On this day, we hit the ground running. I was buzzing with excitement. I had spent eight months planning this trip, and we were finally here. We worked hard to get to this point and desperately needed two weeks off. With how stressful our work and home renovations have been, it felt like the first day of relaxation in two years.
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Where we ate
We started our morning at an adorable cafe, KC Peaches Cafe. When I say the smoothie I had was life-changing, I am being hyperbolic, BUT it was amazing! We ended up going back for smoothies three more times on this trip. They were that good! If you ever go, the Tropic Thunder smoothie is a must-try.
We knew we should eat something substantial by lunchtime since our late afternoon plans involved some whiskey tasting. That meant we ended up at the iconic Temple Bar Pub. The exterior is charming, but so many people wait their turn for a photo in front of this place. It was quite a task to get a picture outside of this place.
For dinner, I made reservations at the beautiful FIRE Steakhouse and Bar. My cute date and I sipped red wine, ate delicious wood-fired tiger prawns, and saved room for dessert. On this night, we enjoyed a wonderful apple tartlet. One of the many reasons I knew I wanted to marry Peter was how he ate dessert. I know you may think that sounds strange but hear me out. While sharing a dessert, you never want to eat more than your fair share. No matter what, Peter has always saved the last bite for me, which speaks volumes of his generosity. Hehe… only sometimes I offer the last piece to him. I don’t know what that says about my generosity, ha!
What did we do
We set out to explore the city on foot. We spent most of the day wandering Henry Street and Grafton Street, going in and out of boutiques, bookstores, coffee shops, art galleries, etc. Walking around a foreign city is one of my favorite activities. Honestly, it’s also the best way to see a city. I love finishing a long day by checking how many miles my Apple watch tracks.
We did plenty of city exploring until it was time for our Jameson Distillery tour. We had pre-purchased tickets and were very eager to learn the history of Irish Whiskey. The tour was about an hour long, and it was fascinating learning about the culture, production, and even how American prohibition affected their economy. I loved the hands-on structure of this tour.
On this day, we enjoyed our last full day in Dublin. Whenever we travel, we always try to find a piece of artwork that reminds us of our trip. My favorite way to find artwork is by walking down the street and stumbling into a local artist. We started this tradition on our honeymoon and found some unique pieces throughout the years. I dream of filling our home’s walls with all these memories. So, that was our main goal for the day.
Where we ate
We were craving something sweet for breakfast, so we stopped for a quick coffee and crepe at Cloud Nine in the Temple Bar neighborhood. Covered in chocolate and topped with strawberries, our crepes were beyond delicious.
For lunch, we stopped at The Bull and the Castle, right across the street from Christ Church. This place had a unique cowboy-speakeasy vibe. It would be an excellent option for a fancy dinner out. I enjoyed a fantastic steak salad, while Pete enjoyed a delicious burger.
Of course, we had to have a mid-day snack. Which meant we made yet another stop at KC Peaches Cafe. Seriously, I am obsessed with this place and heartbroken that I may never eat here again. Just another excuse to return, Dublin 🙂
From high-end to take away, I love trying the local cuisine. That meant I had to try a boxty on this trip. On our walk back to the hotel, we passed the Gallaghers Boxty House. It seemed like fate to try a boxty on our last dinner in Dublin. Pete chose the Beef and Stout Stew, while I decided on the Gaelic Boxty. Unfortunately, I enjoyed my food so much that I forgot to take photos.
What did we do
First, we visited the lovely Christ Church Cathedral. The grounds were beautiful. We stopped here to enjoy our coffee and the incredible view. The lavender was in full bloom. I’ve never been somewhere that had such cool temperatures in the summer. Fortunately, I packed a few pairs of jackets and pants. However, I didn’t need any other pair of jeans because I wore the BEST JEANS. Currently, they are 40% off, and you can find them HERE! Seriously, I could live in them and basically did in Ireland.
Then, we toured the grounds of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Did you know Dublin is known for their Georgian architecture? I didn’t, but I thoroughly admired the style on this trip! There are so many beautiful buildings all over the city.
Next, we took a post-lunch stroll around Saint Stephen’s Green. Unfortunately, I forgot to take any photos, but this would be a lovely place for an afternoon picnic. Once in the park, you can completely forget about being in the city. Massive trees surround you. We spent quite some time walking around and people-watching.
We continued to walk all over, popping in and out of the little shops and searching for the perfect artwork to take home. We couldn’t find the perfect piece until we happened to walk into Ulysses Rare Books. Old bookshops have a special place in my heart. To make this one even more special, Pete found this hand-drawn bird’s eye view of Dublin. Immediately, we were drawn to this map.
Here you can see a sneak peek of our souvenir… I can’t wait to get it framed!
That about wraps up day three. Ireland, you are beautiful, and I am so happy we came to visit. The people, the food, and the atmosphere are all wonderful. I had to end this day by snapping a photo of the Oliver St. John Gogarty pub. It’s hard to miss all the vibrant colors and flags. Now, that’s it for day three!