Things I Miss About Ireland

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Like, the real holiday … not the drinking one. ๐Ÿ˜‰ As you (probably) know, I’ve been in love with Ireland for my entire life and finally was able to travel there in 2015 (I won that trip – did you know?) so why not chit chat about it on this Irish day?

What I miss about Ireland

The People
Seriously, if you want to go somewhere and feel more welcome than you do in your “homeland” – go to Ireland. The people are happy, simple, excited for life and polite. They get up and dance at restaurants on a Tuesday night. They smile (sometimes toothless smiles, but hey) when you walk into a room and greet you. They call you things like “love” and “sweetheart” in their beautiful accents and make you want to sit and stare at them all day. Just me?

The Sheeps!
I can’t help it. I was obsessed with the sheep there. THEY WERE ALL OVER THE PLACE. P.S. Yes, I know the plural of sheep is sheep … come on now, guys. ๐Ÿ˜‰

What I miss about Ireland

Theย Beauty
I have never seen a more beautiful place. Between the greenery (seriously … the most GREEN you’ve ever seen, I promise), the flowers, the palm trees (it still blows me away that they had those), the fields … Just insane.

Things I Miss About Ireland

Things I Miss About Ireland

Things I Miss About Ireland

Things I Miss About Ireland

The Castles & Old Buildings
The castles are the initial reason I fell in love with Ireland. I had books of Ireland growing up and used to look at all of the beautiful castles, abbeys, etc. They’re gorgeous and OLD. We don’t have anything this old in the U.S. obviously, so it was insane thinking about what happened in those buildings.

Things I Miss About Ireland

Things I Miss About Ireland

Things I Miss About Ireland

Things I Miss About Ireland

The Cliffs
The Cliffs of Moher are absolutely gorgeous. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. It was super windy, but a beautiful day. This was #2 on my list of things to see in Ireland (after the Blarney Castle) and it did not disappoint.

Things I Miss About Ireland

Things I Miss About Ireland

The Food
The fish was INSANE. I had fish and chips for almost every meal. Or seafood chowder. Even the beef was amazing and I’m not a huge red meat fan. It’s very obvious that their animals are taken care ofย there. OMG I want to go back just for the fish.

Things I Miss About Ireland

Things I Miss About Ireland

Things I Miss About Ireland

Okay, I’ll stop. Fun fact – I only intended on putting in one picture per category. Whoooops.

If you want to read about every day in Ireland, check out this page! ๐Ÿ™‚

What are you doing for St. Patrick’s Day?
Have you ever been to Ireland? Any interest in going there?

Ireland – One Year Ago

I can’t believe that one year ago I was in Ireland. A place I had dreamt of going for YEARS and then I was basically handed a trip (okay, I was handed two tickets, but still). Since I’m going to be so busy crying all day (seriously), let’s take a little trip back through my recap posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

Chicago -> Dublin -> Dalkey

Dublin, Ireland

Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

Galway

Galway, Ireland

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Killarney -> Muckross Abbey -> Torc Waterfall

Killarney, Ireland

Blarney Castle

Blarney Kiss

Rock of Cashel

Rock of Cashel

Waterford -> Kilkenny -> Airport

Waterford Crystal

I need to go back! Let’s go!

Have you ever been to Ireland?
What’s the best place you’ve ever been?

Linking up with Amanda!

Ireland Days 9-10: Waterford, Kilkenny & Dublin

And we’re at the final post! What can I say, I’m a rambler. I hope you’ve enjoyed the pictures and commentary! If you haven’t read them, here’s what I’ve written so far:
Day 1: Chicago to Ireland
Day 2: Dublin
Day 3: Galway
Day 4: Cliffs of Moher
Day 5: Killarney + Torc Waterfall + Muckross Abbey
Day 6: Ring of Kerry
Day 7: Blarney Castle
Day 8: Rock of Cashel + B&B Mixup

The last two days were the most stressful, in my opinion. At this point, my dad and I had spent the last 8 days literally within inches of each other 24/7. There was definitely a bit of tension and readiness to go home (and sleep in a comfortable bed!) Let me tell you what we did!

