Vacationing with Christin!

Happy Monday friends! I'm off vacationing w/ my man and HOPEFULLY soaking up some sun at the beach! Today Christin from A Classy Southern Wife is filling in and talking about an AMAZING Euro vacation she and her hubs went on. Enjoy, be jealous, and then hop on over to her blog to check her out! :)
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Hi, y’all! I’m Christin, and I blog over at Classy, Southern Wife. If you’re into running, cooking, fashion traveling or anything related to newlywed life, be sure to stop by and say, “hi!”
While Erin is gone, she asked if I’d talk about my favorite vacation that I’ve taken.  My husband and I do a good bit of traveling, but one trip in particular immediately popped into mind… our 1st anniversary trip to Europe.
My husband was going to be traveling to London for work, so we extended the trip and made a vacation out of it. We decided to go to Ireland a few days before eventually winding up in London. I honestly did not know what to expect in Ireland. I hadn’t done much research, and the only thing we had booked was a hotel room and a ferry ticket from Ireland to England. The trip could have been a complete disaster, but luckily we ended up having the most amazing time.
The first day in Ireland, we settled in our hotel (the Celtic Lodge, which was super cheap and right in the heart of the city), had a bite to eat at the Celt (the restaurant/pub associated with our hotel), and headed out on a Hop On Hop Off Tour of the city. Just a travel tip, almost every major city has a Hop on Hop Off Tour. You literally hop on the bus, a tour guide narrates the entire tour of the city, you hop off at any landmark that looks interesting, and in about 20 minutes, another bus will come by and you just hop back on and continue your tour. Cheesy? Maybe. But it’s a great way to see A LOT of a city in a short period of time.
Anyway, back to our tour. Our Hop on Hop Off bus pass was good for 48 hours. So the first afternoon, we rode the bus for the entire tour, marking the map of places we wanted to go back and tour the next day. So, the following morning, we used the same bus as free public transportation and rode it around to the places we wanted to tour.
We ended up going on the Dublinia exhibit tour at Christ Church, touring the Guinness Storehouse (amazing tour), checking our St. Patrick’s Church and visiting Kilmainham Gaol (Jail), which was like being in Shawshank Redemption. We had such an incredible day and saw so many sights in a short timeframe.
Christ Church


Kilmainham Gaol

The following day, we signed up to take a tour of the countryside in Ireland, including a trip to Blarney Castle. I was too chicken to kiss the blarney stone, but the husband did. We had our own guide for the day and spent time in Kinsale, Cobh (the last place the Titanic saw port), and several other beautiful towns.
Blarney Castle

Kinsale, Cobh

We packed up and took a ferry to England the next day, where we did yet another Hop on Hop Off Tour and saw Mamma Mia before I had to head back to the states.
Ireland definitely surprised me with its history, culture and attractions. If you ever have a chance to go, do it!

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Thank you Christin for honoring my blog with your presence today!!! Your trip sounds like a blast- I hope to be able to see Europe one day! Anyone else traveled there?

Be sure to stop by Christin's blog and say HI!

-Erin

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