Luck of the Irish

Everyone flocked to Dublin, Ireland the weekend of St. Patrick's day but in an effort to avoid the prices and chaos my friends and I settled for the weekend after. Our trip subsequently fell over easter weekend, and unbeknownst to us, another pretty exciting Irish celebration. It was the 100th anniversary of the rising and the entire city of Dublin gathered for a parade and day of festivities. Waving our Irish flags as if we were one of them (hey, I am like 40% irish or something?) we rang in the big day and got what felt like the ultimate Irish experience.
While visiting we really packed our days. We wanted to get the most of the Irish experience, but there were a few Dublin (and other) destinations that really made the trip...

The Guinness Factory
Right after hitting the Parade Sunday morning, we headed for the brewery. Even as a non-beer drinker it managed to land on my list of Dublin favorites. There was also plenty to do. You get to learn all about the beer making process, you can take tasting and pouring classes, dine at one of the factory restaurants (I had amazing mussels) and check out the rooftop for some serious views of the city.  

The Temple Bar Area
I found Temple Bar to be the coolest area of the city both during the day and at night. We strolled through the cobbled streets, ate at some killer spots (Bunsen for great Cheeseburgers and Elephant and Castle for breakfast) and had such a time dancing our hearts out in the local pubs. I have such a love for live music and Dublin's bar scene had some of the best.

 The Cliffs of Moher 
The 7 hour departure time, 6 hour round trip bus ride and subsequent car sickness was definitely not a highlight of my Ireland trip, but the destination and beauty along the way was well worth it. The Cliffs of Moher was genuinely one of the most beautiful natural landmarks I've seen.


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