HELLO, IRELAND.

July 6th, 2018

A 4 day road trip.

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Last week my parents and I went to Ireland. We had a car, a map, and the sunniest weather I’ve experienced in a long time!

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My parents came from Venice; I arrived alone from London, and we met at the Belfast airport.

The plan was to grab our rented car, and make our way out, following the Giant’s Causeway.

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On the way there, we stopped by this rope bridge, which was recommended to my dad by a friend of his.

It was a nice first activity to do, yet we didn’t expect such a long line to cross it!

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On the other side there was a lonely fisherman cottage.

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And stunning views.

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Not too far from there, there was the Giant’s Causeway, which was something I was really looking forward to see.

I did not realise that the rocks were actually tilted, not straight.

Walking on them was interesting, making me wonder about their shape and formation.

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From here we kept on driving into Londonderry to spend the night. We arrived quite late, and our hotel had cancelled the booking (I hadn’t noticed) – which was not fun – but luckily we found a lovely boutique hotel nearby.

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We woke up early, walked around the city, and then left towards Sligo.

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There wasn’t too much to see there, but we wanted to stop to have a break from driving, since our destination for the day was Galway (4h20m drive).

I looked up what to do in Sligo and found this Abbey.

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So of course we took a quick look. I also realised I cannot smile with these sunglasses on. I don’t know why.

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So here is a cuter photo of my parents!

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After that, we went straight to Galway.

By the time we finished dinner it was 10.30pm, but we are lucky that the sun stays up for so long in this period, giving us some time to walk around before it gets completely dark.

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City-wise, I actually think Galway was my favourite to see. It was small, but cute.

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The following day we had one thing planned: The Cliffs of Moher.

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So again we left pretty early, and stopped by whatever we saw on the road.

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I asked my dad to pull over a couple of times as there were some ruins (I liked this tower up here; my mom pointed out that it looked like Rapunzel’s tower).

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We took each day casually, knowing we had a destination to reach, but without stressing over what we needed to see.

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But I am sure glad that I made sure to plan our trip around reaching these cliffs, cause they were really breathtaking.

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We spend a few hours there, taking in the view and having lunch, but then we got back into the car and reached Longford, which nobody recommended visiting, but if we wanted to make it back to Belfast in time, we needed to stop by it for the night.

 

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And so as we suspected, Longford did not have too much to see, not even the locals seemed too impressed with what the place had to offer (or at least our B&B host, which strongly recommended us to avoid going to the centre) but they directed us to this little harbour, which my dad and I enjoyed seeing.

It made for the perfect evening, just walking around a cute village, looking at the pretty fields dotted by sheep and cows.

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So on our final day, we had to reach Belfast.

As we were driving, my dad stated that in this trip we didn’t see any castles, other than their ruins, and how we definitely all expected to see more of them popping up.

Just as he said that, this castle showed up.

We stopped in front of it, but unfortunately it wasn’t open, so we admired it from the outside and then quickly left again.

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In Belfast, we stayed in the Titanic hotel, and since I’ve always been quite fascinated with the Titanic, checking out the museum was very cool.

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We also of course strolled around the centre, although I would have to say that the best bit was this one road – pictured above – with quirky pubs blending together to create a colourful alley.

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The next day we had our alarms set at 3am, so we went to sleep quite early, and even thought it was a quick trip, I felt like we had the perfect amount of time in each location, and I got to see everything I was curious about (of course we missed a lot of the south, but for the time we had, I’m happy we managed to stop by these places).

If you want to see more, head over to my channel as I’m about to post the vlog!

 

Marzia

60 thoughts on “HELLO, IRELAND.

      1. oxria

        Woah, how interesting! I think it also symbolizes that someone passed away. But hey, maybe it doesn’t mean anything, and someone just thought it looked cool, haha!

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  1. Julie M

    Hello Marzia !

    I hope you had a good time with your familly 🙂
    And I hope that you feel better than before !

    All your project are really nice and beautiful and you inspire me a lot.
    I think I would like to go to Ireland one day me too…but Japan first :p

    Kisses from France !

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  2. Aniamniam

    Hi Marzia! I really love your videos and blog, I’ve been following you for a long time now, but never really commented anything. I wanted to ask you for advice – I know you have social anxiety, can you give any advice how to open to people more? You always seem so energetic and optimistic. I’m in a very dark period of my life now, I don’t really have friends or anyone, because I always run away from people, due to my anxiety and insecurities. I lay in bed all day alone, feeling like getting up or doing anything at all is too much of a chore. If you have any advice, even tiny one, I’d be happy to hear that! 🙂

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    1. Pepplifer.

