Hey friends, thanks so much for the love on our Fall home tour yesterday! Funny enough, I had lots of questions about my loafers! But I’m not surprised, they’re equally comfy and chic! The leather is buttery soft and the insole has nice cushion, and you’d never know they’re under $100. (They look uber-luxe in person, find them here.)
Today I’m continuing the recaps from our British Isles cruise with Princess, and it’s all about Ireland. We had nine full days of ports on the 12-day trip, so there was a lot to see! Usually, my Trip Reports are comprehensive guides of where we stayed, and what we did and ate…but these are pretty much what we did in a day! Or in some instances, what we ate in a day. #darnyouscones
My family has strong Irish roots, so I was most excited about all our Ireland stops, especially Dublin. The city center is small and totally walkable, with pubs on every corner, overflowing window boxes, and lots of color. We wandered the streets with little agenda, people-watched on park benches, and snacked at every opportunity.
Trinity College and The Long Room | Temple Bar street | St. Patricks Cathedral | Anne’s Lane | Murphy’s Ice Cream
Sugarplum Travel Tip: Skip the long lines at Trinity University, and buy your ticket online the day of your visit!
We decided to forgo the city of Belfast in lieu of exploring the nearby coastline and countryside. Our group of six found the nicest, quintessential Irish man who agreed to shuttle us up and down the coast, stopping wherever we wanted!
We met him at the Titanic Hotel and meandered our way down the coast to Giants Causeway, and back! We saw sheep, rainbows, colorful cottages, and even an ice cream truck that served the best soft serve!!
One of the funniest moments of the trip happened when our driver, Garry, first approached us and said, ‘Are you looking for the car for sex?’ We all stared blank-faced at each other…until we realized sex is the Irish pronunciation for six. You know we wore that joke out all.day.long!
Sugarplum Travel Tip: Hotel concierges are great resources for securing drivers-for-hire, and you’re more likely to be paired with someone honest and reliable. Case in point, we’d hired someone we found online, but they totally no-showed us! The concierge at the Titanic Hotel found us another driver in no time, and it was totally affordable (especially divided by sex, er, six!).
After traveling everywhere from Ireland to Russia together, our little Princess Cruises group feels like family. My Princess family! I can’t believe my lucky stars I’ve been able to see the world on such a luxurious ship, and with such amazing people.
One of the coolest parts about cruising, is everyone can do their own thing, at their own pace, during the day, and then meet up for dinner on the ship every evening. Mr. SP and I spent some days on our own, but most were spent with one or more of the other couples…it’s just so fun traveling with friends!
My biggest tip for traveling through Ireland is layers!! And plan for every possible weather condition, and all in the same day! We had warm and sunny, and freezing rain, all in the span of eight hours!
Ireland is definitely on my list for a return trip. Have you been? What are your fave spots?