It was really, originally, just the cheapest place to fly into, so we decided that if we had to fly in, we might as well spend some time there.
Dublin ended up being our favorite stop of the entire trip.
It's weather was very similar to The Pacific Northwest, so we felt right at home. I didn't feel like I was going to get mugged just walking around like most tourists fear on their first foreign excursion. Even in the wee dark hours of the morning or late at night. The city is pretty damn safe.
We took a tour of the Eastern Irish Coast and drove along winding narrow roads with our guide (who could have freakin qualified for the Indy 500 with all of his driving skills. Dude was insane. In a good way.)
We made it to this stop along Loch Lorne as a storm was rolling in.
You can see the same phenomenon in The Gorge in Washington and on the 84 outside of Portland, Or.
and drove 6 hours back to Dublin.
The next day, we decided to walk around the city and see Dublin Castle
We also made our way down to Trinity College Library
Dublin is absolutely magical. It has a pulse and feeling to it that I could never possibly describe accurately.
Except on Sunday's before 12pm. The city is apocalypse deserted before then and almost everything is closed.
So much history & old world magic merges with the new but they found a way to integrate with it, without destroying it (unlike the US.)
I could wander around Ireland forever and still not see enough.
So if you're on the fence about it and if my endorsement means anything, GO.
Look below for where we stayed and who we booked with!
Until next time,
We stayed at the lovely Grafton Guesthouse in centrally located Dublin.
A bit tricky to find (pay attention to the signs above the street) but well worth the money we paid. Rooms were cozy, clean and the staff was so nice and helpful.
You actually check in at the Kelly's Hotel (follow the street straight past the Grafton and you'll see it maybe 3 or 4 doors down on the left.)
We booked with Daytours.ie for our tour to The Giant's Causeway.
We had a tour guide named Patrick. He was funny, kind, a great driver and very knowledgeable about Ireland. Both it's history AND geology. My two favorite things.