The green isle is beautiful even in the rain. We went and had rain many days but the sun would always pop out for a while. We had to carry sweaters because at times it was cool and at other times of the day it was warm. We decided to stay in Dublin and use it as our base of operations. From Dublin you can get fast efficient trains anywhere on the Island. The island is divided into two countries: The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (part of the UK).
Dublin is more than just pubs. Don’t get me wrong the pubs are great. The music in the pubs are great and you can almost see Keats writing in a corner with a glass of Guinness. You can eat in the pubs as well. Dublin has good public transportation consisting of buses and trams. They are easy to ride and efficient. Dublin also has a local railroad (DART) that goes from Dublin to many outlining cities around Dublin.
We stayed at a real castle, Clontarf Castle, that had a modern hotel attached to it. It was outside of Dublin but a nearby bus took us into Dublin and ran often. We took trains to Cliffs of Moore to see the mighty Atlantic. This is an unforgettable spot. Don’t use an umbrella or you might become a real Mary Poppins. The winds here are very strong.
We also took a train to Cork where the Titanic made its last stop before its faithful journey over the Atlantic. It is also where the Lusitania was sunk. There is a square with a black angel (the angel of death) where all the dead bodies were stacked up. Not far from Cork is the Blarney Stone. This is very touristy but a most for all to see. The castle is old and the stairs are steep.
Ireland is green, friendly and a fun place to visit. Don’t forget to visit the Guinness factory in Dublin even if you don’t like beer.
George & Jo Anne
Categories: Bars, Beer, Europe, Ireland
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Who doesn’t! Even if you don’t like to sit in the sun all day, most people enjoy a walk on the sand and a dip in the sea. Europe has a system of classifying clean beaches. They are awarded the coveted “Blue Flag”. Italy has some of the best beaches in the world with a total of 269 Blue Flag beaches. My favorite area, Campania has 33 Blue Flag beaches. As everyone who is a regular reader of this BLOG knows, WE have a place in Campania in a small town of Velina. It overlooks the sea and beaches. The beaches we love that are near us are:
- Casal Velino Marina
But the Amalfi Coast also has Blue Flag beaches including
Some beaches are not the normal white sand we have here and in the Islands but lava sand. They are more rocky than most Americans are used to. The beaches near us in Campania are soft with sand. The Italian government stopped all new construction in the Cilean National Forest. Many of the Blue Flag beaches are located here. There are beautiful old cities but no modern high-rise resort hotels blocking the sea views. There are smaller hotels, B&Bs and Agriturismos. The later are small farm-house hotels that grow organic vegetables, meats and fish. They serve great meals and have modern accommodations.
Italy’s beaches are to be enjoyed! Many beaches and parks allow you to drink beer or wine but Italians do so with something to eat. It is considered bad taste to just drink. If you see drunk people, they are usually tourists. Enjoy Italy and abide by the customs! Fodor’s publishes 15 points of etiquette while visiting Italy.
George & Jo Anne
Categories: Amalfi Coast, Beaches, Campania, Capri, Casal Velino, Cilento, General Travel, Hotels, Italy, Positano, Regions of Italy, Velina, Wine
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