Adventure Life

The Luck of the Irish

September 4, 2015

Today marks a year since Greg got down on one knee at the Cliffs of Moher and asked me to marry him! Even though wedding planning can make me want to pull my hair out sometimes I am enjoying seeing our big day slowly come together. I thought today would be the perfect day to share with you guys our adventure in Ireland! It is so beautiful over there and pictures really don’t do it justice, it’s just SO green. Everyone we met in Ireland was so nice, we stayed mostly in bed and breakfasts and all the owners were so welcoming and made us feel right at home.

Days 1, 2 & 3 – Dublin

While in Dublin we stayed at the Almara Bed and Breakfast just outside of the city. Alan and his wife were great hosts and she cooked a delicious Irish breakfast each morning.

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Such a once in a lifetime experience getting to watch a college football game in another country. We had a lot of locals around us who had no idea what was going on but were there because they had never been to an actual football game before!

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Even though Penn State came back in the final seconds and won (can you tell by our faces?) we still love our Knights and wouldn’t have traded that experience for anything.

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Trinity College was incredible, I couldn’t wait to see The Long Room and it definitely did not disappoint. I just wanted to climb one of the ladders and go through books the entire day. How could you not find this place absolutely mesmerizing!?

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We couldn’t leave Dublin without visiting the Guinness Storehouse (best Guinness you will ever taste!) and the Jameson Distillery. The wait to do the tour of Jameson was a little longer than we had time for so we opted for one of their Jameson drinks at the bar area instead.

Day 4 – Kilkenny, Waterford & Cork

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On our way to Cork we stopped at the Kilkenny Castle in, you guessed it, Kilkenny.

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While in Cork we stopped by St. Anne’s Church to ring the historic Shandon Bells.

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View from the top! Be prepared to climb, we went up countless stairs and wove our way through the bell tower but the end result was totally worth it.

Day 5 – Blarney & Killarney

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AH yes, we did kiss the Blarney Stone, but you know what they say- when in Rome Ireland! It is said that if you kiss the stone it bestows the gift of eloquence. However, if you are a germaphobe I’m not sure I would suggest it. It is said that over 400,000 people kiss the Blarney stone each year.

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So when can I move in?

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While in Killarney we stayed at the Ardree House Bed & Breakfast, friendly hospitality and close to everything!

Day 6 – Killarney & The Ring of Kerry

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The Ring of Kerry was like something out of a movie. I can’t even put into words how beautiful it is. There is so much to explore, we only spent a day going around the entire ring but if I were to go back I would make it longer just so I could truly see everything.

TIP: When in Killarney you absolutely HAVE to go to Laurel’s Pub and make sure Christy is working behind the bar. He is hands down my favorite person we encountered on our trip, so nice and great conversation!

Day 7 –  Cliffs of Moher [my favorite day]

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Ever been hundreds of feet up on a cliff and someone gets down on one knee and asks you to marry them!? Yeah me neither, not until this happened! It was a bit scary being up so high, with no fence between you and a 700+ ft. fall and then Greg proposing on top of it all was just like- wait, what!? I couldn’t even speak at first I just stared, hands over mouth in shock. Of course I said yes and here we are a year later reminiscing on this incredible moment. A perfect end to an amazing trip, that I will remember forever.

-A

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