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Guinness Storehouse

I’ve saved the best for last. My last day in beautiful Ireland was reserved for beer.

I’m kind a girl that really likes beer, and I really love Stout and Ale’s.

In my country we don’t have that kind of beer and I absolutely love it.

I like Guinness very much and I also found my other favorite beer in Ireland and that is Murphy’s.

Guinness Storehouse was something we must visit so we bought our tickets online from home.

(It’s cheaper online and we got a discount for the Guinness stew)

We went there in the morning around 10 AM.

Guinness factory

Guinness factory

With the ticket you get one free beer that you can pour yourself or you can get one on the last floor of the building that has a glass atrium and a beautiful view on Dublin.

The Storehouse has seven floors and is in the shape of a pint of Guinness.

You can see there the ingredients of beer, Guinness advertising  through years,

transportation that was used for carrying the beer across the world.

On the ground floor there is also a gift shop where you can buy souvenirs and beer.

There was also a presentation of food you can make with Guinness so we had the chance to taste a few dishes.

Guinness bottles through years

Guinness bottles through years

There are few restaurants inside the Storehouse, we had lunch in Brewers’ Dining Hall.

We had Beef & Guinness Stew and Guinness brown bread and it was very good.

guinness_stew

guinness_stew

After we had lunch we went to Gravity bar on the seventh  floor to get our „free“ Guinness.

We drinked it and enjoyed  a beautiful 360° view from the glass walls. 🙂

guinness_beer

guinness_beer

 

Howth

If you are in Dublin and have time to spare I would recommend you to visit Howth.

Howth is a little village near Dublin, a fishing port where you have lot to see and also get a fresh fish for lunch.

Great place for a half day or whole day trip.

You can get to Howth from Dublin with bus or DART. We took DART. DART is fast train service, station is in city center and return ticket to Howth costs around 5 euro.

Trains are going every 15 minutes. Howth is about 15 km from Dublin.

When you get to the station in Howth you go out of the station and go left to the harbour.

There is much to see here.

Fisher's Cross

Fisher’s Cross

You can walk to the harbour, see the old town, visit the national transport museum, at the end of the West Pier, you can see the footprints of king George IV.

There are cliffs in Howth also, so you can climb up and have a great view.

There is a walking trail starting east of the town that follows the cliffs all over to the southern part of the peninsula. Take the leftmost road from the harbour.

The view is breathtaking and it’s really worth the walk.

Along the way, you’ll come across Dublin’s most visible lighthouse, the Bailey Lighthouse.

Bailey Lighthouse

Bailey Lighthouse

We were there in august and the wind was blowing so hard and it was very cold there so be prepared. In Dublin wasn’t so. Take a warm jacket and comfortable shoes.

After a long walk we were a little hungry so we went to Beshoff’s for some fish and chips.

I would definitely recommend you to get some fish and chips there because it’s fantastic.

I wanted to sit outside so we took it to go and we sat on a bench by the coast.

As we were sitting there and eating, there were some cute little birds coming close to us and wanted some food from us. I gave them a little and there were more and more of them just „talking“ to us and begging for food. After a while some seagulls came and it wasn’t so cute anymore. We finished our meal and went to the harbour.

One of the main reasons I wanted to visit Howth is because  you can see Seals there.

And we were lucky to see them.

They were just swimming around and didn’t get very close but it was fun seeing them there.

I was very happy and my day was filled. 🙂

 

 

Cork

Cork is the second largest City in Ireland. It is located in the South-West Region.

We spend 3 nights there in the Bru Bar hostel. As the name says it’s a hostel and a bar.

It wasn’t  to noisy so we didn’t have problems with sleeping.

Also you get a discount in the bar if you stay in the hostel.

Only thing that wasn’t so good for me was the room. We were in the 6 dorm room and it was very small.

No place for nothing and too close to the other bed.

But I have looked at they web page recently and they made some changes

and one of the changes was taking 2 beds from some  6 dorm rooms (probably the one we were in) 😉

because they had some complaints about the size of the room.

That is good news, because the hostel is really OK and it’s close to the center and to the bus station.

We got settled in our room and went to the city.

When we got to Cork we found the Tourist Office and went there to ask for the direction to the hostel.

The girl working there was just explaining to a guy that came before us what to see in Cork

and that she lives near  St. Anne’s Church, where you can ring the world-famous  Shandon Bells.

She said that everybody do that and how the bells ring all day long so it isn’t nice to live so close to the Church like she does.

So we went to see the Church, but we didn’t ring the bell,  the bells were ringing anyway 🙂 .

The entrance to the Church is free, but if you want to ring the bell it will cost you 5 €.

After that we took a walk to the Elizabeth Fort. It was  built as a defensive fortification on high-ground outside the city walls.

Then we got back to the center and found an English market.

We went to see it and after that went to get something for dinner.

Cliffs of Moher

We went to the Cliffs of Moher with Galway tour company. It was the whole day tour.

First we took a ride through Burren. Burren is a national park.

There we visited the Poulnabrone dolmen – a portal tomb.

