Ireland

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There’s no atmosphere quite like a Dublin pub. Live music, fantastic beer, and friendly patrons constantly asking “where ya’ from”? You can only imagine how this atmosphere changes from 8:00 (and a few pints later..) to 2:00 in the morning. The city of Dublin embodies not only the spirit of the pub but also the comforting taste of a warm homemade stew.

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The number one attraction in Dublin is the Guinness Storehouse.

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Kegs galore and shaped like a giant Guinness pint glass, you can see the evolution of Guinness, how the brew came to be, and what is in store for the future.

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Along with a proper Guinness taste test in between.

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End your tour at the top of the state of the art museum over looking the entire city of Dublin and enjoying a nice pint of Guinness.

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I also enjoyed a delicious Guinness and meat stew topped with mashed potatoes and side of Irish soda bread.

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Besides beer, Dublin is also renown for it’s Irish whiskey. One of the most popular in the world being Jameson.

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This guided tour also includes a whiskey tasting for 10 lucky volunteers, and a nice Jameson, ginger ale, and lime drink to cap off it all off.

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Not only known for its high alcohol content, Dublin is also home to many beautiful cathedrals, castles, and gothic architecture.

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The oldest and largest  being St. Patrick’s cathedral.

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The next day we decided on taking a day trip to the beautiful seaside city of Howth.

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30 minutes on the DART from Dublin city center and you are transported to this quaint fishing village suburb of Dublin.

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Besides being the residence of U2’s drummer Larry Mullen, Howth is a beautiful and charming modern day fishing village.

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Take in a great view of the rock cliffs. I was recommended to get to the top of the summit by a local resident, but sadly had no time.

 

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Walking along the pier, you can find a collage of old sailboats along with fishing vehicles.

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We also made friends with some seals.

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Not only can you see some incredibly unique birds, but you also can notice the extremely intense green grass (in December nevertheless).

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As mentioned before, the real treat of Dublin is the pub atmosphere.

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We found ourselves pub crawling every night in Temple Bar, and each night coming across a unique, fun, and crazy atmosphere that is simply Dublin.

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I had such an incredible time I actually looked into plane tickets to see if it was possible to stay longer. Sadly I did not want to bust my bank account and later promised myself that I would return to the green isle, and next time see everything it has to offer.

 

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