We got up on Thursday morning and had breakfast with a couple from the Netherlands which was really fun. They were just starting their journey, so it was fun to tell them about a few things we thought they should try to see. After breakfast, we packed up our things and headed south a bit to Waterford to see the Waterford Crystal Factory.

Selfie

Selfie

Thursday was filled with three big cities – my dad’s favorite things. We got into Waterford and tried to follow the signs to the crystal factory. We finally found parking and headed in for the tour. Unfortunately everything was insanely expensive so we didn’t end up buying anything, but the tour was really fun!

Waterford Crystal Factory

Waterford Crystal Factory

Waterford Crystal Factory

Waterford Crystal Factory

Waterford Crystal Factory

We found out that they are extremely eco-friendly and recycle almost everything. If a piece of crystal gets messed up, it goes all the way back to the beginning, gets smashed and put right back in to start over.

Waterford Crystal Factory

Waterford Crystal Factory

Waterford Crystal Factory

Waterford Crystal Factory

Waterford Crystal Factory

Waterford Crystal Factory

Waterford Crystal Factory

Waterford

After the tour, we headed back north to Kilkenny to check out the castle. Kilkenny ended up being bigger and more confusing than either of us had expected. We got lost and finally found a parking lot and ended up walking to the castle. Unfortunately you can’t take pictures inside the castle, but here are a few from the outside.

Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle

After the castle, we wandered around Kilkenny a bit, got some lunch and then headed back to get to Dublin.

Kilkenny

Kilkenny

Once in Dublin, we dropped off our rental car at Hertz and took the shuttle back to the airport. From there, we hopped on another shuttle to our hotel. Once checked in, I headed downstairs and sat in the lobby by myself for a bit. After a bit of a break, both of us went to the restaurant and ate dinner (EXPENSIVE) and then went to bed.

Clayton Hotel

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That’s how many miles we put on the car!

Clayton Hotel

Clayton Hotel

The next day was back to the airport and left Ireland! ๐Ÿ™ I wrote all about this in my weekend recap a few Friday’s back, so if you want to hear about the flight, check that out here!

And those are my Ireland recaps! I hope you enjoyed. I’m thinking about writing about Ireland outfits and things I learned, but if you have anything specific you’d like to hear about, let me know!ย 

Linking up with Amanda!

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Ireland Day 8: Rock of Cashel + B&B Mixup

Only two more posts left! Well, this one and tomorrow’s – I’m going to combine the last two days of the trip since one was almost completely travel and I pretty much wrote all about that in my weekend recap when I got back. If you’ve missed any of the other days, check them out here!
Day 1: Chicago to Ireland
Day 2: Dublin
Day 3: Galway
Day 4: Cliffs of Moher
Day 5: Killarney + Torc Waterfall + Muckross Abbey
Day 6: Ring of Kerry
Day 7: Blarney Castle

Day 8ย was one of those days that started off awesome, had a stressful middle and ended awesome. Thank God for that!

We started off the day with our last Irish breakfast (or for me, literally just bacon – ha!) at Wayside. So sad to be leaving Theresa – she was an awesome host. She reminded me of an Irish Julia Childs – ha – her voice sounded just like hers. We packed up our stuff and headed out for another drive to the Rock of Cashel!

Once we arrived, we bought tickets for the tour. We found out after we bought them that we could’ve just walked around for free, but I’m actually glad we bought tickets. Our tour guide was so insightful and we learned so much. In fact, we learned that a piece of the castle is in a church in Wisconsin – how cool!

Rock of Cashel

Rock of Cashel

Rock of Cashel

Rock of Cashel

This place was beautiful and falling apart – but still beautiful. I’m so glad that it was almost entirely the same as it was hundreds of years ago and they were just trying to keep it up, not trying to change it.

Rock of Cashel

Rock of Cashel

There were also faces all over the buildings, which was pretty cool and random. Do you see it?

Rock of Cashel

And did you know the castle walls were SO thick that they had hidden passages within them? Super cool.ย It’s called the Rock of Cashel because of the limestone rock the castle and buildings sit on. Loved every moment of this tour!

