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June 1, 2019

Abbey Presbyterian at Dublin!

And I take you to an island off the European continent and very much part of it. It was a memorable short trip but always with pleasants memories of the visit , and always wants to go back. Many times in my travels , I tend to do things quickly , just my way, and unfortunately missed on nice things to see. This is one example.

I came upon Dublin with the expectation of the bar scene and enjoy myself. I took some walks and started seeing interesting building and nice architecture. Many of them with history behind it. I passed by this church and was impressive by its clean looks and impressive exterior architecture. I did try to get back to see it inside but had no time. Now is on my list perhaps this summer to see it up close and personal. For now a primer on the Abbey Presbyterian Church of Dublin, Ireland.

Quickly up nice Parnell Square you come to the impressive church with beautiful architecture, this is the  Abbey Presbyterian Church. Their official webpage is here:  http://www.abbeychurch.ie/

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Abbey Presbyterian Church is a decorated Gothic building, with a spire 180 feet (54.9 meters) high. The church was erected in 1864 with funding from Alexander Findlater, a Dublin merchant, and is known colloquially as Findlater’s Church.  Indeed the reconstituting and renaming of the congregation came as a direct result of the 1916 Easter Rising and its aftermath.  Abbey Presbyterian Church is a congregation affiliated to the Presbyterian Church in Ireland through the Dublin & Munster Presbytery.  They have been meeting at the present site in Parnell Square right at the heart of the city for almost one hundred and fifty years, although their history can be traced back much further.

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A bit of history I like

The Presbyterians were prominent in Dublin as early as 1594 with the appointment of Rev. William Travers, a Presbyterian clergyman, as the first regular Provost of Trinity College. Almost the earliest known Presbyterian congregation in Dublin was established about 1660 in Bull Alley, a lane running along what is now St. Patrick’s Park. In 1667 this congregation, from which the present Abbey congregation traces its descent, moved to Capel Street and the site of Mary’s Abbey. The Abbey had been founded by Godfrey, the Danish King of Dublin, in 948 and finally vacated by the Cistercians in 1641.

Meetinghouse Lane, in which the old Chapterhouse of St. Mary’s Abbey still stands, takes its name from the Presbyterian building. In the 1860s the growth of the congregation and a substantial increase in rent on the Mary’s Abbey property made it desirable for the congregation to seek new premises. By the great generosity of Alexander Findlater, a Dublin merchant, the present site in Rutland Square, now Parnell Square, was bought and a church was erected. The church is popularly known as ‘Findlater’s Church‘ and is referred to by that name in two of James Joyce’s novels. The opening services were held in November, 1864.

More interesting to me is that this Abbey Church is not even in the things to see at the Dublin Council tourism info webpage, so more power to go back and see it. The official Dublin city council tourist things to see

Another good source of information on Dublin is Dublin Live! Dublin Live webpage on things to do

And a tiny bit on the Dublin tourist office webpage here: Tourist office of Dublin a bit on the Abbey Church aka

And there you a nice off the beaten path visit in Dublin, for my and yours next time in depth coverage of the Abbey Presbyterian Church. Hope you have a enjoy it

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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June 1, 2019

London, driving, eating, drinking!!!

Ok ok not at once and defintively not while driving but in my limited creative mind these are what are best to do in London, me think. We always drive there and its glorious, no problems whatsoever driving on the left, and the foodies closeness to what we are used from back “home” and the good nice cold beers are wonderful excuse to come again and again. Of course, I have written before on London, but let me refresh on the goodies.

Let me tell you on how we come here, where we stay and take the tube! metro/subway lines and eat and drink of course! This is London live!!!

Tesco is the largest supermarket chain in the United Kingdom. With 3,500 stores, it is present throughout the world where it supplies food products, household products and supplies. Tesco even sells products of its own brand. We did always shop at Kensington Tesco full scale hyper market and great take out foods. Latest news I have is that the chain is trying to cut back on some of its lines due to losses so hurry up and try it, we love it. More on them here: Tesco at Kensington location

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen is a restaurant chain in the United Kingdom specialising in gourmet burgers. The company was started in London by New Zealanders. There is a subtle Kiwi theme throughout the restaurants, a reference to the heritage of the original owners. The same here on mounting losses and a restructuring going on, so hurry up by St Paul Cathedral , where we tried them and we love it. Always busy and that is the fun get your order, sit and be call for it, pickup pay and eat on high tables, with the St Paul watching you lol!!! More on them here: Gourmet Burgers Kitchen on St Paul’s

