When I told my dear friend and travel buddy Jackie back in February that we needed to go somewhere out of the country, we decided on Dublin, Ireland. It was on both our lists, it looked beautiful and best of all, it was the most affordable option on somewhat short notice. (We booked tickets and lodging within 2 weeks of talking about it.) And I can't say enough how happy I am that we decided on Dublin. It was everything I thought it would be and more! Ireland is such a beautiful country, filled with so many sights to see and incredibly friendly people. I loved their accents and their way of speaking. They say lovely or brilliant instead of good or great, crisps instead of chips and the list goes on (I'd mention more but I did have trouble understanding them at times!). We did a lot in five days which I am very proud of but I could've easily stayed longer.
We mostly spent our time in Dublin and explored on foot since neither of us were willing to drive (I really don't think I can drive on the left side of the road!) and booked two day tours out of Dublin to see more of the country. Since we did do a ton, I've split this up into two posts.
This first post covers our first day/mostly night (which, if you follow me on Twitter, you know I had some flight complications) plus our second and third day where we explored Dublin's main tourist sights and includes our day trip to the Cliffs of Moher with stops along the way at smaller towns. Now, onto the photos!
First day | Exploring
view from our apartment • Leo Burdock, their most popular fish & chips place
I totally had these fish & chips twice • walking around Dublin on our first night
more exploring on our first night, despite the jetlag!
Second day | Seeing famous Dublin sights
traditional Irish breakfast • Guinness Storehouse
learning how to pour a Guiness • view from the Gravity Bar
fun carriage ride • inside Trinity College
The Long Room in Trinity College Library (a book lover's dream!)
Third day | Cliffs of Moher Tour
famous Molly Malone statue • arrived at the Cliffs of Moher
THE CLIFFS! Absolutely breathtaking.
Necessary selfie • Jackie in front of O'Brien's Tower
feeling like a character in a book or movie
Check back tomorrow for Part 2!