Rock of Cashel

Rock of Cashel

Rock of Cashel

After the tour, we ate a quick lunch at a little place right around the corner. It was pretty good, but the lack of sleep throughout the whole week was really starting to wear on me and I was not the happiest of campers. Of course, the GPS wasn’t picking up the next location either so I was super anxious about.

Granny's Kitchen

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Well, anxious we should be! We got lost because there was construction and finally figured that out. Then our GPS literally took us through a farm field – we were driving on a tractor path. When we finally found the B&B no one was there. Seriously? I rang the doorbell a few times, played with the dogs that were running around outside and tried not to flip the *&^% out. I finally took my phone off airplane mode and called the lady who picked up and sounded like she was at a pub. She told me her son was on her way. Well, her son go there only to tell us that his mom decided to take a last minute trip and booked us with another B&B. She never told me, which I find completely unprofessional. I think the son could tell I was at my limit, so he called his wife and had her drive us to the next location so we wouldn’t get lost. So grateful to those two, even though I’m definitely not giving his mom’s B&B a good review. Here’s some pictures from the B&B we ended up at.

Mullinavat

Mullinavat

Mullinavat

Once we got to the new B&B (15-minutes south of where we originally were), we settled in and asked for directions for somewhere to eat. Thankfully there was a nice pub right up the road – we both weren’t in the mood to get lost again! Dad had a Guinness, I had a cider and we both had fish and chips and all was right with the world again. ๐Ÿ˜‰ We got back, took showers and went to sleep for the night.

The Rising Sun

The Rising Sun

The Rising Sun

The Rising Sun

Only one more post to go! Tomorrow I’ll talk about Waterford Crystal Factory, Kilkenny Castle and all about or last night/day in Dublin traveling back to the U.S. Thanks again for reading along! And here’s a random photo to end it out. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mullinavat

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Ireland Day 7: Blarney Castle

On to my favorite day of the entire trip! You can check out the last six days if you haven’t already here:
Day 1: Chicago to Ireland
Day 2: Dublin
Day 3: Galway
Day 4: Cliffs of Moher
Day 5: Killarney + Torc Waterfall + Muckross Abbey
Day 6: Ring of Kerry

Blarney Castle – the reason I won the trip in the first place. If you didn’t know, I won two plane tickets to Ireland through the Embassy of Ireland’s Facebook contest around this time last year. It was a month-long contest and I entered one time and forgot about it. No one actually wins those things anyways, right? Well, long story short, I won and my entry was talking about how I wanted to go to Ireland to check out all of the castles, but especially the Blarney Castle. Not only did I want to do the super touristy kissing of the blarney stone (not that I need the gift of gab anyway …), but I wanted to check out one of the most beautiful castles and gardens in Ireland. My entire trip was based around this specific location, so you bet your butts I loved this. And, of course, I forgot my DSLR so these are all from the wonderful world of iPhone. Thank God for a good camera phone!

Blarney Castle

We picked a spectacular day, too. The weather was warm and beautiful. There were quite a few people there, so we had to wait in line up some VERY tiny, windy stairs to the top of the castle (which was a lot higher than I was expecting). I was holding on to the ropes pretty tight the closer we got to the top (not so great with heights). But we got up there and both my dad and I kissed the (bacteria-filled) stone! ๐Ÿ™‚

Blarney Castle

I was very excited that I could touch the top of the ceiling.

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle
After the stone-kissing, we took a walk around the grounds to check out the house, fern gardens, wishing stones, etc. So beautiful – here’s all the pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I’m still very confused that Ireland has palm trees.

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Blarney Castle

We ended up eating at the restaurant there (though I barely ate because the bees were apparently attracted to me and we all know how I feel about bees) so I walked around a shop while my dad finished his food.

Blarney Lunch

We continued looking around the place and then headed back to Killarney and our B&B.

