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Author: rosewards

Joined: 5/15/2011
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May 21, 2013

 Is it possible to fit in the Mary Gibbons tour during the scheduled time in Dublin, or must this tour be done during the post trip extension?

Author: luisa

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May 22, 2013

When I took the trip we had only one evening and the following full day in Dublin. We arrived  in late afternoon and had the panoramic tour of the city and a visit to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells on the next.

If you're not taking the extension you would have to forgo the tour and seeing the Book of Kells. The Newgrange tour leaves in the morning and returns in late afternoon. 

Have a great trip. Other than shortchanging Dublin and what I considered a wasted day in Waterford, I thought it was wonderful.

Author: pauline

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May 22, 2013

Luisa, my trip in July of 2011 was the first, or almost the first, that included Waterford.  We were originally supposed to have an overnight stop in Wexford and that would have got us to Dublin even later.  In fact, we would have stopped at Trinity College and seen the Book of Kells on the way to our hotel and left the next morning.  That was why I had chosen to take the post-trip extension.

I agree about Waterford.  I've seen exhibitions of glass-blowing many times before.  I don't particularly care for that glass, although I have two bedside lamps from Waterford.  But as an example of "art" glass, it leaves me cold.  And I thought that the hotel was at the bottom of the list as far as the hotels we stayed at on that trip.  But perhaps the travel planners felt that people would feel short-changed if they didn't get to Waterford now that the showrooms had re-opened.

Pauline

Author: luisa

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May 23, 2013

Pauline,

Not many people in my group were interested, many wandered around outside the building and only a few bought anything. One woman near me on the bus looked at her purchase and said "Oh, it was made in the Czech Republic."

On the other hand, there was a nice shop in Dingle where a woman bought a lovely stained glass window ornament, which had been made there. I wished later that I'd purchased something.

I wouldn't have minded the Waterford stop if we'd had another day in Dublin.

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