Stephen's 2016 60th birthday grand adventure

5/12/2017

Irish sites

Scottish sites

London sites

Paris sites



The itinerary--where to stay and what to see in the area

The journal

The dates listed in small print for each detailed entry are when I did the html version.

May--Victoria BC & Seattle/Northwest Folklife Festival
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Flew to Victoria
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Victoria
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Victoria
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Victoria
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Victoria
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Seattle
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Seattle
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Seattle
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Seattle
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Seattle
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Home
June--California for Nick's graduation/Ireland
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California
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California
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California
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Home
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Leave for Ireland
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Drogheda
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Drogheda
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Drogheda
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Trim
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Trim
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Armagh
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Armagh
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Belfast
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Belfast
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Derry
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Derry
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Donegal
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Omagh
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Sligo
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Castlebar
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Boyle

July--Ireland
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Galway
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Galway
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Galway
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Galway
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Doolin
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Doolin
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Ennis
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Limerick
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Dingle
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Dingle
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Killarney
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Killarney
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Killarney
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Cork
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Cork
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Waterford
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Waterford
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Waterford
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Kilkenny
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Tullamore
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Tullamore
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Wexford
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Wexford
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Dublin
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Dublin

August--Scotland & London
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Fort William
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Fort William
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Fort William
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Fort William
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Mallaig
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Mallaig
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Mallaig
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Glasgow
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Glasgow
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Edinburgh
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Edinburgh
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London
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London

September--London, Paris & home
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London
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Paris
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Paris
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Home
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Home
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Home
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Home
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Home
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Home
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Home

Finale, June-September 2016

November
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St Augustine
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St Augustine
Thanksgiving
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St Augustine
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St Augustine
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St Augustine
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December into January, Dublin, London & home
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Leaving for Dublin?
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Home to Dublin
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Dublin
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Dublin
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Dublin to London
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London
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London to home
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Home
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Home
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March & April 2017--back to Ireland
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Leave Florida?
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Left Florida
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Galway
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Galway
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Galway
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Galway
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Galway
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Galway
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Dingle
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Dingle
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Dingle
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Dingle
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Killarney
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Killarney
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Killarney
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Killarney
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Killarney
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Killarney
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Killarney
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Shannon Airport
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Fly home
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The dates listed in small print for each detailed entry are when I did the html version. And the city listed in the title of each slideshow is where I spent that night.

Saturday, May 21, Victoria BC--Harbour Towers

Flew from Ft Lauderdale to Victoria via Seattle

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Sunday, May 22, Victoria BC--Harbour Towers

Chinatown; Murchie's; Eddie Bauer

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Monday, May 23, Victoria Day, Victoria BC--Harbour Towers

Victoria Day parade; Don Mee for lunch; Irish Times; Visitors Information Centre; Dinner at the Steamship

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Tuesday, May 24, Victoria--Harbour Towers

Big Bus tour; Butchart Gardens with lunch at the Blue Poppy there; dinner and a pint at the Bard & the Banker; pictures of the Legislature at night

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Wednesday, May 25, Victoria BC--Harbour Towers

Royal BC Museum; Maritime museum; Miniature World; tea at the Empress Hotel; dinner at the Harbour House

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Thursday, May 26, Victoria BC & Seattle--Hyatt House

Victoria Clipper to Seattle; Old Spaghetti Factory; Pacific Science Center Laser Dome

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Friday, May 27, Seattle, WA--Hyatt House

Folklife

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Saturday, May 28, Seattle--Hyatt House

Folklife

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Sunday, May 29th, Seattle--Hyatt House

Folklife

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Monday, May 30th, Seattle (written Friday, June 3, back in S Florida)--Hyatt House

Folklife

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Tuesday, May 31st

Flew home

Friday-Monday, June 10-13–written Thursday, June 16 in Drogheda, Co Louth, Ireland--Westcourt Hotel

Flew to California for my nephew Nick's college graduation; time with my family; Capitola

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Tuesday & Wednesday, June 14 & 15, Drogheda, Co Louth, Ireland--Westcourt Hotel

Flew to Dublin; drove from Dublin to Drogheda; Irish cell phone; St Peter's church; dinner at Bru

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Thursday, June 16, Drogheda, Ireland--Westcourt Hotel

Repacked car; getting Dad's cap repaired; Vodafone again; library; Visitors Centre; Dunnes Stores; Boots; St Laurence Gate; art gallery; Chinese food for dinner

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Friday, June 17, Drogheda, Ireland--Westcourt Hotel

Bru na Boinne; minor disaster; dinner back at the hotel

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Saturday, June 18, Trim--Boyne View B & B

Picked up Dad's cap again; replaced tire; Monasterboice; Slane Castle; Hill of Slane; Kells; dinner at the Stockhouse

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Sunday, June 19, Trim, Ireland--Boyne View B & B

St Patrick's cathedral; Trim Castle; dinner at Jules restaurant at the Trim Castle Hotel

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Monday, June 20, Trim, Ireland to Armagh, Northern Ireland/United Kingdom--Armagh City Hotel

Loughcrew; Loughcrew Megalithic Centre; shopping for a camera at Argos; dinner in the hotel

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Tuesday, June 21, Armagh, UK--Armagh City Hotel

Laundry; St Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral; lunch at the Seven Hills; visitors centre at St Patrick's Trian; Armagh Public Library; St Patrick's Church of Ireland; No 5 Vicar's Hill; Palace Demesne park; dinner at the Moody Boar

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Wednesday, June 22, Armagh to Belfast--Ibis Belfast City Centre

Navan Centre & fort; Downpatrick; St Patrick Centre; St Patrick's Cathedral

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Thursday, June 23, Belfast, Northern Ireland--Ibis Belfast City Centre

Hop on, hop off bus tour of Belfast; Titanic Centre; Botanic gardens at Queen's University; dinner back at the hotel

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Friday, June 24, Belfast to Derry--Tower/Maldron Hotel

Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge & Sheep Island; Causeway Coast; Giant's Causeway; Bushmills town & distillery gift shop; walking the walls; dinner and a pint at the hotel

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Friday, June 25, Derry, Northern Ireland--Tower/Maldron Hotel

Laundry?; Citysightseeing hop on, hop off bus tour; Guildhall; pubs & Peadar O'Donnell's; Peace Bridge; Tower Museum; Londonderry city library; lunch & Boots at the Foyleside shopping centre; Argos at the Richmond shopping mall; Café Nero; where to have dinner and a pint; Wetherspoon's the Diamond

