Travels | Ireland

We were in Chicago one evening a couple months back, and Chris maybe had a couple beverages at this point in the night. We were talking about traveling, or I was anyway, and I was explaining how we need to go to Europe soon and stop putting it off otherwise it will never come. He said, "Well, I have something to tell you then, but it's supposed to be a surprise". Since the cat was obviously already out of the bag and my husband can't plan a surprise for the life of him, I asked him to tell me. He explained he had already purchased tickets to go see Van Morrison in Dublin, Ireland for November! I could barely contain my excitement, and let's be honest, this isn't a surprise he wanted to keep too long from me... and so the joy of planning began!

We traveled to Ireland for 8 days over Thanksgiving. We began our journey in Dublin, then headed west for Galway, south to Adare Manor, then ended the fabulous vacation in Powerscourt.  I always judge a place by if I would ever come back, and I can say with 100% certainty I will be back to the gorgeous island. Enjoy a look into our trip of a lifetime. I am forever grateful to have such an amazing husband... even if he can't plan a surprise ;) 

Travels | Ireland

Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin was one of my favorites. The architecture was simple amazing...

Travels | Ireland

Galway was this little gem of a fishing town facing the Atlantic. 

Travels | Ireland
Travels | Ireland

Christmas decor was every in Ireland (I mean everywhere!!), but the Christmas shops were in Galway. I fell in love with this little flower shop that not only made custom wreaths and decor for the house, but sold ornaments as well to add to our collection. I swear I would have taken one of those gold reindeer home if Chris would have let me. 

Travels | Ireland

I complained the entire walk, due to the frigid cold air, but Chris wanted to see the entire bay, and fortunately I was able to snap this lovely of the ocean coming into Galway bay. 

In Galway, we stayed that G Hotel, and decor was right up my alley. Probably they best hotel of our entire trip, and in the middle of the lobby is this GORGEOUS chancy. If you look closely in the reflection your can see the stunning all white (heart!) lobby. 

Travels | Ireland

After our adventures in Galway, we headed south to Adare Manor. This was a referral from my Grandma Patty, and thank all the Irish Guinness for this fabulous referral! We got in somewhat late, but the next morning we had a tee time early in the morning, and played golf alongside this 17th center stunner... and we stayed there as well. I'll be honest, the picture below does not represent the conditions the day prior when we played. Imagine 40 degree weather, rain every other hole, oh.... and I can't forget the 50 mph winds that would literally bring the ball right back to your feet.... I may have thrown a slight tantrum when the "Irish Hurricane" came through on the last hole. The recovery was quite quick when we attended tea time at the Manor later that afternoon. Needless to say, after the cakes and crumpets I was not longer mad at my husband for making me walk 18 holes of golf in a monsoon....well, not as mad :) 

Travels | Ireland

The morning we were leaving Adare, the weather was just too beautiful, so we snapped some pics of the grounds before heading to Powerscourt. 

Travels | Ireland
Travels | Ireland

The tree to the right in the photo below is a Lebanon Cedar and is said to be over 500 years old. It was simply stunning...

Travels | Ireland

Yes, this room was pink, and yes I loved it. This is where we had afternoon tea... 

Travels | Ireland

After leaving Adare Manor, we made our way to Powerscourt Hotel, which is about 45 min south of Dublin. As we pulled into the property and approached the guard gate, he asked if we were their to see the gardens. We didn't know what he was referring to, and we explained we were there to stay at the Powerscourt Hotel. He gave us directions and we went on our way. Then, as we were checking-in, an employee at the hotel told us that id we didn't have any plans that afternoon, which we didn't, we should check out the gardens just next door at the Powerscourt Estate. THANK GOODNESSS WE DID!! Not only were these gardens just rated the number one gardens in Europe by National Geopgraphic, but number three in the world! 

Travels | Ireland
Travels | Ireland
Travels | Ireland

After Ireland we headed to London for a night, and then back to the states. I left a piece of my heart in Ireland, and I can't wait to go back and get it...

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