Whelp, guys. I slightly blew it.
I had grand ideas of taking tons of outfit photos while on vacation, and then I was too busy having a blast and exploring, that it really only ended up being one per locale, so what was originally going to be two weeks of travel outfits is now just four posts. I’ll be doing two this week and two more next week. So get ready for outfits posts that also include European landmarks! The best of both worlds, right?
Our first stop was Ireland (fun fact: it was also the cheapest for us to fly in-and-out of)! I’ve previously visited in 2009 when I was studying abroad, but I had never seen Dublin or anything really beyond the western coast (aka Cliffs of Moher), so I was excited to see pretty much the entire country.
Check out below for more from our Ireland itinerary and what might be my favorite jacket ever! Seriously think about purchasing this jacket guys (I’ll try to watch out for sales on it for you all). The weight is great, and all the pockets really helped keep my stuff together (perfect for passport/boarding passes)!
Top Ten Things to Do in Ireland (in the order we did them):
- Guinness Storehouse – We were suppose to get into Dublin at 7:30am and have the whole day to explore. Well, American Airlines had some issues (a cargo latch not closing is not good!), so we ended not getting into Dublin until 11:00am, which set us back. We were both exhausted at that point (since we’re terrible plane sleepers), and our plans were all screwed up, so we tried to make the most of it by heading to the Guinness Storehouse for some fun and some beer. The Guinness Storehouse is a combo of a beer/Guinness museum and a observation deck bar that provided a great overview of Dublin (complete with notable landmarks noted on the glass). It was a nice break from the city bustle and a good way to recharge (though fairly expensive entry fee in my opinion).
- Trinity College – After driving around the city (parking is hard to find in Dublin) and checking into our hotel, we wanted to stretch our legs and see some more of the city. Our hotel was just a short walk away from the Trinity College/Temple Bar area, so we headed over there to explore. We had to cut through the St. Stephen’s Green (a very gorgeous park), which was a nice break from the city. Trinity College is a beautiful campus and made me think of my beloved Indiana University!
- Temple Bar – This is a rowdy area with tons of traditional Irish pubs and other restaurants (though is suppose to be home to a lot of cultural institutions as well). It was Sunday, and nearly everyone was eating chicken wings and drinking beer. Slightly hilarious, because isn’t that we do here on Sundays?! ;)
- Seafood Chowder and Brown Bread – This was my Irish staple meal, and I love it! The seafood was super fresh (that’s what happens when you’re essentially on a giant island) and flavorful, and the bread provided a great dipping vessel into the creamy broth! I wish I had a bowl right now! The Husband had beef and Guinness stew and fish and chips while we were in Ireland, and I really enjoyed sampling those too.
- Cliffs of Moher – This is actually the most visited attraction in all of Ireland AND was featured in The Husband and I’s favorite movie of all time, The Princess Bride, so of course we had to go! I had been here previously in 2009, but still really enjoyed seeing it again! Such a beautiful view!
- Bunratty Castle – When I went to Ireland in 2009, we ran out of time to actually go into this castle, so we had planned on actually going in on this trip. Unfortunately, the ticket prices were too much for our cheap blood, so we enjoyed seeing the outside of the castle and a lunch at an old creamery on the property.
- Lough Gur – This place seemed straight out of a movie. Lough means lake, and it was basically a historical site with lots of different sites. Very cool road stop if you have the time.
- The Ring of Kerry – BEST thing we did in Ireland. It’s hard to explain, but basically you drive along a route, stop when you want to see various sites (old castles, fishing villages, stone forts, beautiful coastal views, etc.), and continue on the road until you want to stop again! We spent a whole day doing this, and I love every moment of it. Doing this is totally worth the battle of driving in Ireland!
- Irish Coffee– On our last stop on the Ring of Kerry, we stopped in the cute town of Kenmare (where these photos were taken). We were on the hunt for a sweater (see below) and an Irish coffee, since we hadn’t had one yet. The local bar served us one, but it was ridiculously strong. Turns out that one bartender had started making it and another one had finished it…they both added whiskey though. Good thing for The Husband who finished it off like a champ.
