Tonight after work I decided to read, thoroughly, the trip plan and am so dang excited about going now. Here's what's on our itinerary.
Day 2 (Day 1 is all travel)
Arrive in Dublin and meet "the gang" as I'm going to call them.
Side bar: In case I didn't tell you, this trip is through a company called Grand Circle Travel. It's a land tour. All we really have to do is show up.
After we meet the Gang...we have a walking tour around our hotel by our Program Director.
Side Bar: I'm just going to say now that the Gang will have one of the following and will eventually annoy the h-e-double-toothpics out of me
- The person/couple who's always late
- The know it all
- The whiner
- The ugly American
After the walking tour we have some free time in Dublin and then we have a Welcome Dinner.
A tour of the city. I'm assuming this will be via a big bus. During this tour we'll stop at Trinity College.
Y'all, Trinity College has THE library I've wanted to shoot as a photographer for decades. Here's photo from the Interwebs...I only hope I can come close to something this breath taking.
|Photo stolen from some fantastic photographer on the Interwebs|
Also at Trinity College, and probably a bit more interesting is the Book of Kells. The Book of Kells contains the 4 Gospels in Latin, are extremely ornate and are from 384 AD.
After we finish that tour we have the afternoon free. My plan, and SIL is riding shot gun on this, is to find this store called Celtic Whiskey and do some Whiskey tasting. My Kidd Valley buddy provided this gem to me and I cannot wait to see it.
What trip to Dublin would be complete without going to the Guinness Stonehouse. I've heard its a touristy tour, but hey...I'm a tourist. And we get free Guinness. What's not to like.
Leaving Dublin we'll hit Glendalough and the Glendalough Monestary and some place called Avoca before we end up in Kilkenny for the night.
Kilkenny starts with a walking tour, Kilkenny Castle and ... wait for it...a Hurling demonstration. I just hope I don't hurl. hahahah...After that we'll have the afternoon free to wander through Kilkenny.
It's off to Cork. On the way we'll stop at Cahir Castle and then Waterford. Yep. THAT Waterford. I'm not a huge crystal fan, but it will be interesting to see. Once we arrive in Cork we'll get a walking tour and dinner.
Cobh (pronounced cove). We'll see St. Coleman's Cathedral which has the largest carillon in Ireland. (Yah go ahead...look up carillon...I'll wait...and I had to look it up as well.) "The 49-bell Carillon of St. Colman's Cathedral in Cobh is the only such instrument in this country and is the largest in Ireland and Britain."
Cobh is also famous for being the last place the Titanic docked before it's fated trip. The Lusitania sank not far off this island too.
The ever so popular Blarney Castle. And no, I won't be kidding the Blarney stone. Gross!
We'll also hit Killarney where we'll take a horse and carriage tour through a forest.
We're going on the extra tour for this day and taking a trip to Dingle. Kidd Valley buddy said Dingle was worth every penny...so we're doing it.
Ring of Kerry and Killorglin. Basically an all day driving tour with some free time.
Galway. On our way we get to stop and do/see THE second most exciting part of this trip ...a working Sheep Dog farm. Yes! Weather permitting we'll get to see how they train and work the border collies. Love this.
Oh and we'll get to see the Cliffs of Mohr!
Walking tour of Galway and the rest of the day on our own.
More side trips. We've decided to do the Connemara side trip to see more of the country. There's a monestary on this side trip that's supposed to be beautiful.
Later that evening we'll do the farewell dinner. And by this time I'll probably be ready to come home. I always say (and I think Mom/Dad used to say) ... "it's always nice to go on vacation but it's always nice to come home."
So yah...that's the trip. It'll be here and gone before I know it.