After a wonderful day in Blarney and Cork, Sarah and I wanted to see the Cliffs of Moher and then head straight to Dublin. For the most part, I try to avoid organized tours (I like experiencing places at my own pace), but the hostel owners recommended a fantastic tour company. We needed to be in Dublin that night, and we were feeling too lazy to figure out our own transportation. Thankfully, the people over at Paddywagon Tours were more than accommodating. They put us on a bus from Cork to the Cliffs, and then from there we switched onto a bus that went to Dublin. I cannot recommend this tour group enough. The guides were hilarious and made it fun for everyone on the bus. They picked out wonderful Irish places to eat, and the pace of their schedule gave us enough time to explore on our own.
After a beautiful bus ride through the Irish countryside, we visited what they call the Mini Cliffs. Unfortunately, the winds and rain were extremely strong, and after getting a glimpse, I scurried back to the tour bus without taking pictures. We set off and had a short lunch stop. After that, we finally arrived at the Cliffs of Moher. Unfortunately, it was extremely windy and rainy that day ( I saw multiple people actually fall over from the wind and the wet ground) , but the Cliffs were still magnificent. I would have loved to spend a whole sunny, clear day exploring the area.
After that, we were on our way to Dublin. We had a great time during our two nights in Dublin (highly recommend Generator Hostel), but I must say that the Irish countryside is definitely the country’s best feature. Born and raised in LA, it had been quite a while since I had seen so much greenery, and I still can’t get enough of it. We visited Kilmainham Gaol, a huge prison with a very interesting story. Thankfully, there was almost no line that day, but the main part of the prison (I’ve heard that’s the best part) was closed for renovation. It was still fascinating to hear the stories of the prisoners and learn some Irish history. After that, we meandered around quite a bit and found some beautiful parts of the city. We spent a couple hours in St. Stephen’s Green, kind of like their version of Central Park, Trinity College, and of course, the Temple Bar area.
We ended off the nights by going to their lovely bars. This was definitely one of my favorite parts of Ireland. As a musician, I absolutely love listening to live music, so it was such a treat that almost every single bar/restaurant we visited had live acts playing. Sadly, after our two days in Dublin, Sarah had to go back to Spain, and I was off to my next destination (hint: Paris).