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Sunday, June 26, Donegal City--Abbey Hotel Donegal

Beltany stone circle; Wild Atlantic Way; Greencastle; Inishowen maritime museum & planetarium; another minor disaster heading as far North as you can go; dinner at the Harbour restaurant; a late night wander in town

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Monday, June 27, Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, Great Britain--Silverbirch Hotel

Another wander around Donegal town; Donegal Castle; Omagh; Carphone Warehouse; four churches; dinner and a pint back at the hotel

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Tuesday, June 28, Sligo town--Great Southern Hotel Sligo

Gortin Glen Forest Park; Ulster-American Folk Park; An Creagan; walking downtown to the river

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Wednesday, June 29, Castlebar, Co Mayo--Connaught Inn

Forgetting places I wanted to go to and finding places I didn't know about; Knocknarea; Sligo Folk Park; Knocknashee; National Museum of Ireland Country Life; dinner and a pint in the hotel

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Thursday, June 30, Boyle, Co Roscommon--Linsfort House B&B

Driving through Westport; Westport House; Croagh Patrick; Clew Bay; looking for the Granuaille visitors center in Louisburgh; Gurteen and the Coleman Irish music centre; wandering around town; dinner and a pint at An Craoibhin

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Friday, July 1, Dad's 84th birthday, Galway City--Connacht Hotel

King House; Boyle Abbey; Boyle Visitors Centre; looking for Turlough O'Carolan's grave site; Lough Key; Kilronan Castle; Kilronan cemetery; Keadue & looking for the O'Carolan Heritage Park; driving through Leitrim, Carrick-on-Shannon, Strokestown, Roscommon and past signs for Athlone and Athenry; traffic jam in Galway; dinner and a pint in the hotel

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Saturday, July 2, my 60th birthday, Galway city--Connacht Hotel

Laundry; some small shopping; hop on, hop off bus tour; Claddagh; lunch at Taafes; Eyre Square; Galway city museum; dinner back at the hotel; a pint and some live trad at the Crane

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Sunday, July 3, Galway City--Connacht Hotel

Lally Tours to Inis Mor; horse drawn carriage tour with a lovely young red headed guide; Dun Aengus; bit of trouble getting back to town; dinner and a pint at the Skeffington Arms Hotel

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Monday, July 4, Galway City--Connacht Hotel

St Nicholas church; Galway Camera; Eyre Square; lunch at Rockin' Joe's; an afternoon off; dinner and a pint at the Huntsman

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Tuesday, July 5, Doolin, Co Clare--Suantrai B&B

Gort; Yeats Tower Thoor Ballylee; Coole Park; Ballyvaughan & Corkscrew Hill on the road to Lisdoonvarna; lunch at the Irish Arms; dinner at the Riverside Bistro; live trad music and an Irish coffee at McDermott's

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Wednesday, July 6, Doolin, Co Clare--Suantrai B&B

Driving around town; boat tour to the Cliffs of Moher and back; walking all over the Cliffs with an OK lunch there and finding a sweatshirt and some music CDs; lunch and some more CDs back near the pier; dinner at the Chevril restaurant at the Doolin Hotel; a pint and some live trad music at Fitz's, also at the hotel

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Thursday, July 7, Ennis, Co Clare--Glen Cove B&B

Kilfenora; the Burren Centre; Kilfenora Church of Ireland parish church; Dysert O'Dea; waiting at my B&B for my hosts; Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul; dinner at Brogan's; back to Brogan's for some live trad music and an Irish coffee

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Friday, July 8, Limerick City, Co Limerick & Bunratty, Co Clare--Absolute Hotel

Looking for Clare Abbey in Ennis; Craggaunowen; cab to Bunratty and back for a pint at Durty Nellie's before the gift shop and the medieval banquet at the Castle

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Saturday, July 9, Dingle, Co Kerry--Duinin House B&B

Leaving the hotel in Limerick; driving through Adare; Dingle and lunch at the Old Smokehouse; St Mary's church; Sacred Heart University; Dingle Music Shop with a house concert there; dinner at Sheehy's

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Sunday, July 10, Dingle, Co Kerry--Duinin House B&B

Driving part of Slea Head Drive around the Dingle Peninsula; Ventry; Celtic & Prehistoric Museum; Dunbeg; Gallarus Oratory; back to Dingle and Mazz O'Flaherty's Dingle Record Shop; lunch at Deirdre's Café; chatting with my hosts back at the B&B and enjoying the storm from inside; dinner at Idas; live trad music at An Driochead Beag

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Monday, July 11, Killarney, Co Kerry--Killarney Court Hotel

Chat with Pat at Duninin House; Inch Strand & beach; valleys of the Slieve Mish Mountains; towns of Castlemaine & Milltown; lunch in Killarney; tourist information offices; St Mary's Church; dinner at the hotel; "Celtic steps" show

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Tuesday, July 12, Killarney, Co Kerry--Killarney Court Hotel

Laundry; wandering around downtown; St Brendan's College; St Mary's Cathedral; Market Cross; lunch at Cronin's; a pint in the Shire; driving to Tralee and back for dinner then a performance of "Fado Fado", the show at Siamsa Tire, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland

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Wednesday, July 13, Killarney, Co Kerry--Killarney Court Hotel

Shuttle to Kate Kearney's cottage; finding and taking a horse drawn carriage through the Gap of Dunloe; Lord Brandon's cottage; along and through the Lakes of Killarney to Ross Castle; dinner and hanging out back at the hotel

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Thursday July 14th, Cork City, Co Cork--Metropole Hotel

Horse drawn carriage to Muckross Abbey, Muckross House & the Torc Waterfall; driving to Cork; Bonane Heritage Park; Bantry town & Bay; Glengarriff; dinner at Sakura; a pint and the "Sligo Maids" at Gallagher's

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Friday, July 15, Cork City, Co Cork--Metropole Hotel

Hop on, hop off bus tour; Firkin Crane cultural center; RC cathedral of St Mary & St Anne; St Anne's Shandon; English Market; Irish Market; lunch at the Farmgate Café; St Fin Barre's C of I cathedral; "Pulses of tradition" at the Triskel Christchurch Arts Centre

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Saturday, July 16, Waterford city, Co Waterford--Dooley's Hotel

Being guided out of the parking structure; driving from Cork to Waterford; and the record number of roundabouts is set by the town of Dungarvan; wandering around Waterford; lunch at Sheehan's; dinner at La Boheme; Ross Kearley live in the bar at Dooley's;

