Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Slieve League

 Becuase the weather was so beautiful, we went to Slieve League in Ireland, some of the highest sea cliffs in Ireland. It was lovely, but oh so windy! Hopefully, you catch my references.

So awesome!

Lovely rocks everywhere.

That is our road.

The other side of the mountain.

Rocks looking over the Atlantic

The sun made patterns on the water

Sheep were everywhere

Do you think there is a Hidden Door up there?

Check back Friday for a post on our trip to Derry.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Bray walk, Dun Laoghaire, Book of Kells and Riverdance Dublin trip

This week has been very fast paced, but I give one quick update before I'm off (likely without my computer) for the next 5-6 days. I'll have a lot more to tell after that trip I'm sure.

After Church on Sunday, we took the DART to Bray and did the cliff walk back to Greystones. Fortunately, despite threatening to rain, it was a beautiful warm day even along the cliffs. Unfortunately, I over calculated the amount of clothes I needed to wear and I baked under jeans, leggings, and a sweater. At any rate, the scenery was stunning and Paige and I made the one hour walk into a two-hour walk...

I love the trees here!
There was a fire here a few weeks ago. You could still smell it.
The sound of waves crashing against rocks was a constant soothing companion.
I think there is a cache down there somewhere...
Greystones from afar! We're almost there right? ... Wrong, still a long way for weary legs to walk.
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Not everything here is green!

 On Monday some of us girls took a trip north to Dun Laoghaire (Dunleary) to celebrate Abigail's birthday. We were going to go to Dublin, but time didn't allow for that. Fortunately, Dun Laoghaire had a Penny's clothing store (cheap, popular place here) which was the object of interest. After a little shopping, we had a very expensive by tasty Asian meal at a local restaurant and headed back. Dun Laoghaire had many lovely sites as shown below.
Clock tower

Ireland has palm trees.


This tree had vines and ivy all over it!

There are several Geocaches in Greystones so I decided to try for a few. So far the three I'm looking for are exceptionally hard and definitely too hard for me to find with no GPS to narrow down the location. I'm trying hard with the clues I have and Google Maps but so far I haven't had any luck. These few pictures are from my attempt early yesterday morning before breakfast.
It has to be here somewhere...

I'm not getting enough sleep to get up for the sunrise yet.
 Yesterday we had an awesome trip to Dublin. I'm not going into detail in this post but there were several humorous stories to say the least. 
The Arts building at Trinity has lovely stonework. These pictures tell Aesop's fables!

All the Burger Kings and Mc Donalds here are in these old beautiful buildings! It is so weird!

We arrived at Gaiety Theater to watch Riverdance

Funny story: They messed up our tickets and we barely got the corrected ones before they closed the doors! We had to run in just minutes before the show started!

Lovely interior.
The chandelier was captivating!

 We also saw the Book of Kells were I spent almost an hour and a half...! Funny story behind that too. We also saw the Trinity Long room, which was stunning. You could smell the aged leather and stories waiting to be read. Unfortunately, the few pictures I snapped in the two minutes I spent in there were blurry. But that is a story for another day.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Arrival in Greystones and Dublin!

This is day two in Ireland and we've already done and seen a lot. It is so lovely here and while it was spitting rain at us from the airport, the sun came out to welcome us to Greystones.

The plane ride was long with moments of turbulence, the food was great, but I hardly got a wink of sleep so I went up for nearly 33 hours without sleep. Because it was an overnight flight, with what little sleep I got I haven't experienced much jet lag at all. Just because the sun rose five hours before it was supposed to…

So I want to introduce to you my traveling buddy for the semester. Her name is Niamh. (Pronounced Neev) We arrived at the airport super early so while we were waiting Niamh wanted to send some greetings home.

It rained on the coach ride from Dublin to Greystones, but I managed to snap this shot of … SHEEP!

Then we arrived at Greystones, unpacked a little, and got to explore to quaint little town. It is so nice! I love it here. The view is great, I can see the edge of the sea from my bed!

Our first stop was the famous Happy Pear where I nursed a cup of Dark hot chocolate. I think I'll be making visits there often. (Funny fact. I don't have a picture yet, but another “famous” pub here in Greystones is The Hungry Monk but on one of the signs the letters fell off and now read “The Hung Monk” which is a humorous interpretation.) One of the things I've noticed is that the doors are open to EVERYTHING. I've hardly had to open a door in the time we've been here. I love it! But it feels so strange not to have to reach out a hand and open a door to walk into a restaurant or store. (I'm going to come back and will be running into clear doors...)

This is a The Cove, which I'll likely be visiting often. I'm going to love being able to walk along the beach every day. I'm not a fan of hanging out at beaches that are warm and sunny (and packed with people) but I really enjoy a good wild, beach with a storm on the horizon.

It is fun to see all the different types of birds that live here.

This is Little Sugarloaf as seen from the courtyard of Coolnagreina. We will be hiking up it during our stay here.

On Saturday we explored Dublin and did a Photo Scavenger Hunt. This is our group at one of the sights. (O'Connell's memorial)
Dublin is filled with marvelous old, beautiful buildings, but it was a large city full of people and lots of traffic. So it really wasn't up my alley, but it was great getting to explore. My favorite part was spending time walking around Trinity College. Despite a large number of tourists there viewing the Book of Kells, it seemed a world of its own and it was easy to imagine myself there several hundred years ago. It was full of old grey stunning building and greens courtyards with the most beautiful ancient trees. It was completely walled off and seemed a separate world from Dublin city.
With a pigeon on O'Connell's head!

Lost travellers in Dublin... This happened a lot. Fortunately, the locals were super nice and pointed us in the right direction

The streets of Dublin. (Actually, most of them didn't look like this. The main roads were much like ours.)

I've seen a rainbow both days. Yesterday's was in the northwest and very wide and foggy. Not crisp like the ones we see at home. The one I saw in the east from my bedroom's window was a double rainbow, thinner and more crisp like the ones at home. It was also repeating slightly on the brighter one like the one I saw earlier this year!
I can't believe this is the view from my bed!!! See the Irish Sea in the left!!!