New Books and Past Travel: Ireland

I have three days to finish my latest read, A Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost, but I don’t think that will be a problem. Another great read for Expats – this story is the tale a College Junior who decided to take the summer to living in Ireland and contemplate what she wants to do with her life. It leads to many more adventures for her. I’m only up to page 65, but I’m hooked. (A full report on the book to come!)

What this book brought to mind was my last international trip with Maria, Madi and Crystal to Ireland this past November. It was the trip of a lifetime, a luxury vacation on a budget, and it made me eager for my next adventure. Here are a few of my favorite pics and links to my tumblr posts on the trip (pre-Wordpress) and a short trip recap.

Nollaig Shona Dhuit – “Merry Christmas” in Dublin

Day 1: Hotel – Four Season’s Dublin, Breakfast at Bewley’s, Dublin Castle, An attempt to horse ride, Dinner at Exchequer Pub, Drinks at Temple Bar and Singing in the streets with the locals.

Check out the full post here.


Day 2: Driving through the Irish country side, Hotel: Genlo Abbey, Walking around Eyre Square, Dinner: Boogaloo Burger and Steakhouse, Tour of the abbey.

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Sheep on the roadside on the way to Connemara

Day 3: Breakfast in the hotel, driving to Connemara, Snapping pics of sheep and beautiful rainy country side, Lunch: Fagan’s at Hotel Meyrick, Galway Christmas market, Drinking mulled wine, Light Dinner: Ard Bia at Nimmo’s, Drinks at Monroe’s, Bierhaus and a late night club.

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Dunguaire Castle on the way to Adare

Day 4: Breakfast in the hotel, Driving to Adare, Dunguaire Castle, Being blow around by the wind and rain at The Cliff of Moher, British candy from the supermarket – yumm, Hotel: Adare Manor, Dinner: The Carriage House in the Manor, Drinks at the Piano Bar in the Manor,  (the place I’d love to get married in!)

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Adare Manor

Day 5: Swimming and Breakfast in the Manor, Lunch: Unicorn Bar and Grille in Limerick, Tour of the Manor, Shopping at the Old Adare Creamery, Drinking a Hot Toddy at Aunty Lena’s, Amazing gourmet dinner at Wild Geese, Drinks by the Fireplace in the main bar.

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Chapter One Restaurant

Day 6: Driving from Adare to Dublin, Seeing the book of Kell’s and Trinity College, Lunch: Chapter One where we were mistaken for food writers, Tour and tasting at the Old Jameson Distillery, Drive to Eniskerry, Hotel: Ritz Carlton Powerscourt, Dinner and Drinks: At the Ritz Pub, McGills.

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Poppie’s in Enniskerry

Day 7: Breakfast: Poppie’s in Eniskerry, then back to the State.

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