{Maven Travels} 5 Days in Dublin, Ireland

March 24, 2015

Dear Vacation,

I miss you. Why you gotta make time go by so quickly while I’m basking in your amazingness? Please come back soon.


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Maven-Travels: 5 Days exploring Dublin, Ireland.K no but actually. 180 emails to respond to. Thank god for auto-replies.

In other news, I’m BACK. In case you missed it, I jetted off to Europe last week for some much needed vacation and adventure time. C joined me for the fun as we explored Dublin, Ireland for 5 days and Barcelona, Spain for 3 days. I thought about combining the two cities into one post and then I realized I was basically writing my memoir so I’ve split them into 2. You’ll have to wait until next week for Barcelona. Try not to cry yourself to sleep tonight.

Why Dublin? Two reasons: Sab and Sam. Aka my best friends who are currently studying medicine in Ireland and are kind of in love and I’m kind of obsessed with them. Allow me to introduce them:

sabsand-samOf course the appeal of exploring another European city was there too but they were the main attraction.

We managed to pack quite a bit of activity into 5 days. There were two main events that were of importance: 1) Sab & Sam’s Med School Ball and 2) St. Patrick’s Day. Yes, I survived Paddy’s Day in Ireland. We otherwise spent most of our time walking around the city centre, playing tourist, eating our faces off and marathoning Banshee. To make the most out of your stay, it also helps to know where to stay in Dublin


Dublin felt like a cooler, casual and smaller London. I loved it and cannot wait to go back.

It started with a walk around the city centre. Everything was completely decked out for Paddys. streets-of-dublin
guinness-truckWe hit their med school ball that night at Aviva Stadium. Here’s some iphone pics since Davs + DSLR + Alcohol is always a bad idea…

the-ballHangover strolls around Dublin and an unreal brunch (food deets at the bottom of the post).

if-you-don't-likePlaying tourist at Kilmainham Jail and The Irish Museum of Contemporary Art.

C-and-SamAnd to prepare our livers for St. Patrick’s Day, we figured we should stop by the Guinness Factory for a tour and pint.

guinness-tour-3And then it began. I had yet to make it past 6:00 PM on St. Patrick’s Day ever but this year I impressed myself by making it until 10:00 PM. I’m like a new woman. Who needs a liver replacement. Or a lot of green juice…Thank you for the best of times Temple Bar.

st.paddysLet’s recap the important stuff:

Where we visited:

Kilmainham Jail

Irish Museum of Contemporary Art

Guinness Storehouse

City Centre Tour Highlights: Merrien Square Art Market, Walking along the Liffey and the Royal Canal, Temple Bar area, Trinity College Campus, Dublin Castle

Where we ate:

The Greenery Get the pesto scrambled eggs on gluten-free bread and cry tears of joy on my behalf.

Skinflint Glorious, glorious meatballs. Their mushroom and leek salad was bomb too.

CornucopiaHighly recommended by THM readers! A yummy vegetarian restaurant in city centre. Good food but slightly overpriced for veg IMO but still delish!

Bunsen BurgerWorth the wait. Those burgers. Those fries. Totally made up for my hangry state going into the meal.

Pablo Picante Admittedly I was slightly intoxicated when I ate here, but the burrito bowls were on point and absorbed all my st. paddys day fun.

CrackbirdI think I may have eaten an entire chicken myself. Those honey habenero wings though…

Something I noticed in Dublin was that gluten-free and paleo options were quite common! Despite the beer, it was very easy for me to stick to gluten-free for most of my time there. But when in Dublin…you drink Guinness.

Where we stayed:

Our generous and amazing best friends’ place in City Centre.

That’s a wrap! Next week I’ll be recapping our trip to Barcelona. Stay tuned.

Have you ever been to Dublin? What’s your favourite European city?


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  • Reply
    March 24, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Oh em gee that pic of you and C Money…makes my heart melt. Next time either of us travels, we take the other one with them. Clear? Or just….MOVE HOME TO MAMA PLEASE!
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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    March 24, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Ahh that looks so awesome! My sister just booked a trip to Dublin so she’ll be there on St. Paddy’s day next year and I’m super jealous. I’m like half Irish or something so I figure I need to make it over there at least once in my life!
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    She Rocks Fitness
    March 24, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Looks amazing! High-Fives to make it until 10:00 PM on St. Paddy’s Day! Pretty impressive…And I love the look of those pints…Perfectly poured!
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    March 24, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Wow – looks and sounds like an amazing trip!!! So cool that you were in Ireland for St. Patricks Day!!!
    You look gorgeous at the ball!!
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    March 24, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Ahh love this! Your photos are so lovely.
    London will always be my number one, Barcelona a close second – traveling is like going into time warp it’s so fast but so much happens and it feels like forever.
    Can’t wait to read about Barca too.
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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    March 24, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    This post made my heart yearn for the year I lived over there- YES to Guinness Factory, Kilmainham and Cornucopia (I have their cookbook and I adore it!). I’m so glad you had a good time!
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    March 24, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    What an incredible trip you had! I’m so jealous!

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    March 25, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Davida, your dress!! Absolutely stunning! You’re so beautiful 🙂 Can’t wait for the Barca review, I’ve been there once years ago and still want to go back sooo badly! It is just amazing!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      April 5, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      Aw you’re too sweet! Thank you, lovely. It was an amaaaaazing trip. You’re so lucky you can just hop on a plane and get to these places for cheap! It’s way too expensive for us to travel to europe 🙁

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    March 25, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Oooooh you came to Europe!! Next time take a loop to Switzerland too, promised?
    Barcelona is definitely one of my favorites in Europe, but I also love the Andalusia cities or Rome. And Berlin of course. By the way, you still owe me a story…..
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    Luv What You Do
    March 25, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Welcome home!
    Looks like a wonderful vacation! Thanks for sharing all your pics and stories. And that purple dress…AMAZING!
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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    March 25, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Too darn cute. I am living vicariously through these photos right now. It looks like an amazing experience being in Ireland for St. Paddy’s! Although, Boston could compete I think 😉
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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    March 27, 2015 at 5:11 am

    Argh, I need to add Dublin to my list of places to go- I stupidly omitted it because it had no ties to Harry Potter…
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