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As we were so impressed with Wicklow mountain tours and their guide Joe, we booked another tour for North Ireland. Paddy Wagon tours are mostly known for their North Ireland and an additional sight of the Dark Hedges which appeared in Game of Thrones.

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Dublin is a charming and very traditional city. There is no modern architecture or high buildings so all the stores are in old houses. A building can be an old courthouse or a big H&M store 🙂 We spent a week in Dublin and here is a list of things you can do to discover Dublin.

Have a pint of Irish beer.

Irish are known for their beer and while they have lots of small breweries (some good, some bad, they say) the famous one is still Guinness. Thick, black with beautiful foam (or head, as beer people say). For a bit of different experience, go to a Guinness storehouse and see how they make this elixir of life, known all over the world. You also get to learn how to pour the perfect pint and in the end you can drink it in their top bar with a beautiful view of Dublin (one of the only buildings with view over Dublin).

And don’t forget to have a pint in an Irish pub with good company 🙂
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Organised tours. Independent travellers hate them. We hate them. We love public transport! But Ireland works in different days (and probably some other countries, too). So the return bus ticket to somewhere outside Dublin costs 18 eur and there are only 2 buses per day, giving you only a couple of hours to explore. You see one place. And a tour of Wicklow from 9 am till 5 pm costs 25 eur. We gave in 🙂

P.S. I love you bridge kissy kissy scene area.

We sat in front bus seats at Wicklow mountain tour with Joe. Man, let me tell you. Irish people can make a tour! Joe was a driver, a guide, a stand-up comedian, a DJ and a singer. We could never imagined we would have so much fun 🙂

From the moment we sat in the bus, Joe started giving us information in his stand-up-comediant kind of way and we learned so much about Ireland. The scenery was beautiful. Rusty brown with green moss and rain of course. Does it ever not rain in Ireland? But this gives it its mysteriousness. On this kind of roads you can’t go with a bus so it’s a tour or hiring a car. I would go for a tour with Joe anytime!

So, here are some pics.

Like we always do, we used public transport to get to our friend’s apartment. I used to hate the fuss of every new public transport but now it pure challenge. So cost efficient and well… efficient! We got off the bus and roamed around Dublin 6 area with brick houses and elevated doors. It was dark already and the Christmas spirit shone through the big windows. I just wanted to peek inside their homes 🙂

Kevin kindly gave us his room for the week. If not for him, we would have payed almost 600 eur for two beds in a 8-bed dorm in Dublin. Days around NY eve are crazy. Kevin has a calm beautiful soul and is also a good photographer. He took us to see the cliffs of Howth. We didn’t see much because the weather this time around is rainy/foggy but it’s like I imagined Ireland. Mysterious.

We also visited the Guinness storehouse or the home of Guinness. The building is quite impressive with the process nicely explained, big Christmas shop and several old marketing campaigns. You also get to learn how to pour the ‘perfect pint’ in two stages. So the foam is nice and thick and not too big!

With the ticket you get a free pint of Guinness (or a soda drink) and after you pour it yourself in the Guinness academy floor you can drink in on the 7 th floor which is one of the best spot to see the Dublin from above. You see, Dublin doesn’t have a lot of tall buildings so this is a good opportunity to get a bird’s eye view. We were lucky because the sun started shining right when we were there 🙂

Oh, and the view. Kevin showed us what it’s supposed to look like 🙂

We were invited for a very special weekend getaway by Austria Tourist organisation, to east Tyrol Dolomites. By special I mean ‘ski resort with its own ski slopes, cable cat and wellness and the best food you can imagine’ type of resort. You know we couldn’t say no 🙂

Our trip was actually a press trip where we got to meet other reporters from Slovenia, Croatia and Slovakia. Everything was taken care of. Transport, food and sightseeing. This is quite new for us, but we didn’t mind. We’ve seen too many mouldy rooms in the last two years 🙂 Approximately 15 courses of food a day, the best wines and exquisite desserts from which I’ll have to go on a diet were served in front of our plates with around 20 pieces of cuttlery. Mic could get used to so much food.

We stayed at family Shultz’s hotels, first two nights at renovated Sillian Sporthotel in Sillian with 3000 m2 of spa area and beautiful wooden design. Tirol style 🙂 And for grand finale night we stayed at Gradonna Mountain Resort in Kals which has a main hotel with several separate chalets with ski-in & ski-out option. These resorts are sick!

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