Ireland 2016
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The Balooba’s Take Ireland 2016

On July 21st, Dusty (my husband) and two of our couple friends (Kyla & Randall Osborne + Vanessa & Jason Brandiger) took an adventure to Dublin, Ireland! This was the first portion of a two week long trip that took us over West Ireland, across the Irish Sea, through Wales into England, and ended with a few days in London, and a few final days in Rustington England. This is Part 1 of 3 posts, so be on the lookout for following posts. If you have any questions about our travels in Ireland, comment on this post! These pictures are a mixture of Iphone Images + my Canon 5D Mk3 with the 35mm 1.4 lens. Enjoy!

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Landing in Dublin!! 
We rented a precious renovated Airbnb in the Stoneybatter area of Dublin. It was a PERFECT location, walking distance to all of the sites, and a great way to experience the city like a local. We all loved being able to hang out in the kitchen until the wee hours, and being able to walk up to our room's whenever we wanted. It's so much better doing vacations this way, in my opinion. 🙂 Our hosts were Simon & Alexandra! They were great hosts, were very helpful and friendly. We loved staying in their home!

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We arrived to Dublin early in the morning, so we stopped at Cowtown Cafe for some breakfast before heading to see Trinity College! IRELAND2016_0028 IRELAND2016_0029 IRELAND2016_0030 IRELAND2016_0031

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These signs on the street were SO HELPFUL. YIKEss..

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After hearing how amazing Trinity College was, we decided to see it for ourselves!! It was truly magnificent.

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Vanessa watched a documentary that said Mulligans had the best pint of Guinness in Ireland. I have to agree, they were right. Who knew Guinness could actually taste good?

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We took a tour of the Guinness factory! It was a 5 story tour showing the process of how they make their beer, the history of the brand, how to pour the beer correctly, and it ended with a full 360 view of the city! It was a really neat tour full of history and information! I would recommend it.

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After the tour we stopped into Arthur's for some lunch!! Delicious fish & chips & seafood chowder.

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St. Patrick's Cathedral was absolutely stunning & full of history.

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At the end of the day, we did a tour at the only operating whisky distillery in Dublin! Teeling has been around for years, but just opened their distillery a year ago in Dublin. The first new distillery in Dublin in 125 years.

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For dinner, we tried out Mulligan's restaurant that was right down the street from our Airbnb. The first mulligan's we went to was just a pup. This was a gastropub and probably all of our favorite meal/dinner experiences of the trip!! It was such a cool atmosphere, and had DELICIOUS food!

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On Sunday, we did a day tour to see the Cliffs of Moher. The bus took us on a 3 hour journey to the West coast of Ireland & made a stop in a quaint little town, then to some "mini cliffs" that were still very large, then to another quaint town for lunch, and finally to the cliffs that are a mere 700FOOT drop!!! Have you ever seen Princess Bride? Remember the "cliffs of Insanity" ... yep.. it was those.. and yes... they were INSANE! Pictures don't do them justice.

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Although the miles of stone walls you see through the countryside of Ireland look quite charming, there is a sad story behind them. These walls were made during the potato famine in the mid 1800's to earn food.

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Our last day in Ireland, we couldn't stay at our lovely Airbnb due to another family coming in. This sent us on a search of where to stay! Randall's mom had suggested the Ritz Carlton in Ireland. It's known to be pretty affordable for what it is, and she said it was a must so obviously we said... DUH!! Of course we will go stay a night at the Powerscourt for a great price. It was such a fun experience. We got to see the beauty of Ireland outside of the city, it was only about 40min from Dublin, and it contains the 3rd best garden in the world on it's grounds!! It was the perfect way to relax & finish our time in Ireland.

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The roses in the garden were so dreamy and smelt SO heavenly!!!IRELAND2016_0227 IRELAND2016_0228IRELAND2016_0232 IRELAND2016_0229 IRELAND2016_0230 IRELAND2016_0231  IRELAND2016_0233 IRELAND2016_0234 IRELAND2016_0235 IRELAND2016_0236 IRELAND2016_0237 IRELAND2016_0238 IRELAND2016_0239

In the Powerscourt Gardens you will find the largest private pet cemetery in Ireland, which is the resting place of the much loved pets of the Wingfield and Slazenger families.

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Our last day in Ireland was the perfect way to end a wonderful time in the Irish country!! The next day we would catch a ferry & boat over to Holyhead in Wales to continue our journey onto London, England! Stay tuned for part 2 :).

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