S: Thank you for your love and support. I know I am far away but you are always in my heart. Europe 2010
BC: Tourist Prayer "Heavenly father, look down on us your humble, obedient tourist, servants, who are doomed to travel this earth, taking photographs, buying souvenirs and walking around in drip-dry underwear. Give us this day divine guidance in the selection of our hotels, that we may find our reservations honored, our rooms made up of hot water and running faucets: We pray that the telephone works and the operator speaks our tongue: Lead us , dear lord, to good, inexpensive restaurants where the food is superb and the waiters are friendly Give us the wisdom to tip correctly in currencies we do not understand. Forgive us for undertipping out of ignorance and overtipping out of fear. Make the natives love us us for who we are and not what we can contribute to their wordly goods Grant us the strength to visit the museums, the cathedrals, the palaces and the castles listed i as "musts" in the guidebooks And if perchance we skip a historic monument to take a nap after lunch, have mercy on us, for our flesh is weak" Amen
FC: "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page" St. Augustine
1: a ... | After half a day flying we are finally almost there | Itenerary May 4 Arrive in Dublin May 5 Catch a flight to Copenhagen, Denmark May 10 Leave from Copenhagen to go back to Dublin May 18 Fly from Dublin, Ireland back home to Los Angeles, California We really hope this Icelandic volcano ash cloud doesn't hold us back!
2: Our hosts in Ireland: Mr.&Mrs. Samuelsson 25 Windsor Road Flat 4 Dublin 6 Ireland
3: Kilmainham Gaol One of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe, Some of the most heroic people who helped Ireland emerge as a modern nation were jailed here. It was in operation from 1780s to the 1920s.
4: Sightseeing | The Ha'Penny Bridge was built in 1816. It is one of the oldest cast iron bridges in the world and the first in Ireland. For the first hundred years it cost half a penny to cross. | Medieval Temple bar with narrow cobbled streets
5: Tired and hungry after a long day exploring Dublin. Heading off to Copenhagen in the morning where we will take the train to visit Fredrik's family.
6: Fredrik's parents surprised us at the airport! We drove through Denmark for some sightseeing before we took the ferry over to Sweden.
7: This is the house Fredrik grew up in. Ormvraksvagen 9, 302 61 Halmstad Sweden It was nice to finally meet Fredrik's family and to see where he calls home. They were great hosts!
8: Sweden was full of beautiful old building and lovely gardens
9: It's not hard to get used to the Swedish way of life
10: Fredrik's sister Susann and her husband Goran invited us over for a BBQ Swedish style. They had a beautiful house in the country and served us amazing food.
11: On the drive up to Gothenburg we stopped for "fika" A Swedish term meaning coffee break and it usually includes a treat of something sweet. It was really cold that day! | Tjoloholm Castle
12: We had to visit the archipelago to see if it is as beautiful as we heard and if there really is an island that only allows wheelbarows.....both were true! | Even though Gothenburg is the second biggest city in Sweden, it is so cozy. And because it is an old city. founded in 1621, it is also charming.
13: A few more places we have to visit before we go back to Ireland | Visiting Dan's workplace | Here is where Fredrick and Melody got married January 15, 2007 | Hallandsgarden on Galgberget
14: We went twice to get a tour of Malahide Castle but both times came too late..too much to do and not enough time! Here is the Bank of Ireland. It has no windows because during the era of it's construction there was a tax put on windows. | Bye Sweden, Hello again Ireland!
15: We took a bumpy bus ride to the Wicklow mountains. The little town was so quaint...
16: Powerscourt House and Gardens County Wicklow
19: Founded in 1592, Dublin's Trinity college is the oldest universities in Ireland and one of the oldest in western Europe.
20: Newgrange is a Neolithic passage tomb dating back between 2900 and 3100 BC..Which means it's over 5,000 years old! During the winter s solsticst the light comes through the roof box above the door and illuminates the whole chamber. You can be in a lottery to see it happen but they only choose 50 people a year. | Newgrange | County. Meath
21: So, that's how they do it! | We loved eating a carvery at the pub but I must admit some of the food there was a little hard to get used to. | And I was dying for a Starbucks!!
22: Which way to Galway? | Be careful Josh! | We drove over to the west coast to see the famous Cliffs of Moher | The cliffs stretch out for 5 miles and are 702 feet high.
24: It was lucky our bed and breakfast was close by because a storm came in. We stayed at an oceanfront property and the view could not have been better. | It took a couple of tries but we finally got a group shot with the camera on a timer!
25: We braved the weather so we could go into the city center to get some real Irish Fish and Chips. Tomorrow we will drive back to Dublin and get ready to go home soon...
26: We had one last day of shopping and packing and now the trip must come to an end. It has been an amazing and unforgettable adventure.