Saturday, February 23, 2008


Thursday morning, seven other girls and I left at six am for Ireland! The minute we arrived, we started seeing the sights. Our hostel, The Bunkhouse, was located just off O'Connell Street. We were within walking distance of everything. For lunch, we ate in the Temple Bar District. I quickly realized that Dublin is a town of beer and of people who drink beer. After a delicious meal, we went and saw Christ Church, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and then walked a ways to the Guinness Factory.The Ireland girls at the train station headed for the airport.Welcome to Dublin!Inside the St. Patrick's Cathedral. Christ Church Cathedral.Welcome to the Guinness Beer Factory!The end of the Guinness Tour ended at the bar on top of the factory. It is said to be the best view of the city. Instead of enjoying my free pint of Guinness, I opted for a refreshing Diet Coke.

The next morning we woke up bright and early and left at six for our tour and got back to Dublin at 11 that night. A train took us about three hours out of Dublin, and from there we hopped on a bus. Our first stop was at Bunratty Castle. This was one of the coolest castles I've seen! I walked all throughout it and saw secret passageways and banquet halls where they still host huge Irish feasts and only use their hands to eat. Sign me up! From there, we stopped in Doolin and ate lunch at a pub. We ate only the best fish and chips with Irish oat bread. Yum!

After lunch we were on our way to the Cliffs of Moher. The Atlantic Ocean hits up onto the Cliffs which made for an extremely windy and misty experience. I have to say seeing the Cliffs was a highlight for me. They are absolutely beautiful. On our way back to the train station we stopped in Gallway, we were able to walk much closer to the coast here. Ireland Railway Tours was the way to go!The official entrance of Bunratty Castle.Yeah that's right, I'm in charge.Eating lunch in Doolin.Gus O'Connor's was delicious! It's a little walk up to this point on the Cliffs, but it was worth every step!The Cliffs of Moher.The Cliffs is probably the windiest place I have ever been! We took PLENTY of windy pictures!
Meet my twin, Eskimo Meg.Kristen and me, trying not to blow away.Hello... is anybody in there?Me and Liz, looking for a hairstylist. This is Gallway, Ireland. Every April flowers sprout through the cracks of these rocks, and is said to beautiful.

Saturday, we walked around Trinity College, and hungout in Temple Bar. There was a huge Rugby match this weekend between the Scots and the Irish, so Temple Bar was flooded with Scots in their kilts and flasks. After lunch, I did a little souvenir shopping.Welcome to Temple Bar District.One of many pubs.This is the real deal, THE Temple Bar.
No need to worry, I decided on a different souvenir.

Ireland was an absolute blast! I loved every minute of it!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Hampton Court

This morning I got on a train at Waterloo train station, and went to Hampton Court. Hampton Court is home to Henry VIII's State Apartments. Today was absolutely freezing cold and foggy, but it was still so much fun!Crossing the bridge from the train station over to Hamtpon Court Palace. Foggy!In Hampton Court, about to start my exciting audio tour!You would think that we asked for a picture with her - but no she asked if we would take one with her.Henry VIII's dressing room.The Center of the Palace.The foggy gardens.Me and Soj on the train ride back.

We hurried back from Hampton Court because this weekend everyone has free travel, and that means I'm headed to Ireland in a few hours! I'll blog about it all when I get back!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Hands down, best Abbey I've ever seen!

I can't believe this was the last day in London for Britt and Mom! We had another fun filled day together, but I must admit, it is sad to see them move on to Paris...good luck girls! I loved having them here, and hanging out with them has been absolutely amazing! Thanks DAD :) -

Today we saw Big Ben, Parliament, Westminster Abbey, High Street Kensington, Kensington Palace, Hyde Park again, Oxford Circus, and the movie Juno. Can you say tired feet? After having walked ALL over London the past four days, I don't know if I'll be able to walk for the next week! But I better be, because I leave for Ireland in two days!Just came up out of the Westminster tube stop.At the Abbey, aren't they beautiful?I was quite surprised with how many people were at the Abbey today, it was pretty crowded!The Girls!
Waiting for the tube to High Street Kensington.Lunch at Wagamamas - a London favorite for lunch or dinner (at least in my opinion!).A wee bit chilly walk by Kensington Palace.Leaving the department store Selfridges, a kind lady took quite the powerful straightener to my hair and my moms!Me and Britt in the movie theater right before we all saw Juno.

The past four days have been such a blast! I love you guys! Thanks for tolerating my crazy tube excursions and food suggestions - you're the best!