481 Photos - Oct 6, 2014
Photo: Packing and fixing the house up right until the last minute. Who knew that we had left so much to do!Photo: Check in so early that nothing is open. Not even immigration are open. And forget about a coffee!Photo: Quick breather in Dubai
Cruisy and comfy flight with Emirates. Now we're taking it easy at Giraffe cafe in Dubai airport while we wait for our connection to DublinPhoto: Far from home, tired from not sleeping well on the plane, I need a coffee. Knowing that Australia's coffee culture has its own vernacular, I order a cappuccino so as to avoid ambiguity.  I get a flat white. I don't know whether to be outraged that I didn't get what I ordered, or grateful that I got what I actually wantedPhoto: Apparently "Final Call" has a different definition in Dubai. Boarding pass said boarding comments at 1515. Final call happened at about 1510. Do we ran from one end of the terminal to the other. Only to reach a thoroughly packed gate.

That cost me half a damn flat white.

Of course it's then a 10 minute shuttle to the plane.Photo: First dinner in Dublin
From the chippie across the road from the hotelPhoto: Breakfast with the Dude in Banbridge

TIL that 12 July is the protestant Christmas

Bus driver spent 5 minutes talking about riots and petrol bombs then said that Belfast is a great craic and the people are very friendlyPhoto: Wind are all over rural IrelandPhoto: Photo: Photo: Road blocked in Ballygally

Apparently it's not uncommon to do this without a diversion. We had to turn around and find another way.

Bus driver: it's nice getting lostPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Carnlough. A quick stop to stretch our legs on the way to the Giants Causeway.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Looks kind of like Middle Earth.Photo: Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge

Built by fishers to make it easier to get to this island easier. Not as scary as everyone made it out to be. Beautiful views, and the water was very clear.Photo: That's a big chain to hold the bridge in place.Photo: Apparently, if you make it across the bridge but can't face the return trip, they can row you back. I think that's the boat down there. Not sure if I'd want to risk being smashed up on the rocks in that thing.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Gorgeous ocean at Carrick-a-RedePhoto: Photo: The path to the bridge is longer than you might expect, and very steep in places.Photo: Photo: It took most of the day, but we're finally there!Photo: Photo: Photo: That's a lot of basalt. Hard to argue that this is an old volcano.Photo: Another long walk to the main attraction. A bus is available, but the landscape was worth taking my time.Photo: Photo: Giant's Organ. I'll have to come back under my own power and take the time to walk to all the features of the area.Photo: Photo: Giant's Causeway
Awe inspiring. It's easy to start telling your own myths about the place.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The Titanic Museum.Photo: The Titanic was built over that way.Photo: Photo: Photo: Bubbacue Belfast
Southern style Brisket in Northern Ireland.Photo: Photo: The Speaker Connolly

We visited some of P's friends for dinner. There was a candidates' debate at the local pub for a by-election. Naturally we stopped in.

It was fascinating to see what would amount to Federal MP candidates talk amongst regular people. It was a local pub, and there were no cameras. I assume there was a journo in the crowd, but nothing obvious.

That's my first Guinness had in Ireland.Photo: Pearse Street, where our hotel was located.Photo: Photo: Local street signs are always fun to look at. Do kids eat poo off the street in Dublin?Photo: Main Gate of Trinity CollegePhoto: Our carriage for the Gravediggers Ghost TourPhoto: Photo: Stories of the Dolocher on the city walls of old DublinPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Local roadkillPhoto: Guinness at Kavanagh's pubPhoto: Photo: Photo: We just don't have tiny old pubs like this in SydneyPhoto: One of the oldest original pubs in Dublin. Used to be the local for the gravediggers at the cemetary.Photo: Photo: Photo: DIY breakfast roll
Egg, sausage, bacon, black pudding, white pudding, HP sauce.Photo: Bavette steak at BEAR
Tasty meat and well presented. However, it would never fly to charge $50 for a kilo of flank in Australia, no matter how good.Photo: Quick breakfast at a sandwich shop on the way to see the Book of KellsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Old Library at Trinity College.

Book of Kells exhibition is highly recommended.

The library itself is gorgeous. Vaulted ceiling and busts of great writers and philosophers.Photo: Hanging with my bud, Isaac Newton.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Dramatic doorPhoto: The Lido was the chippie across the road from the hotel. Did not live up to the promise of its exterior. Definitely lived up to the promises of grease shops everywhere.Photo: Nowhere near the best hotel I've ever stayed at. It got the job done, but I can't recommend it at all.Photo: A very long serious of travelators in arrival at Charles De GaullePhoto: Photo: Arriving to Paris in StylePhoto: Pokey little room. A third the size of Pearse, but so much nicer.

