Tuesday, April 14, 2015


I want to start by dedicating this post to my favorite redhead/Irish of all time (minus my dad, obviously ;)), Mariah Scilley. I have never wanted to go home more than on Wednesday night when Mariah was at Reds Opening Night without me. I miss my wife so much and cannot wait until we can do all things Reds baseball together when I get home. Somehow I was still able to be at the game on Wednesday in spirit. My heart and joy in one picture (Mariah and Great American Ballpark).

Thursday night after everyone finished their classes for the day, all of us Regina Margherita girls (Tina, both Christines, Megan and Debra) took off to catch our flight to Dublin, Ireland. Our flight was scheduled to take off at 9:55 but unfortunately, we had almost a 3 hour delay and didn't take off until almost 12:30. Luckily, we gained an hour traveling to Ireland so we still got there late, but not as late as it seemed. We stayed at the Spire Hostel which is in the city center and is named after one of Dublin's most famous monuments that is a large stainless steel needle and also referred to as the Monument of Light. 

(Photo creds: Tina Beamon)

For our first full day in Ireland, we were scheduled to take a 3 hour walking tour around the city. We had to get our Starbucks before we started our day. Just like in Paris, we had to get it as much as possible since there are no Starbucks in Italy.The weather for us was perfect for the walking tour and not rainy and cold like most days in Ireland. The tour took us to all major spots around the city. Including, The Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral, Trinity College, the stairs that P.S. I Love You was filmed at, and Temple Bar area. 

Dublin Castle

Christ Church Cathedral

Trinity College

Temple Bar Area

Later that day, we had free tickets to tour the Guinness Factory which is the number one tourist attraction in Ireland. The seven floors are continuously updated, telling the heritage of Guinness and how it has spread its popularity all over the world. The seven floors make a full pint glass and on the top floor is the Sky Bar that gives you a panorama view of Dublin. 

Later that night, the girls and I hung out around Temple Bar to check out the nightlife and live music. We got dinner and hopped from pub to pub to see as much as we could and still get to bed at a decent time. 

 Early the next morning, we got up to catch a bus that took us on a full-day tour to the Cliffs of Moher. As we took the 4 hour bus ride, we got to see some beautiful country away from the city life. We took a pit stop on the way and stopped at the Barack Obama plaza in Gallway between Dublin and Limerick. LOLOLOL. The bus driver told us that Obama is said to have a great-great-great grandfather that immigrated from Ireland to New York years ago and in 2011 Obama visited Gallway while him and the First Lady visited Ireland.

Once we finally made it to the Cliffs of Moher, the sun was shining and we were able to have great (but extremely windy) weather. We saw some storm clouds roll in at one point, but it blew right over us and barely missed us. It was amazing to see the rain blow over the Atlantic Ocean like that. 

The Cliffs were so beautiful and one of the coolest things I've ever seen. We spent some time there to see both views, but after a while of that wind, we were ready to warm up and keep going. We stopped for lunch at a local pub in Doolin. After lunch, we made another pit stop along the coast to see the limestone shore at Galway Bay. 

On the way back to Dublin, we all knocked out since we were running on just around 4 hours of sleep. We took some time to recharge our phones, lay down for a minute, and rejuvenate to go back out for dinner and music again.

Sunday was our last full day in Ireland, and we had nothing planned but to shop and walk around on our own. We got some Irish breakfasts, souvenirs, postcards, more Starbucks, etc. and had a relaxing, last day.  

Ireland has been surprisingly my favorite trip that we've taken so far. Everyone in Ireland was so nice and friendly, the food was amazing, all of our travels went smoothly and we all had a great time together as usual. Anytime all of us are together, we have a great time and I think we can all agree that this is another trip we will never forget. There are so many more great pictures that I haven't even included. 

As they say in Ireland, "THANKS A MILLION"!

And I can't forget my girls back home. Brooke, I wish so badly that somehow I could have still made it to your bridal shower on Saturday. Seeing pictures of all of you together without me was so hard. But I absolutely cannot wait to stand next to you as you get married in June. I love you all to the moon and back and miss you every day!!!


  1. Great photos and well-done on the captions! You record the architecture so well. You really have a gift for this kind of thing/

  2. Beautiful pics and your writing is wonderful! Love reading about Ireland! You are so talented! Love and miss you! :)