Gap of Dunloe

Since none of the other restaurants in the area were open and my dad didn’t want to drive back into the town, we had our third and final meal at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Of course a new bartender was in that was quite the looker, but I just got to make eyes with him – I didn’t have enough time to make him fall in love with me. At least the food was good. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Salmon

Chocolate Lava Cake

The rest of the night was spent packing up our B&B and getting ready to move on to our last B&B in Kilkenny – which turned out to be another crazy stressful day!

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Ireland Day 6: The Ring of Kerry + Dingle

Wow, these recaps are getting long. Hopefully you’re enjoying them! Only a couple more days to go. If you’re interested, you can check back on the other days I’ve already written about:
Day 1: Chicago to Ireland
Day 2: Dublin
Day 3: Galway
Day 4: Cliffs of Moher
Day 5: Killarney + Torc Waterfall + Muckross Abbey

Since it was going to be another rainy day, we flipped our plans around a little bit and decided to drive the Ring of Kerry on this day (Monday). It ended up being a beautiful drive and we were really lucky with the weather. Even though it was a little rainy, it wasn’t anything bad and we were still able to see most of the sights. We got stuck behind a few tour buses, which ended up being okay because then we knew when we were about to hit a cool location because they would pull over! ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t remember where most of these locations were since we basically just drove in a … ring …. around County Kerry (duh, Jessie). So I’ll just do a photo dump. Oh, and we finally found some animals in the road!

Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry

The picture of the sheep butt is one of my favorites from the entire trip. I was so excited!

Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry

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Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry

We got back into the Killarney area around 3 and finally found some parking. You’d be surprised, but a lot of places aren’t open for lunch in Ireland, which was pretty difficult for two people that don’t do so well with skipping meals. We finally found a place for lunch, had some fish and chips and headed out to explore the Dingle Peninsula. It was a bit of a drive, but I really didn’t want to get stuck back at my B&B at 4 p.m. again with nothing to do (especially with no internet) so we drove part of the peninsula. It was beautiful and had it’s own smaller cliffs that were very beautiful.

Dingle Peninsula

We ended up turning around and heading back because my dad wasn’t comfortable driving in the dark on windy, unfamiliar roads (which I don’t blame him for)! We headed in for the rest of the night and didn’t end up going to eat since we were both still pretty full from a late, heavy lunch. Plus, we had an exciting day coming up – well, exciting for me, at least. Day 7 was the day we were going to see the Blarney Castle, which is the reason I won the tickets in the first place! Check back Tuesdayย for my favorite day of the entire trip. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m off to celebrate the wedding of one of my greatest friends this weekend in Door County, so I’ll (hopefully) have a recap of the weekend on Monday in case any of you are sick of Ireland blabber.

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Ireland Day 5: Killarney + Muckross Abbey + Torc Waterfall

Time for Day 5! We packed a ton into Day 5, but if you haven’t already checked out my other posts on the trip, you can check them out here:
Day 1: Chicago to Ireland
Day 2: Dublin
Day 3: Galway
Day 4: Cliffs of Moher

P.S. All of my photos are taken either on my iPhone 6 or Nikon DSLR that my mom let me borrow. I didn’t edit any of them – just depends on the lighting from whatever camera I was using. And yes, it is THAT GREEN.

Since the weather was looking to be pretty crappy, we decided it was a great day to do all outdoor activities! Ha. ๐Ÿ™‚ We started out the day with our first Irish breakfast at Wayside B&B (which is a great place if you’re ever in the Killarney area), hiked about 5-minutes in the Gap of Dunloe before realizing it would take all afternoon and then headed out to check out the town of Killarney. We found a pretty great parking spot and walked up and down the streets. This was really the only town I ended up getting to do some shopping in, so I picked up a few touristy things for my sister and mom.

Gap of Dunloe

Killarney

Killarney

Killarney

After roaming around the town, we headed out to find the Muckross House & Abbey. We accidentally missed the driveway and while riding down the road to turn around, ended up finding some signs for the Torc Waterfall. We parked and decided to hike up in the rain to check out the waterfall. Definitely worth it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Torc Waterfall

Torc Waterfall

Torc Waterfall

Torc Waterfall

Torc Waterfall

Torc Waterfall

Torc Waterfall

My jeans (well, jeggings, let’s be honest) were falling down because they were so damn wet.

