Museum hopping

Some people go to Ireland to bar hop, we go to Ireland to museum hop! Our museum hopping day is one of my favourite memories of Dublin.  Well it didn’t feel like it at the time, I was all hungry and cranky and just didn’t want to  walk any more, but Carl would not have any of that! He was on a mission to prove how spontaneous he is, well done Carl you made your point! And kept leading us into anything that looked slightly interesting.  When museums, galleries and all sort of fun things are free, you bet we are going to take full advantage of it.

The museum of archaeology is filled with Viking history, ancient Egypt artefacts and really disgusting bog bodies.  What are bog bodies? well, bodies that were found in a  swamp! All these guys died horrible deaths and I mean of course they did, no one ever got lovingly thrown into a swamp! When I realized these were real bodies and real people I started feeling really sick and completely grossed out, but I persevered and saw all of them! I

Now normal people after seeing the size and having to see everything twice in the museum would have called it a day, but no, not us! We headed off to the National gallery!  Its here that I finally found out what a rule abider Carl is…He made me check my camera bag, just because of one sign saying no cameras! I was shocked and kept pointing at everyone else walking in with cameras.  I mean people were wearing them across their necks, proudly displaying them! but no! My husband had to go play me like that!  Even though I was devastated I still had an amazing time, seeing a Van Gogh painting made me all giddy inside and seeing a Monet painting had me lost for words!

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^^ Viking swords.

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^^ Mummy

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^^ Bog body…..look at it.

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^^ Sneaky photo of a Picasso.

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^^ I think I would have joined the military just, because of this poster.

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^^ This guy…..If you look closely you can see his top knot.

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^^ I wish having regal painting of yourself and your family members was still a thing.  Just think about how great your house would look with one of these around.

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^^ Naked statues!

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^^ The detail on this painting is amazing.

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^^ After a long day in Dublin its always great to know you can go get some sweet potato fries and a soda at Eddie Rockets.

 

St Patrick’s Cathedral

Yes, another Dublin post! but I just had so much fun in Dublin, that I want all of you to buy a plane ticket to Ireland as you read this! Don’t even worry about the rain, its manageable.  Just get layering and grab your umbrella.

When we realized we only had a couple of days left in Dublin, we made a list of everything we still wanted to do, the list was long and we still didn’t manage to see everything, but hey, Dublin has not seen the last of us.  4 months was way too short to get to experience everything that Dublin has to offer.  One thing we really wanted to go see was St Patrick’s cathedral, and its easy to see why.  Its extremely beautiful! All the detailed carvings, amazing stained glass and just a general feeling of peace, makes me want to go back and make it my home somehow.

Walking around this beautiful place of worship makes you feel like architecture and has really gotten laid back.  I mean who is going to build me a house with such fine details?  One thing I have noticed in Ireland is that a lot of strange things go on sale…I saw the most amazing convent with wonderful grounds going for extra cheap in county Cork so maybe one day I could make my holiday home a cathedral, it won’t be St Patrick’s Cathedral, but it would be something I could work with.

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^^ Ceilings like this make my heart swoon and my knees go weak.

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^^ Regal statue man and an amazing stained window.

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^^ Its got a certain Hogwarts kind of feel to it.

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^^ because everyone needs a golden eagle in their life.

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^^ excited posing.

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^^ Carefree posing.

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^^ Stained glass rainbows.  Almost better than real rainbows.  ALMOST.

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^^ Prayer candles.

an instant of life captured for eternity

We’ve made it to CAPE TOWN! After a gruelling 19 hours of travel, we finally made it.  We had a lot of trials on this trip.  Being knocked down with a cold and being on a plane was definitely number one, I was hit hard with extreme nausea, not being able to breathe and just all those wonderful cold symptoms no one would want on a plane trip. I’m pretty sure a lot of people will get my gross Irish germs and have their little holidays ruined.  I’m sorry in advance people who were in the plane with me! If I could go back and time and not give all my medication to sick missionaries I would!  Turkish Airlines was an amazing flight, lots of leg room, wonderful staff, amazing food that caters for every dietary restriction and the best part they let you sleep without bothering you!  I preferred it over the Emirates flight, don’t get me wrong the Emirates flight was nice, but it would have been nicer in first class, in economy you hardly have any leg room and you kind of have to squeeze your way in and hope you don’t have to go to loo.  Also it doesn’t matter how many stickers you put on your blanket not to be disturbed they still wake you up.  The Turkish Airlines flight was also just 13 hours to Joburg, that seemed like a breeze compared to 18 hours with Emirates.

