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Our Week in Ireland

January 17, 2017

Our Week in Ireland

A recap of our recent trip to Ireland. We had been dreaming of going to Ireland for years. Mostly because we have a mild obsession with Irish accents, so there was a glimpse of hope for finding Irish boyfriends and having to move there and work on a sheep farm. Alas, that seems to be a bit of a pipe dream… but, who knows it could still happen! 

Of course, it wasn’t enough time, so we’ll hopefully be making our way back over there to explore some more. A big thank you to Relovate for sending us on a dream vacation and making the trip much more streamlined than we have ever had. The whole experience was super organized, which is a rarity when traveling, especially abroad. From when we left our apartment to the bus to Galway or the train to Belfast and even the flight home it was all in one spot on Relovate! 

Also, we would like to thank Visit Ireland, Visit Dublin, The Beacon Hotel, The Connacht Hotel, and The Fitzwilliam Hotel. Most importantly, we would like to thank you, our followers. We appreciated your suggestions so much and we love that we got to share this experience with you all.

Stay tuned for this year because there will be a lot more travel. For the next couple of months we hope to bring you along with us to Boston, Pennsylvania (Hershey factory here we come!!) San Diego, LA, Seattle and British Columbia! We’re open to ideas and suggestions on what to do while there and what you would like to see πŸ™‚  

Xx, Emily 

 

 

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The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast – A True Stunner

January 16, 2017
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We spent our last evening in Belfast at The Fitzwilliam Hotel, which is probably one of the prettiest hotels we’ve seen so far in our travels. We were greeted by a man in a top hat who graciously rolled our luggage inside, and then we were stunned by the spectacular lobby. Beautiful grey and pink couches and chairs (an ode to Pantone’s colors of the year), twinkling lights, and a roaring fireplace set the mood. Instant relaxation upon entering. The rooms are just as soothing with gorgeous black and white tile bathrooms, plush beds, and even this cool blue velvet sofa. Fantastic decor and wonderful service – HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Thank you again to Relovate, a new travel planning site that helps keep your itinerary all in one place!

The Fitzwilliam Belfast – Great Victoria St, Belfast BT2 7BQ, UK

xx, Abigail

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Galway Girls – What To Do And Where To Go

January 15, 2017
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WHERE TO VISIT:

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We only had two nights in Galway, and let me be the first to tell you… that’s not enough! We’re already plotting our return in the Summer. First on our list was a bus tour up to the Cliffs of Moher. The bus ride there is unbelievable. Winding around tiny roads with farms, caves, and even neolithic tombstone. We stood WAY too close to the edge for a few photos. On the way home we stopped at mini cliffs to catch the sunset. Next on our to do list was the Salthill Promenade on the water in Galway. If you’ve ever heard the song Galway Girl (which we’ve had on repeat for weeks) this place is a must see for you. Our last stop of the day was at a celtic jewelry shop to pick up some famous Claddagh rings! Thanks for the help, Seamus.

“And I knew right then that I’d be taken a whirl ’round the Salthill Prom with a Galway Girl.”

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK:

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We tried to see as many of the pubs as we could in our two nights in Galway. All within walking distance are The Quays, Taaffe’s, King’s Head, The Dail Bar, Front Door, Skeff Bar. Honestly they’re all great, and I don’t remember the names of all the places we popped in thanks to the numerous pints of Guinness and glasses of Jameson. You can always find live music and a friendly crowd. Be sure to walk the extra distance to An Pucan bar for some award-winning whiskey, and an amazing atmosphere. (Love their Jameson installation art pictured above.)

WHERE TO STAY:

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the connacht hotel

We spent our nights in Galway just uphill from the downtown at The Connacht Hotel. They have a cozy lobby with a fireplace, and a big bar and restaurant serving up some Irish classics. The room we stayed in had a private kitchen and living room, which seemed like a palace coming from New York. Totally lovely staff, plus an epic pool which we sadly didn’t get to splash around in. Thank you so much to the Galway Player for taking care of us at The Connacht, and for playing tour guide through downtown Galway.

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Thank you to Relovate for keeping our trip to Ireland organized!

xx, Abigail