Thursday, May 7, 2015

Ireland Trip

So I am finally getting around to sharing some photos from our recent trip. We have been fortunate to visit Ireland quite a few times and Matt even worked there a few years ago. It was nice to go and not have a need to see "all the things." We chose a couple of our favorite and a couple things we haven't seen before and took our time to just enjoy being there (and shop) the rest of our trip! There are a lot of photos so I apologize in advance! 
On the way over.

Our hotel was right by the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. It was fairly convenient being near a train station while still in a residential area so very quiet!

Monday morning we took the train out to Howth. It is a darling little seaside village with fantastic seafood.

That afternoon we visited Kilmainham Gaol. Matt is really interested in the history of Ireland and that is one place in Dublin we had never visited. It was a great tour! Getting to the place was a little out of the way though. Between our walk around Howth that morning and walking to the jail and back to our hotel that afternoon we walked well over 14 miles that day!

Tuesday was all about shopping. I took a lot of dressing room photos, but never got around to putting together a shopping post! Wednesday we had signed up for a tour of the Aran Islands. We took a bus out from Dublin and then a van to the ferry. After over 3 1/2 hours of travel we finally made it to Inis Oirr.

Matt didn't believe me when I said I saw a dolphin. He told me it must have been the scuba diver and I thought it was a dolphin. Here's a photo to prove him wrong! 

We rented bikes and saw a lot of sights on the island including the cemetery, a shipwreck, and soooo many stone fences! 

Of course I was able to find the only store on the island and get an adorable navy Aran sweater for Claire. Too bad they didn't have one in my size!

On our way back.

Thursday we spent shopping and went out to dinner with friends. We flew back on Friday. Overall we had a wonderful trip! The only stressful part was the plane ride over. It's an overnight flight and I had issues sleeping so I was exhausted by the time we arrived. Our rooms weren't ready that early in the day so we had five more hours around Dublin before we could shower and nap.

Next trip we are doing two things: 1) Booking our hotel for the night before we arrive so it will be ready whenever we get in the next morning. 2) Bringing some Maxasorb Melatonin lotion to help me sleep on the plane. I just got it this week, but it has been helping me get to sleep much faster (always a problem for me), sleep through the night, and wake up feeling more refreshed. Just what I needed after hearing about the neighbor's break-in! I noticed I had more issues adjusting to the new time zones this trip than I have in the past. This is definitely an item that will be on my Must Pack list next time! Each dose of Maxasorb Melatonin lotion from the dispenser delivers 3 milligrams of melatonin with a full press of the pump. Just before bedtime, I rub it on my arms or legs. The natural ingredients make this lotion super gentle and I haven't had any negative reactions to it.
Do you have any travel tips for adjusting to time zones?
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  1. Carrie @ Curly Crafty MomMay 7, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    I have only been abroad once and it was a few years ago when we went to Paris. I had a hard time sleeping on the plane, too so maybe I need to look into that lotion for our next big trip. Biking on the island sounds fun! I see you let your hair go natural, that is so funny, because that was the same way I was when we went to Paris! 14 miles in one day is A LOT! I remember our last day in Paris, we had walked so much I just couldn't walk back to the hotel... so, we splurged on a cab! My husband kept teasing me, because I ran half marathons, but all the working truly wore me out! Such beautiful photos!!!

  2. These pictures are so lovely! I would so love to visit Ireland.

  3. HappinessatmidlifeMay 7, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Sounds like you had wonderful trip! I went to Dublin many many moons ago and it was only for the weekend so I did not get to see much. One day, I would love to have a family trip there since it's part of my husband's ancestry.


    Hope to see you for TBT Fashion link up.

  4. These are all so fun! I have never been but want to go someday! I am glad you had such a great time and I love your curly hair!

  5. What a fun trip! The pictures are beautiful! Thanks for sharing your trip with us! :)

  6. Glad you had a wonderful trip, despite it not being off to the best start for you!

    I am amazed there would be dolphins in Ireland I would have thought it would have been too cold haha! We see them here frequently, but it's warm here!

    No tips for dealing with time zones - but the time zone difference is the main reason I'm a bit nervous about taking baby on any long distance flights! Which pretty rules out going anywhere other than Australia for a few years ;)

    Away From The Blue

  7. these pics are awesome, seems like a wonderful trip.


  8. What beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing. :)

  9. Gorgeous photos. I've never been to Ireland and I have always wanted to go. I have no travel sleep tips. Last time I went to Europe I just remember taking a short nap when I got there, but then plowing through the first day to try to get back on schedule.

  10. So jealous! It looks like an amazing trip. Your hair is really pretty curly. You should wear it like that more often!

  11. Sounds like a fabulous trip for you guys-- I've always wanted to go to Ireland/Europe! For now, I'll live vicariously through your photos :-)

  12. Your photos are beautiful! What an amazing trip!

    Doused In Pink

  13. The day we spent in Howth was wet, cold and windy, nice to see what it looks like on a beautiful day. We also made the trek to the Gaol, but hit up Guinness on our way back, so that was a nice break. Love reading about your highlights...seems like a great trip!

  14. I enjoy the post so much! My favorite is you wearing a motor jacket and with bright background. Did you two go pubs and drink!
    From Jing at

  15. Looks like you had a great trip, and got to see and do so much!

    Chic on the Cheap

  16. ElleSees.blogspot.comMay 11, 2015 at 6:12 AM

    loved the pics!! i so need that cream in my life!

  17. What a great trip, Laura! I think it's so cool you and Matt have been there so many times - do you have a special connection to Ireland, or is it a place you just like to travel to? Ireland is one of my dream places to visit :) (Also, I just have to comment on how much I love your curly hair every time you wear it like this, haha! It's just so pretty!!!)