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Sunday, June 17, Waterford City, Co Waterford--Dooley's Hotel

Laundry again; downtown and Viking Waterford; lunch at the Munster; Medieval Museum; the church of St Saviour; the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity; dinner in the hotel and live music from Tom Comerford in the hotel bar

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Monday, July 18, Waterford City, Co Waterford--Dooley's Hotel

Driving through Mooncoin and Carrick-on-Suir to the Rock of Cashel; lunch at Granny's Kitchen; iced coffee at Costa Coffee; dinner; hanging out in the hotel's bar & residents' lounge

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Tuesday, July 19, Kilkenny city, Co Kilkenny--Newpark Hotel

Shorts; the Priory in Kells, Co Kilkenny; Kilkenny city; Kilkenny Medieval hop on, hop off bus tour; dinner, a bodhran lesson with Damian and live music from the Raglan Rogues at Kyteler's Inn

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Wednesday, July 20, Tullamore, Co Offally--Tudor Lodge B&B

Where's the B&B and which is my room?; wandering around Tullamore; dinner at Eddie Rocket's; a pint at Eugene Kelly's pub

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Thursday, July 21, Tullamore, Co Offally--Tudor Lodge B&B

Clonmacnoise; driving through Athlone looking for the castle and cathedral; Clara, the Clara Bog Interpretative Center, and the bog; dinner at Supermac

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Friday, July 22, Wexford City, Co Wexford--Killiane Castle

Where to have lunch?; wandering around the castle grounds & farm; dinner at La Cote

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Saturday, July 23, Wexford city, Co Wexford--Killiane Castle

Johnstown Castle and the Irish Agricultural Museum; back to Kelly's Café for lunch; the 1798 memorial; Selkar Abbey; Franciscan friary; looking for the Opera House; the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland

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Sunday, July 24, Dublin city, Co Dublin--Jury's Inn Parnell Street

Irish National Heritage Park; through the Wicklow Mountains and the Wicklow Gap to Glendalough; returning the rental car at the airport after checking in at the hotel; wandering around my new neighborhood; dinner at an Italian restaurant down the street

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Monday, July 25, Dublin city, Co Dublin--Jury's Inn Parnell Street

Dropping off a suitcase to be fixed at Adamson Luggage; hop on, hop off bus tour of Dublin; bento lunch in the hotel's neighborhood; an afternoon off; dinner at the hotel restaurant

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Tuesday, July 26, Dublin city, Co Dublin--Jury's Inn Parnell Street

Boots; down O'Connell Street; General Post Office; across the Liffey; Trinity College; Grafton Street; lunch in the rooftop café at Marks & Spencer; a redheaded fiddle player and Molly Malone; Leinster House; the National Library; the National Gallery; Merrion Square; iced coffee at Insomnia; St Stephen's Green shopping center; dinner at Wagamama; "Riverdance: at the Gaiety Theatre; dinner from room service at the hotel

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Wednesday, July 27, Dublin city, Co Dublin--Jury's Inn Parnell Street

Walking to St Patrick's Park & Cathedral; Chester Beatty Library and lunch there; Dublin Castle; Dublinia; Dublin City Hall; Sunlight Chambers and along the Liffey; Temple Bar; dinner at the Mongolian BBQ; Musical Pub Crawl

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Thursday, July 28th, Dublin city, Co Dublin--Jury's Inn Parnell Street

Picking up my repaired suitcase; National Museum of Ireland Archaeology & History and lunch there; National Museum of Ireland Natural History; afternoon nap; dinner and the Irish House Party show at the Landsdowne Hotel

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Friday, July 29, Dublin city, Co Dublin--Jury's Inn Parnell Street

Laundry again; City Sightseeing hop on, hop off bus tour; the tour, lunch, a pint and the Gravity Bar at the Guiness Storehouse; 1916 Easter Rising tour at Glasnevin Cemetery; dinner and the trad music show at the Abbey Tavern out in Howth

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Saturday, July 30, Dublin city, Co Dublin--Jury's Inn Parnell Street

Finding somewhere to ship extra suitcases back home; Excess Baggage; lunch at an Asian buffet; National Museum of Ireland Decorative Arts & History; not being able to go to the dinner & show at the Merry Ploughboys due to traffic problems; Abbey Presbyterian Church; Garden of Remembrance; dinner and a pint at the Parnell Heritage pub & grill

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Sunday, July 31, Dublin city, Co Dublin--Jury's Inn Parnell Street

St Francis Xavier church; St Mary's Pro-Cathedral; lunch at Beshoff's fish & chips; National Leprechaun Museum; the dinner trad music show at the Merry Ploughboys

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Monday, August 1, Dublin city, Co Dublin to Fort William, the Highlands--Best Western Imperial

Flew from Dublin to Glasgow; picked up rental car; another minor disaster on the road North; Loch Lomond; West Highland Way; Glen Coe; wandering around the small downtown; Scottish Whisky Shop; St Andrew's church; Boots; small cell phone store; haggis, neeps & tatties at the Tavern

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Tuesday, August 2nd, Fort William, Lochaber/Highlands & Islands--Best Western Imperial

Back to the phone place; music CD shopping at the Granite House; West Highland Museum; lunch at Café Ecosse; tourist centre; the local campus of the West Highland College; Underwater Centre; dinner at the Crofter; Lochaber Schools Pipe Band

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Wednesday, August 3, Fort William, Lochaber/Highlands & Islands--Best Western Imperial

Neptune's Staircase; Treasures of the Earth; losing a cell phone in the car; lunch at Café 151 or 115; pint of cider at Wetherspoon's the Great Glen and back there for dinner; down along the waterfront to the Crannog Restaurant to make a dinner reservation for tomorrow

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Thursday, August 4th, Fort William, Lochaber/Highlands & Islands--Best Western Imperial

Back to the phone store one last time; a Scottish walking stick; Duncansurgh Mackintosh parish church; through the town center and out the other side back towards where I stayed last time; St Mary's Catholic church; lunch at the Hot Roast Company Café; local buskers; dinner at the Crannog; Lochaber Schools Pipe Band; a night cap in the hotel's bar

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Friday, August 5, Mallaig, Highlands & Islands--Marine Hotel

The Road to the Isles; finding the hotel but not where to park; walking along the waterfront back to the hotel; deja vu and lunch at the Fish Market; an afternoon nap; wandering around town; dinner at the Cabin

