Europe Trip Part 1: Dublin, Ireland

It’s been seven years now since my husband and I went on our last major vacation. Sad, I know but kids started coming into the mix and we just haven’t been able to plan a vacation for just us.  Someday though, it will happen.  But in the meantime, I thought that I would put up some pictures that I haven’t posted before of our last big getaway.  At least we went out with a bang. We spent 2 weeks travelling over in Europe.  First we hit up Dublin, Ireland for 2 days and then flew into London for another 5 days. After London, we took the Eurostar train to Paris, France and spent a week in Paris.  We also did some side trips to Oxford, Brussels and then Palace of Versailles.
I thought that I would break this post into 3 separate ones. There are a ton of pictures and a lot I wanted to talk about and it was just too much for one post.  So I will start with our trip to Dublin. It was the first stop of our vacation and I must say that we were pretty excited to get there.  At the time of our trip we were living in New York City so we flew from Newark, NJ directly to Ireland.  It was my first time I got to use a passport and my first time out of the good old U.S. of A. I was a little nervous travelling abroad but excited at the same time.  We flew at night so we would arrive in Ireland early in the morning.  We stayed in a quaint little hotel on the River Liffey right in Dublin.  

That’s our hotel. Our view was right on the river so that was nice. Not that we were in the room much but it was still a cute little hotel and room.  

We ended up taking a longer than expected nap in our room but we rebounded quickly and squeezed as much stuff as we could into the two days.  We did do a bus tour so we could at least see everything. We saw Dublin Castle, Trinity College, some churches, pubs, quaint streets, awesome hotels. We saw all that we could in such a short time frame. I have to go back and look up the names to some of the places. But it was a great little town!


We spent a lot of time walking around the streets where we found a lot of wonderful pubs.  Now pubs in Ireland are a lot different than here in the states. They don’t serve the massive amounts of food that we do. It’s mainly beer. Okay it’s all beer and only beer.  We weren’t hungry until 10pm because of the time difference and our nap and it’s not like we could order a burger and fries.  We actually ended up eating at a steakhouse. Which was fine by me! We had a great meal and even though Joey doesn’t remember it that’s where we decided on naming one of our kids Ben. 
Okay back to the pubs. They are awesome and everything you would expect them to be. It is quite amusing sitting in the pub around 4:30-5:00pm. People get off work and start piling in.  They filled up faster than the Stone Balloon did on a Mug Night.  The Irish love their beer!  I just wished at the time that I was more into beers like I am now.  Now that’s not saying that I didn’t drink because I did. I am just a more well-rounded drinker now! I will try anything. 

Of course we ended up at the Guinness Storehouse for a quick tour and then of course the one pint that is included with your ticket price.  At the end of your self-guided tour, you end up on the top of the building at the The Gravity Bar.  It’s a wonderful rooftop bar  with awesome view of Dublin. I could have sat there for days just drinking and looking out the gorgeous floor to ceiling windows! But alas, we had to move on.
So of course we had to stop at The Old Jameson Distillery for some Whiskey. That was a fun stop! The tour was your typical one but the best part was the tasting at the end oh and the gift shop! Good Times. 

Dublin was a pretty awesome town.  We were not there too long and looking back I wish that we did have more time.  Maybe someday we will get back over there! We didn’t even get a chance to visit other towns or hit up the countryside!  
Tomorrow, I will talk about our travels in London, England. We had a blast in London!
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  1. How cool, I love seeing people’s traveling pics!

  2. Great post mama!

  3. Love all the pictures and this is so on our bucket list someday. My in-laws actually went there right when we got engaged and my mother-in-law always says just had wonderful it is over there. So someday I will get there!! 🙂

  4. Wow! Ireland looks so cool!


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