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Winding Down

Last, but not least: Ireland

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Alright. A lot has happened (or at least it feels like) since my last entry.

As it turns out Orleans didn't have much, but then we took a train to Blois. Blois is a little town with shops, restaurants, a chateau, and Houdini's house! It was SO hot that day, so we spent a long time just hanging out in the shade, drinking cokes, and looking out over the city and river.

Overlooking Blois

Overlooking Blois

Houdini's pad

Houdini's pad

Our feet are gross.

Our feet are gross.

The next day we spent around Paris again. This time we saw the Arc de Triumph, Champs Elysees, and Trocadero. But, the best part of our day was on our way to the Eiffel Tower. We found the fountains (the ones in front of all the Eiffel Tower pictures) and it turns out that everyone swims in them! So we hopped in too! It was nice and cool, and so much fun. Emily met a girl, Allison, from San Diego (just graduated from Berkeley) in the fountain and she ended up coming up to the top of the Eiffel Tower with us.

Playing in the fountains!

Playing in the fountains!

In the fountains infront of the Eiffel Tower

In the fountains infront of the Eiffel Tower

Super guards.  They were around train stations and the Eiffel Tower

Super guards. They were around train stations and the Eiffel Tower

Top of the Eiffel Tower!

Top of the Eiffel Tower!

The line for the tower was long, but worth it. I'm not sure I would pay to go up again, but its definitely something I had to do at least once! We took lots of pictures at the top and there is a video of Allisson's of us spitting off the top floating around on YouTube, too.

We finished off our time in Paris at a cafe in front of the Notre Dame. We had drinks and I finally got my French Onion Soup!! It was so neat to hang out in a Parisian cafe looking out at everything all lit up.

Notre Dame and music by the river

Notre Dame and music by the river

The next morning we got up at 5:15 to catch a train, to catch a taxi, to catch a plane to Dublin. We had issues (again) with our baggage. I swear the airport scales are all off. This time I had to take half of my clothes out of my suitcase and force them into my backpack. And I hid a purse under my jacket (only one carryon allowed). But everything worked out and we are now in Dublin!

Yesterday we just wandered the city and had dinner early then went to bed since we were so tired. I had a delicious slow cooked beef and Guinness stew. I am going to have to learn how to make it.

Walking down O'Connell Street

Walking down O'Connell Street

Rugby field at Trinity College

Rugby field at Trinity College

Somebody made him look a little more hip.

Somebody made him look a little more hip.

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One of the many, many pubs.

One of the many, many pubs.

Today we went on an all day tour. We went all the way across Ireland stopping at various spots to get to our main destinations, the Cliffs of Moher. Everything was so green, and there were so many sheep! It was a tiring day, but so neat to see that much of Ireland.

Our Paddywagon

Our Paddywagon

SO COLD. Zero degrees Celcius.

SO COLD. Zero degrees Celcius.

Monica and I are rebels.

Monica and I are rebels.

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Tomorrow Monica goes home. We are all very, very sad. Emily and I will be sleeping in then roaming around and eventually hitting up the Guinness distillery tour. Then on Friday we're going on another tour around Wicklow. Saturday morning we head home! I love Europe so much, but I'm ready to get home!

Posted by laporlier 15:24 Archived in Ireland Tagged round_the_world

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So glad you had a great trip. We're happy to have you coming home too! Enjoy your last few days.
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Mom

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