Posting a little re-cap of our spring 2015 European tattoo tour. We started in Amsterdam at the 11th annual international Amsterdam Tattoo Convention. We rented a very nice apartment on airbnb in the canal district just outside De Pijp, very close to the Museumplein where the Rijks and Van Gogh museums are located, Heineken and also walking distance to the RAI and downtown Dam Square.
Next we moved on to Paris – about a three hour train ride through Belgium on Thalys railways. Again we rented an apartment on airbnb.com, the studio was very small, the toilet was down the hall and shower in the room, but the price was right, the $1000 a night Eiffel tower view was right outside our romantic french doors with balcony and the metro station was right outside our door….sometimes convenience trumps luxury. We were in Paris for sightseeing only – about 2 days worth..Paris is a huge place so plan accordingly if visiting and want to see as much as possible. in 2 days we saw the Eiffel tower, Catacombs, Pere Lachaise, Louvre, Cathederal De Notre Dame, Moulin Rouge, numerous cafes and we ate ratatouille at Chez Janou. My advice for Paris, get familiar with the metro and know at least a little French!
From Paris we took the Air France Hop to Rennes for the 2015 Rennes tattoo convention. The convention was at Le Stade Rennes, one of the nicest venues we’ve ever attended a convention at. Rennes is one of those small French cities that you would see in a movie. Not much to do , but the things that we did do, were things the locals were doing. We watched an opera in the square that was being broadcast live on television, we ate at a few of the restaurants and drank in a few of the bars and then there was “THE” Bakery…. Augustin The Bread…oh the bread and the sandwiches on the bread….did i mention the bread? and of course the macaroons…like nothing I’ve ever had in the states…if you ever find yourself in Rennes, search this place out..I still dream about it!
From Rennes we used blabla car to get to Nantes, so we could catch our ryan air flight to Dublin. Nantes was about 45 minutes away from Rennes and the blabla car cost us about $12 for the both of us. It’s essentially a ride share, the man who drove us didn’t speak a lick of English, but he picked us up at our agreed place and time in Rennes and drove us to the airport in Nantes, no problems whatsoever…he wouldn’t even take any extra money from us! Now i know Ryanair gets a lot of hate on the internet, most of it is probably deserved, but if you are going to fly on Ryanair you must be prepared to fly by their rules, if you are not prepared that cheap flight you booked can turn into a expensive flight quickly…do your homework before booking with them.
In Dublin we stayed at Clontarf Castle…what a amazing experience. We were only in Dublin for a day, so what we could do was limited, but here’s what we jammed in. Kilmainham Gaol, drimnagh castle, Howth, Temple Bar and of course the Phil Lynott statue. Find a traditional local Pub with no music or Wifi to connect with friends “talk story”, eat simple ham and tomato sandwiches and soak in the afternoon glory of old fashioned conversation and being present minus the technology!
Stay tuned on our Instagram, Twitter, Tumbler, and Facebook pages as we countdown to our next adventures in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Paris, Aix en Provence, Marseille, and Iceland….See you around the bend of this small world!
Our next Blog post will be about our many travels to Puerto Rico!!!!!!