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Trip to: Dublin

We made it back from a very successful vacation: Dublin, London and Barcelona!  I tracked all the highlights and most of the restaurants/pubs we went to so others can use them as a starting point when planning trips of their own.  Since we visited 3 separate places I am going to break it into 3 separate blog posts. Read about our stay in  London and Barcelona.
Day 1: We took a red eye flight and arrived in Dublin in the morning. Checked into our hotel – Buswells Hotel, a very traditional Ireland feel, followed by a stroll around the city and our first Guinness on the rooftop of MJ O’Neil’s. That night we ate dinner at Peploes wine bar bistro and went out for a night on the town at two “locals” bars on Fade street- Grogans aka “Old Man Bar and No Name Bar (marked by a snail sign- go upstairs at the hotel Kellys Dublin) — these 2 bars were my favorite of the trip.
Trip to: Dublin | www.vanillaandvelvet.com
Trip to: Dublin | www.vanillaandvelvet.com
Day 2: Kicked off the day with an Irish breakfast at Buswells Hotel, followed by a stroll and tour on Trinity college – checked out the Trinity Library (the library was straight out of beauty and the beast) and saw the worlds oldest book, the Book of Kells. In the afternoon we took the “Hop on hop off” bus tour and stopped at the old Jamison Distillery, a must for my family since we are all Jamison drinkers. Then off to the Arlington Hotel Temple Bar to learn how to River Dance and an Evening of Food, Folklore and Fairies at Brazen Head Pub, Dublin’s oldest Pub.
Trip to: Dublin | www.vanillaandvelvet.com
Trip to: Dublin | www.vanillaandvelvet.com
Day 3: The boys went golfing at Howth Golf Club – Greg and my brother, Paul won. While the girls went on a beautiful hike along the coast – I felt like i was in the movie Tristan and Izold – and ate seafood on the pier at Octopussy. Later that day we went to Na Finna to learn how to play traditional Gaelic football, hurling, and handball with Experience Gaelic Games, which the boys loved. Then headed to The Church (restaurant) for dinner in a church that has been transformed into a large restaurant with Irish river dancers and music. After dinner we walked over to The International bar for a local Comedy skit (it was fantastic) and then to the “tourist bar” of Dublin – Temple Bar.
Trip to: Dublin | www.vanillaandvelvet.com
Trip to: Dublin | www.vanillaandvelvet.com
Day 4: We had been doing a lot! So we slept in and then headed to the Guinness factory for lunch, to tour the facilities and to learn how to properly pour a Guinness. After a few pints we boarded a horse and buggy and header over to St Patrick’s Cathedral and the Christ Church (Viking Church). Followed by a quick bite to eat at the Market Bar, and an Irish River Dance show in the evening. After the show we stopped by the sports bar across the street, Sinnotts Bar to watch the Futbol game.
Trip to: Dublin | www.vanillaandvelvet.com
Trip to: Dublin | www.vanillaandvelvet.com
Trip to: Dublin | www.vanillaandvelvet.com
Trip to: Dublin | www.vanillaandvelvet.com

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  3. Adrienne @ AdrienneAway

    Great photos. Dublin looks so cool!

  4. Trip

    Wow, great photos. You must have had a blast.

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