      Hey! I know very well that you’ve asked Marzia but while reading comments, I just can’t help but reply you. Being an aspiring psychologist, these issues drives me and I just want to help.
      Even I suffered from social anxiety but believe me noone can help you better than you yourself. I am so glad to know that you stood up and asked for help. That too takes a lot of courage.
      Things might be hard for you these days, all you need to do is Talk. It could be any human, someone you think would understand you. You first need to spill out what ever is going in your head. And don’t rush! Small steps makes it a bigger one.
      Trying communicating with your family. At any topic. Compliment people. They like it, believe me. And most importantly, be nice to nice.
      You know sometimes you overthink and misunderstand people.
      If you need someone to talk, just let me know. I’ll be very happy to help. 🙂
      But you need to get out of this state. It’s important.
      It might or might not help you, because i am not that expert yet. I really want you to work through it. Your will is your power. Looking forward for the positive outcomes. Good Luck!

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      1. Aniamniam

        Thank you for your answer, it really helps me and I know I have to work on myself ☺ Do you mind giving me your email or any other way to comunicate you? You seem like a right person to talk to about this stuff

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    2. R

      for live well, you have to accept death, and for die well yo have to accept life… or something like that, i remember from the budism. Just remember that you going to die, like, any second, and you dont matter, so, the other things that cause anxiety have less value… if nothing really matter, then the only things that matter are in the present… etc..

      -Love the posts about travel, i always want to travel, adventure and thats things. I hope someday travel, but for now, this kind of vlogs and videos, its enought. ❤ ❤

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    3. OneMan

      There is a process that my psychologist taught me years ago.
      1) See the world for how it is: individualism is on the rise and it’s a global phenomenon, so you’re not alone and it’s so common in these days (still, I know it is totally wrong but we, young adults, can fix it).
      2) Think of solutions and plan your life accordingly, you need to find what really matters now in your life that it seems to be that you don’t want to stay in bed all the time: so just take a small action and go out, look at the eyes of people, if you’re a woman, it’s better because you can see through the eyes most than a man can do and then stop the guy/girl with the sweetest eyes and tell him/her what you wrote here. Probably he/she will stop everything he/she is doing and ask you to take a drink. Well done, you have solved your problem.
      Believe me there are still people who are not individualistic. One action, you just need one action, take the courage and do it, not here online but in real world.
      And I’m sorry you feel this, you shouldn’t and there is nothing wrong in you. One day, when you feel better, do what that guy or girl did with you, with someone else and we can say that we changed the world!! Are you ready for the challenge?

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    4. womenfashion730048164

      First love yourself like a pro love yourself in any aspects think positive and try to break the dark phase of your life.

      Sorry if you mind this I read your comment and I felt I must reply to you .happiness inside in your soul not outside sorry once again if you mind my advise.

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  3. Chelsea

    This is so wonderfully strange to read because living in Ireland (I live right beneath Lough Neagh!), I definitely don’t appreciate how beautiful it is but seeing it through the eyes of a visitor I really get a new perspective. You definitely got a very very good week to come though, it usually rains pretty much every day! You should definitely come again though because there’s so much worth seeing!

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  4. Chloé

    You always have the most wonderful shots! Your parents look great :’)

    You always make me want to get up and travel, despite my social anxiety!

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  5. Isabelle

    Hey Marzia, it is so nice to see you with your parents, cause you don’t see eachother too often and I sometimes wonder if it was painful for you to move to a different country or you were more excited than sad, because of thinking about new possibilities and life with your boyfriend? 🙂

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  6. Sara Brune

    What a lovely trip! I just got back from a couple days in Ireland, but was only able to stay in Dublin. I can’t wait to go back. Thanks for sharing trip pics!

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  7. La Dame Who Fell To Earth

    Aaah I’m so glad you decided to pay a visit to Ireland ❤ not going to lie your vlog made me very homesick now that I live in France. xD
    You definitely did well travelling along the west coast because that really is one of the most stunning areas in the entire country and the most authentic too. Galway and The Cliffs of Moher are just so charming in my opinion.
    If you ever go back you should really think about checking out Donegal. There are some breathtaking beaches and cliffs just like the cliffs of Moher but much less known so they are really magical.
    Also you got so lucky with the weather because usually it's just like the UK if not worse xD

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  8. Mariana

    I have been in Ireland but in Dublin and the places around that site. I was supposed to visit Galway but in the end we didn’t have time… So I feel like I visited Galway through you ahahah! Thank you for that!
    And that tower really seems like Rapunzel’s tower!
    From your photos I can see that the buildings and vibe of Ireland is pretty much the same in all the country (well, I can’t say this with much certainty, but it is what feels like to me from what I have seen).
    They have such amazing landscapes, and I love the style of the older churches.

