother decided to have some fun here. (There's a similar phone booth on campus at uni, so I let him have the fun)



Before heading back to Dublin we stopped by Belfast for about an hour, enough for a short walk around downtown and to look at their City Hall and millennium monument.



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