48 Hours in Belfast

Our trip to Northern Ireland was focused on the northern coast and the Giants Causeway (read about that part of the trip here!) but Belfast was our home base. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the city, as it has a troubled history, with many of the issues in the not so distant past….

Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

We decided that it would be a great idea to try to go for a weekend in Northern Ireland about two weeks before the date we ended up going. Oops. The flights were right (and cheap) and it’s really convenient to fly in and out of Belfast, making it possible to do a quick 48…

Ireland Part III: Guinness and Football in Dublin

After arriving in Dublin and checking into our hotel, we headed to the Guinness tour.  While a bit pricey (like it seems most attractions here are) it was worth a look.  The exhibits and self guided tour are informative and the building itself is artistic.  I would recommend spending at least an hour and a half…

Ireland Part II: From Cork to Waterford via Distillery, Factory and Castle

So, in a lot of guides and reviews, I found that Blarney Castle gets a bit of a bad rap, often called a tourist trap or not a very good castle. Since we were in the area on a Sunday (and nothing else was open besides this and the Jameson Distillery) we gave it a go. It was definitely worth a morning of exploring. The castle itself is somewhat deteriorated, and yes, some of the humor on the signs may be a bit tacky but the view from the top of the castle is quite impressive and while it is a ruin, I have been to castles/cathedrals in far worse condition than this one. We did kiss the Blarney Stone, I know, ultimate tourist, but we were there anyway so what the hell. A man holds you as you lean backward, not quite dangling, to kiss said stone while photos are snapped to be sold in the gift shop. Don’t worry there are safety bars to prevent you from actually falling. The exhibits on the history/lore surrounding the castle are quite interesting, and the Poison Garden

Ireland Part I: Exploring Cork

Lucas and I left for Ireland Friday morning, taking the train to the airport.  (LOVE the public transportation here, it is absolutely awesome to leave your car in the driveway and walk to a train that goes directly to the airport…)  This was our first Ryanair experience, and having heard interesting and terrible things about…