Dublin: Last words

Howth We took the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) train from the Connoly Train Station to Howth, a small fishing village on a peninsula about 26 minutes east of central Dublin. A walk down the pier, just around the corner from the train station, had us drooling over all of the fresh fish and seafood... Continue Reading →

Dublin: Day Trip to Belfast

It hadn't occurred to us that we could visit Northern Ireland while we were in Dublin. Without evaluating our options, and with heads filled with outdated media soundbites of violence and strife,  I think we had unconsciously assumed that Ireland (south of the border), was the only part of the island that was legitimately open... Continue Reading →

Dublin: Tastings

Here in Ireland, I have had the pleasure of sampling a few Irish whiskeys and a number of  Irish beers. On our Pub Culture Tour, we learned how the craft (small batch) beer market has grown in Ireland over the last couple of years following in the footsteps of Canada and the USA. However, Ireland... Continue Reading →

Dublin: First impressions

Dublin feels big, robust, substantial. Its population is not quite 1.3 million, almost identical to the city of Calgary, and twice the size of the city of Vancouver, the two cities I have tried on the most. Dublin's metro area is 1.8 million compared to Vancouver's, at 2.5 million, and Calgary's, at 1.4 million. Similar... Continue Reading →

Waterford: First impressions

We are house- and pet-sitting in the oldest city in Ireland--Waterford. Our home for a short time is about 8km out of the center of town, and comes complete with 2 dogs, a cat, chickens, and ducks. Though it sounds like a busy household, it is actually very serene. We flew into Dublin from Scotland,... Continue Reading →

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