06/24/2013 - 06/28/2013 55 °F
Ireland has been incredible. Let me tell you a few reasons why...
1. Everyone is so friendly and they speak English! While being exposed to other languages has been a great experience, its nice to be able to easily communicate with everyone again.
2. The weather is like a Texas winter...never thought I would be in jeans and a scarf in June.
3. The noise the lights make to let you walk across the street sound like a Mario Kart noise.
4. Pubs pubs pubs!
First thing we did when we got to Dublin was go to an Irish pub for a hearty lunch and a glass of apple cider (my new favorite drink!). Grace and I were both worn out from leaving Paris so early so we took a much needed nap after lunch and relaxed that evening.
The next day we had an Irish breakfast at a pub and did a walking tour of the city. Our guide was an Irish version of Seth Rogan...he looked like him and he turned Irish history into a comedy, it was great.
We saw Dublin Castle, the O'Connell bridge, St. Stephen's Green, and of course had a drink at a pub.
After the tour we went to Trinity College and the Trinity College Library. The library holds the Book of Kells which is a book illustrating the four gospels that was made by monks on an island near Ireland in 800 A.D. The library itself was beautiful (especially given how much Grace and I both love to read) and the Book of Kells was incredible.
We ended our day with a pub crawl...couldn't leave Ireland without doing one!
On Wednesday we visited Christchurch Cathedral, originally built by Vikings, and then Saint Patricks Cathedral. Afterwards we went to the Guinness Storehouse and learned how they make Guinness. We also went to an old jail (very creepy). Last on our list was the Old Jameson Distillery, which was awesome! (Grace is now a converted whiskey drinker)
That night we went to dinner and then to yet another a pub to listen to some Irish music. Almost every pub has live music every night...resulting in lots of people who think they can Irish dance and a few who actually can. It's great craic (craic means fun)!
Our last day we took a long day trip to Galway and the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare on the west coast of Ireland. The cliffs are the tallest in Europe and are so impressive because they literally drop straight down to the ocean. For those of you who have seen The Princess Bride the "cliffs of insanity" are actually the cliffs of Moher. A scene from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was shot at the cliffs too. We got on the bus bright and early at 7am! We were only in Galway for about an hour and we wish we could have stayed longer, it is definitely somewhere I hope to go back and visit again someday. We listened to a great band on the street and saw some old castles.
We got lunch at a pub and drove through the breathtaking countryside on our way to the cliffs. As you can tell it was quite cold!
Unfortunately by the time we got to the cliffs a fog had settled in and we could barely see 10 feet in front of us.
We couldn't see the cliffs as a whole but we got a few glimpses between the fog and dangled our feet off the edge of one of the cliffs (it was terrifying).
I peeked over the edge too! Just as scary as hanging our feet off...we were about 400 feet above the ocean and it was a straight drop!
This is what the cliffs look like without fog...
We got back from the west coast and sadly packed up our backpacks before we went out for one more night of cider and music!
We didn't get to kiss the Blarney Stone but we blew a kiss that direction so hopefully we got a little bit of luck! Dublin is an incredible city...you should all be a slightly concerned that I'm going to pack up and move here as soon as I get home. Seriously.
We only have one city left and we're getting very nostalgic!