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Chiquito is a restaurant chain specialising in Tex-Mex foods. The company was established in 1989, and has 68 restaurants across the country. It dubs itself as ‘The Original Mexican Grill & Bar‘, and has been described as the United Kingdom’s best known Mexican chain. The restaurants, which tend to feature a large bar and lounge style restaurant have rustic interior décor, based on traditional Mexican architecture and culture, where old Mexican posters and photos adorn the walls, alongside piñatas, plates, castanets, fans, and sombreros. Spanish and Mexican music plays throughout the restaurant. Nick Frost, actor and writer, worked at the Staples Corner London branch where he first met Simon Pegg. We love the terrace at Leicester Square!!! Resto. Great views great food and the view! More on them here: Chiquito at Leicester Square

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looking at you in Leicester Square! Chiquito!

Originally built in 1876 as the Courtfield Hotel, opposite Earls Court Station,  and first licensed in 1879. At 187 Earls Court Road by 1910, the Hotel has now been dropped from the name. This Courtfield Pub has an impressive front bar with tall windows and a high ceiling. Chandeliers and lanterns suspended above the bar add to the period atmosphere. The rear area has attractive wood paneling and relaxing banquettes. Sports matches are shown on screens situated around the pub. Friendly staff provide good service. This was and still is our hangout each time there, we need to passed by it; was the first with the whole family so it has become rather sentimental for us. It is great ambiance and friendly service always. We will be back!! More on them here: Greene king pubs on Courtfield Pub by Earls Court

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bloody gooood!!!

And it would not be fair to leave without telling you of our fav fav area in London. We have been coming here on and off years since 2011 and it is wonderful area to walk, shop, eat, drink and get on our tube express to the rest of London. We had rented apartments at Earls Court Studios. Friendly service, nice folks, they live upper floor of the building! More for your rental pleasures here: Earls Court Studios London

And now a bit on the Earl’s Court area.

Earl’s Court, is a west London neighborhood, located in the Kensington and Chelsea district. After WWII it was nicknamed the “Polish Corridor”, because of the number of Polish officers and soldiers who settle there and open their businesses. They were replaced in the late 1960’s by a wave of visitors from Australia (but also from New Zealand) who add the sobriquet, “Kangaroo valley”. For more than a century, since 1879, the area has been famous for the major festivals, and salons that in 1937 took place in the main convention center, the Earls Court Exhibition Center, a building in Modern Art style. Built by the  American, Charles Howard Crane . Earls Court Exhibition Center was replaced it’s demolition was duly completed in 2017. The area has since returned to its former state of waste ground only with an adjacent devastated Green corridor. Too sad as this is where we parked as far back as 2016 and it has been totally change, and now need to find parking nearby at Seagrave road! Avoid that congestion fee lol!!!

The area is served by the Earls Court metro/tube station as well as the West Brompton station. The station is on the District line (all branches of the latter join) and the Piccadilly line, zones 1 and 2. On the Piccadilly line the station is between Barons Court and Gloucester Road. It is the major junction of the District line, with West Brompton, Kensington (Olympia) and West Kensington to the west, High Street Kensington to the north and Gloucester Road to the east. Very nice to move on in lovely London! More on the station here: https://tfl.gov.uk/tube/stop/940GZZLUECT/earls-court-underground-station

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And how do we get here well we take the Eurostar train crossing with our car in tow, and then we drive on towards the fable M25 and our lovely London! A bit more on this heavy road that we love to drive on and again no problems ever with the left!!Even thus we prefer the right !!!

The M25, motorway/highway known locally as the London Orbital, serves the Greater London Area, for 188 km long. In Europe, the M25 is the second longest road after Berlin, which is 8 kilometers longer. It is the busiest road in the United Kingdom. Between exits 14 and 15 near Heathrow Airport, (where we get in for Earl’s Court) the M25 is one of the busiest motorways in Europe. The highway, which was built between 1975 and 1986, crosses the Thames river at Staines. The M25 is not a complete circle; in Dartford, it becomes the A282 road and crosses the Thames river by the Elizabeth II Bridge and a tunnel.  Over most of its length, the M25 has 6 lanes, although there are some 4-lane or 8 lane portions . The highway was widened to 10 lanes between exits 12 and 14, and to 12 lanes between exits 14 and 15. Great road no problems at all driving on the left ! Love it! My road to London from France by car of course! More on the M25 here: https://www.roads.org.uk/motorway/m25/

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M25 running to London!

And there you go folks , do dare drive in lovely London its an adventure of a lifetime, and you will be back !!! as we have lol! Until another round chasing Sherlock we will be saying elementary my dear Watson to you all.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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