    Thank you for sharing this trip with us, amazing photos as always!

    Much Love!

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  9. HowDandy

    Oh wow Marzia! These are stunning I love seeing all the green grasses, I wish to visit Ireland someday because of how green and beautiful it is. It’s nice to go on a trip with your parents, it’s a really nice time to catch up with them. I recently went on a trip with my mother and got to really bond with her more than ever before. Wow that harbor is sure stunning!

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  10. Laoíseach

    Awh the castle you visited is called Tullynally Castle. My landlords own that place and I live just down the road! It’s really lovely, they have nice gardens there ❤️

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  11. Rachel Kuzma (@rgkuzma)

    Ireland is one of my absolute favorite places. Been five or six times. You’re so lucky to have had amazing weather! My cousins were there around the same time and it looked incredible. There’s so much to see there but definitely next time you visit go to the south. Glad you had a great time with your family

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  12. Rune

    It’s so nice to see you among family, you always seem so happy and enthusiast. I admire your parents and how adorable they are together and how caring they are to take time away and spend a nice couple of days with you. It’s endearing. Keep it up and I look forward to hearing more and more about your wondrous adventures, Marzia!

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  13. Priscila Lima

    I can’t believe you were in Ireland. I follow your blog since I was living in Brazil and now I have been living in Dublin, Ireland since September of the last year.

    I hope you had a great time, Ireland it is a beautiful country!!

    😉

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  14. Isidora Ignacia

    I really loved the photos that you took❤, the style, the mix of colors, you should make a video of you describing how do you take photos like those👌

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  15. anie_time

    Reading this gave me a bittersweet flashback.
    It reminded me of our last family holiday in 2003 before my dad passed away 1,5 years later.
    We spent three weeks in total in Ireland – the first as a roadtrip (inculding Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, Cork, Killkenny,…and a heavy sunburn ^^’), the second on a houseboat on the Shannon River and the last week in Dublin.
    We had a great time and I cherish the memories we made so much ♥

    I’m glad you enjoyed your little trip with your parents there as well 🙂

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  16. Florie

    Hi,

    I love Ireland. I’ve been in this country twice already (I think five and six years ago) : my father enjoys fishing, so that’s what he did with one of my brothers, while my mother and I left the house each day to visit everything we could ! As a matter of fact, I’ve been to Sligo ! But we never managed to see the Giant’s causeway.. Yet, we drove through Connemara, and I will never be able to take theses images out of my head ; I’d love to go back ! It was incredible.

    I wonder if you and your parents came upon a lot of sheeps on the road, because my family and I sure did haha!

    Bye,
    Florie

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  17. OneMan

    Ciao Marzia,
    Ho una domanda: dove c’era quel “lonely fisherman cottage”, avevi connessione internet? E se si, era LTE?
    Grazie se vorrai rispondere.. 🤩😜🤩

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  18. Kavya Chaudhary

    Hi! I wanted to ask you a question, would you by any chance restock your Linee collection? Want to buy the Hoodie but there is no size avaiable 😦

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  19. Sharooga

    Hey Marzia,

    I have been to the Giant’s Causeway too, and basically the stones are shaped like this as it was lava that cooled down very rapidly creating the basalt columns you see today (basically what the tour guide told us xD ).

    My boyfriend is from Derry so I actually have been in that part of Ireland a lot, recommend seeing Dongeal, Buncrana and driving along the Atlantic Ocean it is very beautiful!

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  20. Katie

    I’ve always wanted to go to Ireland. I absolutely love the tower that your mom said looks like Rapunzel’s tower. I really enjoy your hello travel videos and blogs. I don’t have much time to travel, being always busy with work. Thanks for the beautiful photos to daydream about. Maybe one day I’ll get to see the beauty of Ireland for myself. 🙂

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  21. Ashtopian

    Looks like it was a wonderful trip! It’s so sweet to see you holding hands with your Dad. ❤ You're very blessed, Marzia. Thanks for sharing this precious trip with your parents with us.

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  22. mike

    why marzia looks like a man? maybe she needs makeup
    also she has crooked smile ,and she wears too little clothing
    poor felix
    also she is so so so lazy , 4 videos in a month???

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  23. StellaMSamm

    Hi Marzia! The pictures are simply breathtaking — can’t imagine what it would be like in real life. You seem to stumble on most precious places. It seems like everything unique just finds you or you find everything unique! Anyways thank you for sharing your trip with us. It is such a pleasure to read your insights.

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