Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Ireland day 2: ultra cool rocks and bridges

Ireland, travel

Blogging from poor internet is not working. 

Today's pictures loaded from last to first. To rearrange them would take more than the hour that I've already spent uploading them.

We finished dthe day at Fisherman's In. In St joeseph. Best fish and chips I've ever had, and off sale to boot. 

Giant's causeway: I don't know what else to say but AMAZING. columnar jointing on steroids. Plus hiking. On columnar jointing. Extra amazing. 

The landform is one of the coolest I've set foot on. 

Before that was Carrick-a-rede swinging rope bridge.

Also a geologically cool place because, not only is there a fun rope bridge, but the ruins nearby are from a limestone/lime plant from pre-WWI days AND the adjacent black dolomitic limestone(?) wasquarried and shipped to Europe before WWI.

Here is the morning drive. Drew was in charge of pictures as we drove through Belfast.

After 1.5 days, I just gotta say, Ireland rocks!

Ireland day 1: Dublin

After about 25 hours traveling, we finally landed in Dublin. I had had about 9 hours of sleep over the past 48 hours, but no matter, genealogy awaits. To the Nation Library of Ireland!

We got our little car and headed directly into the most metropolitan area we could find on the left side of the road driving a manual transmission. Drew did awesome, but it is definitely a team driving experience. The copilot looks for signs and tries to follow the Google map while driver tried to stay on the left side of the road.

I had only about an hour to spend at the library.

I spent most of it talking to the librarian. She gave me some good tips, but unfortunately, I still have not been able to positively link my great great grandfather to his parents. I think it can be done, but I need more time. Alas, the pub was calling.

We met up with our travel companions for the first part of our trip, our good friends Jim and Shelly. The rest of the evening we spent walking around Dublin  to Trinity College, St Stephens Gardens, random other streets. And dining at Millstone restaurant in Temple Bar.  I thought I was eating vegetarian, but there may have been liver pate involved.

We spent the night at the d Hotel in Drogheda town about 40 minutes north of Dublin. We were so extremely tired we didn't notice the modern interior and friendly staff. The bed was comfortable though! Damn I was tired.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Ireland Day 0: the way there.

We like to travel. Travel is expensive. We don't like to spend a lot when traveling. Thus, the Groupon.  We got a killer deal for airfare, lodging, and car for 8 nights, all without a set schedule.  Our kind of trip.
The catch: fly west to LA first, sit for 5 hours, fly to Amsterdam, sit for 2 hours, then fly to Dublin. From the time leaving the house yesterday morning to landing in Dublin was 23.5 hours, yet to the longest flight was 10 hours 40 min.  We like to travel, right?
As is my custom, I stay up really late before a big trip. That made me tired.

We flew KLM' big blue plane and
 scored an empty seat between us. It's the little things that make a long flight bearable.
A couple of hours on the ground in Amsterdam where they have cool sculptures in the airport, 

and we are boarding the flight to Dublin.
Ireland here we come!