Torc Waterfall

Once we finished hiking around there, we headed back out to get to Muckross again. It was absolutely pouring most of the time, but we still had an amazing time. We didn’t do the tour of the house (it was expensive and really I was more interested in the abbey) so we roamed around the property for awhile until we found the abbey.

Muckross House

Muckross House

Muckross House

Muckross House

The abbey and cemetery was abandoned and a little creepy (I’m not so good with anything pertaining to death) but once I got over the initial weirdness, I think this was one of my favorite pieces of architecture we saw on the entire trip.

Muckross Abbey

Muckross Abbey

Muckross Abbey

Muckross Abbey

We got our soaked butts back into the car and headed back to our B&B. On our way there, we saw a sign for Ross Castle, so we took a little detour to check it out. It was another place that you had to pay for a tour and since it was pretty much all re-touched (barely any of the building seemed original), we refrained from the tour and just looked around the outside of the castle.

Ross Castle

My dad and I were both starting to get cranky, so we headed back to find food. Long story short, we ended up back at Kate Kearney’s Cottage because everything else was closed. We were lucky that one of the bartenders saw us waiting for forever and found us a seat. Apparently Sundays at Kate’s are busy with tons of older Irish people dancing! It was fun to watch, but after not eating all day and being in the rain, we just wanted to sit down. My dad claims we got a seat because the bartender thought I was something special, but I was too busy drinking a cider as fast as possible to notice. ๐Ÿ˜‰ After a nice burger and cider, we headed back to the B&B to take a warm shower and stay in for the night.

Bulmers

Kate Kearney's Cottage

Tomorrow I’ll be talking about Day 6 and the Ring of Kerry! Hope you’ll come back to find out more. ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. I can finally see Amanda’s blog again (YAYYYYY) so I’m linking up with her. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ireland Day 4: Cliffs of Moher

And the Ireland recaps continue! Hopefully you’ve read the others, but you can check outthe rest here:
Day 1: Chicago to Ireland
Day 2: Dublin
Day 3: Galway

Today I’m talking about one of my most favorites days of the trip – the day we went to the beautiful Cliffs of Moher.

We started off the morning eating breakfast at our B&B. It was the first time having a traditional Irish breakfast, and it was pretty good! It consists of an egg, two sausages, two pieces of bacon (their bacon is AWESOME) and a roasted tomato. And tea, or coffee in my dad’s case.

Irish Breakfast

I snapped a few pictures of our B&B as well – sad we weren’t there very long!

Winacre Lodge B&B

Winacre Lodge B&B

After breakfast, we got into the car and headed out for the Cliffs of Moher. The roads were super windy, but SO beautiful.

Windy Roads to Moher

We went up and through the mountains, and I couldn’t stop staring out the windows. Once we got to the cliffs (which were pretty easy to find – thanks to it being a tourist destination), we parked and headed out to see the beauty. The shops, bathrooms and restaurants were in the side of the cliffs, which I thought was pretty awesome.

Moher Shops

The cliffs were insane. Basically pictures don’t do it justice. It rained just a little bit while we were there, but otherwise it was a perfect day with a little bit of cloud cover. We hiked all around to see the cliffs from every angle and I took about 18,000 pictures.

Cliffs of Moher Selfie

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Don’t mind all the different sized “Just Jessie Blog” overlays. In PicMonkey they all say they’re the same size, but apparently they’re not. I still suck at editing – whoops!

We ended up having some (super salty and overpriced) seafood chowder and drinks in the little cafe within the cliffs during the rainstorm and then headed back out. We spent about two hours there before we figured we had seen enough. We still had about a 2-3 hour drive to Killarney for our next B&B stay, so we headed out. We passed lots of beautiful scenery and our stupid GPS took us through the tiniest of roads and weirdest directions, so we definitely saw a lot more of the countryside than was necessary. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Irish Roads

We got to our B&B, unpacked and headed out on a walk to eat dinner at Kate Kearney’s Cottage down the road. We were actually planning to go to another place, but for some reason even though their signs said “OPEN” they weren’t open during our entire four-day stay. Ireland was weird that way. We saw a lot of places that said they were open all day, but then they weren’t actually open. No idea!
Wayside B&B

Wayside B&B

Wayside B&B

At Kate’s my dad had a burger and a Guinness and I had some AWESOME cod, but there was way too much cream on it and TMI since we were sharing a bathroom for four days with other residents, I had no intention of pushing my stomach with that much dairy.

