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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ireland Trip Final Installment (day 5 and 6)

The fifth day of our trip was by far my favorite. We took a ferry to the Aran Islands which are simply beautiful.

On our way to the ferry, we saw this Hangman style 'Choose your own' Caution sign. As you can see, whoever was guessing letters to complete the puzzle sucked pretty badly getting no correct letters and leaving us only an arm and two legs worth of wrong guesses before this poor silhouetted sucker meets the looped end of a rope. Any guesses??

We chose the bike shop to the right...why? Because we laugh at danger, that's why.

The Bronx Tale taught them that its ok to love whoever you want...The goat must have given the chihuahua the door test.

The Aran Islands are magnificent from every angle!

I've heard this is the best way to get a good look at a T-Bone.....but I'll take the butchers word for it

The prettiest cottage in Ireland

This beach appeared out of nowhere after bicylcing around a bend. It is one of the cleanest beaches in Europe

On the 6th day, we went to Dublin to hang out. On our way there our GPS got screwed up and we found ourselves lost between Trim and Cock

When we finally got to Dublin we were greeted by a man dressed in traditional Irish garb

This pretty house was smack in the middle of the city.

Believe it or not, they're real

...and so is this guy

We got hungry, so we went to 'Nude' to get lunch. I had the roast beef sandwich with no cheese. Ironically everyone there had their clothes on.

This prayer was at one of the pubs we hit while there.

Later that night we went on a traditional Irish music pub crawl. It was really cool. These two guys sang songs and gave us history. They told us all about lock-ins where musicians sit in pubs after hours and continue playing songs all night. From what they told us, during these lock-ins random patrons of the pub can just singing a song from their region (kind of like an open mic) which then exposes everyone else to that music making everyone more well rounded.

After explaining all of this, they asked for a volunteer to sing a song from where they come from. After about 3 or 4 minutes of grueling silence...

I figured I could, when telling this story, talk about how noone got up there and sang; or I could say *** and give it a go. So, I raised my hand and gave the crowd some 'Brother Loves Traveling Salvation Show'.

That about wraps up the Ireland trip. I'll be back with my regularly scheduled tirades before you know it.


  1. One of the street signs on your pic with the nice house in the middle of the town reads "Ahagower." To me it just sounds like the street where one hell of a hangover went wrong. Don't you just love the Irish?!

  2. I suspect the text to the caution sign is in Irish Gaelic, which is why it remains unfilled.

  3. Thank you for some glorious pictures. Funnily enough, "Having a butchers" is a very cockney way to say "Having a look".

  4. @Lady Truth- Hah...that does kinda sound like that :)

    @Simon- I'm not sure I understand why it would be unfilled? BTW- your link didn't work

    @Maisie- I didn't know that, but its funny. I stole that line from the movie 'Tommy Boy'

  5. I think the sign meant, "Painter required. Our last one lost his arms and legs. Must know how to spell LOOK OUT BELOW!"

  6. Sorry about that!


    No, I just meant that there wouldn’t be much chance of tourists working it out… without it costing them an arm and a leg.

  7. lol at Tenn's comment! Awesome Tenn!

    I am so jealous of you CT. SOunds and looks like an amazing trip! I am Ireland bound in 2012. For the Notre Dame vs. Navy Game. Yeah, they are playing in Ireland. My Irish boys in Ireland? I may just spontaniously combust.

  8. @Tennyson- That is brilliant!

    @Simon- Haha..the link still doesn't work. Iget you now. Yea, in a lot of the places we wewnt the signs were only in Gaelic

    @Lola- I thought you were there once before? ND vs. Navy in Ireland...sounds pretty f'ing sweet

  9. Awesome pictures, again! The hangman-style caution sign made me LOL! Glad you guys had a good time!

  10. aaah! i'm so jealous! great fotos! and way to go with the singing! :)

  11. I have something for you over at my blog. AGAIN ;) It's like Christmas all year 'round at my place.

  12. Wow, I really like some of your photos, the cottage and the ivy covered house are so pretty!

    Also, if that's really you in the last picture, I dig your outfit. More men should wear hats and fresh & clean white sneakers!

  13. @Lila- thanx...it was great fun. Also, thanx for the kind words in your comments to Teacup's post!

    @Becky- Welcome back! Thanx. It is not like me to get up and sing like that but...

    @Lady Truth-Thanx for the constant pimpage! I, of course, will get you back :)

    @Soda-Welcome! The photos don't do justice to the beauty of Ireland. And, yes, that is me. Thanx, I love my Adidas

  14. Well done! If I could carry any tune - even just a single one - I'd sing for anyone who would listen. And in Ireland, people are begging to listen. I loved the Aran Islands too. During our ferry trip over, the coast guard did a practice landing of a guardmen from a helicopter to our ferry boat in the middle of the water. Needless to say, as soon as I saw he was rather fetching, I sidled my way to his drop point. Don't you just love Ireland?

  15. @Sassy- Welcome and Thank you! That is pretty cool about the Coast Guard. Did you get 'rescued'? Yes, Ireland was fantastic


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