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Saturday, August 6th, Mallaig, Highlands & Islands--Marine Hotel

Rugged & wild weather; across the Loch for the Knoydart highland games in Inverie ; catching the early boat back to Mallaig; heather ale at the Tea Garden restaurant/coffee house; back to the Fish Market for dinner

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Sunday, August 7th, Mallaig, Highlands & Islands--Marine Hotel

Even wilder & windier weather; breakfast in the hotel; trying to find somewhere for lunch right after the steam train's arrived; Mallaig Heritage Centre; craft show and soup and sandwich sale at the Morar Mallaig Community Centre; more heather ale and a late lunch at the Tea Garden; wandering around in the wild weather; hiding from the wind & rain in the car; dinner at the Cornerstone

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Monday, August 8, Glasgow, Strathclyde/Lanarkshire--Novotel Glasgow Centre

Mediocre weather back down the Road to the Isles and all the way to Glasgow; returning the car back at the Glasgow airport; a long walk and encountering a stray pipe band; dinner at a world buffet

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Tuesday, August 9, Glasgow, Strathclyde--Novotel Glasgow Centre

Laundry again; minor electrical problem in the room; red hop on, hop off Glasgow sightseeing bus; George Square & Piping Live events; lunch at Wetherspoon's Counting House; piping quartet competition at the Royal Concert Hall; late night snack from Tesco

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Wednesday, August 10, Glasgow, Strathclyde--Novotel Glasgow Centre

National Piping Centre; Boots again; wok lunch; an afternoon nap; Lowland and Border Pipers' Society; another late night Tesco snack run

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Thursday, August 11, Glasgow, Strathclyde--Novotel Glasgow Centre

Walking to the Kelvingrove museum and art gallery; Riverside museum; Science Museum, lunch & the planetarium show; Jessup's cameras; dinner at Bella Italia; snack run to Sainsbury's

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Friday, August 12th, Glasgow, Strathclyde--Novotel Glasgow Centre

Mediocre weather; meeting a podcaster I've listened to for a long time for coffee; Glasgow Green & the World Pipe Band Championships Grade 1 qualifying rounds; St Mungo's museum of religion; camera trouble or lens trouble?; Jessop's cameras again; the Mackenzie Caledonian pipe band; looking for good, fat pens; lunch at Yates'; an afternoon off; getting past the the late afternoon performance of the "Rocky Horror Picture Show the musical" at the King's Theatre; dinner in the hotel; street racing noises?

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Saturday, August 13th, Glasgow, Strathclyde--Novotel Glasgow Centre

Walking back to Glasgow Green for the World Pipe Band Championships; a Scottish rain cape; dinner at a different world buffet

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Sunday, August 14th, Tim's birthday, Edinburgh, Lothian--Cityroomz Edinburgh

Good weather and lovely roads between Glasgow & Edinburgh; the Falkirk Wheel; looking for Kelpies; returning the car in the bowels of the Waverley Station parking structure; Royal Edinburgh ticket; busy times in Edinburgh; lunch at Wetherspoon's Booking Office; a hop on, hop off bus tour; dinner at Wagamama's; around the corner and down the street to try and take pictures of the Castle at night; losing Chris's cane

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Monday, August 15th, Edinburgh, Lothian--Cityroomz Edinburgh

Finding Chris's cane behind my suitcases; hiking over to the Festival Fringe box office; Festivals & Fringes; Aca Demic; a different hop on, hop off tour route and out to the sea side; Festival Wheel; Voadafone UK; George Street & Rose Street; dinner at Wildfire

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Tuesday, August 16th, Edinburgh, Lothian--Cityroomz Edinburgh

Day trip to Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond with lunch and hat shopping in Aberfoyle at the Scottish Wool Centre; dinner at Ask Italian

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Wednesday, August 17th, Edinburgh, Lothian--Cityroomz Edinburgh

Mailboxes Etc; St John's and St Cuthbert's churches; the high road up to the Castle; chatting with a semi-irate piper; lunch at St Giles café; St Giles's Cathedral; Oxford a capella; National Museum of Scotland and the Celts; a pint at the Grosvenor; Boots; Starbucks; dinner at Yo! Sushi

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Thursday, August 18, Edinburgh, Lothian--Cityroomz Edinburgh

Hiking over to the Queen's Gallery; Holyrood Palace; the Dynamic Earth; getting slightly lost on the way to the Dungeon; another dinner at Wagamama's; around the corner to St Mark's Unitarian Church for a concert by the Edinburgh Renaissance Band; late night cider at the Grosvenor

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Friday, August 19, Edinburgh, Lothian--Cityroomz Edinburgh

Back up to Mailboxes Etc to ship some stuff home; back to the Festival Fringe box office; Emerson String Quartet at Queen's Hall; late lunch back at the Grosvenor; dinner at Wetherspoon's Alexander Graham Bell

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Saturday, August 20, Edinburgh, Lothian--Cityroomz Edinburgh

Scottish National Portrait Gallery; back to Yo! Sushi for lunch; the National Gallery and a skating reverend; Alba Flamenca; the Royal Mile; Royal Military Tattoo & fireworks

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Sunday, August 21st, my last day in Edinburgh, Lothian--Cityroomz Edinburgh

Back up to wander around the Castle; Camera Obscura; down to the end of the Royal Mile & catching a cab back to the hotel; back to Ask Italian for dinner

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Monday, August 22nd, London--Best Western Cromwell Road

Flying from Edinburgh to London; into town from Stansted; afternoon tea @ Richoux; Boots; Sainsbury's; a walk in the neighborhood; dinner at Garfunkel's

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Tuesday, August 23rd, London--Best Western Cromwell Road

Laundry again; breakfast in the hotel; Bug Bus hop on, hop off bus tour; quick lunch at Pret a Manger; pre-concert dinner at the Elgar Bar & Grill in the Royal Albert Hall; BBC Proms Concert with the BBC Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, and Prokofiev

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Wednesday, August 24th, London--Best Western Cromwell Road

Shorts weather; Kensington Barbers; Leighton House Museum; Holland Park; late lunch from Pret a Manger; BBC Proms Concert with the Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra performing Marlos Nobre, Grieg, Villa-Lobos & Rachmaninov; late dinner at Ask Italian

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Thursday, August 25th, London--Best Western Cromwell Road

