This isn't a travel blog...
But it's my blog dag nabbit!
But I wanted to post some photos from our trip to Ireland this pay May 2016. We arrived in Dublin and stayed there for about 3 days too long (maybe I'll love it next time!),
Our trip started after we drove to Galway (pr. Gahl-way, not with a long a). Airbnb was new to us, but the hosts in Dublin & in Galway were great. Especially Galway -- if you have a chance to stay there, I HIGHLY recommend staying in Marie's Annex (if it's listed). She was just great and the place was cute and close to *all the things*.
After that we made our way to Dingle, stopping at Dunguaire Castle and getting lost at a cave.
Let me just say....
DINGLE IS THE MOST AMAZING PLACE.
You MUST stay here. It's a bit out of the way, but if you're like me -- rather introverted but enjoy meeting people in a slow way -- Dingle is the way to go. Plus, they were filming the next Star Wars movie while we were there so there was a hub bub about the small town. We even got to see the crew on a *distant* hill (read: we didn't see much but we can say we were there!).
After that, we drove down to Kinsale, then Cobh (pr: Cove), then up to Cahir (pr: Care), then Cashel to see the castles. Our last stop before heading back to Dublin was a sleepy/small town of Slane. I don't REALLY recommend it as there was literally one place to eat, but it was somewhat close to the larger city of Drogheda (pr: Draw-heh-duh).
Overall, Ireland was just great -- I wanted to stay in Dingle forever. I loved almost every place we went that was a bit slower-paced than the OC. Dublin was just crazy and reminded me of LA in that busy kind of way. Lots of people, too many cars, and a shite ton of buses. ...But if you like huge cities, you'll love Dublin. Plus, if you love your Irish authors, they always remind you that they were born in Ireland ;). One of the cool things I did like about visiting Dublin was that this year they were commemorating the 1916 Rebellion. It was super interesting to learn about how the Republic wanted to break way from the UK. This is basically why there's a Northern Ireland (which is part of the UK) and Ireland (Republic of Ireland), which is a different country all together.