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ivankay
08-27-2008, 11:02 AM
i'm off to Ireland with a 3 day stop in Paris. Never been to Paris and am hitting all my friends up about suggestions. Got any? Obviously i'm going to go to Louvre.

i've been to Dublin before, but if you have recommendations for that fine city...

i won't be able to check this regularly for a bit, so just keep those tips a coming (that sounded bad).

au revoir!

faxman75
08-27-2008, 11:08 AM
I have pub recommendations for Dublin!

Two must go to bars are both near or in Temple Bar district. The first which was my favorite is The foggy Dew http://www.thefoggydew.ie/

The second is The Long Haul, 51 Aungier Street Keogh’s, 9 South Anne Street.

The long haul is pretty historic, it's kinda smallish but they are old school. They still have a partition up from back in the days when the men would drink in the front of the bar and women would go sit at tables and drink in the back, a seperate room. It's not used to seperate any more though. It's very old and the walls are a dark red and the guiness is poured to perfection!

I also highly recommend the tour at Kilmainham prison. Very awesome.

fuck I miss dublin. So great.

JustSteve
08-27-2008, 11:18 AM
there are the catacombs in Paris that are f'ing amazing.
http://www.ehow.com/how_2052484_tour-haunted-catacombs-paris-france.html

in dublin go check out St. Michan's Church if you haven't been. They have mummies that have been perfectly preserved beneath the church, one is reportedly a crusader. The guy who took me down there even let me go past the gate and touch his hand, which is supposedly brings good luck.
http://www.irelandforvisitors.com/articles/mummies_of_st_michans.htm

also inside is the organ that Handel supposedly used while composing "the Messiah".

i enjoyed going on the jameson distillery tour. good chance to pick up a bottle of middleton for a decent price. actually, back then the exchange rate was 1:1, not sure if it's such a deal any more.

have you ever done a black taxi tour of belfast? it's a day trip, but it is well worth it. it is surreal to be taken into the neighborhoods of the ira and uff. sad in a lot of ways to see the way they live. you can also see where the titanic was built and sent on its merry way.

out of my 3 month backpacking trip years ago i ended up spending 3-4 weeks in ireland because i loved it so much.

justinaqui
08-27-2008, 11:21 AM
It's been a while, so I can't remember the name of the place, but there is a pub in Dublin that's on multiple floors that's also a brewery. I had a great time there. There was live music too. Sorry I can't help more.

TomAz
08-28-2008, 09:36 AM
hey while you're at the Louvre be sure and get trampled by all the japanese tourists trying to get close to the mona lisa.

but do go to the Musee Rodin. I love that place.

Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle are touristy places but worth seeing anyway.

but the best thing to do in Paris is to get away from the hardcore tourist places and just wander the neighborhoods. Le Marais, St Germain, and to a lesser extent Montmartre. walk, look, eat, drink.

edit: before anyone jumps on my ass: Montmartre itself is very touristy, yes, but the neighborhoods down the hill are what I was talking about.

Westy
08-28-2008, 09:41 AM
The Latin Quarter is pretty cool. Lots of restaurants and bistros.

SFChrissy
08-28-2008, 09:43 AM
like Jay Z said "bubblin in Dublin"

ivankay
08-29-2008, 12:51 AM
Awsome. i will be staying in the Latin Quarter. Hopefully i get time to check out all suggestions. 30 seconds left on hotel computer. bye.

MissingPerson
09-01-2008, 02:37 PM
It's been a while, so I can't remember the name of the place, but there is a pub in Dublin that's on multiple floors that's also a brewery. I had a great time there. There was live music too. Sorry I can't help more.

I'd say it was The Porterhouse. Nice place, yup.

Temple Bar is always the touristy recommendation, Eamonn Doran's in particular ;cause it's got the Pizza place right across from it. It's lively, but can be a pain in the ass for the same reason. Stag Parties. I quite like Messrs. Maguire on the Quays too.

wmgaretjax
09-01-2008, 02:46 PM
PARIS:
Palais de Tokyo
Centre de Pompidou

paulb
09-01-2008, 02:50 PM
go see a show at Le Zenith or Bataclan in Paris...

apostle2
09-01-2008, 02:55 PM
Sacre Coeur at sunset.

TomAz
09-01-2008, 08:36 PM
PARIS:
Palais de Tokyo
Centre de Pompidou

2nd the Pompidou. definitely worth a visit.

canexplain
09-01-2008, 09:13 PM
have a great time mike and of course take tons of pics ...i lived there (france) for 3 years and hitchhiked all over europe but that was before most of you were born .... keep in touch dude .... x****

crazzz2007
09-01-2008, 09:22 PM
instead of the louvre, you should go to musee d'orsay. it is much more manageable.