The Tube; St Clement Danes church; the Royal Courts of Justice; St Mary le Strand church; St Dunstan in the West church; the Ye Olde Cock tavern; Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese; the Twinings shop and museum; Temple Church; across and along the Thames; Southwark & Bankside; Southwark Cathedral; dinner at Wagamama; "Macbeth" at the Globe; Tower Bridge & the Tube back home with a late night snack from the Gloucester Road station

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Friday, August 26th, London--Best Western Cromwell Road

Late start; the Brompton Cemetery; by cab to the see the special exhibits at the Victoria & Albert Museum; looking for a London sweatshirt; lunch at the Harrod's Richoux; by Tube back home; BBC Proms Concert with the Budapest Festival Orchestra performing Mozart; late dinner at Garfunkel's

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Saturday, August 27th, London--Best Western Cromwell Road

By bus to the Wallace Collection; too crowded at Madame Tussaud's and the British Museum; iced coffee at Starbucks; by Tube to St Martin in the Fields and a mediocre dinner in the Café in the Crypt; the Festive Orchestra of London's "Baroque extravaganza"; by Tube back home; late dinner from Burger King

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Sunday, August 28th, London--Best Western Cromwell Road

Catching a summer cold; by cab to Madame Tussaud's; by cab back home for an afternoon off; Boots; Waitrose; late lunch at Garfunkel's; dinner at Byron's

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Monday, August 29th, London--Best Western Cromwell Road

Cold & dizzy; working on my podcast playlists & backing up pictures; more hat shopping; by cab back home; afternoon tea at Richoux; dinner at the pan-Asian restaurant at the Crowne Plaza hotel next door

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Tuesday, August 30, London--Best Western Cromwell Road

Laundry again; St Jude's church/St Mellitus College; St Augustine's/Queen's Gate Holy Trinity Brompton; Christ Church Chelsea; the church of Our Most Holy Redeemer & St Thomas More; Chelsea Methodist church; past the Saatchi Gallery; Holy Trinity & St Saviour Upper Chelsea church; Hello Fresh; by Tube from Sloane Square back home; a pint at the Stanhope Arms; confusion about the packages I'd sent home from Edinburgh

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Wednesday, August 31st, London--Best Western Cromwell Road

By Tube to Westminster; by boat from Westminster Pier to Hampton Court Palace; mead; by train back home eventually; Boots; dinner at Scoff & Banter

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Thursday, September 1st, London--Best Western Cromwell Road

All day Golden Tour to Cambridge then Oxford; dinner at Richoux

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Friday, September 2nd, London--Best Western Cromwell Road

Still cold; the British Museum; over to the Museum of London; lunch at Pret a Manger; back home for a bit; back to St Martin in the Fields; dinner at Prezzo; the Brandenburg Sinfonia performing Monteverdi, Scarlatti, Cavalli & Vivaldi; by Tube back home; late night snack from Tesco's

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Saturday, September 3rd, London--Best Western Cromwell Road

UK cell phone stuff; lunch at Paul's; by Tube back to St Martin in the Fields; dinner at Prezzo again; the Festive Orchestra of London performing Vivaldi, Mozart, Pachelbel, Bach & Vivaldi; by Tube back home; another late night snack from Tesco's

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Sunday, Sept 4th, London--Best Western Cromwell Road

Late start; reading the libretto for tonight's performance; Samsung; looking for waist coats; afternoon BBC Proms Concert with Venezuela's Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra performing Paul Desenne, Villa-Lobos & Ravel; an ice cream between performances; BBC Proms Concert with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Rossini's "Semiramide"; dinner from Tesco

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Monday, September 5th, Labor Day, London--Best Western Cromwell Road

Back to the Victoria & Albert Museum; back to the Museum of London & Pret a Manger by Tube; back home again; another pint at the Stanhope Arms; a visit to the small hardware store around the corner; back to Garfunkel's for dinner and Waitrose afterward; backing up this past week's pictures

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Tuesday, September 6th, London--Best Western Cromwell Road, written Wednesday, September 7

Computer problems; over to a computer repair shop in Chelsea by cab; getting slightly lost on the way back to the Globe Theatre; trying to contact my London podcaster friend; dinner at the Swan; "A midsummer night's dream"; back home by the Tube

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Wednesday, September 7th, my last day in London--Best Western Cromwell Road

Waiting on the computer repair shop; over to the London Eye, the Dungeon and the SeaLife Aquarium with a small spot of bother at the Eye; back home by Tube; a last trip to Sainsbury's; not being able to meet with my podcaster friend due to the long wait to pick up my laptop

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Thursday, September 8th, Paris--Grand Hotel Malher

From London to Paris on the Eurostar; from the Gare du Nord to the hotel with my previous shuttle driver; around the corner to Starbucks for a late afternoon snack; a walk in the neighborhood and grocery shopping; dinner at one of the neighborhood Asian places

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Friday, September 9th, Paris--Grand Hotel Malher

Slippery shower; taking the morning off; the Open Tour hop on, hop off bus tour; out on the Seine with the Vedettes de Pont Neuf; Orange vacation French cell phone SIM package; a quick stop at FranPrix; dinner and cider at the Cidrerie du Marais; Paris festivals & ClassicTic

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Saturday, September 10th, Paris--Grand Hotel Malher

Breakfast in the hotel; a late start and a long walk down to and along the Seine; lunch across the street at Breakfast in America; the Open Tour's other, Marais route; pho dinner and snack shopping in the neighborhood; down the street to St Paul's church for the Alegria Orchestra performing Vivaldi, Pachelbel, Bach, Caccini, Schubert, Bizet, Gounod & Verdi

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Sunday, September 11th, Paris--Grand Hotel Malher

More criteria for a great shower; feeling a bit under the weather; lunch somewhere not memorable; feeling much better and going out for a pre-dinner wander in the neighborhood; finding somewhere to have laundry done for me; risotto for dinner at Caruso's

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Monday, September 12th, Paris--Grand Hotel Malher

Still slippery shower; breakfast at Breakfast in America; walking over to the Paris Story; the Grevin wax museum; walking back to the hotel; a pre-dinner wander around the neighborhood before eating at the Chimera around the corner; dessert from the Swiss ice cream place down the street

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Tuesday, September 13th, Paris--Grand Hotel Malher

The Metro to the Parc de la Villette but not feeling well; dinner at Aux bourgignons du Marais; an early exit from a concert at Notre Dame

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Wednesday, September 14th, Paris--Grand Hotel Malher

