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.

 

10 things I love about Dublin

Its been a week since we’ve left Dublin and I can honestly tell you it still feels like a part of me is missing! Dublin stole a piece of my heart and I can’t wait to go back there some day.  As we start to ease into normal life here in Cape Town, I often think about Dublin and wonder what’s it doing right at this time.  Is Dublin raining on enough people, is the constant weather mood swings driving people nuts or has everyone finally seen the beauty that Dublin has to offer, so here is my list of reasons why I love Dublin.

10 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT DUBLIN

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  1.  Daffodils everywhere.  I can’t get enough of all the beautiful daffodils all around Dublin.  Its like a yellow field of happiness.
  2. Church bells ringing.  Hearing church bells always ringing and some even ringing in a hymn.  Its sure a lot nicer on the ears than sirens.
  3. Cathedrals.  Stained glass, architecture, the history these cathedrals are all wonderful to explore and all of them are amazingly unique in their own special way.
  4. Grafton Street buskers.  Grafton Street is filled with the most talented musicians you will ever come across.  I mean these guys are so good, they would make every future rockstar try a little harder.
  5. The accent.  The wonder accent of the Irish! Its like a song on the ears and the further you get out of Dublin the more and more difficult in gets to understand what people are saying.
  6. Polite people.  Dublin is filled with the most polite people you will ever meet. People make an effort to stop for you as a pedestrian, someone is always letting you go in front of them at the grocery store, just because you don’t have as much groceries as they do and the honour code is strong in Dublin, all around you, you see people following the rules and taking pride in it.
  7. Scenery.  The scenery all over Dublin is breathtaking and most things are just a quick train, bus or walk trip away.  From amazing cliff walks to pebbly beaches.
  8. Most of the museums are free.  Explore the national gallery and see Van Gogh, Picasso and a Monet painting, with many more gems waiting to make you feel like a pretentious art student.  Or go and look at the bog bodies and the Museum of archaeology.  There is so much to do, but so little time!
  9. Parks.  There are so many different parks all over Dublin worth exploring.  These parks are amazing to walk through and even better to people watch.
  10.  Castles galore! It feels like everywhere you look in Dublin there is a castle waiting to be explored and who doesn’t love a castle?

I’m starting to feel like I’m having Dublin withdrawals!

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!

Howth Cliff Walk On A Windy Day

Howth cliff walk on any given day is not for the faint at heart.  Small paths, sheer drops, sharp rocks at the bottom and some thorny bushes just to get your adrenaline pumping, but Howth cliff walk on a windy day is a completely other story.  The cliff walk is a short walk from the dart station, up a road filled with beautiful houses with amazing ocean views, I stared in awe at these beautiful houses as we climbed higher and higher getting to cliffs.  When we reached the top all seemed great except for this nagging wind that started from nowhere, but I put on a brave face and said ” scared of heights? NO! not today”, I felt like such a warrior walking on the cliffs, surrounded by people, until the wind picked up even more and all I could see is me toppling over into the great abyss.  With small paths and people right behind us turning around was not an option, that day I was really happy to be wearing sunglasses, to hide my tears as I was crabbing along trying to make the best of it.  It’s extremely beautiful views and an amazing experience, but as soon as we could find a way to cut through the mountain, we took it.  Walking up the mountain it started raining and we were even happier with our decision to just half our experience.  Carl, was joking about the man on the dangerous cliff sign, saying it looked to much like him falling of the mountain, and made  him feel really uneasy.

Howth is a cute little fishing town, filled with fish and chips shops, cute benches to sit at right by the water and seagulls ready to catch any scrap you have.

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^^ Small island, spotted.

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^^ The beginning of the walk.

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^^ Beautiful cliffs and great places to roll right into the ocean.

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^^ Who knows what this sign used to say.

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^^ I love these flowers.

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^^ Pretty smiles.

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^^  Look at the bravery in my face.

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^^ Super windy.

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^^ I spy a little lighthouse.

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^^ Carl shaking his hair in the wind.

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^^ That little guy falling is the spitting image of Carl.

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^^ Land ahoy!

Sometimes when you face your fear, you get to see amazing beauty and that’s exactly what this cliff walk was all about. Maybe next time we will go on a less windy day.

an instant of life captured for eternity

Life lately has been a whirlwind of adventure.  Seriously guys, its been kind of exhausting, but worth it, I’ve been having muscle pains in places I didn’t know muscles could even be at?! Its been all cliff walks, forest hikes and running to catch buses around here.  We actually crossed a highway and trekked up the most insane hill to get to Ticknock forest.  I was completely tired when I got to the parking lot of the hike entrance, but even the walk up was great we got to see the Irish sheep that’s always shown in movies and saw some amazing farms.  One of the things I love about Ireland is, how different every cliff walk or hike can be, even though they are all just a quick train ride apart.  The best part of our trip? We finally got to see snow! We did walk up a mountain to find it, but being hit in the face by soft snowflakes was worth all the trouble.

Adventuring around Dublin is wonderful you get to see so much, and still feel like there is way more to do.   Ireland is filled with so much sunshine, life, happiness, cloudiness, rain, snow and all sorts of wonder.  Being kept on your toes is good for the soul!

I feel like I’ve become a way happier person in the last month, being baptised, going to church, praying, reading scriptures has made me feel refreshed and ready for everything, but all that is for another post!

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^^ This florally golden globe by a bus stop makes waiting for a bus so much better.

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^^ Wall art.  I’m not sure what it means, but it seems to be something about a kingdom of cacti?

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^^ Pretty buildings and a kid looking at me.

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^^ This little fruit and vegetable shop made me really happy.

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^^ It feels a lot like spring.

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^^ Blurry train trip photo, being serenaded by violin.

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^^ I just love these flowers so much.  Just look how yellow they are!

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^^ Have you ever seen such a happy face? That’s what happens when Carl sees snow.

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^^ Fancy Mcdonald’s and a Gargoyle fountain, goes hand in hand, right?

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^^ Sitting around in woods, is good for the soul.

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^^ Just standing on a rock.

 

 

 

 

Youghal ready for this

Amazing Youghal, Co cork.  You would never believe that its pronounced , Y’all.  Where did the ‘gh’ go? Embarrassing yourself is all part of learning and travelling for that matter, you better believe we said Youghal the wrong way A LOT.  As I type this I keep saying it wrong in my head.

This quiet little seaside town is what dreams are made out of.  Christmas music being played out of speakers for the whole town to hear, cute little houses with the most delightful Christmas decorations, thrift shops, quaint coffee shops,  mom and pop shops, it makes you feel like you’ve entered the twilight zone, but alas you are just in Youghal!

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^^ Beach side walking.

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^^Windy days.

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^^ Found these tiny apples.

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^^ Pretty flowers.

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^^ Walking  everywhere.  It would be easier if we didn’t have a mother of a hill back to our little abode.

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^^ Beautiful walls.

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^^ Cute little houses.

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^^ St Mary’s.  Such a beautiful church and its still in use.

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^^ Seagulls just relaxing.

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^^ The sun saying hello.

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^^ Look the ocean!

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^^ This road just keeps on going.  Nothing like a gradual incline to get your legs working.

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^^ I kept seeing the top of these ruins, so naturally I had to find out what it was.  What awaited was the most amazing cemetery I’ve ever seen.

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^^ tiny apples everywhere.

A couple of photos does not do Youghal any justice.