We were driving through beautiful nature. Some places looked like you are on another planet.

We stopped in Doolin to have a lunch. We did that in O’Connors pub.

I really liked Doolin. It’s a cute little village. If I ever go back to Ireland (and I hope I will) I will definitely stay there for a few days.

You can walk from Doolin to the Cliffs. If you like walking like I do, because it takes about 1,5-2 hours.

I know that to some people 20 minute walk is too long.

When I was in Liverpool and I asked for direction, a girl told me to take a taxi because it is very far. When I asked how far, she said 30 min.

I walked 🙂

After lunch and some photos we went to the Cliffs of Moher.

The cliffs  are among the top visited tourist sites in Ireland  and receive almost one million visitors a year.

The cliffs have appeared in several films like Harry Potter and Leap Year.

The highest point of the Cliffs is 214 m high.

They are beautiful. I’m just sorry that we didn’t spend as much time as would like there.

So if you like the nature and want to spend more than 1-2 hours there you can take the bus.

Bus Eireann operates up to 5 services a day in the summer each way every day between Ennis and Galway.

We enjoyed our time there and made lots of photos.

We got back to Galway around 7 PM and went again to McDonagh’s for a dinner. My husband tried  the haggis.

I took some from him, but it’s not really my kind of food.

Although it is similar to something we eat in my country. I had some salmon.

We went for a pint of Guinness and then to bed.

We were very happy to see that we have some new roommates, 4 French girls.

And they were quiet so we all had a good night sleep . 🙂

That was our last night in Galway.

Galway

I’m sitting in the bus heading west to Galway – my next destination.

You have to love Irish buses. They have WiFi  and electrical plugs so you can charge your phone.

That was very convenient so I send some e-mails to my friends and family. With beautiful pictures of Ireland.

We switched buses in Dublin and we got in Galway around 3 P.M.

We had reservation in Barnacles hostel which is in the city center. It was a 8-dorm room,

en-suite , very big and clean. I was very satisfied with the room.

With roommates not so much. First night we were in the room with 3 guys and 1 girl.

Two of the guys were twins, and the other two were a couple.

They came few minutes after us so we talked a little and then went our separate ways.

We took a map of the city on the reception and went for a walk around the city.

We visited the Galway Cathedral – Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas.

It’s a Roman – Catholic Cathedral and one of the largest buildings in the City.

After we just walked around city center until we got hungry. So we went to Mc Donagh’s for some fish&chips.

This restaurant is always full of people and it’s hard to get a seat. We got a fresh fish and very good chips.

After our meal we were thirsty so we went back to the city to find a pub which we passed by and my husband liked.

The pub is called Sally Long’s. If you like Hard Rock then you will love Sally Long’s. It’s very nice pub, playing rock and hard rock music.

We met some locals there, even the cousin of Gary Moore. We talked about our trip in Ireland and where we are going next.

And I realized that I was pronouncing the name of one city that we are visiting next wrong.

We laughed because Brigh – the girl we met didn’t understand which city that is.

So we had some beer, tried some new raspberry  cider and then went back to hostel to get some sleep.

But….

When we got to our room  it was empty.

Just when we fell asleep the door opens and one of the twins drunk as hell comes in and start shouting – “No one is in the room, where are they?” (thinking of the friends he came with).

Then he shuts the door and goes away.

About hour later there comes the couple. Girl was OK, guy drunk and boring.

They went on and on about one hour – He telling her that he want’s to sleep in her bad ( he went from his to her bed and fell once on the floor)

and she telling him to be quiet and to go to his bed. As they finally went to sleep the twins returned to the room.

I really don’t know when we fall asleep.

And we had to get up at 8 A.M. because we were going to Cliffs of Moher.

 

Let’s go to…. Ireland

If someone would ask me few years ago: If you could go to any Country in the World, where would you go?

My answer would definitely be : IRELAND

I always wanted to visit Ireland, it was on top of my “to visit” list.

Two years ago, my husband and I decided to go on a vacation somewhere different then usual (Adriatic See).

As we had some money saved we started thinking where could we go.

My husband said : Spain! And I said : Ireland!!!

And so it was, decision was to go to Ireland.

It was the first time for us to go on a vacation with a plane and also the first time for me to organize everything by myself because arrangements for Ireland with travel agencies are very expensive from Croatia.

It was February when we decided about our vacation that was in August so i had plenty of time to make all the plans.

I was very excited  and was spending every day time on the Internet looking where could we go, what to visit, how to go there, how much costs everything and so on.

At that time there wasn’t any low-budget company in Croatia  that flew to Ireland so we decided to go from Budapest with Ryanair. (Today you can go from Zadar).

In summer time we have very cheap train tickets to Budapest (around 30 € for return ticket) so that was the cheapest way for us to go to Dublin.

So we traveled with train from Koprivnica to Budapest and then with the plain to Dublin.

When we landed in Dublin it began our 15 days of fun, pleasure, beauty and happiness.

Read more about it in my next posts 🙂

 

 

 

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