I know we don’t often share parts of our personal lives on here, but anytime we take an international vacation, I simply cannot resist! Travel is a huge part of our marriage and our business, and we try to squeeze in trips as often as possible. In February, we were blessed with the opportunity to visit Ireland. The experience was absolutely beautiful (and truly needed for our mental stability). We have been really busy since we arrived home, but we’ve finally made time to blog about our trip. So without further ado, here they are. We hope our adventures will inspire everyone to get out and travel.
Kari + Caleb
“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
Trinity College in Dublin
The Old Library at Trinity College – I about had a heart attack the moment we walked in. I knew I had stumbled into heaven!
The shops and cafes in Ireland were idyllic. We felt like we were walking through the pages of a book.
Every afternoon while we were in Dublin we would visit The Exchequer – a gastropub with the best drinks we’ve ever had! At least once a week since we returned to New York (probably more often) one of us will look at the other and say, “I wish we were at the Exchequer right now.”
We visited most of the writers museums in the city. I just can’t get enough of the literary world!
Loved this beautiful quote from Joyce’s Ulysses.
We ate fish & chips as often as possible. It was delicious…this was Caleb’s first time eating it!
The Old Jameson Distillery tour was a great way to spend an afternoon. The official cocktail of Ireland is Jameson & Ginger– Jameson, Ginger Ale, & a slice of lime. It’s also my new favorite drink. Caleb still prefers an Old Fashioned though.
Caleb got to be one of the taste-testers on the tour–comparing bourbon and scotch to the Irish whiskey. There’s just no comparison. Jameson is the best!
The River Liffey runs through the center of Dublin.
We spent hours upon hours in churches and libraries. These are some of our favorite images from the cathedrals.
Boats on the Grand Canal
One of our sweet brides gave us a few pointers about where to go and what to eat in Dublin. This was one of our favorite breakfasts! These are the best scones in the world–from Queen of Tarts.
Our favorite site in Dublin was the Kilmainham prison. The history of this prison is heart-wrenching. We were blown away by the story of the prison–not to mention its beautiful interior.
On our fifth day in Ireland, we rented a car and headed out into the county. We started at the Cliffs of Moher on the west coast (where we did Michaela + Cathal’s gorgeous love session), then drove south to Cork and Blarney. Driving around Ireland has to be one of the high points of our lives. It is one of the most beautiful countries. We can’t wait to go back!
Cliffs of Moher
The Blarney Castle and grounds
The city of Blarney (photographed from the top of the castle)-
I believe this building is the stables on the castle grounds (now converted to a cafe)-
The garden and estate on the castle grounds-
The Rock of Cashel-
The Rock of Cashel (viewed from Hore Abbey)
The graveyard at Hore Abbey-
After our travels around the rest of Ireland, we spent our last day back in Dublin. And of course, we ended our trip at The Exchequer!