This time from my camera instead of El iPhone. Apologies if you’ve had enough of Ireland already, but here are some more deets!
Ireland was lovely – it was such a short trip and I think we all agree that a longer trip to explore the rest of the country is definitely in order in the near future. When people ask me about my experience in Ireland, the first thing that comes to mind is how authentic it seems. The people, architecture, food, and way of life feels very real – meaning, Ireland isn’t a place that caters to tourists or visitors. It is a place where people live for generations and generations, and have no plans of leaving.
All that being said, here is a tourist perspective and some things we loved about our brief trip across the pond!
We stayed at Kelly’s Hotel on South Great Georges Street in the middle of Dublin. The hotel was perfect for my family as it was affordable, modern but cozy and friendly. They also have a great bar attached known as the “Bar with No Name” as well as an amazing French/Irish restaurant, L’Gueuleton.
The furnishings and decor of Ireland is right up my alley. Lots of beautiful wood furniture, beautiful brass light fixtures, and Victorian but practical touches.
AP and I took a red eye from New York and arrived in Dublin Thursday morning. After catching a few hours of sleep, we surprised Sarah! then headed out for a bit while the Boston crew rested up. We walked around Trinity College, through St. Stephen’s Green, along the river, and through Temple Bar. It was a beautiful day so people were out and about sun bathing and enjoying some sushine! (Little did we know this was a rare moment)
St. Stephen’s Green – a sunny day but skies still so moody!
Needing to fuel up and dying for some caffeine, we made our way to the Cake Cafe – one of my favorite finds in Dublin! This is a must-visit! Adorable and hard-to-find cafe attached to a stationery shop (swoon), this establishment sells delicious cakes, coffee, teas, and cafe meals in their back courtyard complete with adorable table settings and decor!
Cake Cafe Coffee and Chocolate cakes
Feeling more energized, we met back up with the family and headed to The Pig’s Ear for fabulous goat cheese brulee, shepherd’s pie, sea bream, and to cheers Sarah on her 21st year! The food and service was outstanding.
The Pig’s Ear Restaurant
We headed back to the Bar with No Name back at our hotel to keep the party going with some festive cocktails. A very memorable celebration for Miss Sarah!
The next morning we all headed out to take a tour of the city via double-decker bus. We all agreed this was a great way to see the entire city before exploring by foot!
It was a bit rainy and windy, but didn’t get us down!
After doing a loop of Dublin, we headed to the Guinness Storehouse for a tour and to try some stout straight from the source. An impressive tour in a beautiful building, followed by a pint at the Gravity Bar!
The Gravity Bar at the Guinness Storehouse
As you might have guessed, I was especially in love with all the Guinness collectors items and kitsch. Just you wait – Martha will do this for one of her collections features in an upcoming Martha Living.
After a few rounds of Molly Malone we headed to the Winding Stair for dinner. The Winding Stair is an old bookshop along the river that has been renovated into a beautiful restaurant – the owner is our friend Aoife’s cousin Elaine who gave us lots of great tips!
An early night for all of us! The next morning AP and I went out on our own and did the museum/landmark tour. We hit up the Dublin Castle, Gardens of Remembrance, Writer’s Museum, and The Book of Kells and Old Library at Trinity College before meeting back up with the fam in the afternoon to tour the Jameson Distillery. All were wonderful (well, can’t lie – I nodded off a bit at the Writer’s Museum), and I even had a moment to duck into a few of the antique shops near the Distillery!
Dublin Castle – check out the fabulous Murano chandeliers
Gardens of Remembrance
Fish n’ Chips from Leo Burdock’s for dinner
Then to the Stag’s Head for an Irish Coffee before heading back home to Kelly’s.
The next day we had a full Irish Breakfast, then hoped on a train 30 minutes north to the fishing village of Howth. The weather was pretty cold and rainy, but we made the best of the journey and could “picture” how much fun it would be in better weather!
After filling our bellies with Oysters, we headed back to Dublin to warm up with tea and coffee at the Shelbourne Hotel, one final dinner at L’gueuleton and we bid eachother and fair Ireland a sad farewell!