This park was the first one I visited in Dublin, and it was a great way to start off my trip! According to the Phoenix Park website, this park is 1752 acres and was established in the 17th century. The park is massive, and there are a lot of different attractions spread throughout, including the Dublin Zoo. A fun fact about the Dublin Zoo is that the lion used in the logos for MGM movies had been born at the zoo. His name was Roary. Ha! See what I did there? Totally joking, his name was Cairbre.
When in Ireland, I was on a tour with EF College Break and had so much fun. One of best things of being on a tour is learning about the history of the country, and hearing some stories and legends as well. On the ride to Glendalough, our tour leader Shane was telling us some of the backstory of St Kevin, the man who founded the Monastic Settlement in Glendalough. These stories stuck with me, and I even took notes so I could share them with you! Take note that these are by no means 100% factual. These are stories I was told while on a tour, and I just thought they were fun, interesting, and worth sharing.
While I can’t say with 100% certainty that any one part of Ireland was my favorite, Glendalough is definitely high on the list of my favorite experiences. This destination is about an hour drive from Dublin, and is famous for being home of a Monoastic Settlement that was founded in the 6th century. Another major attraction to Glendalough is the two lakes that can be found there, after all, the meaning behind Glendalough is “Valley of two lakes”.
Known as “The Emerald Isle,” Ireland lives up to its name no matter what part you travel to, and it is a country that fuels my wanderlust like no other. Falling in love with the country was the easy part; I fell in love while dancing and singing in the local pubs, I fell in love while standing on a cliff looking at nothing but the Atlantic Ocean and I fell in love with the people everywhere I went. I left part of my heart in Ireland, and I am so happy I did because it was well worth it.
Here are 20 pictures that will make you want to jump on a plane headed for Ireland and never look back again!
After Killarney, we headed to Galway, and visited the Cliffs of Moher along the way. The Cliffs were breathtaking, and very windy. We had about two hours at the cliffs, which was plenty of time to walk up, get some great pictures, eat lunch, and do some shopping. After the Cliffs of Moher, we continued our journey to Galway, which is located on the West coast of Ireland. Galway is a really cute city that is situated right on the water. Our tour guide had told us that when in Galway people will just randomly come up and talk to you because they are so friendly, and that was 100% true. Everywhere you went, whether it was shopping, just walking down a street, or at a bar, people would just come up to you.