Europe Part 1 – Ireland

This post is a long time in the making. Ed and I travel often as many people know. It’s one of those things we do to keep our sanity in our sometimes pretty eventful life. In 2013, we planned a trip to Europe to see all of my dream places. We went to Ireland, England and France. It was an 11 day trip to see the main spots that were on our bucket list. I have to be honest up front and say the reason we decided the time frame we did was for the Eminem concert in Dublin. He hadn’t had a live show in America in quite a few years. If you know me, you know I’m kinda a huge Eminem fan.

I decided recently that I was going the take the time to blog more and get some of our adventures up for the world to see. We have quite a few to do (South Africa, Zambia, France, England, Belize, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Alaska, and few road trips in there). I promise to start getting those up monthly. I have to start small.

The first day we arrived in Dublin we went to the Guinness Factory. It was something to do mid day after a long flight. We didn’t take pictures there as it was mostly just drinking. It was nice to walk through Dublin. The weather was only really overcast for us. No complaints here. The second day was a 14 hour bus tour of Ireland. We left Dublin early in the morning and headed to the other side of the island to the Cliffs of Moher. We used Viator.com to find the perfect tour. I have to say the bus tour was perfect. It was the right number of people and we stopped all over. We first stopped in Limerick to see King John’s Castle. It was a quick stop as the Cliffs were quite a drive.

 

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We had a good time seeing the history in the town. It was such a drastic difference to our daily commutes here in Virginia. We went next to the Cliffs. This was on both our bucket lists. Pictures don’t really do them justice.

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This was our crazy bus driver – Joey. He was willing to do all the crazy stuff… Like dangle your legs over a corner edge.

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Our stop on the way back to Dublin was in Doolin for a small meal and some rest. We also stopped at an Abby on our way back. It was beautiful and had all the charm of the Irish culture.

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The next day we went to see Eminem and had quite the experience. The concert was held as Slane  Castle. It’s a huge Castle and off to the side is an open field that they use for concerts. The difference between an American concert venue and here is that they hold 100,000 people at this one easy. They lined up food and beer trailers all around the perimeter. It’s also based on a hill so if you stand you can see from pretty much anywhere. We were warned in advance not to bring heavy equipment during this show. So we depended on iPhone photos. It worked out perfectly honestly. I got to have a nice break. Below are all the iPhone photos I took while we were in Ireland. It was truly a great time. We only stayed in Dublin a few days.

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Iphone Photos by Both: Brittani & Edward Gattis

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Dublin has been and most likely always will be one of my favorite places I have ever visited. People are so laid back and extremely outgoing. From the minute our plane landed to the minute we flew to England, I had a blast. I can’t wait to go away in the future.

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