TomAz
09-01-2008, 09:28 PM
if you like impressionism.

slurpee
09-02-2008, 07:52 AM
Drink a snake bite. It is an awesome drink no bartender in the states can correctly make.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snakebite_(beer_cocktail)

greghead
09-02-2008, 10:16 AM
I recommend visiting Powerscourt House & Gardens. The Japanese garden is absolutely incredible. I'd say it's about an hour outside Dublin. Well worth it.

ivankay
09-07-2008, 06:12 PM
i got back yesterday. The trip was excellent. i wish i could have taken up all the suggestions, but time has it's limits unfortunately. i loved Paris so much, going back for a longer period of time is mandatory before my passing. i took way too many pictures and need to post a bunch. These are the first of them. They are from the first few days that took place in Northern Ireland:

http://cdn.buzznet.com/assets/users16/renegademartian/default/Pooping_is_Expensive--large-msg-122083783101.jpg
The fine for your dog crapping is crazy.

http://cdn.buzznet.com/assets/users16/renegademartian/default/When_you_gotta_go...--large-msg-122083783341.jpg
Sign says nothing about humans.

http://cdn.buzznet.com/assets/users16/renegademartian/default/House_in_Armargh--large-msg-122083781486.jpg
The first few days were spent in Armagh for the family reunion. This was a house outside the house were we staying at.

http://cdn.buzznet.com/assets/users16/renegademartian/default/Walking_in_Armargh--large-msg-122083782105.jpg
Walking in Armagh late night looking for food. We found some Chinese.

http://cdn.buzznet.com/assets/users16/renegademartian/default/More_North_Coast--large-msg-122083783541.jpg
We drove up to the Northern Coast to check out the scenery. my first time driving on the other side of the road. Kind of spooky when a truck is coming at you.

http://cdn.buzznet.com/assets/users16/renegademartian/default/Lots_of_Cows_in_Ireland--large-msg-122083783808.jpg
Lots of cows.

http://cdn.buzznet.com/assets/users16/renegademartian/default/Dunluce_Castle--large-msg-122083783999.jpg
Dunluce Castle

http://cdn.buzznet.com/assets/users16/renegademartian/default/Giants_Causeway_in_Northern_Ireland--large-msg-122083782677.jpg
The "8th Wonder of the World", Giant's Causeway is a natural formation. Really weird because it sure looks man made.

http://cdn.buzznet.com/assets/users16/renegademartian/default/Dad_on_some_of_the_formations_at_Giants_Causeway--large-msg-122083782453.jpg
Dad.

http://cdn.buzznet.com/assets/users16/renegademartian/default/Finn_MacCool_Built_the_Causeway_to_kick_some_ars--large-msg-122083784482.jpg
Finn MacCool apparently built the Causeway to kick some Scotish arse.

http://cdn.buzznet.com/assets/users16/renegademartian/default/Giants_Causeway--large-msg-122083784249.jpg

http://cdn.buzznet.com/assets/users16/renegademartian/default/More_of_the_Northern_Ireland_Coast--large-msg-122083784778.jpg

http://cdn.buzznet.com/assets/users16/renegademartian/default/More_of_the_Northern_Ireland_Coast_sure_is_nice--large-msg-122083785253.jpg

http://cdn.buzznet.com/assets/users16/renegademartian/default/Cow_was_licking_itself_til_i_tried_to_take_a_pic--large-msg-122083785515.jpg
This cow was in full on licking itself mode, but when i tried to take a picture, all i got was this "What the fuck?" look.

http://cdn.buzznet.com/assets/users16/renegademartian/default/North_Coast_of_Ireland--large-msg-122083782896.jpg
The Carric a rede rope bridge

http://cdn.buzznet.com/assets/users16/renegademartian/default/Carrick_a_rede_Rope_Bridge--large-msg-122083785687.jpg
i was looking down for the first half when i started to get a bit spooked about how high it was. Very cool, but not something to do on it's own. Fortunately it isn't far from the Causeway.

http://cdn.buzznet.com/assets/users16/renegademartian/default/Driving_in_Northern_Ireland--large-msg-122083786395.jpg
On the drive back to Armagh.

Next: Belfast and Paris.

faxman75
09-07-2008, 09:35 PM
Wow, amazing photo's.