Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Dublin, I Love You

Whew! Sorry it has taken me so long to update. We have been BUSY! The in-laws came in last Friday, then it was off to Ireland early, and I do mean early, Saturday morning. We got back super late Monday, and then were off exploring around town yesterday. Today, we are headed to France. I think I made need a nap, or 5. Anyways, back to Dublin.

We took Ryan Air (a must if you live here!) straight to Dublin. We also took only carry on luggage, which was actually really nice. Nothing to worry about! Once we made it in we took a shuttle to our hotel. Our hotel was outside the city itself, but located on the light rail (LUAS) line. Our hotel was GREAT! It was called Glashaus, and if you go to Dublin you must check it out. We had an apartment with 2 bedrooms, a living room, and a kitchen. After we dropped our stuff we headed into the city. We had booked one of those hop on hop off bus tours to get around.

We visited:
The Guinness Factory, Trinity College, St. Patrick's, Christ Church, Grafton Street, Temple Bar, St. Stephen's Green, and lots more!

At Guinness (Neat museum, but better if you actually like Guinness.)

Christ Church Cathedral (Beautiful!)

St. Patrick's (Possibly the most un-churchy church I have ever seen. It is basically dedicated to donors, not to God. Pretty sad.)

View of the city from Guinness (The best part of the museum in my opinion.)

We didn't get to see the Book of Kells or Dublin Castle as they were both closed. Grrr!
My favorite part of the city and the trip was probably the people. They really are as friendly as you have heard! SUCH a change from Germany! Speaking the language is also nice, the shopping was Uh-MAZE-ING, and they had a Starbucks, and Mexican Food, and Quiznos, and Papa Johns. Seriously. I was in HEAVEN!!!!! Yes, yes, I ate some Irish food too. Whatever. Papa Johns was so good I ate 6 slices. Nice.

The next day we headed to the Wicklow Mountains. I highly recommend this tour as well. You learn a lot about Irish history, and you get to see the "picturesque" part of the country.

We were able to see the mountains, the place where PS I Love You and Braveheart were filmed, and Glendalough (a monastic settlement from the 6th century). It was beautiful (and VERY VERY VERY cold)!

Wicklow Mountains

Near the Guinness Estate

A Very Cold Couple



All Four Cold People in Glendalough

The last day just Jordan and I headed into town to get some pictures of the beautiful doors. The story goes that when the men were coming home from the pubs at night, they couldn't tell which house was theirs. So their wives being very smart, painted each door a bright color. This way, the men could easily find their way to the right door. I plan on doing a crafty wall decoration project with these.

If you are still reading...
Overall it was a great trip and I highly recommend it. Dublin is the 3rd most visited city in Europe, and I see why. It is a great 2-3 day stop on your way to other places.

Now, it's off to France...


Allison said...

I love the door pictures! I take pictures of doors everywhere we go :)

*Kimmie* said...

Beautiful pictures! So jealous, but excited for your adventures! And I absolutely adore the pink door!!!

The Mrs. said...

amazing pictures! Flyboy's been to ireland (big surprise he's been everywhere) but alas I have not. Its the one place we really are dying to go together... without kids! For now I'm just settling for around the world epcot style!

It sounded like a great adventure, enjoy whats next!

Laura said...

What a great trip! How'd your tummy do with 6 slices of pizza?

On a totally other note, CVS has press on toenails for sale. OMG, that's nuts!

New Girl on Post said...

I love the second picture from Glendalough, it's breathtaking yet almost haunting to look at.

I'll have to add Dublin to my must see list!

Nelly said...

Not all of us Germans are rude or unfriendly. We are just very blunt, a bit grumpy and straight forward. Germans just love to complain about anything and everything and take things very very serious. We do take things like "Whenever you are in the States you are welcome to stay with us." VERY VERY SERIOUS hahahaha.

In bigger places like Frankfurt, Mannheim, Heidelberg, Muenster, Dortmund, Cologne... etc.pp you will find Starbucks. It's not like we don't have it around here. We have like 3 or 4 around here plus we got it on post too. :)

yaya said...

casey, what fabulous details of your trip BUT truly what fabulous photos, I love the Glendough photo thru the trees and of the gravestones. And of course the doorse are super. What a great photo wall they will make.
love mom.. by the way I think i am going to cvs for presson toenails.

Stacey said...

LOVED.YOUR.POST. What an experience!!! And those doors!!! So cool...

SondreLyn said...

What fun! I am so very jealous! I've never been! Enjoy Paris! (I have been there, if you drink coffee, drink up... it's fab!) And I'm with your mom, I'm heading out to CVS for some press-on toenails! :D JK!

Tania said...

Glendalough looks amazing! And I love those doors! I can see them matted in black frames.