Kate Kearney's Cottage

Kate Kearney's Cottage

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Gap of Dunloe

Gap of Dunloe

The rest of the night was spent with me cursing the internet for not working and my dad reading/falling asleep. We were right in the area of the Gap of Dunloe (though we never got to go hike through it – too much time!) and it was beautiful watching the sunset by the mountains. I highly recommend staying in Killarney if you ever go to Ireland – especially if you can be out toward the Gap. SOOOO beautiful.

Wayside B&B

Tomorrow I’ll be back with Day 5 and a rainy day in Killarney!

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Ireland Day 3: Driving to Galway

If you’re behind on my Ireland recap, you can catch up here:
Day 1: Chicago to Ireland
Day 2: Dublin

P.S. Anyone that loved my blanket scarf – they just showed up on GroopDealz today!ย 

Blanket Scarf

But moving on to Galway. I wish I could say I love Galway, because I know people adore it, but unfortunately this was one of the worst days of the trip for me.

We got up, packed up our stuff at the Fitzpatrick and headed downstairs to eat. After eating, we hopped on the bus that takes you to the airport (that the hotel didn’t tell us about until AFTER WE PAID 55 EURO FOR A CAB A FEW DAYS PRIOR) and then got to sit and wait in line at Hertz for an hour.

Hertz

While waiting in line and my dad was pacing around, I mumbled something about “maybe I’m not meant to be a world traveler” and a nice American woman turned around from in front of us in line. She spent the next half hour telling us that she is a travel writer and explaining all the ins and outs of driving and traveling abroad. She was super sweet to talk us through some things and I appreciate it so much from her! We finally got our car and GPS only to find out that Ireland doesn’t really have “addresses” so we tried to use the coordinates (which ended up being a nightmare later in the trip, so FORESHADOWING). After a bit of freaking out (and me almost having 18 panic attacks), we got on the freeway on our way to Galway. I only cried twice (on our way to Galway) and one of those times was once my dad started getting comfortable driving.

It ended up taking us just over two hours to get into Galway and then we hit a lot of traffic. So, not only did my dad have to deal with driving in a new country on the wrong side of the road, now he had to deal with city driving which is not something he does well even in the U.S. We got turned around a few times, he got mad a few times and I got quiet quite a bit. But we found the first Bed & Breakfast called Winacre Lodge.

Winacre Lodge

Winacre Lodge

After sitting around for a bit (it was only like 3:30 p.m.), we decided to drive to the city center to the Tom Dillon’s Claddaghย Gold – the main reason I wanted to go to Galway. The store is the original maker of the claddagh ring and the oldest jewelers in Ireland! The only thing I had to buy myself while on this trip was a claddagh ring and it was not something I was going to miss out on. Unfortunately, traffic was insane and it took us almost an hour to get 4-miles and find parking. More crabbiness came about, I dropped my phone in a puddle and I literally left my dad in the dust while I RAN to the museum before it closed at 5. No way I was missing it after the hell day that we had!

Thomas Dillon's Claddagh Gold

Thomas Dillon's Claddagh Gold

Thomas Dillon's Claddagh Gold

Thomas Dillon's Claddagh Gold

We got there and the older ladies running the TINY store let me know they wouldn’t close and to basically calm the fuck down take my time. I looked through the rings and pointed to the ones I was interested in and the lady took my hand, glanced at it and grabbed a ring that fit perfectly. It was crazy! She told me she had been doing it for most of her life, so she easily knew what size my finger was. How cool!

