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I have always grown up in a “what you see if what you get” kinda home. I felt that from Ireland. The people there are so real. They never tried to act better than you and they are so warm and friendly. Ireland is so welcoming, it makes you feel at home.
When we first arrived in Dublin it was around dinner time. We took our Airbnb’s hosts’ advice and headed to a small pub, Headline 57. They had the most amazing chicken wings. Also, they had a great cider. 🙂 Braxton felt it was only right to have a Guinness, we were in Dublin after all.
That night Braxton planned a “it’s only a 8 hour tour” tour to the Cliffs of Moher. haha. Well, it ended up turning into a 12 and a half hour tour. I must say, it was incredible. Braxton booked a Paddy Wagon tour, which is a bus company that takes you to all the great picturesque parts of Dublin. We made 5 stops in total throughout our day. The first stop was a bathroom break at this small town called Kinvara, which is a small fishing village home to the Dunguaire Castle that overlooks the bay. After a short 30 minutes of walking the small town, we headed to the second stop at the “baby” cliffs of Moher in Burren. I put baby in quotations because even though they don’t compare to the actual cliffs of Moher, they are still 200+ feet high. The coast had beautiful scenery. Rolling green hills, open pastures home to hundreds of cows, and small cottages spread along the hillside.
On our way to the Cliffs of Moher, we stopped in a village named Doolin for lunch. We had about 45 minutes to eat at the local pub which served a buffet line of food. I ordered some chicken with the option of picking 3 sides. Those sides included: mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes and seasoned potatoes with a few vegetables. The Irish sure do love their potatoes! haha. We then loaded the buses and made our way to the final destination.
Upon pulling up to the parking area of the Cliffs of Moher, it started to rain heavily. We forgot our umbrella at home and worried the conditions would not be good enough to capture great photos. Our tour guide( who was also our bus driver) explained with the high winds(around 50MPH), the storm would blow over in a few minutes. Luckily he was right for the time being. We made it to the edge and the view took our breaths away. The lush green cliffside with waves crashing on the rocks below made for some great pictures. Until it started to rain again. We took shelter near the the viewing tower that costs 4 Euro to see the views from the top per person. After the winds calmed down, we were walking along the edge when Braxton’s hat flew off his head over the cliff (I got it on video lol). He was pretty disappointed in the moment, so we headed down to the gift shop in search of a new temporary hat. Once at the gift shop, we walked through the museum located inside and learned more about the history of Ireland. Fun fact: Irelands second largest export is actually Viagra behind agriculture. They produce more than 25 million pills per day.
The next day, we went to the world famous Guinness Storehouse. It was about 20 Euros per person but that included a pint of beer at the top, um yes! We made our way through the five levels learning about the history, ingredients, and process of producing Guinness. Its crazy to think that the Guinness Brewery is older than America. It was established in 1759, when Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease for the brewery (we are only 257 years in). The storehouse is actually built in the shape of a pint of Guinness with a glass viewing tower with amazing 360 degree views of Dublin. We made our way up each floor all the way to the top to enjoy our pint with an amazing view. After the tour, we went down the street to the Teeling Whiskey Distillery. This Distillery is the only one built in over 125 years in the city of Dublin. We took a tour and saw the behind the scenes and process of how they make their famous whiskey. Another fun fact: Ireland ages its whiskey for 3 years and 1 day. One day longer than Scottish whisky just so they can say theirs is better lol… rivals. After the long day of beer and whiskey tasting, we headed back to our Airbnb to relax to catch in early flight the next morning back to Milan. Looking forward to our next adventure!
With Love, Elizabeth Ashley
P.S. Watch the video down below to see our experience in Ireland!