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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the rock of cashel: a photo essay

After our tour of Dublin (more here, too!), it was time to hit the road. Cork was our next overnight stop, but rather than tackling the 2.5 hour drive head on, we opted to take a quick peek at The Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary before moving on. To be perfectly honest, until the previous day when it was casually mentioned as a worthy site, I’d never heard of said rock. A quick search confirmed that it was situated up high with a view over the countryside, very pretty, and very traditionally Irish… you know, in that picturesque ruins sort of way. It’s safe to say that The Rock of Cashel did not disappoint. We parked the car in…

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the dublin weekender, part two: eating & drinking

In case you missed it, I recently shared my favorite places for sleeping & sightseeing in Ireland’s beloved capital. Originally, I had included where to eat & drink… but the list was just getting excessive and it felt like it deserved its own post. So! If you’re in need of where to sleep and what to see, check it out here. A quick refresher because I’m nice? Spends your nights at either The Westbury Hotel or The Croke Park Hotel (or a mix of both!), and limit your sightseeing list to as little as you can because, really, truly… it’s just not what Dublin is about. The real heart of Dublin can be found in…

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the dublin weekender, part one: sleeping & sightseeing

As the hubs and I expand our growing list of cities we love, I find myself regularly trying to rank them. It’s not that I necessarily need them ranked… it’s that “what’s your favorite city?” is the #1 question we get whenever we catch up with old friends. And, despite all the times people have asked, I still can’t answer with a clear, straightforward answer. Instead, I’ve now taken to responding with a different question: “for what?” If the question is, “a weekend getaway when you’re short on time, but want to see the heart of the city and experience the local culture?” Then to this I answer: “Dublin, and you have very specific travel…

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one week on the emerald isle: a beginner’s guide to irish roadtripping

Though I am by no means an expert on Ireland — I tip my hat to the wino for that title — I have had the pleasure of roadtripping my way around the country a few times now. And, as is our custom, it’s time for me to report my findings. On our first trip (yes, the one where we famously drove across Ireland without a valid license), the wino & I made our way from Dublin to Dingle and back again, stopping on our return trek in Killarney to explore the Killarney National Park and beg anyone and everyone who would listen to let us move into Muckross House. On another visit, we drove up…

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