- The Hunt for a Fisherman Sweater – The only souvenir that I wanted was an authentic Irish fisherman/cable knit sweater. Spoiler alert: I never found one that I liked and tried on dozens of options. I made up for it by ordering this sweater from L.L. Bean (which actually was significantly cheaper than all the Irish versions), and I’m super excited to wear it alllll winter long!
As great and amazing as Ireland was…it was actually our least favorite country of the trip (gasp!). Stay tuned for our favorites (we each had different favorites)! There will be a new Europe post tomorrow and then again next week on Wednesday/Thursday!
Have you ever been to Ireland?
Today’s fun highlights:
- This morning in the Five for Friday post (here), I told you all that cobalt blue and olive green make a great color combination, and I wouldn’t be a very good blogger, if I didn’t put that into action for you, so here you go! Cobalt blue and olive green in a real life outfit!
- The Husband bought me a massage for our anniversary back in April, and I finally had it this week! So blissful and my shoulders really needed it! Then afterwards, we date-nighted to our favorite sushi spot! Am I lucky or what?
- Working today, but then it is two full weeks of vacation! I don’t think I ever officially announced it here, but The Husband and I are off to explore five countries in Europe (Ireland, Amsterdam, Belgium, Germany, and Austria). We’ve been planning and counting down the days, and it’s finally here! Can’t wait to get this journey started and share it with you when we get back!
- You better believe today’s jacket (here) is coming with me to Europe. Worth its minor weight in gold! ;)
- Does anyone have any recommendations for any “must dos” in those countries? Things to eat? Places to see?
- Don’t worry…I worked my tail off, and you’ll have a full two weeks of posts…it’ll be like I wasn’t even missing! ;)
- ps. Have all of you Taylor Swift fans downloaded Ryan Adams’s redo of “1989”? It’s on iTunes (here), and I. Love. It.
Happy weekend, friends! What are you up to?
Today’s fun highlights:
- Three-day weekend! Happy (early) Memorial Day, friends!
- You know what this means…wear my favorite color combination with pride! Red, white, and blue forever! I started a day early, as you can tell….
- Did you guys know that The Husband has never seen Pitch Perfect? That’s changing this weekend, and if you haven’t seen it…head to your local Redbox and make time to watch it this weekend. Then we can all go see the sequel this weekend and laugh together!
- This weekend, The Husband and I are doing a mix of fun things and boring adult tasks. We both need oil changes, and little Coopy is headed to the vet for his yearly appointment, so once we have both of those things done, we’re planning on making our way down to Bloomington for some more hiking (see yesterday’s post for last weekend’s hike details) and grabbing some of our favorite pizza at Mother Bears.
- Weekend sales:
Today’s not-so-fun highlights:
- No four-day weekend over here, so I guess I’ll just enjoy the three days then! :)
Happy weekend, friends! What are you up to?
Thank you ALL for your sweet comments about The Husband and I’s anniversary. We had a great weekend full of awesome food and lots of quality time together. And our year-old cake wasn’t that bad (special thanks to my mom for wrapping it up so well 366 days ago)!
This weekend also involved heart sweaters, striped shoes, and lots and lots of coffee! I wore this outfit to brunch yesterday, and it was finally warm enough to eat al fresco (aka outside), though I did need this jacket for some added warmth.
Hope you all had a great Monday! I’m already ready for the weekend!
Ps. Can you guys believe that until this weekend, The Husband had never seen the movie, The Help? Craziness. So we fixed that pretty quickly! You need to watch it if you too haven’t seen it yet!
- On Target item: Pearl Statement Necklace (exact)
- Sweater: Talbots (exact – this sweater is my favorite item of clothing right now, buy it!)
- Jacket: J.Crew (exact)
- Jeans: Denizen, Target (exact)
- Purse: Coach (thrifted; similar)
- Shoes: Old Navy (exact)