We are here and we are excited to get exploring! We had an amazing sleep at our room thanks to airbnb! We are also right in the heart of the city bowl and a quick walk from the waterfront!

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^^ Delicious green juice, while walking on Grafton street in Dublin.

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^^ On our last day in Dublin it was raining quite a bit obviously, Dublin couldn’t hold back its tears any more and just started crying.

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^^ Saw this in Dublin.  I’m still wondering if it’s Banksy or a Banksy copier.

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^^ Passports ready and waiting to go!

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^^ Turkish delight at Istanbul Airport.

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^^ If you feel like ice cream at 12 at night, this guy is your man.

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^^ our boarding gate was really far away!

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^^ A South African plane in Joburg.

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^^ Thanks Joburg! This was the only friendly thing we saw in Joburg, every single staff member at the airport was extremely rude to us and completely ignored us.  The only good part was I know now that I don’t have ebola, thanks to a rude scan they did.

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^^ Selfie on a soldier list in St Patrick’s Cathedral.

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^^ Carl and his stick.

an instant of life captured for eternity

Life around here has been a bit crazy! We’ve been trying to squeeze in every last minute thing we still HAVE to see before we leave on Monday.  Its true what they say, time flies when you are having fun.  Four months have come and gone and I can’t believe we are almost saying goodbye to Dublin, but new adventures await in the everyday norm.  Heading back to South Africa seemed like it would be such a drag, but we are moving to beautiful Cape Town, so how can I be mad about that. I’ve lived nearly everywhere , but I’ve never given Cape Town a try.  I was always apprehensive about  a place that the wind blows so hard you have to hold onto a street pole, true story! Resistance training will be easy in Cape town!

I finally managed to buy gifts for all our family and I feel really good about the things we picked out, hopefully they like it, but souvenirs is just a nice way of saying ” I travelled around, while you didn’t”. I found the perfect gift for my sister, I actually felt really silly about not thinking about it, because I kept trying to find my surname in the Irish crest coasters, which was really stupid, I mean my maiden surname is German and my new surname is Dutch, but my sister married a good old Irish boy! Carl found their crest and looked really happy with his amazing gift giving skills, good job Carl, you finally managed to pick out a good gift! He usually sucks at giving gifts.  We came here when it was winter and now we are heading back when its Autumn in South Africa, I don’t know when I will see a summer again, vitamin D seems like a distant memory at this point.

I will miss this crazy beautiful, always raining, yeah its kind of spring but cold place, but a new challenge awaits and I’m ready for it!

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^^ Found this random fair on one of our night walks.

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^^ This pipe really intrigued me.

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^^ The museum of archaeology is filled with wonder and really disgusting bog bodies.

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^^  I love a good mosaic.

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^^ Crazy hair.

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^^ When you are the happiest out of all your new friends.

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^^ The detail on this is just amazing!

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^^ Naked statues! and my insanely weird feet.

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^^ A tree.

Bray Cliff Walk

Bray cliff walk is such a breeze compared to the Howth cliff walk.  There is just something about a fence and train tracks in between me and the ocean that made me feel a million times safer! This quick 7 km ff walk felt way too short and left me wanting more.   Being surrounded by ocean and cliff feels surreal! The walk is believed to have been around since the medieval time,  allowing men to carry equipment for the construction of the railway.  So, if you think you’re having a hard time finishing the walk, think about the men carrying heavy equipment along it and its sure to put a skip in your step and take those tired, hungry feeling right away!

The end parts gets a little boring, but seeing Carl slip around in mud made the end bit really entertaining! After the hike we hopped on a train and headed back home and so grateful to sit down.

