Ireland 2014 – Part V – Off to Wicklow Mountains

It was the second time I traveled to the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough, another beautiful National Park in Ireland…

Ireland 2014 – Part IV – Off to the West Coast

Limerick, Shannon River, King John’s Castle, Bunratty Castle

We got up very early, had a quick coffee and got ready for our first day tour, which started at 6.50 am. Imagine how excited we all were. The Cliffs of Moher, one of the most famous places in Ireland.
Our first stop was Limerick and the river Shannon, greeted by King John’s Castle. Back on the coach our next stop was at Bunratty Castle. It was raining nonstop, but it didn’t stop us from taking pictures.

Cliffs Of Moher

Back on the road again the landscape began to change more and more, and the closer we got to the west coast the more excited we got.
Beautiful and impressive. Majestic. The Cliffs of Moher. We could have spent hours just walking along the cliffs…

The Burren

After our lunch stop in the village of Doolin our coach took us to one of Ireland’s greatest National Parks, the Burren. Another beautiful place along Ireland’s West Coast.

Corcomroe Abbey

Our next stop was Corcomroe Abbey, built in the 12th century on an old pagan site.

Galway Bay / Dunguaire Castle

As our coach took us along the coastline to the seaside village of Kinvara it didn’t take long and we reached one of the most impressive castle in Ireland, Dunguaire Castle. Again I could have spent hours there…

After a long but brilliant day it was now time to make our way back to Dublin. We took the Galway road through Clarinbridge, had another coffee stop somewhere along the road and made it back to the East Coast safe and sound.

Ireland 2014 – Part III

Dublin – The next two days

Oscar Wilde, loads of rain, more colourful art work, hidden alleys and Dublin Castle.

Molly Malone

When I led my sister and friend to the Molly Malone statue I couldn’t believe my eyes cause she was no longer there. Turning around several times I said, “she was here, I swear, she was here!” A moment later we were told that she’s in a pub getting drunk. – A joke? Not really. A shop owner told us that she had been removed due to a makeover, in a pub. Someone should have told me!

Molly Malone

Ireland 2014 – Part II

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin

On our third day we got to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The last time I wanted to go inside it was closed for reasons I can’t remember.

“Saint Patrick is said to have baptised converts to Christianity at a well that once existed in the park alongside the Cathedral. Because of this association with Saint Patrick, a church has stood here since the fifth century. The Normans built a church in stone on this site in 1191. This was rebuilt in the early thirteenth century and is the building we see today. Archbishop Minot rebuilt the west tower in 1370 after a fire. The spire was added in 1749.” (Current brochure of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin, 2014)

I was excited to go inside and so we did…

Ireland 2014 – Part I

The first two days

So right after we arrived in Dublin we settled into our three-bedroom, which was quite an adventure. Three different characters in a small room with an even smaller bathroom. Not to mention the hotel labyrinth. Luckily it only took us the first two days or so until we were able to find back to the reception and to the breakfast room without using a hotel map. But if you ever plan on staying as close to the Temple Bar as possible, the Street Fleet Hotel is definitely the right accomodation. The hotel staff is very friendly and always willing to help you as good as possible.

Dublin

Beautiful and busy as always. This time I got to see some of the more hidden places in Dublin. We even made it to St. Stephen’s Green and the shopping center. And since it was the first time my sister and my friend visited Ireland/Dublin I had to take them to Trinity College, The Book of Kells and the Long Room.

Of course we had to visit some of the pubs in Temple Bar even though I knew most of them were all set up to welcome tourists from all over the world…