Non-slippery shower; walking to Notre Dame; the Crypte archeologique du parvis du Notre Dame; café lunch; the Musee Arts Decoratifs; another wander in the neighborhood; another Asian dinner; FranPrix snack run

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Thursday, September 15th, Paris--Grand Hotel Malher

Rainy morning; Orange top up; metro to the Louvre; Denon wing; snack run to Franprix, Aux desirs de Manon, and the Swiss ice cream place; another Asian dinner; walking to the Church of St Ephrem for a piano recital and back home by cab; brief moment of panic and backing up last week's photos

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Friday, September 16th, Paris--Grand Hotel Malher

Rainy again; laundry again; Musee Carnavalet; the Carreau du Temple and the Square du Temple; Musee des arts et metiers; the Church of St Gervais-St Protais; pint at the Auld Alliance; FranPrix snack run; dinner at La Favorite

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Saturday, September 17th, Paris--Grand Hotel Malher

A morning off; the Musee Cognacq-Jay; Jardins des Rosiers; a surprise school band; back to the Auld Alliance for a pint & snack; picking up the laundry; dinner and a pint at the Frog Revolution brewpub

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Sunday, September 18th, Paris--Grand Hotel Malher

Where else do I want to go while in Paris?; the Musee du Quai Branly by Metro; Viator tour of the Eiffel tower; rainy weather so back home by Metro; dinner at Shinjuku Sushi

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Monday, September 19th, Paris--Grand Hotel Malher

Late morning; Sully wing at the Louvre and the Pavillon de l'Horloge; the statue of Joan of Arc; flowers and leaves on the trees; the Orangerie; snack run to Aux Desirs du Manon, Franprix, and Starbucks; dinner at the Auberge de Venise Bastille

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Tuesday, September 20th, Paris--Grand Hotel Malher

The Metro to the Grand & Petit Palais and looking for the Palais de la decouvertre; the Musee Jacquemart Andre and lunch nearby; back home by Metro; walking over to Notre Dame again; dinner at Aux Tours du Notre Dame; concert of music about Mary at Notre Dame; the night cruise on the Vedettes du Pont Neuf; walking back home

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Wednesday, September 21st, Paris--Grand Hotel Malher

An off morning; around the corner to Saint Paul-Saint Louis's church; a busy, crowded Metro ride to the Rodin Museum & having my pocket picked; back home by taxi; hanging out in my room sending text messages & calling back home; back to Shinjuku Sushi for dinner; snack run to FranPrix

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Thursday, September 22nd, Paris--Grand Hotel Malher

Laundry one last time; the Metro to the Paris/Museum Pass office and getting slightly lost; the Metro to the Conciergerie and Saint Chapelle; walking to the Cluny and the amazing Pantheon with a café lunch on the way; the church of St Etienne du Mont; a pint at the Bombardier; on to the St Nicolas du Chardonnet; back home by foot & Metro; the Metro back to the Champs d'Elysees for dinner at Vesuvio and the Big Bus night tour of Paris; home again by Metro

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Friday, September 23rd, Paris--Grand Hotel Malher

A trip to Vaux le Vicomte and Fontainebleau?; back to sleep; breakfast at Breakfast in America; a short nap; a long afternoon walk down to and along the Seine; a Seine-side bagpiper; another pint at the Auld Alliance; another snack run to FranPrix; dinner at the Café des Phares; what else is going on this weekend?

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Saturday, September 24th, Paris--Grand Hotel Malher

A late morning; back to Orange for a last top up; a walk down to and along the Seine to the Musee d'Orsay; a Seine-side piano player; lunch at d'Orsay; walking back home and finding a Paris sweatshirt; laundry pick up; some packing before dinner at the Cidrerie du Marais

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Sunday, September 25th, Paris--Grand Hotel Malher

My last day in Paris; late morning; walking to the Arab World Institute/Institut du Monde Arabe; along the Seine to the Louvre; a late lunch; the Richelieu wing; back home by Metro; a last snack run to FranPrix; back to Caruso's for a last dinner in Paris

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Monday, September 26th to Saturday, October 1st

Paris to home

Finale

Sunday, December 18th-Tuesday, December 20

Flying to Dublin (or not); where are my suitcases?; breakfast and a bit of a nap; wandering around the neighborhood with a bit of shopping & lunch at a world buffet; back to my room for some more rest; reunited with my suitcases; unpacking; wandering around the neighborhood some more; an Irish vacation SIM card & plan; snack run; dinner at the Italian place down the street

Wednesday, December 21st

Sleeping well but not long enough; breakfast in the hotel; where do I want to go here in Dublin?; Writers Museum; a lovely lunch at Ann's Bakery; an extra-large Irish sweatshirt; getting lost while looking for the River Liffey but having a very nice wander around anyway; Dublin Visitors' Centre; a bit of an afternoon nap; looking for somewhere to have dinner; Eddie Rocket's

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Thursday, December 22nd

Whitefriar Street Carmelite church; St Patrick's Church of Ireland cathedral & the park; Winter; lunch at Copper Alley bistro; Christ Church cathedral; Dublinia; box office at the lovely Olympia Theatre; pint at the Ivy; wandering through Temple Bar for dinner at the Mongolian grill; my first Christmas panto; by cab back to the hotel; snack run to Centra

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Friday, December 23rd

Dorothy Dunnett; windy Winter weather; Abbey Presbyterian church; Dublin City/Hugh Lane gallery; back to my room for a bit of a nap and missing lunch; over to the Brazen Head by cab for the dinner & evening of storytelling and music; back to the hotel by cab

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Saturday, December 24th

St Michan's Roman Catholic church; Capuchin friary and church; Smithfield market; "Story of Ireland"?; Anglican church of St Michan's; down to the Liffey & the Four Courts; St Mary's Abbey; up a side street along the Liffey; lunch at Fujiyama; Carrolls Irish Gifts to look for Irish perfumes and CDs of Irish Christmas music; taking the rest of the day off with dinner at Murray's bar

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Sunday, December 25th

Christmas; church service at Abbey Pres; a walk around the neighborhood with lunch from Centra; hanging out until the Christmas dinner buffet here in the hotel

Monday, December 26th

St Stephen's day; Boots & another walk around the neighborhood; over to the Tivoli Theatre by cab with a driver who remembered me from July; my second Christmas panto; back to the hotel by cab; dinner from McDonald's because they were still open

