I needed to cure my grass-sighting-deficiency, and quickly. Living in a city in Spain, grass is not something that is easily found. In Spanish parks, sand is abundant while grass is scarce. I love Spain, but the lush green landscape of Ireland was something that I longed to be immersed in for the weekend.
We arrived in Dublin late at night and took a ridiculously expensive Uber to our Airbnb because the buses had stopped running from the airport (do not recommend). Our host, Deirdre, couldn’t have been kinder. She offered us tea and talked with us for a couple of hours before we collapsed into our beds. She had two small dogs named Lily and Charlie who became my new best friends in seconds. We had to be up early the next day, and a delicious breakfast spread was waiting for us! We made our way to the pickup point for our Cliffs of Moher Tour, and we were off. Our guide was friendly and there was free coffee and tea aboard the coach! The drive was beautiful; traveling from the east coast of Ireland to the west coast was such a picturesque journey.
When we arrived at the Cliffs, I was speechless. The sheer enormity and unique structure of the cliffs were a lot to process upon first sight. We were given a couple of hours to explore which was a perfect amount of time.
We had the opportunity to take a cliffs cruise as well. We went out for an hour to get a different view of the Cliffs. I had no idea that Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was filmed in a cave in the cliffs, and getting to see it from the sea was quite the experience! Another interesting fact I learned on this tour was that the Cliffs are home to over 30,000 pairs of sea birds of over 20 different species. They were very noisy, but they definitely made the experience that much more authentic. I enjoyed that the name of the County that the Cliffs were in was called “County Clare”, which is the proper way to spell my name! After the Cliffs, our bus stopped for lunch in a small town close to the edge.
Heading back, we stopped by the Burren Rock Formation. In the old Irish language, Burren is translated to Boirrean which means “very large rock”. The rolling hills of the Burren are composed of limestone pavements with criss-crossing cracks. This bed of limestone is 800 meters thick and full of fossils and history.
The next day we explored downtown Dublin. We ate at a pub called the Hairy Lemon (named after a bearded man who had the face shape of a lemon). We also visited Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and walked along the river. Rachel and I found vegan donuts and we were so over the moon! She got Nutella and I got raspberry.
Ireland was even beautiful as we left. Although Ryanair was not my favorite, the views were some of the prettiest I have seen from the sky.