Céad Mile Fáilte – A Hundred Thousand Welcomes

A couple of weeks ago we welcomed Carly and Tim to Scotland for a few days, and then we all headed off to Dublin together! We loved being able to share Edinburgh and St Andrews with them. Carly has been one of my closest friends since middle school, so we never run out of things to talk about. It was a lot of fun to get to travel with our husbands, and let them get to know each other as well!

Carly and Tim arrived on Valentines Day, and we spend the day exploring Edinburgh. Most of the things we did I’ve already shared in previous posts about Edinburgh, so I’ll spare you that again. We did get to experience some magical snow as we walked through the streets of the Old Town, and to finish off the evening, Tim and Carly treated us to a lovely Valentines Dinner. (Thanks guys!)

Enjoying Valentines Day, in the snow!

Enjoying Valentines Day, in the snow!

The National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland

St Patricks Cathedral

St Patricks Cathedral

Saturday we spent the day in St Andrews, and EARLY Sunday morning, we headed off to Dublin! I may have booked our taxi about an hour earlier than was necessary, but we most certainly did not miss our flight! After a few hours in the airport, a 50 minute flight, and a short bus ride, we were in downtown Dublin! Luckily Carly had researched all of the sights, and figured out that some things were closed on Mondays, so we packed a lot in on Sunday. Our first stop was the Guinness Storehouse, of course. We all thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the tastings, and especially the view at the top! From there we continued on to St Patricks Cathedral, Dublin Castle, the Book of Kells, and finished of the evening in an Irish Pub in Temple Bar.

Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park

Monday we took at a more leisurely pace, and enjoyed more of the city of Dublin. We started the morning with coffee (of course), and made our way to St Stevens Green, a beautiful little park! We spent some time in the National Gallery of Ireland, and moseyed our way through the shops. We visited the Jameson Distillery, and in typical Michelson fashion, did not pay to get in. Jared and I also wandered through Phoenix Park a bit, a massive park with some beautiful landscapes! While we did eat some traditional Irish grub on this trip, our lunches were a bit untraditional. The first day lunch was in a kebab and pizza shop, the second day we found the Counter (just the same as the ones in California!), and the third day we found a Chipotle copycat. We enjoyed some small tastes of home, and Carly and Tim tolerated it for us 😉 We finished up Tuesday night with some Asian food (another traditional meal), and some amazing ice cream from a local creamery. Carly and Tim had an early flight to catch Wednesday morning, so we said our goodbyes, and tried to remember we’ll see each other soon!

Its hard to convey how much we enjoyed wandering the streets of Dublin; it seems like a boring thing to write about, but I also feel that it makes this blog quite short, as it was one of our favourite parts (side note, since my computer is set to British settings, it tells me favorite is misspelled).

Irish Pub Music

Irish Pub Music

After our goodbyes, Jared and I wandered through the Temple Bar district, and found a place with stand-up, and laughed harder than we have in a while! After leaving there, we heard some amazing music coming from another pub, so we popped in and enjoyed a couple of guys playing some traditional Irish music; we loved it!

Wednesday Jared and I explored the coffee scene and some more of the city streets. We also checked out the National Irish Archeology Museum, which was fascinating! We loved walking the city, finding bookshops, coffee shops, and cafes, a typical Jared and Becky city day 🙂

We loved having our visitors and are looking forward to our next explorations!

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