Ireland: A Recap

This wonderful Ireland trip was short, from Jan 11 to 19 this year, but brimming with sightseeing activities. We really just slept in the hotel. We even refused to eat in the hotel restaurants, except breakfast for the first full day, because we were so eager to get out and see the sights. Despite the cold, the rain and windy conditions, we managed to find our way to every one on our list of must-sees on our own with the husband driving on the other side of the road for the first time and getting acclimated using roundabouts. Our hearts are full of wonderful memories of our short visit of the country and are hoping we could someday go back on a much longer visit so that we could revisit these places and see other cities that we missed.

Here are the highlights of this trip.

My first Guinness came the first night we arrived at our hotel in Kilkenny.

My first castle - Kilkenny Castle.

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Waterford is not only popular for glassware, but also the country's oldest city founded by the Vikings.

The husband got to kiss the Blarney Stone. I didn't. I already talk too much.

Bunratty Castle and Heritage Park is an interesting spot.

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The Cliffs of Moher are definitely a must-see.

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In Galway, we got to chill in a pub and listen to traditional Irish music.

Learning about whiskey on a distillery tour in Kilbeggan.

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Walking the streets of Dublin provides the visitor with many little surprises in every corner.

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The Guinness Storehouse experience is a must do of course.

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The full Irish breakfast is heavy and filling but will supply you with enough energy to power your day of sightseeing. It was too heavy and full that we only ate it once.

This plain looking meal is one of my favorites here - it's a seafood chowder. It's really really good.

The churches are imposing and beautiful.

While one week is definitely short and not enough, I consider myself extremely blessed and lucky to see the place that I've been dreaming of since childhood. Hope I get lucky some more to make a return visit.

Thank you for hanging with me through the Ireland posts.



  1. That’s funny about the Blarney Stone ))). You packed a lot of wonderful things into a week! I enjoyed all your posts.

  2. Hello, wonderful recap. I love the castle and the Cliffs. Ireland is my dream trip too. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and week ahead.

  3. You saw so much in just a week. I admire anyone who manages to drive on the other side of the road. I, for one, just won't attempt it.

  4. That took me back to my own couple of visits to Ireland. Cork and Dublin. It is a lovely country.

  5. That's a great trip - I enjoyed seeing your photos.

  6. Looks like a marvellous trip!

  7. Lovely photos from your wonderful trip.

  8. Wow! we can see that you made the most of that trip and that is was a great one.
    Great collection of photographs to summarize your Ireland trip. :)

  9. I love that castle! And it's crazy how you kiss the Blarney Stone upside down. I'm glad you had a great time in Ireland in spite of the cold!

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