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After visiting both Iceland and England, we headed to Ireland! The very first night we got there we met up with some friends from Richmond who had moved there. I was so excited to see them again! It’s always nice to have friends in other countries and reuniting again was really special.
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We had dinner to start and then worked our way to the Vintage Cocktail Club, a hidden speakeasy that ended up being perfect. It was gorgeous inside & the drinks were divine. My friends didn’t trust us when we first brought them up to the front door but were very happy once we were inside.
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The very next morning, two other friends flew into the country to meet us.  We let them sleep in a bit and then went straight to the Guinness Storehouse. The storehouse was huge and they did a great job explaining the beer making process, especially how it is different than other types of beer.
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I also loved the advertising section they had. They highlighted some of the best and most iconic campaigns over the last hundred years.
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They also taught us how to pour our own beer. Then we went to the top lounge to rest & enjoy a 360-degree view of Dublin.

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Here are some of the delicious foods we ate. That scone was truly the best I’ve ever had. And we tried an ice cream spot called Murphy’s that used local sea salt in one of the flavors. We went back twice.

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The next morning, in Dulin, we rose to explore a bit more. We started at a modern art museum and then walked a few miles to some gardens.

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Then, we went to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and walked around on a small tour. That night we went home early and watched a movie before a dinner that was close to our AirBnB.

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When we left Dublin the next morning, we drove to Glendalough in county Whicklow. This part of the country was beautiful. So so green.

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The ruins here tell a beautiful story and show glimmers of a historic past.

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I loved walking through the old graves and crumbling buildings.

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We walked around some of the path’s and had lunch in a hotel nearby.

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We drove through the rain on to Kilkenny. Our AirBnB here was at Highbank Orchard. I am so thankful we found this place. The couple’s family has lived there since the 1700s and the rooms we stayed in were the formal stables. They use the apples to distill cider & a variety of liquours.

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Walking through the grounds was a treat.

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We went to dinner in the city of Kilkenny at Kyteler’s Inn. This place has been around since 1263. I had a chicken pot pie for dinner as a local band played beautiful Irish music and hymns. We walked around the city and turned in early for another movie night.

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Here are some final shots of our orchard home! I wish we had been able to stay here another evening.

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Before we set out, we took some photos on the stoop.

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Then we traveled onward to the Rock of Cashel. These structures were equally impressive.

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You could walk in, our and around every little bit of them. There were graves surrounding the largest buildings too. Each cross was covered in mosses.

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It truly is amazing to think about how long these large rocks have been around.

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A family friend suggested for us to eat here at Chez Hans. We mentioned it to our AirBnB host who knew the chef and she mentioned there was a lunch place right next door that we opted to go to instead. We did a three-course menu that was epic. And the tea. The tea everywhere was perfect. It’s the thing I’ve missed the most since being at home.

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We then worked our way to Waterford to tour the crystal factory. They showed us the mold that made JMU’s football trophy earlier this year.

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They take your right through all the working stations. It’s so impressive to see the skill of these craftsmen. I could have watched them for hours.

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We ended the evening in Cork. We just spent one evening here exploring the city and walking its cobblestone streets. It was a shame to have to leave in the morning.

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I would like to go back to Ireland and spend some more time slowly driving around. If you missed anything from the trip, check out the first post about Iceland here and the second about England here.