Category Archives: Ireland


Europe Photo Book Completed !

My photo/ scrapbook from our European vacation.:
It took me over a year to complete this photo book.  I used to purchase albums, paper, stickers, and all of the other paraphernalia that goes along with scrapbooking but the cost had become overwhelming.  I decided to do digital scrapbooking and started researching publishing companies. Mixbook had the best reviews and what I thought was the most professional looking finished product.
 That was several books ago and I just got in my newest book in the mail yesterday.  I am beyond thrilled.
I have one wedding book and the others are travel books.  These books make the perfect gift and I’m currently working on a wedding album for my nephew and niece.
The books will hold up to  300 pages.  My Europe book has 261 pages so that gives you an idea of how thick a book they can create.  Most of my books are only be around 50 pages.
If  you print your photos for scrapbooking, you know how expensive it can be. My local Walmart charges $2.84 for an 8×10 so multiply that by 261.  With sales tax, the cost would be $811.66.  I can have a professional looking, hardback, bound book for a fraction of that so it is such a cost effective way to go.
If you would like to see my personal albums, you can check out my Europealbum  HERE. You can also check out my Jamaica album HERE.

Dublin Airport Manor, Dublin, Ireland

When my daughter and I were looking for a place to stay when we landed in Ireland, we chose the Dublin Airport Manor.  We were  only staying one night and needed  to be at the airport at 5:00 the next morning so we were looking for someplace near the airport.  We read several great reviews about the place and the price was great at  €44.

The website states that it is 5 minutes from the airport.  I think our taxi driver must have taken a longer route because it took us about 12 minutes to get there and cost us €15.  We ended up arriving early in the morning instead of our 2:00 pm planned arrival because our airline cancelled one our flights.  We also explained that our luggage had been lost in transit and we had no clothing with us.

Dublin Airport Manor

The lady at the desk went out of her way to put us in another room.  She also recommended a place where we could purchase inexpensive clothing to get us through the next couple of days (the airline promised to get our luggage to us ~ they didn’t but that’s another story).  She called us a taxi and told him us to take us to a mall in Swords, the closest city.  (another €15)  We had a great time shopping but the extra taxi and clothing expense wasn’t in our budget so we only purchased what we needed.  It was almost dark when we returned so we took our showers and organized everything so we could catch at taxi at 4:30 am.  (the lady at the desk also arranged this for us)

The kindness of the people at this hotel made our short stay there wonderful. The lady at the desk even offered to make my daughter some bacon or toast when she heard she wasn’t feeling well.  Oh, and did I mention how clean everything was?  My daughter fell in love with the purple color and tried to figure out how she could put the lovely purple chair in her purse:)

This hotel is not in the city center where all of the action is.  We did stay in downtown Dublin on our return trip and though it was convenient to downtown attractions, there was a lot of noise all night long.  If you want someplace that is nice and quit and only a short ride into Dublin, I would recommend you give this place a try.

Of the seven countries we visited, Ireland had the nicest people and the people at Dublin Airport Manor helped to make a stressful situation bearable.  I would love the thank the lady that helped us and wish I could remember her name so I could mention it in this post and in my online reviews.

Dublin Airport Manor


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