It had air conditioning, lighting, a safe, clean sheets, working wifi, and had not previously been inhabited by smokers.Photo: Oh, and the view was pretty good too.Photo: Photo: First dinner in a Parisian cafePhoto: Hotel also had pokey little elevator. Sign said it could hold three people. Maybe if we were standing on the third.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Doesn't strike me as the sort of business he'd invest in, but the clientele definitely seem to be his style.Photo: Opera HousePhoto: You can't actually tour the inside of the Opera House without a guide, and we didn't have the time. We had to make do with this model instead.Photo: Photo: Photo: Galeries LafayettePhoto: Photo: If there was one brand she was going to chase down while we were in Paris...Photo: Photo: Guerlain vintage bottles (1840)Photo: Political graffiti is everywhere. Not sure if they're saying "yes, yes, yes!" or calling him a sissy.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: First sight of the Eiffel Tower, caught from a tiny window on the 4th story of the Musée des Arts DécoratifsPhoto: The LouvrePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: P is searching for a "Do You Even Lift" caption for this onePhoto: Random tourist posing with a MichaelangeloPhoto: Photo: Photo: The galleries in the Louvre stretch on for what felt like kilometers. No drinks for the thirsty.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: This is the most justice I can do to the Mona Lisa. Everyone knows what the painting looks like, so why they have to get a photo of it is beyond me.Photo: Photo: The French had a real thing for ceilings. If you're not looking up in the Louvre, you're missing a lot.Photo: We were in there for hours before I came across someone doing a proper study.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Said to be the crown of CharlemagnePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Spectacular sunset in Paris. We really lucked out with the weather.Photo: Selfie with the Obelisk in the Place de la ConcordePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: People enjoying a stroll down the Seine.Photo: The Eiffel Tower just beginning to light up.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Eiffel Tower looms over the eternal queue to get on a river cruise. We spent more time in line than we did on the water.Photo: I didn't realise that they made it sparkle every day. Seems a bit over the top, really.Photo: River cruisePhoto: Photo: Musée du OrlaisPhoto: First sight of Notre DamePhoto: Photo: Photo: Bridge with Napoleon's seal. Dude seriously lacked imagination when it came to heraldryVideo: Video: Photo: Photo: #autoawesome of the Eiffel Tower sparklingPhoto: #autoawesome postcardPhoto: Photo: I'm not sure who Koloss is, but I'm down with him too!Photo: Metro StationPhoto: Diet Coke with Le Beau. He's like The Dude, but French.Photo: Photo: Photo: Archeological Crypts of Notre Dame. Nowhere near as busy as what's going on topside, and really educational look at the evolution of Paris from Roman to modern times.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Video: The Bells of Notre Dame!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: It's only a modelPhoto: Photo: Photo: Under the Door of JudgementPhoto: Photo: Photo: Desert just across the road from Notre Dame. Really busy, but the food and service were great.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The lower chapel at Sainte ChappellePhoto: Photo: Almost missed these stairs, and if we had...Photo: ... we'd never have know that the upper chapel was much more grandiosePhoto: Photo: Photo: Guarding the doorPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Riverside marketsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Another swing by the Louvre on our Big Bus tourPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: She's enjoying her bus tourPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Arc de TriomphePhoto: Photo: Photo: Profiteroles with icecreamPhoto: Photo: Seafood platterPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The Arc de Triomphe is basically a cenotaph. Despite its name, it has plaques and engraving recognising the sacrifices of its military servicemen and women across all of France's efforts from Napoleon to today.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The Arc de Triomphe is a very busy roundaboutPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: It's a long trip to Stalingrad. I was forbidden from going there and making humorous photos.Photo: Photo: Waiting to see the cabaret at the Moulin RougePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Bottle champaign for every couple. But since only one half of this couple drank...Photo: Photo: Photo: The hotel has a special room for lingerie. Never did get round to checking it out.Photo: Last chocolat avec croissant en Paris
(Bouquet du Nord)Photo: Paris in 7 photosPhoto: The Eurostar awaits!Photo: Photo: All aboard!Photo: #nofilter selfiePhoto: Countryside whizzes by the EurostarPhoto: Photo: Those mini sausages were ace!Photo: Video: Photo: Somebody lost their Eeyore at St Pancras station :(Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: