5 Days in Dublin is not enough. There is so much to do and see, inside and out of the city, that it is impossible to get it all done. But those 5 days were definitely enough to make me want to go back.
When we boarded our flight a couple days after the new year, New York City was freezing and supposed to be getting colder but the forecast for a Dublin winter was more agreeable. The key to dressing for that weather is layers, always work with the layers.
Exhausted from the red-eye flight, we started touring the city later in the afternoon. The first thing we got to see was the Books of Kell and the Long Room at Trinity College. It honestly felt like a scene from Harry Potter, and any book lover would be excited in that library. A little more exploring through the shops of Graffton street and we made our way back to our hotel before going out to dinner.
Since I am a planner, and we had only a few days,I made the mistake of over planning our Friday. Leaving early from Dublin to Cork, then to Blarney Castle, then back and over to the Jameson Experience in Middleton. I do not suggest this, yes it worked out, but it was way too much and we were utterly exhausted. Anyone who has been to Dublin before probably would wonder why we went all the way to Middleton and its because when we were there the Jameson Distillery in Dublin was under renovations. Word to the wise: don't over stress and over plan.
The Blarney Stone was fun to go and kiss, I am hoping I got the gift of eloquence. Just a forewarning, if you aren't a fan of very narrow spiral stone staircases possibly in the rain, you might not want to go to the top of the castle. My friend Katie who is taller than me definitely wasn't feeling the trek up the 10th century castle spiral staircase. But the view was gorgeous and because of the rain and time of year we didn't have to wait.
The Jameson tour is a historical tour of the old distillery and the processes that were used. But the fun part if you are a whiskey drinker, is the additional whiskey tasting. I am always a fan of tastings where experts explain the tastes and story behind a certain liquor or wine. Out of the four different types of whiskey, my favorite was the Jameson Black Barrel.
Saturday we decided to take a much closer day trip to the coast and walk around in Howth. There are a few towns along the coast that are recommended and they are definitely worth the visit. It had to be one of our favorite parts of the trip, the seafood restaurants are delicious you can just take your pick.
The rest of the trip we explored the city, there is just so much to do there was no way to fit it all in. We fit in temple bar, St. Patrick's, Dublin Castle, the Guinness Storehouse, and some dinner. Dublin was welcoming and fun, it is a city that gives you a sense of being home. I can't wait for my next trip back. I think we saw more than most people get to on their first trip in such a short amount of time. And last but not least, don't forget to have a pint, cheers!