Dublin for a Day

DublinDublin! Have you ever been there? I have. For a day. Seriously. We were in Ireland visiting friends, and we had one day as a family to explore. Cliffs or Dublin? We chose Dublin, because the hazy, rainy day would have blocked any beautiful views of the cliffs. I guess we’ll have to go back someday.Dublin Ferry

First bit of helpful information you will receive today…how to get there. Since we were already in England, we opted to rent a car and take the ferry over to Dublin. It was such a fun experience for my kids! We took the StenaLine which was fantastic. There was plenty  to keep the kids entertained.

Dublin BikesI found Dublin to be a quaint little city. It lacked that hustle and bustle which was just fine with me. My husband was happy because there were so many people that looked like him…red hair, freckles, and fair skin!

When you only have a day, you have to plan wisely. Of course, we didn’t do everything we wanted (another reason to go back), but I’d say we covered a fair bit to etch a memory. Here’s what we did and my take on the experience.

Dublin Trinity College1. Visited Trinity College. Loved it. The college was absolutely beautiful. We also went inside the old library and saw the Book of Kells. Make this an educational part of your day and go see it. It’s not free but when else are you going to see a book that’s dated back to the 9th century?

Dublin Leo Burdock2. Ate fish and chips at Leo Burdock’s. We ordered two fish to share. One would have been plenty for our family of four. They were huge! Don’t let the line turn you away. It moves fast, and it’s worth it. There’s a reason their wall is adorned with mugs of famous celebrities. They are that good.

Dublin Guinness3. Toured the Guinness Storehouse. This was ok. The history was interesting, but neither my husband, nor I, were wowed by it. The best part was the view at the top, and you get a free Guinness! Honestly, though, the cost wasn’t worth the experience for us. Consider spending your time elsewhere unless you really love Guinness.

Dublin Fish and ChipsWe visited local shops along the walking street and enjoyed all that GREEN goodness Ireland has to offer. I know the locals probably get tired of the dreariness, but man, it’s so beautiful.

Dublin Green IrelandAs we were driving out of the city, my husband and I were tempted to check out one of the Irish pubs that seemed to be seeping with music. However, the line in Sweet Home Alabama came to haunt me, “You have a baby! In a bar!” I couldn’t do it. Next time, sans kids, we will heed to the beckoning music!

May the luck of the Irish be with you! If you’d like to learn more about our adventures around the world, go here or here, for starters.

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Jen Price

Jen currently makes her home between two continents, one in the great state of Texas and the other in a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. She wears many hats such as wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. She writes for several websites including her personal blog, I Believe In Love, where she shares her creative ventures, her photography, and the stories of the orphans she loves on in S. Africa.

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