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Visiting Dublin, Ireland

Friday, 9 June 2017


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There were patches of clear sky as the ship made its way into the Port of Dublin, a busy collection of commercial wharves and ferry terminals. We tied up to a general wharf made secure by parking a number of shipping containers to form a perimeter. There were already two other cruise ships in port and another following us in. The manoeuvrability of these massive ships continues to amaze me.

Our stay here is from 10:45 to 23:00 which resulted in some unusual times for Shore Excursions. Ours was set for 13:30 when we boarded a coach to drive over an hour South of Dublin. We were off to witness a cooking demonstration by Catherine Fulvio at the Ballyknocken Cookery School located on the family farm in a converted milking shed. Catherine is a polished performer and effortlessly produced a batch of delicate scones which she served with home-made jam.

The outing was made all the more memorable when our guide Rosemary and driver Basil attempted to avoid the Friday afternoon traffic on our way back to the ship. Last minute alternatives and occasional U-Turns meant that we saw some unexpected parts of this city.

On our return to the ship we decided on a quick meal and try to get to the theatre in time for the 19:00 folkloric show. We made it with time to spare and were rewarded with dancing, music and song in the best of Irish tradition for the best part of an hour.

PS. yesterday we happened to meet the Food and Beverage Director, an Australian from Western Victoria. He offered us a 'Premium Coffee Card' from his wallet. We've never bothered with these but for coffee addicts they are good for 15 cups of special brewed coffees. Hot chocolate is a free bonus, very nice before retiring for the night.

We'll be in Liverpool tomorrow.
Until next time. Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

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The Port of Cork in Ireland

Thursday, 8 June 2017


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We arrived in the Port of Cork under a threatening sky which quickly turned to an intense rain shower. Today we are booked on an excursion to the Blarney Woollen Mills and a scenic drive through the City of Cork. The countryside in this part of the country is blessed with green field, hedgerows and trees that arch over the road. The roads are narrow and I marvelled at our driver's ability to pilot his coach through some tight turns.

The Woollen Mills contained a wealth of beautiful knitted goods in many colours and styles. All prices were in Euros which caused us some confusion. Some of those garments were in the region of AU$ 200 or more. We managed to restrict our purchases. One of the perks of this tour was a complementary Irish Coffee. Jenny doesn't drink and I enjoyed her drink as well as mine. We managed a short walk through the village between showers.

We returned to the ship while our guide maintained a constant monologue of facts, figures and myths. A delightful Irish accent added to the charm of the trip.

Back on board we enjoyed a quick lunch and then I tried to resolve some issues with the Internet. It continues to be extremely slow. Managed to sort out one but had to escalate the other to Dr Nat. Hope she can sort out the mess I've created.

Still trying to shake off the effects of "jet lag" as I dozed off over the keyboard. Decided to capitulate and just adopt a horizontal attitude. We woke up in time for an early dinner after which I penned these words with heavy eyelids.

We finished off the day by being mesmerised and confused by Magician Sean Alexander who performed to a packed theatre.

Tomorrow's port is Dublin.

Until next time. Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

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