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Thanksgiving Travel

We decided to get out of Chicago for Thanksgiving. Where are we going?  Ireland, of course!  We’ve never been to Ireland before.  My mom is joining us too — she’s never left the country before (other than the half a day stop over in Cozumel on a Carnival Cruise of the Damned).

We leave the day before Thanksgiving and come back the following Sunday. We fly on United, connect in London and continue on Aer Lingus.  A very short trip.  We will have all day Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Ireland with a bit of time on Sunday as well.

While we have less than two weeks before we will be in the Emerald Isle and we really haven’t done a whole hell of a lot of planning.  We did task my mother with making a list of all the things she wants to do — and creating an itinerary for Dublin, though.  She seems excited and nervous — remember your first trip to Europe? How nervous and excited were you?

We’ll be staying one night in the countryside and two nights in Dublin.  We need recommendations on things to do – things that we already have on our list:

  • Guinness Tour
  • Visit the Book of Kells 
  • Explore the Pub made famous by the Irish Literary Elite
What else should we do in Dublin?  If you had just one thing to do there, what would it be?   What is one thing that everyone thinks you should do, but you think we should skip it? I find this last question to be very useful.  For example, everyone says you have to get a deep dish pizza while in Chicago — I think those are totally overrated — skip it.

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  1. tonicsnow says:

    If you are going to be in the area, I highly recommend you Kiss the Blarney Stone at the Blarney Castle. It's also a trust thing with the people you are with. Here is the link. http://www.blarneycastle.ie/pages/kiss-the-blarney-stoneTonica.

  2. @Tonicsnow: Unfortunately we won't be venturing as far out as Cork on this trip. We'll have to keep this on our list for the next visit.

  3. I'm so excited you're going to Ireland! I definitely agree with what you have on your list so far. One of my favorite places near Dublin is Newgrange – a 5,000 year old passage tomb. It is about 45-60 mins away by car. You will recognize something there. http://www.newgrange.com/I also like Howth – a cute fishing town on the coast. You can take the Dart from Dublin. I think its 20 mins or so and is really pretty. Delicious fish and chips of course.In Dublin itself I'd recommend taking a walk along the river, walking by the general post office on O'Connell where you can see bullet holes from the Easter rising. If the weather is okay St Stephen's Green is a great little city park. Nearby is some good shopping. St Patricks church and Christ church are both beautiful if you like cathedral architecture. If there is a game, gaelic football or hurling is fun to watch. In terms of what is overrated – I'd skip the Jameson tour. Guinness is much better, just get an Irish coffee somewhere. Wish I was going with you!

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