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Posts from the ‘Ireland’ Category

A Look Back at 2016

The more I travel, the more I find that each year tends to group itself into themes. As I look back on 2016, the three themes that my travel seemed to rotate around was taking return trips, visiting national parks and traveling consistently through my continued #take12trips challenge. I have talked about return trips in the past and how the benefits of returning somewhere with a new perspective can often be just as beneficial as viewing a totally new destination. I’ve struggled with return trips previously, but fully embraced the concept this year and enjoyed showing family and friends around some of my favorite places. Read more

An Irish Itinerary

It is pretty clear by now that I have a strong love of the Emerald Isle. The warm hospitality, sweeping coastal views, delicious food, lively pub culture and a remarkable history – Ireland really does have it all! Once people hear about my love of all things Ireland, they reach out to get my tips for a good itinerary so here are my recommendations of how to structure your time when visiting. Read more

Irish Eats and Pints

In a country known for meat and potatoes, Ireland has done a lot in recent years to shed that image and innovate its food scene. When I visited Ireland four years ago, I was in awe of the food revolution. This time I was well prepared with reservations to try some of the country’s best cuisine. Read more

A Return to Dublin

I have done a lot of return trips lately – something the old me would have hated and immediately turned down in favor of newer destinations; however, the part of my traveling that has changed in recent years is that I don’t just want to go to new countries or cities or continents to say I have been there, I want to go where I want to go. Does it matter if I have been there before? Not anymore. Read more

Ireland in Video

They say a photo is worth a thousand words, so that must mean a video is worth a million, right? There are a million words I want to verbalize from our 16-day, 1700 mile trip through Ireland and Northern Ireland, but I always fear that I will not be able to adequately describe everything I saw, felt, ate, heard, and experienced. It is hard to take a compilation of moments and put them into meaningful words. So while I sit here and try to piece together all the wonderfulness that was our trip, I’ll leave you here with the video my husband compiled which captures the essence of our time in the Emerald Isle and its neighbor to the north– sunshine, beautiful vistas, secluded hikes, authentic music and of course, delicious scones.

More to follow, but for now enjoy!

 

This video is not being monitized. 

A First Timer’s Guide to Dublin

As we approach St. Patrick’s Day, I cannot think of anywhere I would rather be than Ireland. The country casts a spell with its culture, hospitality and greenery and I am itching to return. Most first time visitors to Ireland start in Dublin. An incredibly historic and literary city, Dublin could keep you occupied for weeks, Read more

Tips for an Irish Road Trip

Who does not love a good road trip? An open road, good music, good company and an exciting new destination all combine for the perfect vacation in my mind. Some countries lend themselves more easily to road trips, whether due to sights, size or geography and Ireland is one of those countries. Read more

Why Trips Are The Best Presents

The holiday season has been upon us for quite some time now and many of us have seen the media outlets plugging wish lists and new products, the best gifts and the must-have gadgets. And while I have worked hard to buy meaningful gifts for others this year, I have found myself shunning the ideas of things in return for the promise of places. Read more

Sunday Snapshot: Cliffs of Moher

On the southwestern edge in the famed County Clare lies one of Ireland’s top natural attractions, the Cliffs of Moher. As one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions, many visitors to Emerald Isle have seen the magnificent vistas of the Irish countryside and coast that are afforded at the maximum height of 702 feet. While it feels like you are at the edge of the world, I was fortunate enough to visit on a clear June afternoon and got a glimpse of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay.

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