Book: Al's London & Dublin Holiday - Day-by-Day Travel Journal by Allen Pollenscategories: Book, Holiday, London Eye, Dublin, O'Connell Street, Trafalgar Square, Bus Tours, Europe, Travel, Ireland, Great Brittain, Color Photos, London
Allen Pollensabout this book: Read "Al's London and Dublin Holiday." It's not a travel guide. It is a trip complete with airports and flight scenarios and with the added treat of ninety of Al's photographs in full color.
Al had no original plan for sharing the story of his travel to London and Dublin. However, he made an entry in his journal every day for his wife, Ellen, who, due to a last minute illness, was not able to make the trip. Al's journal and photographs were his way of sharing the story of his solo holiday in London and Dublin with her
Told in first person, Allen Pollens endeavors in his daily account to bring the reader along with him to experience exactly what was happening. A past visitor to London he takes readers back to some of his favorite places and then shares some of the high points he missed earlier. Not having been to Dublin before, that part of journey was a whole other thing. We gradually come to know and appreciate a city much smaller than London and its outer environs, as well.
Al's chronicles of day-by-day experiences include (with photos):
• An unexpected humorous event on connecting flight out of Boston.
• Arrival at Great Marlboro Street hotel and sight-seeing in London's Oxford Circus area.
• Going to the nearby London Palladium for a magnificent staging of "The Wizard of Oz."
• An unexpectedly complicated but satisfying Big Bus Tour of London, that included Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, the London Eye, the Tower Bridge and some walking.
• A day when the focal point was the London Eye, including a ride on the huge wheel.
• A day of antiquity and visit to the British Museum and their wonderful Egypt collection.
• An excellent walk to wonderful nearby Regent's Park with it's excellent gardens.
• A final London day walking the length of Regent Street to Piccadilly Circus, continuing on to Covent Garden and then back to Trafalgar Square with Lord Nelson high above on his column perch. Al takes a dozen exceptional photos in the day.
• A flight to Ireland and Dublin's best hotel location at the start of O'Connell Street, the Best Western Academy Plaza. A nice Chinese buffet dinner and Al's done for the day.
• First of a two day Hop-on Hop-off Dublin bus tour followed by a leisurely walk the length of O'Connell Street with views of The Spire, the O'Connell statue and across the Liffey River of Trinity College.
• Second two day bus tour with stops at the Guinness Storehouse brewery and the Kilmainham Gaol. A walk back up O'Connell and another delicious Chinese buffet dinner.
• Connemara & Cong Day Tour actually starts in Galway. The day is long but the tour driver/guide makes it all worthwhile. There is too much to summarize here. Read the chapter and look at the pictures.
• A local walking day in Dublin leads to Trinity College, a Merrion Square presentation honoring Oscar Wilde, and a Molly Malone sculpture.
• The full day Glendalough and Kilkenny Tour is excellent. Read the Chapter and view the photos.
• Final full day in Dublin is spent wandering O'Connell and looking up the fascinating history of the magnificent Spire. Read about it in the chapter.
• The Heathrow stopover was uneventful but the squeeze in Boston the next day in getting from the international terminal to the domestic one was a race on foot to make a nearly impossible connection.
It was a great trip and Al would do it again ... this time with Ellen.
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