|General Info||Rent a car||Maurice says: Rent a car in Ireland. You can waste a lot of time and money on transit.||$0.00|
|General Info||Ireland Tips||General tips from Maurice.||$0.00||Clones has a big hill that’s a natural amphitheatre where they hold concerts. Mitchelstown Caves. Look up newgrange. Derry – walled city. Ring of Kerry – go counter-clockwise. CIE – busses that do Ring of Kerry. Blarney Castle. Giants Causeway. Cahir – castle. Maurice can arrange camping locations in a few places in Ireland.|
|General Info||Cultural Norms||Don't be an asshole in Ireland||$0.00|
|General Info||Ted's suggestions||$0.00||
- Have to do the Guinness factory tour in Dublin
- Visit Trinity University
- Ring of Kerry
- Bunratty (visit the medieval village and spend evening in 1600 castle for medieval feast)
- Dingle loop
- Cliffs of Moher – amazing!!!
|General Info||Weather: Dublin 10 Day Forecast||$0.00|
|General Info||Weather: Ireland Map||$0.00|
|General Info||Ireland Tips||General tips from Mike||$0.00||
When in Dublin, stay at Trinity College.
Call Chris O'Grady. 086-170-1474
In Dublin go to Grafton St.
In Galway go to Shop St.
|General Info||Ireland Accommodation Search||$0.00|
|Travel Resource||Eurail Ireland||$0.00|
|Travel Resource||Bus Eireann||Best travel option. Purchase an "Open Road" tourist pass when we get there.||$0.00|
|Travel Resource||Bus Eireann (Ireland) network map||$0.00|
|Flight||Fly to Dublin||Ryanair||Frankfurt||Dublin||$265.00|
|Train||Train to Hahn Airport||Train Line||Frankfurt||Hahn||$40.00|
|Vehicle||Taxi to Train Station||Talixo||Steigenberger Airport Hotel||Frankfurt Hbf||$40.00|
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|Sight See||Dublin Castle||$18.00||Suggested by Sandie Sundgaard|
|Pension||Trinity College||Brent's old boss Mike's sister Chris||Dublin||$390.00||3 nights, $130/night. Incl breakfast.|
We are waiting for our flight from Frankfurt-Hahn to Dublin. Everything this morning went smoothly, all things considered. I can't believe the fiasco that Ian saved us from. If the Multiverse exists, there is at least one "me" in at least one other Universe who recently arrived at the Frankfurt airport and is probably still in the process of discovering that we've missed our flight because I chose the wrong airport to fly from. In this Universe, Brent and I used Talixo taxi to go from our hotel (near the Frankfurt airport) to the train station at 4:45 this morning, then took a "shuttle bus" 130km west to "practically Luxemburg" to catch our Ryanair flight.
Talixo is an amazingly efficient operation, although, considering it's German, maybe that's not so amazing. I booked them online and entered my payment information. Before our taxi arrived, they texted us a PIN number to give our driver. Our driver arrived spot-on-time and took us to the train station. We gave him the PIN and I was automatically charged for the ride per the info I put into their web site. Boy, we if we could get taxi service like that in Calgary life would be sweet.
While we were waiting for our shuttle bus, we spoke to a young Minnesotan who is doing the "post-College grad Europe backpack" trip who was waiting for a bus to Luxembourg. His bus was supposed to leave at 5:30 as well, but no other bus showed up. It wasn't until after we departed, and I said we were enroute to "practically Luxemburg" that we surmised that he probably should have been on our bus with us. I guess he will have more of a story to tell about today than I do.
Once our shuttle bus was underway, we left the Frankfurt main train station proceeding to Frankfurt Hahn airport... via Frankfurt airport RIGHT PAST OUR HOTEL. We could have caught the bus at the Frankfurt airport (Terminal 2). D'oh!
Contemplating our map of Europe, it looks like the Frankfurt-Hahn airport is neither in nor near either Frankfurt OR Hahn. I normally search for flights based on airport code (ie. YEG, YYC). I will have to be sure to do that rather than just searching on a city from now on. Wow. Pay enough attention, Rhonda.
|We reached Dublin, and I think the universe is trying to apologize to us for the whole Ryanair thing or something. Everything went amazingly smoothly. Arrival. Baggage. Customs. Shuttle bus to Trinity College. Checking in. Settling in. Finding food. Meeting up with Sandie and her mom. Finding a grocery store. Bing, bing, bing, bing. Much better, Universe... much much better...|
What else would we do on our first day in Ireland but attend a political protest!?
First successful "Meet up in Europe" mission
Met up with Sandie and her mom, Jennifer, to visit Dublin Castle (and then have a beer in the pub). Yay!