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Tuesday, December 27th

Sleeping well but not long enough; finding the right place to wait for the tour; half-day tour to Malahide, Malahide Castle, and along the coast to Howth before returning to Dublin; not finding any Irish Christmas music CDs at Golden Discs; walking down to the Liffey and the Arlington Hotel for the "Celtic nights" dinner & show; back to the hotel

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Wednesday, December 28th

Not sleeping well again; my last day in Dublin; laundry; down Grafton Street; a wander around St Stephen's Green; seasons; the Little Museum of Dublin; National Museum of Ireland Archaeology and lunch; feeling a little dizzy so back to the hotel before the concert; still not feeling too well so skipping the concert; packing and backing up pictures

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Thursday, December 29th

Not a whole lot of sleep; flying from Dublin to London; getting to the City Jet desk at the airport too early to check my bags?; slight moment of panic; London City airport; a very pleasant chat with the cabby on the way to my hotel; unpacking a bit; over to the tourist/souvenir shop up on the corner for a UK SIM card vacation package; unpacking the rest but not getting it organized; by Tube to Leicester Square; picking up my tickets and discovering I'd bought two for tonight; dinner at Prezzo; a wonderful concert at St Martin in the Fields; back to Gloucester Road by Tube; snack run to Tesco Express

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Friday, December 30th

Laundry?; pretty nice shower here in my bathroom; Waitrose & Boots; where else do I want to go while here in London?; by Tube over to Leicester Square again; lunch at Chandos; National Gallery; National Portrait Gallery; hanging out in the Café in the Crypt; Handel's "Messiah"; the Rodolfus Choir's Christmas concert; by Tube back to Gloucester Road

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Saturday, December 31st–written Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year's Eve; lunch at Garfunkel's; by Tube back to Leicester Square for the Opera Extravaganza at St Martin in the Fields; an unexpected change of plans but a very pleasant New Year's anyway

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Last night's fireworks on video; streaming broadcast of the New Year's parade; lunch at Garfunkel's; snack run to Tesco Express; rainy weather so hanging out and using the hotel's treadmill; dinner at Ask Italian

Monday, January 2nd

Steve Martin, Carrie Fisher & beauty and sexiness; what do I want to do today?; Waitrose; down to the Thames past the Chelsea Old Church; across the Albert Bridge to Battersea Park; lunch at the Pear Tree Café; back to Chelsea Old Church; using the app on my smart phone to call a cab back to the hotel; dinner at Garfunkel's; by Tube back to Leicester Square; the New Year's Extravaganza by the Festive Orchestra of London; back to Gloucester Road by Tube; a pint at the Stanhope Arms; snack run to Tesco Express

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Tuesday, January 3rd

Not a lot of sleep; laundry, really; breakfast; taking the morning off; lunch at the Hereford Arms; going to closed churches again; getting in contact with my podcaster friend who lives in London; a lovely walk through Chelsea back to my hotel; by Tube to the Oxford Circus station; the the London Palladium; dinner at Five Guys only because I could find a free table; my last Christmas panto; the Tube back to Gloucester Road and a snack run to Tesco Express

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Wednesday, January 4th

Sleeping OK but not long enough; missing shirt?; by Tube back to Leicester Square; much more enjoyable visits to the Galleries; lunch at the Greene King; finding the the Agatha Christie memorial; St Paul's church; the London Transport Museum; to Laird's Hats to look for a better bowler; to James Smith & Sons & finding a cool walking stick; by cab back to Gloucester Road; Boots; where can I ship some stuff home?; dinner at the Light of India

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Thursday, January 5th

Mailboxes Etc; asking for some more laundry bags & slips; morning off; Temple Church; lunch at a Pret a Manger; Savoy chapel; "Roman Baths"?; the Gallery at the Courtauld Institute; by cab back to the hotel; dinner at Garfunkel's; waiting for my podcaster friend then taking a bit of a walk to look for somewhere to have a pint

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Friday, January 6th

Wifi troubles; by Tube to the Baker Street station; Sherlock Holmes museum; lunch at the Volunteer; by Tube to the Guildhall and a tour of its art gallery; by cab to Trafalgar Square; a pint at the Chandos; dinner again at Prezzo; the Brandenburg Symphonia at St Martin in the Fields; by cab back to my hotel & learning some bad news from home on the way

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Saturday, January 7th

My last day in London; laundry one last time; breakfast; trying to check in online for my flight home; by Tube over to the nearest Samsung store to have a tech problem easily answered; the Petrie Museum of Egyptology; by cab to Tate Britain & then back to the hotel; trying to get the receipt printed for my prepaid ride from the airport home; walking down the street past Harrods to take night pictures; a last dinner at Richoux; packing almost everything

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Sunday, January 8th, London to home

Not a lot of sleep as usual; London to home; early morning ride to Heathrow; being trapped in a window seat but with incredible views of Winter landscapes once over the Atlantic; a short flight from Newark home after an almost four hour delay; too tired to go sleep upstairs once home; is my heating/AC working in the house?

Monday, January 9th

Sleeping OK but not feeling rested yet; slowly unpacking; where's my small portable USB hard drive?; laundry at home including all the sweatshirts I'd worn on the trip; sleeping downstairs again

Tuesday, January 10th

Finishing unpacking before my house cleaners came; cleaning the leaves off my patio & putting out feed for my animal & bird friends; sending presents; unpacking the rest of my pack and so that's where the portable hard drive went; using the computer and sleeping upstairs again

Wednesday, January 11th

A familiar AC tech and needing a new thermostat


Friday, March 31st through Sunday, April 2nd

Flying to Ireland?; really flying to Ireland; picking up the rental car on a lovely Irish Spring day; driving from Shannon airport up to my hotel in Galway; checking into my apartment; lunch at the hotel; dinner at the Huntsman and a snack run across the street; unpacking & putting stuff away; what do I want to do and where do I want to go while here in Galway?

