Guys, it’s another vacation recap! Oh my word. Why are there so many???? Hahahaha! I am not even going to lie and say we’re done after today…because we’re not. Some of our BEST stuff is still ahead! I mean, we’ve covered Scotland, but now, it’s time to dive into Ireland!
Okay, if you missed the other posts, you better catch them here…
I was going to put everything we did in Dublin in today’s post, but I couldn’t. It would have taken you three hours to read, and no one has time for that. So, today is PART ONE of Dublin.
Before we get to that…did you check out Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale? This morning, I got online super early and ordered my goodies! Here are a few things I already own that are in the sale this year…
My cozy sweater (we affectionately call the “blardigan” because it’s part cardigan and part blanket). It comes in so many colors and is on sale right now! Now, I love this version, but the hooded blardigan…
…is my absolute fave! These make great gifts, friends!
When my stuff arrives, I’ll make sure and share them with you! The sale is for Nordstrom card holders this week and then opens to everyone else on Friday. I say this every year…but this sale is so genius because they’re discounting NEW FALL MERCHANDISE. I always buy stuff during the sale that I wear all fall and winter long (that will be full price at the time), so it’s so nice to know I’m buying it for a discount now. Plus, I buy A TON of Christmas gifts during this sale. Come December, I’m one happy girl 🙂 .
Alrighty…on to Dublin!
After a long day the day before (read about that HERE), we were so happy to wake up in Dublin and ready to explore.
I must have said “top of the mornin’ to ya” at least 10,000 times. Just an FYI 😉 .
Six Shulls ready to tackle the day!
First stop, breakfast. We read that Balfes had an amazing breakfast…and it was!! Everything everyone had was delicious! I had eggs with toast and bacon, but the kids had pancakes, some had the yogurt parfait…everything was so good! Plus, they really catered to the kids (each one got a coloring book and box of colored pencils). It was the perfect stop for fueling that day.
Yes, yes, YES!
And because it was vacation…right after breakfast, we walked past this heavenly looking donut shop…
…and we split three. I mean…it’s vacation, right? You can eat breakfast and then half a donut. My favorite was this double chocolate one. Amazing!
After all the carb loading, the kids wanted to check out the park. The weather was beautiful and sunny, so it was the perfect morning for a stroll.
Gosh, I love these guys!
Ashby blew a million bubbles…
…and Smith played a little baseball. Because apparently, we now travel with sports equipment 😉 . No worries, he wasn’t hitting real balls. He was hitting these little ones that don’t go anywhere (as to not hit some poor stranger walking by).
After the park, we headed off to Trinity College. This is a gorgeous university right in the heart of Dublin. It was packed full of people, students and tourists checking it out.
My peeps at the library. This was a great stop! Dublin is another very walkable city. Even though we had that rental van, we walked almost everywhere!
Later, it was time for lunch…and cards. Then…
…we continued the carb loading with some macarons. After that…
…we went to the Jameson Distillery. We had pre-purchased tickets to this, so we were extra excited. A few days before, we saw how Scotch Whisky was made and now…it was time to see how Irish Whiskey was made!
Again, one of the best things we did! These tours are so fascinating! You learn much more than about whiskey. You learn about the culture, the economy, the agriculture, how things like the American prohibition affected their industry…it was so interesting! The tour had about 20 people in it and lasted a little over an hour.
If you would like to know the difference between Scotch, American bourbon and Irish whiskey, just ask Madeley. She paid attention 🙂 .
This tour was very hands on. We touched and felt every ingredient that goes into the whiskey making process. My kids loved that! They felt, they smelled, they really got to participate in this tour.
When it was over, you could purchase Jameson to take home and even get a bottle straight from the barrel. Andrew got him some!
This was the area you visited at the end to enjoy either a whiskey or a soft drink. The kids were loving it!
For dinner, we were told to eat here: The Bull & Castle. Smith was “posing” them. Hahahaha! This was an Irish steak restaurant and we all enjoyed our dinners so much. (We ate a lot in Dublin!)
Happy mommy and happy Madeley!
And of course, ice cream for the win that night 🙂 .
Whew! That wraps up that business! Day one in Dublin was a HUGE success! And guess what? Day two was too! I will show you tomorrow! xo