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Images From Ireland

Sunday, April 19, 2009

[mbs slideshow=1] Here are some highlights of my trip to Ireland in April of 2009. 1.     St. Patrick’s Cathedral: Dublin. Reputedly the site of a well that St. Patrick himself used to baptize newly converted Christians, the well has since been filled in by the British and the exact location is unknown (as was told […]

Discover Basque Country (In France!)

Friday, April 17, 2009

On the other side of the south of France lies the Pays Basque, the little-known French Basque region over the border from its slightly more well-known Spanish counterpart containing San Sebastian. As this article in T+L explores, the Pays Basque has successfully avoided the hordes of visitors and development that its neighboring regions to the […]

Ireland Trip: Day 6-7 (Final Travels And Return Home)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The day after Easter is actually a bank holiday here in Ireland, so it’s actually quite sleepy on both Easter Sunday and the Monday after. Cork, being Ireland’s second biggest cities, has gone through a dramatic change in the last decade or so due to the country’s prosperity. The city is home to the country’s […]

Ireland Trip: Day 5 (Easter And Rugby – What A Combo)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Cork is just a short 4 1/2 hour bus ride southeast from Dublin, and buses leave on the hour on most days. As most people say, some of the best of Ireland is seen outside of the main cities, and a trip overland can offer some amazing views. Of course, like most trips, I’m reminded […]

Ireland Trip: Day 4 (Spray Painting and Absinthe)

Monday, April 13, 2009

The trick is that they add the tomato, thus making the traditional Irish breakfast especially healthy. Complete with most animals in existence in the Western hemisphere, this artery-clogging conglomeration sticks with you the rest of the day, making lunch an especially tough endeavor.  Notice the black and white pudding up top. I’m still not sure […]

Ireland Trip: Day 3 (Part Two: Dry Good Friday)

Friday, April 10, 2009

I somehow have this uncanny ability to travel to places during the wrong holiday. Sweden during Midsummer, Good Friday in Dublin. From what I’ve seen, the only things open tonight are a shawarma restaurant and the internet cafe where I’m typing right now. Very odd for Friday night in Dublin. But what turned out be […]

Ireland Trip: Day 3 (Scones, Castles And U2)

Friday, April 10, 2009

What better meal for the day after than fish and, er, salad (a healthy twist on a fattening classic)? This was actually the second meal of the day, breakfast being a mixed berry scone (my third of this trip), which the Irish, to my surprise, have seemed to completely master the art of creating. Who […]

Ireland Trip: Day 2 (Part 2: Away From Temple Bar)

Friday, April 10, 2009

It only takes a few minute strolling around the infamous (but alas, touristy) Temple Bar district at night to make you want to head south to Wexford Street to grab that evening pint. I headed out with a Dubliner, Ciara, who led the way to where the Dubliners go, our stop being Whelans for some […]

Ireland Trip: Day 2 (Guinness: What Better Way To Celebrate Getting Over Jet lag?)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Anaheim = Disneyland. Dublin = Guinness Storehouse. Here I am trying some of Ireland’s black gold in the Gravity Bar, a rooftop, 360-degree view of Dublin bar that sits on top of the Guinness Storehouse (from a distance the building is a pint, the bar being the head). I missed out on the tour due […]

Ireland Trip: Day 1

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Mental note: In the future, do not eat two large bowls of a high-fiber breakfast cereal the morning of a long flight, it does not make for a comfortable trip. I left drizzly, grey New York City to arrive in sunny, balmy Dublin! Who would’ve thunk it? The first thing you notice upon entering the […]

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