Ireland beginning the phase-out of one and two cent coins: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/consumer/coin-rounding-to-begin-as-1-cent-2-cent-coins-phased-out-1.2397307
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Notre Dame @ Kylemore Abbey
Ireland's Orient Express?
This is well beyond my budget at $3-5,000 + and I can't quite grasp where you would need the sleeper car for given Ireland's size and rail Network layout, but . . .
At least it's being done with Irish materials and without tax subsidies!
Love how they advertise with this "Luxury sleeper train" "Guests will be immersed in Irish Culture..." , , and
And, Now -- A COMPLETELY different Dublin Tour:
A tad pricey, but I'm SERIOUSLY tempted!
EDITED TO ADD WEBSITE: http://www.vintageteatours.ie/
Three tours per day -- 40-50 Euro each, but the food on offer DOES appear gourmet quality!
Looks like fun but very pricey.
If you want even more expensive how about 3,000 euro per night for the boathouse at Ashford Castle?
And, now -- Because competition is always good -- http://www.independent.ie/life/travel/ireland/emerald-isle-express-5000ahead-rail-cruise-launches-in-ireland-35078805.html
LOVE that quote!: "They sleep on the train -- WE sleep in Castles!"
I guess 50% is close enough?
Our brother and sister-in-law are on an Ireland train cruise this week. I don't know if they are sleeping on the train or castles. We told them we wanted a full report of their adventure. It will surely be interesting.
Judy -- Would love to hear all about it!
I suspect I am at least LOTTO win away from either, though.
Irish EIRCODES -- Now recognized by Google Maps. When mapping directions, instead of typing in the GPS Long / Lat numbers -- or just settling for the town, use their EIRCODE, instead.
Trying to locate a B&B? If their website doesn't display their EIRCODE, look it up here:
Well, back to the Emerald Isle express train. My cousin in Cork sent me a link to the independent.ie video of the 5000 euro rail cruise. It was slightly different than the one you posted Bob. I almost fell off my chair when I saw my sister-in-law in the video boarding the train. My Cork cousin has never met my sister-in-law so would not have sent the video because he recognized her.
Now I will really be very anxious for their trip report to me. Stay tuned.
Heck, I would have charged them half that price and shown them the real Irish culture. They surely won't see the Ireland I love from a train window. However, their accommodations are much better than sleeping on a train. I still say that my best Ireland experience was staying in a real thatched cottage with a flowing turf fire. Those are the memories I cherish.
I like the real experience too Judy. However, I wouldn't mind a stay at a posh place thrown into the mix once in a while. Just for variety, mind you.
New Aer Lingus route: Miami to Dublin starting 2017
Finally! Open Skies was meant to stimulate competition and open up alternative airports.
Michele Erdvig wrote:Notre Dame @ Kylemore Abbeyhttp://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/university-of-notre-dame-opens-campus-in-connemara-1.2768727
I was there... Not sure God approved though? its the first time I've taken folk to Kylemore and nobody dared to take a camera out..It didn't just rain cats and dogs it rained cows and horses.
New Release of Cromwell's Ireland Survey Maps might be a boon to genealogy research!
A change in EU Visa requirements MAY impact US citizens traveling to Ireland:
Itallian Chauffeur wrote:A change in EU Visa requirements MAY impact US citizens traveling to Ireland:http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/europe-visa-free-travel-americans-european-parliament-vote-a7609406.html
We will all need to watch this carefully.