Travel

Ireland Trip

Growing up, I never thought I’d get the chance to travel, or go on vacation at all. As an adult, my way of thinking has been, find a job and keep it, pay your bills, and be content. I don’t know what happened to the part of my brain that dreams, but it is a struggle for me to do more than the necessities in life.

My husband has taught me to remember to dream. It’s by his actions that I know it is important to live this life we are given to the fullest. That is hard for me. I just want to thank him for pushing me out of my comfort zone, helping me dream more, and letting me know that it’s okay to live a little. He is the one that said, “let’s go to Ireland, we will make it happen.” And I’m so glad he did. This trip gave me energy, excitement, and left me refreshed. Thankful to God this was able to happen and that he gave me CJ. ❤

New York

We flew to New York using Southwest points. We spent a full day in New York instead of having an awful layover, and our points paid for it! We stayed at the Hotel Plaza Athenee. The hotel was gorgeous, and walking distance to Central Park! We walked into the shooting of the movie Three Seconds, which was super fun to watch. We also went to Time Square. It’s crazy! Super fun, and I enjoyed it, but totally overwhelming at first!


Ireland

Day 1-2: Kilkenny

Kilkenny was my FAVORITE place we stayed! It has a small town vibe, while still having places to shop, and super good restaurants/pubs. It’s a medieval town, and it’s surrounding villages are just as cute and GREEN as it is. We stayed in an old horse stable we found on Airbnb. Out of all of the place we stayed, the stable was the most comfortable, cozy, and peaceful place. If we ever go back, we are staying there again.

The Stable

Walking around Kilkenny

Kilkenny Castle

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Must sees/eats around Kilkenny: Costa Coffee, Insomnia Coffee, Murphy’s Ice Cream, The Long Man, Kells Abbey, and Jerpoint Abbey.

Kells Abbey (My favorite place we went)

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On the way to Doolin, we stopped in Cashel to visit the Rock of Cashel, and to get a bite to eat. We ate at O’Neills. Super small restaurant but really good!

Rock Of Cashel

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Day 3: Doolin

We only got to see a small part of Doolin. It is a cute village! We ate at this pub called, Gus O’Conners. Was one of favorite meals out of the entire trip!

Cliffs of Moher

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Day 4-5: Galway

Galway is a fun town! We stayed on Quay Street (pronounced, Key Street). Our hotel, The Residence, was above a pub and had a great view of Quay Street. If you are ever planning a trip to Ireland and find yourself in Galway, go to Coffeewerk + Press. It has three stories, each with comfy places to lounge. Totally wish it was here in Texas. I’d be a regular.

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Day 5-7: Dublin

Dublin is super busy, kind of has a New York vibe. We bought tickets for a hop on, hop off bus. This was the best decision, because we turned our rental car in the first day we arrived to Dublin. With the bus, we were able to see all of the major places in Dublin and it picked us up from our hotel. Some places we went were Dublin Castle, St. Patricks Cathedral, Trinity College, St. Stephen’s Green and Christ Church. It was so fun!

Dublin Castle

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St. Stephen’s Green

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More of Dublin

We stayed at Clontarf Castle

There’s so much to see in Ireland. It’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever been, and I have to go back! If you are planning a trip to Ireland and have questions and need more details, contact me! There is too much to put in one blog post!

xoxo,

Shelby

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