Bundle up! It was a cold, windy and rainy one. It wasn’t as bad as the snow storm that Michigan just received, but still not Jamaica either. After a three hour flight from Rome we finally arrived in the land of luck, coastlines and greenery… Ireland. Upon arriving it was like a weight had been lifted off of my shoulders. Everything, I mean EVERYTHING was in English! It was the greatest feeling in the world; like being blind and then suddenly being able to see again. After stepping off of the plane I knew immediately that it was going to be a good weekend. A cold one, but a really good one. The busses ran on time and everything was just perfect.
We had a weekend full of activities planned and to start it off we decided to stop in a small pastry shop and get a quick snack. Of course, I went from not knowing a word in Italian to accidentally speaking Italian in an English speaking country. Who do I think I am Isabella Rossellini?
The vibes of Ireland are so much different than anywhere I have been so far in Italy. It’s much more laid back and a great place to relax and have a good time. The people are all super nice and there is a great nightlife scene for those looking to have a fun weekend out. There is a certain sense of magic as you walk down and through the streets in Dublin. Bagpipes playing, people strolling through, and just an overwhelming sense of comfort.
So, here’s a little run down of the places we made sure to check off of our to do list while in Dublin….
- Walk over the Ha’penny Bridge
- See St. Patricks Basilica
- Go to St. Stephens Green
- Temple Bar
- Jameson Distillery
- Trinity College see the book of Kels and the Long Room
- Traditional Irish Breakfast
The shopping was great. Especially for those looking for some traditional Irish jewelry. In particular there was a Celtic jeweler shop called R&C McCormack Celtic Jewellers. It’s a family run business and has the greatest little finds. So next time in Dublin definitely make it over to Grafton St. and check it out.
All in all, the weekend was great. I left Ireland with a full stomach, some fun memories and hopefully a little more luck!