Smack dab in the middle of our heritage

Trip Start May 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 08, 2010

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Flag of Ireland  , County Waterford,
Saturday, May 29, 2010

The next morning was breakfast at a cafeteria buffet style restaurant and then a little shopping. We planned to meet again at 11:00 in order to check out and then take a city tour. The city tour took us to may of the highlights of Dublin and Irish history - which sadly includes a time period when the Irish were ruled from abroad. Not that I am trying to make any political statement but that is the history of the Irish people. Whether it was legal, ethical or moral is a topic I will gladly discuss with anyone over a pint!

We journeyed down O'Connell Street (yet again!) and went over the bridge to see Trinity College and the statue of Molly Malone. Singing Cockles and Mussels, Alive, Alive Oh!

We saw a lot of other highlights as well, which included the Guinness factory, St. Stephen's Green, Phoenix Park, the Gaol (can't remember the name of it but it was a very painful piece of history) as well as the Jamieson Distillery and more spots that are escaping me at this time. Perhaps I will remember more once I get the photos organized.

Upon completion of the tour, we picked up our stuff and walked to the bus station. We did manage to take a longer route that necessary but ultimately we made it there with lots of time to look around.

Kathy and I sat together on that trip and were entertained by a mother and her 2 boys that were about 10 and 13 years old. She was fidgetting the whole way and hiding sugar snacks in all of her bags while hiding the original wrappers. My personal favorite was when she was massaging her sons' bare feet in the middle of the aisle and I made the mistake of looking over at them at the wrong time. Kathy also enjoyed her behaviors as well as the bags that this woman had piled in the aisle - which managed to block all movement for her fellow passengers. It may not have been much of an issue for most people but for the old lady that couldn't raise her legs over the bags, it was insurmountable.

Eventually that part of the show ended when we got to Waterford.

In Waterford we met the best taxi driver I have ever met (and I have enjoyed quite a few taxi drivers around the world) as he was not just a driver but also a tour guide and comedian. As it turns out, he wasn't even from Waterford as he was a BLOW IN 20 years before! He was from Kilkenny and even though his kids were considered to be from Waterford, he would always be a blow-in.

At the airport we met our car for Ireland that was a Picasso model from Peugeot. It was a lime green and we named it Paloma after several attempts for appropriate names. Paloma did us really well and made sure that we never got lost (even though we did not have a GPS and my iPhone doesn't work there) and never caused any accidents.

That night we went to a superstore called Tesco's and got some food and settled into our lodge.
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Kelly on

Picasso model from Peugeot this is the same car we rent in Cuba all the time. too funny.
Glad to see the trip is going well. Wish I was there. :(

jac on

Lily Allen has a song about an old lady getting her bags stolen from Tesco's....always wondering what that place was.... thanks for clarifying!

kenedmac on

You know that I am here to serve you Jac! Glad I could clear that up for you - think Superstore but wider aisles - and beer and wine sales.

Heather on

That video is hilarious.

I love when Grandma is just waiting at the top of the stairs. Was that planned?? You guys are swift.

And Kathy must be really happy right now. I didn't expect to see her on camera. Although you kind of had her cornered with no where to go on that balcony.

Keep it up with the videos. =)

Darlene on

oops, posted my comments in the wrong place. here they are...

nice place. clearly you people have bettered yourselves in the last centuries since leaving Ireland. I'm pretty sure that when you were last there you only had one toilet and it was outside :-)

The accent needs a lot of work

Stairs are DEFINITELY NOT stairs wherever you go... don't believe me? Make your next trip to China and go climb the great wall.

kenedmac on

place name dropper!

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