This is the first of its kind on this little blog of mine. Madeline On Earth is the series of travel blog posts where you can find the places I’ve gone, the food that was eaten, the clothes that were worn, and all around travel things.
This trip was a few years in the making. With school constantly in session, travelling for us has been on the lower end of the priority list because taking time off to do so just never meshed with my grad school schedule. Well, this summer we decided to make it work anyways and we jet-set off to Ireland 2 weeks before classes were over. Special shout out to all of my professors for working with me so I could finish both 8 week courses in a little under 6 weeks! Next thing I knew, we were on an overnight flight to Ireland and our first trip to Europe together had begun.
Figuring out how to organize this trip for a blog was harder for me than expected. So I decided on highlights from our trip, our must sees for Dublin. Starting with our first full day. Pinterest has a plethora of advice on what you need to see while traveling. We settled on this self-guided walking tour of Dublin from JetSetting Fools it had everything we had wanted to see for our first days in Dublin: St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, Trinity College, River Liffey, Temple Bar, The Olympia Theater, Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral, John’s Lane Church, and the Brazen Head. We tossed in a few extras that you’ll see as you go!
The LUAS (part of the large variety of public transport in Dublin) dropped us off at St. Patrick’s Green so we walked over to St. Patrick Cathedral. This is a must see. I love beautiful, old churches and cathedrals. They are some of my favorite things to visit while traveling. I am not sure why but I love looking through them and seeing the amazing things that people built long before they had the technology that we have today.
We bought tickets to see the Jameson Distillery on Bow Street, which just recently reopened after being renovated. So if you, or someone you’re traveling with, loves Irish Whiskey, this is a really fun adventure! You learn about how they make the whiskey, the history behind it, and get to sample the different varieties.
Visiting Trinity College makes me wish that where I go to school looked this beautiful. We didn’t get in to see the Book of Kells, but make sure you see this beautiful college. It is absolutely stunning!
We learned how to pour Guinness properly and about the history of the company at the Guinness Storehouse. This was followed by a trip to their Gravity Bar for a beautiful 360 view of Dublin.
We visited The Rolling Donut 3 different times while we were in Dublin, twice before we left for Cork, and once before we left Ireland. Their sourdough donuts are the best donuts that I’ve ever had. If you’re on Grafton Street please try these. I got lemon curd and cinnamon sugar, while Kevin got their ‘Dub’ (Boston Cream) and Chocolate Hazelnut (Nutella).
This became one of our favorite eating spots. Located right next to Grafton Street – The Duke has been a Dublin staple since 1822.
After a quick walk down the River Liffey, we were at Heuston Train Station and bound for Cork! The public transportation is so easy to navigate, but such a change from Florida!