Ireland

The Irish Coast!

After a few days in Ireland, I’m very glad that I got a chance to come back and see more of this beautiful country after my layover here last week. The first couple of days I was here I was over on the west coast, staying in Galway and driving up and down the “Wild Atlantic Way”. It was absolutely gorgeous. The fields were a rich and beautiful green, the ocean was a perfect blue-green, and the landscape was incredible. I had heard much about the west coast of Ireland and my expectations were pretty high, but everything has lived up to them.

As with Iceland, I could go on about the beauty of the landscapes and the drives around the coast, but it would be easier to just check out my Flickr album that includes all of those photos. It really was amazing, and I’m glad I got a chance to drive around and see it (even though the roads in rural Ireland are¬†extremely¬†narrow and difficult to navigate in the dark).

For the next couple of days I’ll be exploring more of Dublin and relaxing before traveling onwards to Lisbon!

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Ireland

Layover in Dublin

Athens is behind us and we’re moving on to colder pastures in the upcoming weeks, particularly Iceland and the UK! While I’m very excited for both of those stops, we had a couple of days to spend in Ireland as a layover from Athens to Reykjavik, and I already can’t wait to come back.

We only got to spend a day and a half in Dublin, but the city is beautiful. The architecture is mostly older style, but the city was very alive and full of activity. Whether it was tourists, students, or shopkeepers, the pedestrian streets were full of activity and open stores (quite a contrast to Athens). The parks were full of people relaxing in the sun, and the streets were bustling with locals and tourists. It really felt like a living and active city, which was very cool to be a part of again (after Sri Lanka and Greece which felt… less than active).

We went to the famous Trinity College for a stroll around the beautiful campus grounds, and then set off to the National Museum. It was free to enter, and had several exhibits detailing the incredible history of the island and its people. Afterwards, we walked around the city center and down around Temple Bar. It really is a beautiful city, and it’s wouldn’t be a waste of a day to just walk for a few hours looking at the old architecture.

After Dublin, we made our way to Belfast for a night before flying off to Reykjavik. We didn’t get to see or do much in Belfast, but again just spent a half-day walking around and looking at the way the city blends old architecture and narrow back alleys with modern buildings and architecture. Both cities are incredible, and I look forward to returning!

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