12 hours in dublin // the ultimate first-timer’s pub crawl

Because my fiance knows me so very well, he surprised me with an overnight layover in Dublin after our whirlwind three-day adventure in London. If you recall, I spent a year living in Ireland during grad school, and have since been chomping at the bit to take Sean back to the homeland and show him all of the pubs places I came to know and love during my time there. Arriving in Dublin’s fair city at 5:00pm and leaving early the next morning, I had approximately twelve hours to give Sean, a Dublin first-timer, a taste of one of my all-time favorite cities. And what better way to do so than drink our way around…

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gettin’ our galway on… but like, sort of

First thing’s first, here. Imma drop a knowledge bomb on you (or possibly not, it is very possible that this is one of those things everyone knows except me, but just go with it). DID YOU KNOW… The people of Galway are called Galwegians??? Yeah, the hubs made this joke, like… 6 times before we got to Galway, in a “if the plural for goose is geese, why aren’t many moose called meese?!” sort of fashion. “If people from Norway are Norwegian, I bet the people of Galway are Galwegian!” Ah yuck yuck yuck. For being a childless 29 year old, the guy really has the art of the cheesy dad joke mastered. Anyway, I politely giggled along…

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the ashford castle school of falconry

In Western Ireland — in Cong, County Mayo, to be exact — there sits a castle. This isn’t that odd, really, since there are lots of castles in Ireland, but this one is just a bit more special than all the rest. It’s not in ruins, like many, and it hasn’t been renovated and re-opened as a museum, either. Instead, this particular castle has been converted into a 5-star, luxury hotel. As you drive up the long driveway, wondering if there really is a castle here after all, it finally comes in to view. You park and make your way past the white gloved doormen and through the grand lobby, past the suit of armor (because of course…

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touring ireland: a day in clifden & connemara

You know, as I’ve gone back through my photos from Ireland, I keep realizing just how much we saw… but how little I have to really say about our roadtrip. I want to be helpful! But really, all I have to offer is a crap ton of photos from our week of driving from Dublin to Galway and back again. Sidenote: what is the origin of “crap ton” and all iterations of? I’d google it… but I’m scared. ANYWAY. After our little jaunt around Blarney Castle and the Cliffs of Moher, we crashed hard at The G Hotel in Galway — but not before asking the concierge for all his tips on what to do the…

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of castles & cliffs: a photo essay

Aside from Dublin, it’s a safe bet that the two biggest Ireland musts for most travelers are, arguably, Blarney Castle and the Cliffs of Moher. This is why, after our quick tour of Cork, it was back in the car to hit up these landmarks en route to our three nights in Galway. To be perfectly honest, pre-Blarney Castle, I was 100% take or leave the entire experience. I definitely had no desire to kiss the stone (namely due to articles like this), and pictures of the castle itself didn’t knock my proverbial socks off. Post-Blarney Castle? I’m, like, 60% take or leave the entire experience. The inside of the castle and the pinnacle pebble…

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