July 18, 2019

Sláinte, Ireland! Part 01

I can't believe I finally got to cross a new place off my travel bucket list. The place in question, as the title of this post totally gives away, is Ireland. I've wanted to visit the Emerald Isle since I was a child, and to be able to have that experience and share it with three of the people I love best in the world - Macky, Mel & Rachel - was truly special. I'm very excited to share all about our trip!

[As a special note, anything I particularly loved during our trip is marked with a heart – it’s something I’d personally recommend taking the time to do if you’re planning to go to Ireland. I’m happy to answer any more questions if you’ve got them, so feel free to leave a comment or reach out via email or DM on Twitter or Instagram!]

Ireland Travel Trip #1: Bring an umbrella and/or a raincoat. Within the span of a day, the weather can go from being really sunny to a full-on storm and back again. So, it's best to be prepared to face the elements if necessary, and you'll be able to stay (mostly) dry and warm!
  • Chapters Bookstore: Thanks to Google Maps, we discovered that there was a bookstore just a few blocks away from the flat. Macky and I wound up dropping by on our very first afternoon, and were pleasantly surprised! There are two floors - the ground floor with all the new releases and merchandise, and the top floor filled with secondhand books, DVDs and CDs. We spent a good amount of time browsing through their selection and ended up walking out with four new books to add to our shelves!
  • ♥ The Kingfisher Restaurant: Before the girls arrived, Macky and I ended up sitting down to dinner down the block. We had our hearts set on fish and chips (and we really liked their version), but we also tried their seafood chowder (A+) and bread & butter pudding (which I basically inhaled).
  • ♥ L. Mulligan Grocer: Once the girls arrived and settled their stuff into the flat, we decided to walk over to this pub for a late dinner. It was well worth the 20 minute trek! It's got the feel of a traditional pub (which was a delightful way to spend our first night), and their offerings were tasty. We all tried a variety of alcoholic beverages (I tried a White Hag, Macky had a Godfather, Mel tried Trouble Brewing and Rachel picked out the Rascal Strawberry Milkshake) and shared Chicken Kiev, Scotch eggs and a side of corn.
Ireland Travel Tip #2: Wear comfortable shoes. If you intend to do a lot of walking (whether within Dublin's city limits or along the countryside) the way we did, you'll definitely want to ensure that your feet have the right support. It'll lessen the aches and pains you feel at the end of the day for sure!
  • The Winding Stair: After a brief wander down O'Connell Street, seeing the Spire and grabbing a snack at The Rolling Donut, we wound up at this bookshop. While it was definitely smaller than I expected it to be, they still boasted a decent variety of titles (particularly about Ireland, Irish history and Irish folklore) and merchandise. I walked out without any purchases, but I'm still glad we took the time to pop in for a visit.
  • ♥ Brother Hubbard: This ended up being our brunch spot for the day! The interiors are a delightful combination of bright colors, as well as natural lighting and wood. And the food was great! We had the Brother Hubbard's Lamb Mezze Tray, the Brother Hubbard French toast and their weekly special (which was a sriracha fried chicken burger), as well as their iced coffee.
  • Christ Church Cathedral: We wandered past this church on our way to the next place on this list, and stopped a while to take in the formidable structure from the outside. It's always interesting to be able to see places of worship in other countries, particularly if they've been standing for as long as this one has.
  • ♥ Guinness Storehouse: There was no way that we could have called our trip to Ireland complete if we didn't pay a visit to this brewery! While Mel and I are the ones who really enjoy beer out of our quartet, we all ended up tremendously enjoying our visit. We learned more about the history of the brew, how it gets made, the right way to taste it and ended our visit by downing a pint up on the rooftop bar as some pop favorites serenaded us through the speakers. 
  • Leo Burdock: We ended up grabbing fish and chips on a whim for an afternoon snack that we could all share. Their version of fish and chips was certainly tasty, but it was truly their garlic sauce that made the experience even better!
  • Dublin Castle: Since we already happened to be wandering the area, we decided to walk by this castle. We didn't end up taking the time to go inside, but viewing it from afar was interesting as the traditional structure provided a real contrast to the more modern buildings and thoroughfares surrounding it.
  • Murphy's: It would not be an adventure with Rachel if we didn't go out of our way to find ice cream! Upon the recommendation of Rachel, we ended up visiting Murphy's and it was really good. Rachel and I both had scoops of brioscai (cookies and cream basically) on cones, while Macky had two helpings of the saucy chocolate brownie special.

Check out this video my sister Rachel made chronicling our trip!

Be sure to come back to the blog tomorrow to find out about the second half of our trip!


  1. I'm glad you had a blast in Ireland! I studied abroad there the last semester and I had the time of my life. I'm happy you made it to Murphy's too -- that's some of the best ice cream I've ever had.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  2. Thank you for sharing such magnificent pictures from Ireland. I've never been and it's still tops on my list!


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