Dublin, Ireland – In this city, you will find the buskers covering Grafton Street, home of the Guinness stout, and some of the most delicious food (especially the Irish Butter!). There was no better way to kick off our third year of marriage than our first-ever trip to Ireland. With my Irish heritage, I had always dreamed of an Ireland trip.
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After countless hours of travel, we landed in Ireland on a beautiful Saturday morning. As we walked through the Dublin Airport, my husband turned to me and asked, “what language is that listed first on the board?” Ha! This moment was when we found out Ireland’s native language, Gaelic! How cool is that! Here we are in our first photo together in Ireland. Exhausted but ready for a great day!
Where we stayed
Once we arrived, we were greeted by the friendly staff and beautiful ornate decor at the Trinity City Hotel. Our room was perfect for our needs. The bathroom came with a ledge where all my toiletries could fit! The room even came with two sets of robes and slippers! I’ve never stayed somewhere that offered that, but it made our stay so luxurious. Big robe gal over here. I wore mine every morning and night.
My favorite part was our balcony. We loved it! Trinity College happened to be on the other side of our balcony, so we overheard two different concerts right from our room. It was so unexpected but a fun perk. Thankfully, the concerts didn’t go too late, so they respected our sleep schedule. Overall, we had a perfect experience with our stay.
The lobby was spectacular:
Our room was wonderful:
Our balcony had such a lovely view:
Where we ate
The first restaurant we ate at was Balfes. Gosh, do I wish I could go back! We loved this place and continue to reminisce on our full Irish breakfast. It was my first time trying white and black pudding, and I loved it. Halfway through our brunch, it started raining, so we ordered some tea and sipped joyfully until the rain faded. Ah… I couldn’t think of a more perfect start to the day!
For dinner, we stumbled into the Lemon & Duke. This restaurant was lively and had all this beautiful greenery hanging from the ceiling. I ordered the Fish and Chips with pea mint puree. My goodness, it was amazing! How many times will I order fish and chips on this trip? The limit does not exist. Sadly, I have no photos other than this one Pete snapped of his whiskey glass.
For dessert, we had to make a stop for gelato. While walking back to our hotel, we found this cute gelato shop with many unique flavors. At Gino’s Gelato, Pete enjoyed his mint chocolate chip while I enjoyed my cookies and cream. Yum!
What did we do
We got all cleaned up and ready for the day, just in time for that Dublin rain. We ended up at McDaid’s pub, where I had my first authentic Guinness stout pour! This place was so charming. We had such a lovely time chatting with the bartender. I loved the artwork so much that I tried to convince the bartender to sell us the painting of the older man drinking a Guinness. Sadly, he did not accept, but I did snap a photo.
Once the rain ceased, we started walking up and down Grafton Street. Dublin is known for busking, but enjoying it in person is such a treat. I could spend the entire day listening to people play. It was the perfect relaxing activity for our first day. Pete and I walked all over the surrounding area, popping into shops here and there and enjoying the talent every couple of feet. We ended the day exhausted and in need of an early bedtime. Whew! That wraps up an overview of our lovely hotel and our first day in Dublin, Ireland.
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Disclaimer: In no way or form is this a sponsored post. We used our hard-earned money to book this stay, and all opinions are our own.