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Old 04-12-2010, 02:40 PM   #76
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Thanks!

I'm pretty confident in the amount of time I have scheduled for Dublin, as two of those days will be mostly taken up by day trips (one up to Newgrange/Monasterboice, the other down to Wicklow/Glendalough). I'll have a full day to see what I want to see, and then just night-times for pub-going and fine dining.

... of course, my entire itinerary might change by the time I actually go to book things! If I end up adding another day earlier in the trip, it'll likely shave time off from the Dublin portion.
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Old 04-12-2010, 04:58 PM   #77
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Isnt The U2 Wall in Dublin? Where people graffiti stuff on it about U2.
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Old 04-12-2010, 05:07 PM   #78
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Yeah, @U2 has a Google map of U2 places of interest. I have that bookmarked. I want to try and see the former Windmill Lane studios and Hanover Quay, if I have time. It's not a priority, though.
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Yeah, even if I don't end up staying there, I'll pop in for a drink for sure.
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I got a very fuzzy, no-flash picture of the entrance to the Octagon for exactlyt he same reason.
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Oh you're not allowed to take pics? I didn't know that. Took a pic with my phone anyway.

Though I don't get why everyone complains about the prices in Ireland. It wasn't that expensive, Switzerland was far worse. Prices are similar to that on mainland Europe...
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I didn't take any pics inside the Clarence. I felt weird doing it.
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Old 04-13-2010, 11:57 AM   #83
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Yeah, @U2 has a Google map of U2 places of interest. I have that bookmarked. I want to try and see the former Windmill Lane studios and Hanover Quay, if I have time. It's not a priority, though.

Windmill lane was a little tricky to find and this guy gave me and my friend the funniest directions.
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Though I don't get why everyone complains about the prices in Ireland. It wasn't that expensive, Switzerland was far worse. Prices are similar to that on mainland Europe...
From my (admittedly limited) understanding, they're expensive compared to the States and (?) Canada. Most of us are aware that gas is a lot more expensive in Europe than here, but I've heard a lot about their being a huge sticker shock with food.
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From my (admittedly limited) understanding, they're expensive compared to the States and (?) Canada. Most of us are aware that gas is a lot more expensive in Europe than here, but I've heard a lot about their being a huge sticker shock with food.
I didn't find the prices for food in restaurants being all that exhorbitant. Of course, we didn't dine in fancy-schmancy places, either. Mostly pubs or small local restaurants (Conlon's Fish Market in Galway, Paddy's and Salvator's in Killarney, Jola's and The White House in Kinsale, The Bull and Castle and Sinnott's Pub in Dublin).

My friend Kevin and her hubby Mike went to a Burger King in Killarney. HAHAHAHAHAHA!
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Cori, be sure to take a day and do the Wild Wicklow bus tour out of Dublin. They advertise it at all the hotel tour desks. Not only does the bus go down along Dublin Bay to the south through Killiney right past you know who's front gates, sit on left side of the bus... but it also takes you to the Wicklow Mountains and some of the most beautiful peaceful valley's I have ever seen. It really is a magical country. The bus driver will even give you a shot of Jameson whiskey at the stop above Lough Tay, the lake area that was featured in the movie Braveheart.
I love Ireland! I want to go back!! Galway if fun too! That's where my family roots are... County Cork too.
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I think that's the tour I was looking at, because it went to Glendalough, with the monastic ruins, which is the thing I really want to see in that area.
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Adare too-I loved that place. It's like a real life storybook village
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Adare was the first place we stopped the first day of our Tour 2 years ago. It was lovely. My girlfriend and I had a really nice conversation with 2 ladies in a gift shop there. The Irish people were so inviting and so nice.
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That reminded me of the two old ladies in Cobh--we were trucking up this horrendous hill from water level to go to St. Coleman Cathedral (didn't know there was a switchback route further on down the harbor ); being old and out of shape, I was having to stop every so often because I couldn't breathe. Two little old ladies came up the hill behind me, arm in arm. As they passed by, one of them said, "Take your time, dearie--you'll get there!"
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