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^^ This selfie stick has come in handy on our trip.  Even though I feel insanely stupid whipping out this large, up in everyone’s grill stick, it really takes amazing photos, and gets everything in.

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^^ Always happy little Carl.  I’m so grateful for the 4 months we’ve had to spend together non stop, I’ve seen the effect this trip has had on Carl and how he’s grown into a way stronger, confident man, that knows his worth, knowing that all his goals and dreams are achievable through hard work and perseverance.

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^^ Look! A fence!  I get really excited about safety.

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^^ Endless ocean!

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^^ I’m not smiling.

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^^ Carl’s new band.

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^^ This was actually broken, but it made a great photo prop anyway.

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^^ The beach.

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St Patrick’s day in Dublin

If I had a bucket list, going to St Patrick’s day in Dublin would be right at the top!  St Patrick is one of the worlds most popular saints, he brought Christianity to Ireland, but today St Patrick’s day is known as a day of drinking.  Being a non drinker at St Patrick’s day didn’t phase us at all! The parade, the silly outfits, the extremely happy people and the fair was enough to make anyone excited! Its  a time to celebrate and wear green, while looking at a parade that felt like it made no sense, I’m sure it made sense, but it seemed to be a miss-match of strange floats and a lot of marching bands.

After a rocky start of squeezing into a jam packed tram, accidentally leaving a friend behind, other friends getting off at the next stop to wait for the next tram so she wouldn’t get lost, we finally managed to wiggle our way into the best spot! Right next to the big screen and reasonably close to the parade.

a few photos below…

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^^ This was one of my favourite floats! I just want to live in that house.

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^^ a mouth..

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^^ Bunnies

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^^ Trinity college!

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^^ I want all of them!

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^^ everyone wears green for St Patrick’s day.

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^^ Leprechaun piggy back ride.

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^^ I just really love this bicycle!

Birthdays, Pizza and the Greening

Yesterday was Carl’s birthday! All he wanted to do for his birthday was go walk around the city at night and go for a slice of some New York style pizza.  What a lucky guy to be in Dublin and be born so close to St Patrick’s day! all the buildings were still lit up in green for St Patrick’s day, the city was still a buzz with all the tourists drinking in public and being especially weird, but in a delightful way.

The day didn’t start off that great, I woke up with an insane migraine, one of those I’ve lost my vision in one eye, bad boys and decided to sleep it off while Carl headed off to church.  I woke up 3 hours later to feel much better and wait for the birthday boy to get back! I asked my parents to send me ingredients for peppermint crisp tart from South Africa and made Carl his favourite dessert! I forgot to get some birthday candles, but sometimes a tea light will work just as well.

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I’m so grateful for Carl.  He is an amazing husband, I mean he’s so good at it, he should get paid for it!, a great friend, a wonderful listener, extremely caring and just the best, funniest guy that I’m so happy to have in my life.  I’m feeling sappy today so…

There are a million reasons why I love Carl, but here are my top 6 reasons.

I love Carl, because he always listens to my rants even when I talk about 5 different things at once.  He will give his opinion on each topic, like I’m not crazy at all.

I love Carl, because he’s caring and always ready to play.

I love Carl, because we make such a great team.  He’s always the calm when I feel like an emotional wreck.

I love Carl, because he’s so loving and always makes me feel special.

I love Carl, because he’s my other half.  He completes me perfectly, we are extremely alike, but we make each other better.

I love Carl, because he’s one of kind.  Slightly awkward, but with a whole lot of soul.

I’m so glad he’s stuck with me for eternity!

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^^ I had a 7 up!

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^^ Big ol’ pizza!

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^^ Dublin lights

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^^ The greening!

Spring in Dublin

Spring is definitely here to stay in Dublin, the flowers are in bloom, the trees are getting their leaves back, the birds are chirping and we can finally go out without wearing 5 different layers.  We are down to two layers.  Whoohoo!