Thomas Dillon's Claddagh Gold

My dad bought two necklaces there as well – a Celtic knot for my mom and a cross for my sister. We headed back outside and walked into a tiny little restaurant because my dad was hungry and we wouldn’t be able to find food once we got back to the B&B.

Druid Lane Restaurant

Druid Lane Restaurant

Druid Lane Restaurant

We had seafood chowder that was really good and my dad had some sort of dessert. And then we walked back to our car where I got my only photo of Galway. ๐Ÿ™

Galway

Once we got back to our B&B, I hung out on my bed playing on the computer when a little friend hopped his way up on to the hill behind our B&B. It scared the shit out of me!

Bed and Breakfast

(P.S. It absolutely POURED all day if you can’t tell.)

And that was my “day” in Galway! The next morning was a little bit nicer, but you’ll hear more about that tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and my mom/sister sent me pictures of my cat trying to get “acquainted” with one of my dad’s cats. Didn’t go so well.

cat fight

Have any of you been to Galway? Anyone else have super stressful travel? This whole trip was difficult!

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Ireland Day 2: Dublin

So, yesterday I talked about my adventures in Dalkey (which I thought was going to be Dublin but SURPRISE, it was not). Now we’re moving on to Dublin and it was my dad’s 59th birthday! What a way to spend your birthday, huh?

We got up pretty early (I barely slept thanks to concrete beds), went and had breakfast which was really good but I didn’t take any pictures OF COURSE and then got ready to walk to the train station. I wish we would’ve gone a little bit faster because travel took awhile, so we didn’t get to do a ton in Dublin, but that’s okay! We got on the train, rode into Dublin and switched over to the hop on/hop off bus that goes around the entire city to a bunch of tourist places. First stop, Guinness Storehouse!

Guinness Storehouse

They say on the website that this only takes 1.5 hours. Wellllllll, we were there for 3 hours. First I found a waterfall wall, obviously.

Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse

We found some of their old advertising pieces which were pretty fun.

Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse

I also found this little tidbit of information that I obviously loved. ๐Ÿ™‚

Guinness Storehouse

The quote was right next to a fish riding a bike and I wish I had a video of it because it was super funny.

We also found this cool carved wood piece …

Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse

And I made my dad go into a funny photo booth.

Guinness Storehouse

The whole place was super cool, but HUGE. There were so many floors to explore.

Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse

We finally made it up to the Gravity Bar to get our free Guinness and I even drank (most) of one! They have to let the Guinness set for two-minutes to make it extra special (I obviously wasn’t listening to the actual reason – beer is beer to me.)

Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse

I was very proud of myself for drinking most of a beer when I hate it so much. I will say it’s a LOT smoother than it is in the U.S. My dad had at least one Guinness per day the entire trip.

Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse

After the Guinness Storehouse, we ate quickly in the food court there (probably the only food I didn’t like on the entire trip) and headed out to catch the hop on/hop off bus to go to Kilmainham Gaol jail.

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Kilmainham Gaol Jail

This was a great tour, but it took forever and we were nervous about missing our bus. It was very sad to hear what they did to their prisoners, too. I’m not sure I’d recommend this tour, unless you’re a huge history buff and/or don’t get affected by poor treatment of people. My dad had a really hard time with it and, to be honest, I was just irritated with the New Yorker that wouldn’t stop asking dumb questions so our tour took a half-hour longer than it needed to.

Kilmainham Gaol Jail

Kilmainham Gaol Jail

Kilmainham Gaol Jail

I was in love with that staircase, though.

Kilmainham Gaol Jail

After the tour, we got back on the hop on/hop off bus and realized we were way too late to get to Trinity College (SAD). BUT we got to ride a double-decker bus, so I was excited about that. (For any of my friends reading this that remember the “bartender” story where I questioned him like a crazy person about a double-decker bus because he was British … ha, fun story.)

Hop on hop off bus

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Eye bags on POINT (story of my life). And this is the only picture I got of Dublin before we got back on the train back to Dalkey.

Dublin

We got back to the hotel around 6 p.m., went and ate at the same hotel restaurant (I had fish and chips again – SURPRISE) and went to bed. Yayyyy. Haha ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll pick up these posts again next week!

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