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    blue muon, kyril

    German to my toenails, but never pass up a chance to go to Ireland. My wife thinks i am more Irish than her full-blooded self.

    We've only been for business (hers) / pleasure (mine mostly)  trips that were far too short. Planning a longer trip now that we are empty nesters.

    Been to Dublin and Cork. Love them both. Been limited to the cities mostly and only short day trips to the country. Been driving manual transmissions all my life. But not sure I am up for driving on the wrong side of the road while shifting left handed.

    The museums in Dublin; especially the archaelogy museum and Kilmainham Gaol. The Brazen Head pub, one of a dozen claiming to be Ireland's oldest, where i got a couple of free pints for looking good in my herringbone tweed jacket. Wonderful trad, and friendly people, on the weekend.

    The Irish are friendly people who will talk all night.

    The Guiness and Jameson's. tours Sadly both now made by computer and metal vats, and not craftsmen and wooden barrells. I still drink Guinness (blimey, it's time for one now!), prefer Murphy's when i can get it, though. Seems the Irish are jumping on the lager bandwagon, too, alas.

    The Trinity Library and the Book of Kells.

    What impresssed me was the walking. Both Cork and Dublin have great car free downtowns and shopping streets, and the pedestrian traffic flows out from there to the surrounding streets. The English Market in Cork is spectacular. Boston could certainly learn from Dublin and Cork how to do pedestrian friendly downtowns, shopping, and cultural districts.

    Food is good. Lamb and seafood. I prefer their tea to their coffee.

    Kinsale is very nice, great seafood. Howth an easy train ride and offering good food and drink. Cliffs of Mohar, Galway, The Burren has a mystical bareness, famine cottages and fairy springs.

    I am going to throw one of my irish sweaters and open a Guinness. Still a bit nippy in Maine.

    Peace on Earth was all it said.

    by BobBlueMass on Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 03:07:28 PM PDT

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