Last summer I celebrated getting into business school by decamping to Europe for a month. I planned the trip so that I would be able to spend time with friends in Vienna, Austria, and then travel with a friend from undergrad through Croatia and Hungary, and then finally to Ireland with my boyfriend, Josh.
The Ireland trip had been in the works for awhile, and I admit that I’m a victim of what the Fins call kaukokaipuu -- a nostalgic ache and craving for a place you’ve never been. Despite what our last name suggests, Alexandra and I are not Irish (we’rrrre Scottish). The deep-seated desire to go to Ireland came from our nanny growing up -- who’s really more of a super cool grandmother to us than anything else. She’s from Cavan and her husband from Cork, and we spent so much time with them that I developed an Irish accent, and Alexandra and I both associate Ireland with Betty and our childhood.
The trip was beautiful, crazy ambitious (we went to 10 different places in 14 days), and set a new high bar for traveling. We started in the east and then made our way south-west, and the drove up the western coast. I could go on about where we went, and probably will in a future post, but for now I’ll stick with Dublin.
Hatch and Sons (15 St Stephen's Green Dublin 2)
Queen of Tarts (Cows Ln, Dublin 2)
Bald Barista Coffee (Avalon House, 55 Aungier St, Dublin 2)
Coffee Angel (16A South Anne Street, Dublin 2)
3FE (32-34 Grand Canal Street Lower, Dublin 2)
Stags Head (1 Dame Court, Dublin 2, Ireland)
Fade Street Social (4-6 Fade St, Dublin 2, Ireland)
Peploe’s (16 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, Ireland)
Green 19 (19 Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2, Ireland)
Dunne & Crescenzi (16 South Frederick street)
O'Donoghues (live music)(15 Merrion Row)
John Mulligan’s (8 Poolbeg St, Dublin 2)
Long Hall (51 South Great George's Street, Dublin 2)
Palace Bar (21 Fleet Street, Dublin 2)
Pavilion Bar at Trinity College
Against the Grain (11 Wexford St, Dublin 2)
Fallon & Byrne (11-17 Exchequer Street) is a great spot to pickup picnic groceries and speciality Irish foods. They also have a bistro and wine bar. We loaded up on fruit, Taytos, and tea for our west-ward road trip.