After our wedding, Tae was scheduled to go to a work event about two hours of north of London, so we decided to go on a European getaway together!
Our trip started in Dublin where we spent three days and two nights. It was almost enough time to see all of the highlights of Dublin and we definitely made the most of our time there. Someday, I hope to go back to Ireland and check out the countryside!
We stayed at the Sandymount Hotel in Dublin. It was a great hotel, but a little off the beaten path. Next time, we would spend a little more and stay closer to the center of the city.
Our first stop was the Guinness Storehouse. It was at the top of a lot of must lists when I was researching Dublin and I think that we are both glad that we did it! The self guided tour comes with a glass of Guinness. If you go, be sure to wait in line and learn how to pour your own and THEN take it upstairs to the Sky Bar.
The second day of our trip, I really wanted to get out of the city. After doing a bit of research, I found a town just outside Dublin called Howth. You can take their public transit train out to Howth and it is super easy. Howth is a sweet coastal town, that has amazing views and great restaurants. Wear shoes that you can hike a bit in, so that you can get a good view of the cliffs there. In Howth, we shared Fish and Chips from Beshoff Bros (probably the best that I had while in Europe) and then ate a late lunch/early dinner after our hike at The Oar House. SO GOOD.
In every big city we go to, we enjoy finding a bus tour. Especially if you are going to be there just for a short time, this is a great way to see the sights! After Howth, we came back to Dublin and bought the bus tour tickets. It was perfect timing, since most bus tours give you 24 hours and that would take us through the rest of our stay in Dublin.
It seemed like each night, we ended up in the Temple Bar area. While we weren’t out to party, it was fun to see all of the action! Here are a few of the restaurants that we tried while we were there: The Old Mill Restaurant was probably our favorite. It is a tiny place, but our wait was not too long. While we were waiting, we had the chance to talk with the bartender for a good amount of time. Everyone at The Old Mill was so friendly and the food was delicious. The other place that we ate while we were there was Porterhouse. This place is HUGE and we still had to wait a bit to get a table. The food was good, but the service was a little rough.
The third day of our trip, we were up bright and early to hit up some of the sites we had missed. Kilmainham Gaol is a must-see in Dublin. It’s a fairly quick tour (about an hour to hour and a half) and takes you through an old jail from the 1780s. It also takes you through a fair amount of Dublin’s history.
Our last stop was at the Jameson Distillery. This one was pretty fun as well. It was a guided tour and at the end there was a whiskey tasting.
Throughout the trip, Yelp and Uber were our best friends. It was nice to get good recommendations for food on Yelp and it was REALLY nice to be able to take an Uber and not have to worry about exchanging money. In all of the places that we visited in Europe, the Uber drivers were actually licensed taxi drivers and they could not get enough of telling us how much they love Uber.