1 May-15 May 1992
The Musical Journey of Suzanne and Vicki
- Left Boston on Virgin
We got around London on The Tube,
which was quit easy.
- Museum of Moving
Images(Vicki and I were communications majors, so this was of
particular interest to us.)
- Big Ben
- Trafalger Square.
Tussaud's Wax Museum
We stayed at Kelly's Hotel, which was wonderful.
- Flew from London to Dublin (on
Aer Lingus)...had a little trouble
"We got to the Heathrow Airport with no problems
at all. Then when we went through security, Vicki had no problem, but
since I don't carry a purse, I had to empty my pockets. The woman was
laughing , she said I had more in my stuff than most women carry in their
purses." I forgot to write down that the last thing I pulled out of
my pocket was a Swiss Army Knife, that I meant to put in my suitcase. But
as I said the woman was so amused by everything else, she let me go.
My next door neighbor's cousin took us around Dublin...he was a great tour
"Thought for the day: We're on vacation, we're
getting paid to be on vacation in Dublin, other people are stressing
I had some time on the train to write down a bunch of random thoughts...
- Train from Dublin to Galway
"I've heard Boston compared to Dublin, now I know
why-all the roads are one way and the drivers are crazy.(Just like Boston)
The other thing I keep forgetting to write down is the songs that
mysteriously keep popping into our heads. All through London it was Billy
and Pete (Bragg and Townsend). It's funny, you never really think about
how the city the artist grew up in influences their writing. Little things
creep into the songs. I think with Pete, Vicki was recognizing Tube stops
from songs. With Billy it seemed to be just things we did. "Walk in the
park...." SO, it would seem natural that when we arrived in Dublin, U2
would pop into our heads. of course it did. I can't even say why the
certain songs did, maybe it was just the air...I also had "Dirty Old Town",
but that could be a U2 or Pogues thing.
I just finished my second Crunchie of the trip. I've been trying to
try different things, but Crunchies and Flake are the best. I've also seen
M&M's around, so I could feasibly survive in London or Dublin. I guess I'm
just a city chick at heart. We're headed out to the country. It's
Island of Inishmore
"The population is 1,000 people who speak Irish as well
as English. There are only 5 pubs as opposed to Dublin's 700."
- Dun Aengus fort
"...the fort was a 20 minute walk up a rocky
hill, but the view of the cliffs was amazing. It's really difficult to put
into words the beauty we saw. I'm afraid the video and photos won't even
show it, but we took lots. The cliffs inside the fort ruins drop 300 feet
into the ocean and there were no railings. Needless to say, I tried
not to get too close."(Vicki will debate that last statement.)
We rented a car for the day, which was nice, because we weren't slaves to
the train and could stop where and when we wanted. Though driving on the
other side of the road was an interesting challenge.<
- Dunguaire Castle (Co.
of Mohre-"The Cliffs of Moher-Fantastic again, I
hope the photos can capture at least some of the beauty."
- Limerick-"My impression of Limerick...It seems to be a dumping
ground for people coming into Shannon Airport.(15 Miles away) Bunratty
Castle is near Shannon Airport, but we didn't have time to stop."
Guess I was unimpressed.
Upon returning the car "The Avis guy said, 'Oh, it's
all in one piece.' He seemed surprised."
- Trian from Limerick to Killarney."There are cows and sheep everywhere!"
- Súgan House-A cute little resturaunt, where we had a great dinner.
Pub-They play cheesy Irish music for tourist, but it's a good
time. (This is not to say that all Irish music is cheesy...)
- Returned to Dublin
- Windmill Lane Studios-The Mecca for U2 fans."We knew the general area to search and finally after a bit
of a walk back and forth next to the Liffy, we were very excited to see the
street sign-'Windmill Lane'. And around the corner, we found what we were
looking for. It was really neat. There was all kinds of graffiti over the
wall written by fans from all over the world. The building itself was
marked with the 'Rock 'n' Stroll' sign mentioning U2...Across the street
from the studio, is the warehouse were Rattle and Hum and the
'Desire' video were shot. It was cool just to be were we knew they had
- Trinity College-"It's really quit a big campus and made me miss Syracuse a
Pubs of Dublin
I made a list of all the Pubs we visited...I hope to hit all 700 some
day.(Hey it's a noble goal)
- Stag's Head
- Larry Murphy's
- Brazen Head
- Return to London-"...let me jot down a few
thoughts as we leave Ireland...There are a lot more rotaries(or roundabouts
as they call them here.)
...I assume because of the price of gas(petrol)
it seems like a lot more people ride bikes, but I don't think I could ever
do it in Dublin, because the buses drive so close to everything. It's
really kind of scary.
I really like salt, pepper and vinegar on my chips(fries). I think
it's a habit I will continue upon my return to Mass.(When there is no
gravy) Note: There is a bottle of malt vinegar in my cabinet as I type.
- The Rock Circus-Another of Madame Tussaud's wax museums"There were many cool figures and I took tons of pictures.
They had head phones which activate and audio sound track at each display.
It takes 6 months to a year to make one statue. they put each hair on
individually. Robert Plant even had a hairy chest.
- The Tower
of London-"...we spent a good 3 -3 1/2 hours. I
don't know why I didn't go last time, it is like the most important
sight in London. It's very rich in history. We began our tour with a
Yeoman Warder of the tower.(Often nicknamed a Beefeater) They have to
have served in the British Army for 22 years and get 3 metals and go 18
years without committing a crime(or getting caught). Our guide was very
funny and gave us a good perspective on things. I'm glad we started with
the tour. There are a lot of sad stories we would not have gotten to hear.
Next, it was off to see the Crown Jewels. They were beautiful. Amazing,
they were so big and really real...Then we explored the rest of the
Tower...The coolest thing was the ravens. Their wings were clipped because
it is said when they leave, the empire will fall. They made funny noises
and although there were signs warning that they bite, they let people get
right up close. One even seemed like he was posing."
- The London Dungeon-"It was really cool, but
rather gruesome...the funniest thing was King Henry the IIIV eating dinner
with hologram ghosts of his wives. He kept burping. We also saw a lot of
stuff that happened in the Tower of London too, torture, death, blood,
disease, that about covers it."
- Bus tour of London-The city in a nut shell.(We really should have done
this first, but it was good anyway.)
"I would defiantly do it again. Next time I would
spend more time in London and Killarney. I would also like to spend more
time in the Aran Islands. And there were things we missed, Kilkenny looked
nice as we passed through and Northern Ireland is supposed to be beautiful.
I would also like to see the English countryside, as well as Stratford on
the Avon, the Cliffs of Dover, Stonehenge and Scotland. But I don't regret
anything. We did see a lot. I would not change anything, except an
extra night in Killarney instead of Limerick...I'm really sad it's over and
I can't wait to do it again."
- Return to Boston-
"This is a mondo plane (good thing too-Vicki needs to get Mondo Bag on)."
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