I had a dream. To travel to Ireland. Last May, for our honeymoon, my husband and I decided to make it happen. I packed my ONA bag with my camera and all of the excitement. I’ve never been a beach lady. I prefer adventures. I just couldn’t wait to see real live Irish sheep and also have the answer to my burning question: Is the grass really that much greener in Ireland? The answer: Yes ! This Ireland travel blog post is truly a dream come true.
When we started planning our trip, we wanted to experience Ireland like locals as much as possible. We did that by renting a small town house through Airbnb right in Dublin. We did our groceries when needed but mostly ate out. Bars in Ireland are as common as Tim Hortons and McDonalds combined. We walked to get breakfast every morning at Moloughney’s. Learning not to order black pudding (fried pig’s blood).
We rented a small Fiat for our road trips and yes we thought we were going to die the first time Jordan drove on the left side of the road on the left side of the car. Often, we would leave before sunrise to go visit castles in towns 5-6 hours away. We visited everything we could in the 10 days we were there. And yes, I did watch every rom-com filmed in Ireland I could find. Jordan may have fallen asleep during most of them.
Favourite places in Ireland
It was incredibly difficult to choose my favourite places that we visited but I tried to keep this blog post as short as possible. With this experience, I learnt how much Europe does everything better but also, how insanely gorgeous this planet we call home is. Most of all, the diversity is what makes my heart eager to travel.
Malahide castle and gardens was the home of the Talbot family since the 12th century.
Malahide Abbey was the church built for Richard Talbot right next to the castle.
Straight out of a Jane Austen novel. If I do say so myself.
Temple bar. Where all the tourists, beer + music were.
Dublin is filled with cherry blossoms in the spring. The rain only made it more beautiful.
The cliffs of moher
On the edge of the world.
My favourite sight.
Wicklow national park. Do you see the tiny human on the left. Good. Now look at the giant tree on your right. How can a tree be that tall. I’m in awe. The drive there had to be my favourite drive of my life. The roads were so narrow driving over an hour surrounded only by hills and trees.
The round tower in Glendalough within Wicklow national park. Built almost a 1000 years ago by Monks of St. Kevin’s monastery. The door is 3.5 meters from the ground. They had a ladder inside to bring people in. It is in near perfect condition even after all this time.
Because when in Ireland, bring your flasks and look for sheep.
Giant’s causeway. This was our last day and we had a flat tire. It took us 7 hours to go back to Dublin with the spare tire and pack our bags for our flight the next day.
Bulmers was my favourite drink. Excuse my awkward hand. This bottle was heavy.
Kilkenny castle. Castles are often right in the middle of a town.
Ring a ring a rosie, as the light declines
I remember Dublin city in the rare ould times
This Ireland travel blog was photographed by Jessi Lauren an Ottawa wedding Photographer. She photographs weddings in Ottawa, Montreal, Kingston and world wide. If you’re looking for a wedding photographer who has a passion for travel and you love my work, let’s chat!