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Old 19th June 2016, 05:50 PM
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Default ExplorA8tion Ireland! 5th - 15/16th June 2016 - Completed!

Ok, so I'e been back a couple of days now but it was 03:30 on Friday morning when we finally pulled into the drive!
Angela and I had driven 2630 miles at an average speed of 32MPH and 22.1MPG door to door.

First and foremost I must Thank Neil and Sean for the awesome amount of work they did planning and executing this trip. There wasn't a day went by without us seeing some stunning sights and enjoying great company and experiences.

I'll do a little write up with a few photos in the next few days; but as a taster, Neil, Nick and Ann, myself and Angela spent the last night here, and someone else picked up the bulk of the tab!

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First and foremost I must Thank Neil and Sean for the awesome amount of work they did planning and executing this trip. There wasn't a day went by without us seeing some stunning sights and enjoying great company and experiences.
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but as a taster, Neil, Nick and Ann, myself and Angela spent the last night here, and someone else picked up the bulk of the tab!

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That was pretty amazing, we paid with our own money for both of these on that same night:
http://www.merrionhotel.com/
http://www.restaurantpatrickguilbaud.ie/

View (out of focus!) from our balcony attached:
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Old 19th June 2016, 09:26 PM
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Great view from our hotel too Andrew !
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I'm only jealous because I paid for mine!

(Though I was able to check in and shower mid-afternoon...)
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Finally: gone, but not forgotten.....
1998 D2 PF S8. AgateGrey/Platinum. Every option (I think) except electric rear seats, tiptronic steering wheel, ski hatch, towbar & dimming door mirrors.
e.g. Cruise control, NavPlus/TV, Bose, GSM, Xenons, Solar roof, Parking sensors, Alcantara/leather everywhere of course. (internal dimming mirror added later)
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I'm only jealous because I paid for mine!

(Though I was able to check in and shower mid-afternoon...)
We paid for ours. . . just not what it actually cost lol
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20" x 9" Bentley GTC Wheels with 385mm W12 Front Discs & Bentley Caliper Covers, Front Lowered on Coilovers, Xenons, Combined DRLs and LED Foglights to modified OEM front fog lamp position, Alcantara/Leather, Full Black Alcantara headlining + pillars and blind shelf, Bespoke Flat Bottomed Sports Steering Wheel, Dark Myrtle Wood, Autodim Mirrors, Bose, Blinds, Digital TV, Ski Hatch, Modified rear exhaust section for extra V8 Burble
Next - Clean Car, Phantom Aeriel, Clean Car again, Fit Variable Back Box with remote control on/off Loudness, RNS-e, Clean Car again!
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Audi A8L D4 FL 4.0T Petrol twin turbo - Havana Black
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Old 19th June 2016, 10:21 PM
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Here's a few of ours from that last nights palatial pad
Eight foot bed and swamped in downy soft stuff.
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We had bowls of fruit on the tables in the corridors, but our garden statues were more eclectic:
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2016 Volvo V40 T5 Cross Country (4WD) with ALL the toys including adaptive cruise etc. etc. Osmium Grey with Blonde/Charcoal leather interior. Polestar performance "optimisation". (A much rarer model than a D2 S8 by the way!)
Finally: gone, but not forgotten.....
1998 D2 PF S8. AgateGrey/Platinum. Every option (I think) except electric rear seats, tiptronic steering wheel, ski hatch, towbar & dimming door mirrors.
e.g. Cruise control, NavPlus/TV, Bose, GSM, Xenons, Solar roof, Parking sensors, Alcantara/leather everywhere of course. (internal dimming mirror added later)
1998 (very early) Ford Focus 1.8 Zetec; ABS/TCS, Heated screen/mirrors, Aircon, Auto-dim mirror, Leather, Trip computer, Cruise control, OEM Ford SatNav with CD changer.
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Old 20th June 2016, 08:19 PM
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Quite a few nice hotels in Ireland. Looks like ours was in at number 8!

http://www.irelandbeforeyoudie.com/t...awesome-views/
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20" x 9" Bentley GTC Wheels with 385mm W12 Front Discs & Bentley Caliper Covers, Front Lowered on Coilovers, Xenons, Combined DRLs and LED Foglights to modified OEM front fog lamp position, Alcantara/Leather, Full Black Alcantara headlining + pillars and blind shelf, Bespoke Flat Bottomed Sports Steering Wheel, Dark Myrtle Wood, Autodim Mirrors, Bose, Blinds, Digital TV, Ski Hatch, Modified rear exhaust section for extra V8 Burble
Next - Clean Car, Phantom Aeriel, Clean Car again, Fit Variable Back Box with remote control on/off Loudness, RNS-e, Clean Car again!
Audi A8L D3 4.2 Petrol with LPG - Oyster Grey
Audi A8L D4 FL 4.0T Petrol twin turbo - Havana Black
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With the Trump resort (I still feel unclean from driving by it!) at number 3. Credibility of that list needs to be questioned.
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2016 Volvo V40 T5 Cross Country (4WD) with ALL the toys including adaptive cruise etc. etc. Osmium Grey with Blonde/Charcoal leather interior. Polestar performance "optimisation". (A much rarer model than a D2 S8 by the way!)
Finally: gone, but not forgotten.....
1998 D2 PF S8. AgateGrey/Platinum. Every option (I think) except electric rear seats, tiptronic steering wheel, ski hatch, towbar & dimming door mirrors.
e.g. Cruise control, NavPlus/TV, Bose, GSM, Xenons, Solar roof, Parking sensors, Alcantara/leather everywhere of course. (internal dimming mirror added later)
1998 (very early) Ford Focus 1.8 Zetec; ABS/TCS, Heated screen/mirrors, Aircon, Auto-dim mirror, Leather, Trip computer, Cruise control, OEM Ford SatNav with CD changer.
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