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Castles, Cliffs, and a Whole Lot of Craic: My Trip to Ireland

October 27, 2016

Hi everyone!

 

I am a little late posting this, but I wanted to share some of my favorites from my Ireland trip a few weeks ago. Ireland was an incredible weekend, and I think the best part about it was all of the people I got to enjoy it with. One of my best friends is studying there, so she graciously let me crash on her couch for the weekend (thanks Tay!) 

 

When I got in to Dublin that Thursday evening, it was too dark to start exploring so Taylor whipped us up some pasta before we headed out for the night with the rest of our friends. We first stopped at Howl at the Moon, a nightclub/bar that was a great place to start out the night. The best part was how inexpensive the drinks were! This night I was able to get a beer for just 2.50 Euros. After we left Howl at the Moon we walked to Dicey's. We stayed out pretty late, so the next day we slept in a bit before going out to explore. 

 

Taylor and I walked almost the entire city that afternoon. She first took me for breakfast at this incredible breakfast place called The Rolling Donut. We then stopped in a few souvenir shops so I could snag a few postcards, (I've been collecting them from everywhere that I go!) We took a stroll through a gorgeous park near her house, saw Trinity College, and walked through the grounds of Dublin Castle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a long day of exploring, we made some dinner and relaxed before going out. Our first stop was the famous Temple Bar, although it was insanely crowded, we stayed for a bit and enjoyed a pint of Guinness before moving on. Just across the street was Fitzsimons. This bar had live music which was great, but the drink prices went up 0.50 Euros every hour which was ridiculous. Needless to say we didn't buy many drinks! Lastly, we went to Flannery's, which was my friends favorite bar. Now I understand why! It was such a fun atmosphere, with both a bar and club feel. 

With just a few hours of sleep, I woke up to head to the Paddywagon a few of us signed up for that took us on a tour of Ireland and to the Cliffs of Moher. The ride was long, but we had some interesting stops along the way. The Cliffs themselves were absolutely breathtaking. I was mesmerized by their height and span. We stayed at the cliffs for about two hours, before getting on the bus to go back to Dublin. 

 

 

When we finally returned to Dublin later that evening we went to Flannery's and Dicey's again for one last night out together. 

 

On Sunday, I got to meet up with a friend that I had made on vacation with my family when I was about twelve or so. He is from the area, but had never been to the Guinness Factory before so we decided to tour it together! It was "craic" as the Irish would say. My favorite part was getting to pour my own pint at the end of the tour. Rob was much better at it than I was though. 

 

After the tour we went out to dinner before I headed back to Taylors. It was such a great day, and end to my trip! 

 

I left early the next morning. I'll be honest, I never thought that Ireland would be high on my list but I honestly can say that it is one of my favorite places I have ever been. 

 

As always, check out the video I made of that weekend below!

 

 

XOXO,

 


Abigail Marie

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