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Monday, April 3rd–Galway city

An OK shower; the Connacht hotel and the neighborhood; breakfast in the hotel; making plans; Eyre Square shopping center, the parking structure there, Carphone Warehouse and an Irish SIM, ear buds, and remains of Galway's medieval wall; through the Claddagh to Boots; back to the parking structure to leave some stuff in the car; lunch at Supermac's; over to the Tourist Information Office to see what's going on this week; asking at the hotel's reception desk for dinner recommendations in the area; driving over to Supervalu for a grocery & booze run and getting slightly lost on the way back; booking a ticket on the ferry to Inisheer for later in the week; working on my podcasts playlists before dinner; walking downhill to the G Counter for dinner and by cab back uphill; more plans

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Tuesday, April 4th–Galway city

Slept OK with a late start; nice but a bit chilly weather; walking from the hotel to the Galway cathedral past the New Cemetery at Bohermore; on to the Claddagh church; lunch at An Cupan Tae; St Nicholas's church; an Augustinian church; back through the Claddagh; a pint at the Skeffington Arms; by cab from Eyre Square back to the hotel; walking back downhill to dinner at Rockin' Joe's and by cab back to the hotel

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Wednesday, April 5th–Galway city

Galway girl; driving out to Salthill; the Salthill Prom; taking the long way around past where I stayed eleven years ago; lunch at the Galleon; getting slightly lost downtown on the way back to the hotel; taking Martin Hayes' cab back downtown to the Galway City Museum; the Long Walk; back to An Cupan Tae for a snack; back to Eyre Square to catch a cab back to the hotel; trying to find somewhere else in the area for dinner but eating in the hotel's restaurant instead; waiting for a musician to start playing

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Thursday, April 6th, Galway

Deciding not to go to Inisheer; looking for churches and a small historic cemetery in the area; walking back downhill for lunch at the G Counter before a movie at the theater there; by cab back uphill to the hotel; snack run across the street; exploring more in the local area; Moroccan night in the hotel's restaurant

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Friday, April 7th, Galway city

Skipping the all day bus trip to Connemara; laundry and breakfast in the hotel; sharing a cab downtown to Eyre Square; through the Claddagh to lunch at Venice; hop on, hop off bus tour; an iced coffee at Costa; trad music at Taafes and Tig Coili; dinner at the Noodle House; by cab back to the hotel; packing

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Saturday, April 8th–Dingle, Co Kerry

Sleeping OK but not quite long enough; driving from Galway to Dingle; an outdoor laundry at a gas station; across country to Tralee then down the coast; Conor Pass; checking in; into town for lunch & to find a couple of power strips; parking in the lot down by the water; lunch at the Boat Yard; looking for a hardware store downtown; back to Duinin House to unpack; walking back downhill for dinner at Doyle's seafood restaurant; trad music at An Droichead Beag and recognizing one of the musicians from this past July; by cab back uphill to home

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Sunday, April 9th, Palm Sunday–Dingle, Co Kerry

An excellent breakfast, a nice chat with Pat about his brand new book, and a quiet morning at Duinin House; driving back downtown and parking at the lot on the waterfront again; back to the Dingle Music Store for a visit with the owners again and buying more local CDs; lunch at Sheehy's; looking for the Dingle Record Shop; Murphy's ice cream; looking for an ATM; pint at the Dingle Pub; back to Duinin House for a bit; driving back downhill for dinner at Lily's Café and trad music at the Courthouse

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Monday, April 10th–Dingle, Co Kerry

Another excellent breakfast and chat with Pat; taking the car to a tire store to have the pressure checked; parking at my usual lot near the waterfront; over to the Dingle Record Store which was closed but taking a tour of the lovely St Mary's church & the An Diseart Centre of Irish Spirituality and Culture; lunch at the Chowder Café; a lovely drive along the Slea Head Drive/Dingle Peninsula; Prehistoric & Celtic Museum; beehive huts, baby lambs, and a roadside cross where we stopped on the CIE tour eleven years ago but which I couldn't find in July; the Blasket Centre; back downtown for dinner at Paudie's Bar; a quiet night in my room back at Duinin House

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Tuesday, April 11th, my last day in Dingle, Co Kerry

Another excellent breakfast at Duinin House; Dingle Dolphin Tours, a dolphin & incredible scenery; checking out the Supervalu downtown; lunch at An Cupan Tae; Aquarium; quiet afternoon back home; dinner at the Dingle Diner; trad music at O'Flaherty's finally after first going past it eleven years ago

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Wednesday, April 12th, Killarney

Driving from Dingle to Killarney; arriving to early for check in; wandering around downtown; a visit to the Tourist Office to see what's going on; St Mary's church; huge lunch at a Thai/pan-Asian place; checking in & unpacking; dinner at Robertino's

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Thursday, April 13th, Killarney

Where to set up my laptop?; quiet morning at home; long walk over to the Deerpark shopping center for groceries & Slimfast, with a stop at the Franciscan friary along the way; a kabob lunch; Boots & Tesco; by cab back to the apartments; looking for an ATM and lunch; booking a tour for later in the week; buying caps at Quills Woolen Market; pastry run to the local French bakery; a late dinner at Bricin boxty house

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Friday, April 14th, Good Friday, Killarney

Showers; licensing laws; Deros Ring of Kerry tour–sheep herding, incredible scenery, and lunch high above the sea; Irish souvenir guitar picks for my guitar playing Ren Faire dinner guests; leftovers for dinner; walking over to and back from the wonderful "Gaelic Roots" show

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Saturday, April 15th, Killarney, Co Kerry

A bit noisier than before; hen party?; taking the morning off; Muckross House, lunch & farms; by cab over and back to dinner and the Irish night at the Jarvey's rest

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Sunday, April 16th, Easter, Killarney, Co Kerry

Laundry using the apartment's washer/dryer; taking the long walk through the National Park to Ross Castle; afternoon cruise on the lake; by horse carriage back to downtown; excellent buskers; walking over to the INEC at the Gleneagle Hotel for dinner & the High Kings; by cab back home; what to do tomorrow?

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Monday, April 17th, Killarney, Co Kerry

Hanging out around town; lunch at Eddie Rocket's on the way to the cathedral; taking the other route back to town; ice cream at Murphy's; a family of young buskers; dinner at Salvador's; by shuttle over and back to the horse race track for the "Celtic steps" show; what to do on my last day in Killarney?

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Tuesday, April 18th, Killarney, Co Kerry

A quiet morning at home; looking for an Irish zip front sweatshirt or jacket; Mailboxes Etc; lunch at Cronin's restaurant; a pint at the Shire; back to the apartment; dinner at Sceal Eile

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Wednesday, April 19th, Shannon airport, Co Clare

Driving from Killarney up to Shannon airport; lunch at the Flying Boat and Maritime Museum at Foynes; how long does it take to walk from my hotel to the terminal at the airport?; how do I get out of the parking lot at the hotel?; returning the rental car; a quiet evening in my hotel room with dinner in the hotel

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Thursday, April 20th-Saturday, April 21st, Shannon airport to home

Flying home & final thoughts