The daffodils and tulips all over the city is enough to make me want to run rampant singing, Disney songs, while feeding deer and getting chased by squirrels.  Surprisingly all that is possible here in Dublin.  I’m really close to just going full Princess by buying a tiara and gown and just going with it, it won’t even be frowned upon during this time, because the St Patrick’s day festival is a couple of days away and we are all ready to wear our best green outfits and be Irish for a day.

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^^ A daffodil explosion!

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^^ Spring blooms.

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^^ we went to a baptism and had a lovely springy walk home.

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^^ Nature, always trying to make an escape for it.

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^^ I’m obsessed with them.

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^^ We went for a little walk in the park before heading to dinner with friends.  Notice the small amount of layers?

Dublin After Dark

The short days are finally over and all of sudden its spring, night time comes by way later these days, and the days are glorious.  The perfect, just warm enough weather to really go meander in and not feel uncomfortable, every time I think I can’t possibly fall more in love with Dublin, I fall harder than before.  At this rate I’m going to start stalking Dublin!

Walking around everywhere and anywhere has been the most amazing treat for me, walking around in a city is the best way to explore all the little nooks and crannies, we walk the same route into the city every day, but every time I see something new.  After church yesterday Carl and I decided to wait until it got dark to go take a walk in the city. Since we’ve been here we haven’t really been out at night, mostly because we’ve been too tired from day time activities.

Dublin at night is when the city comes alive! People walking to restaurants, coming home from a hard day at the pub, couples strolling down twinkle light streets, parents playing with their kids trying to tucker them out before bed and dogs everywhere, getting taken on numerous walks.

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^^ beautiful sunset over the canal.

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^^ Bicycles waiting to be taken for a ride.

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^^ Carl, looking at bicycle hire machine.  I love his little hat.

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^^ Just standing around in the pretty lights.

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^^ The theatre looks magical.

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^^Standing in the triangle.

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^^ Swinging from the pole.

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^^ Even the bars look good at night.

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^^ I love the reflection on the water.

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^^ Big ol’ bridge.

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^^ Casual strolls.

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^^This old school boat gave a creepy feel.

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^^ Even the churches get in on the lights.

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^^ You can rest your weary bones and stare at this colourful city right here.

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^^ Reflections

Walking around after dark felt like such a freeing thing to do.  Walking without fear, with no specific reason in mind and just wanting to scream “I LOVE YOU DUBLIN”, is amazing.

 

Ticknock Forest, is filled with magic and snow!

Well I didn’t really find any magic at Ticknock forest, but it is the kind of place where you expect elves to run around on some conquest to destroy some evil in this world. I didn’t see any elves, but I did see snow and that was magical enough for me.  Getting to Ticknock was quite a mission, I would definitely suggest that you bully some lovely friends with a car into going with you, otherwise you have to take a bus, cross a highway and walk up an insane road with blind corners everywhere while cars speed by.  I don’t think there is anything worse on the thighs than a never ending road that has a slight incline all the way up, the good part is ; its a great work out and you get to do most of getting to the top of a mountain on tar.  Of course the real rewards is being surrounded by trees all around you, and views of the entire Dublin and if you look close enough you can see the mountains in Belfast.

Being the sillies we are we completely forgot to pack any food and had one small bottle of water.  Yeah, I know! Crazy, but we carried on and walked for hours and hours, just being gently caressed by snow, seeing tiny snowmen all around and dogs excitingly trying to catch the snowflakes.  When we finally walked down the mountain seemed to be angry at our decision to leave and decided to turn the softness of the snowflakes into hard painful hail!  Nothing gives you energy to make it back to the bottom like being pelted in the face with hail!  We rushed home and stuffed our faces with all the food and water we could get.  Magical days come at a cost and I’m still feeling it in my stiff body!

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^^ Spiky trees and soft snow.

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^^ Only leave footprints behind.

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^^ This guy was so happy.

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^^ A little snowman.

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^^ Lost in the beauty of the trees. Or maybe he heard something.

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^^ Snow crazed.

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^^ I’m a tree!

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^^ forest ferns sure are pretty.

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^^ This rock sure was popular.  Not seen, people on the other side just chilling.

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^^ I just loved these wood logs.

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^^ Trails for days.

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^^ Snow on the mountain.