Latitude 34 Guide To Ireland

Latitude 34 Guide To Ireland

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Latitude 34 Guide To Ireland

Visiting Ireland has always been pretty high up there on my bucket list. Coming from Los Angeles, I was always drawn to the history and the lush green countryside that contrast the concrete city I am from. While in Thailand, Jeff and I became good friends with an Irish couple that is our same age. When they invited us to come visit them in Ireland we jumped at the opportunity.

 

Marina drinks her first Guinness!
Marina drinks her first Guinness!

 

Ireland is such a beautiful country and we learned so much about Irish history during our 8 days there. If you haven’t seen the movie “Michael Collins”, we highly recommend you do before your trip to Ireland. It helps explain a lot about the vast history and importance behind Irish pride.

 

Irish History-

In summery, Ireland was controlled by the British from 1800-1912 until they fought for their freedom in xxxx. Many Irish fought and died for the idea of the Republic of Ireland and eventually that may or may not have become a reality depending on who you ask. The British agreed to end the war as long as they kept control over what is now Northern Ireland, which today remains loyal to The Queen and British controlled while Ireland is their own republic. Many Irish didn’t like this arrangement while others just wanted the war to be over and saw this treaty as a stepping stone to their independence. Due to this disagreement, a Civil War ensued splitting the two countries even further. There still remains some hostility in Northern Ireland by the NRA who are always fighting and trying to complete the ideal of a true Irish Republic.

 

Things To Do-

With so much history in Ireland there are so many things to do and experience. Although we didn’t get to do everything we wanted to here are some of the things we did that we really enjoyed!

 

The Guinness Storehouse

A must take photo at the Guinness Storehouse.
A must take photo at the Guinness Storehouse.

Cheers! Loving our free Guinness in the Gravity Bar at the Guinness Storehouse!

 

Visiting the Guinness brewery, which is called The Guinness Storehouse, is a must even if you don’t drink. The Guinness Storehouse is set up almost like an amusement park and has a lot of information about how the famous dark stout is made and about how Arthur Guinness invented the popular Irish beer. The inside of the building is the world’s largest pint glass which consumes all of the seven story building.  If this glass was to actually be filled with Guinness it would take 14.3 million pints to do so. At the top of the Storehouse there is a gravity bar where you can enjoy a free Guinness and overlook the city of Dublin. In order to enter the Guinness Storehouse and see everything it has to offer, it cost €16.50 ($22.49 USD) however if you purchase your tickets online it only costs €14.85 ($20.24).

 

The Tasting Experience
The Tasting Experience

 

If you end up going be sure to check out the Tasting Experience. Not only do you get a small glass of Guinness, but you are lead into a room that resembles something inside of Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. The room is all white with 4 smoky towers and a bar with, of course, Guinness on tap. There they will explain the 4 main ingredients which are the 4 towers of vapor, each giving off the sent of the ingredient. Then you will be lead into a darker room where they explain the correct way to drink a Guinness and experience the full flavor of the beer.

 

 

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Marina Dominguez Latitude 34

Marina Dominguez is the co-founder of Latitude 34 Travel Blog as well as a photographer and documentary film maker.

As a maturing women, Marina has dedicated her life to travel and new experiences. After working a 9-5 cubical lifestyle, Marina sold everything she owned, left her job and begun a new life with her boyfriend and travel companion, Jeff Johns. Together they relocated to Phuket, Thailand and founded Latitude 34 in which they seek to share their alternative lifestyle with the world. 

Marina is a Visual Journalism graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography where she studied photography, videography and ultimately caught the travel bug. Through creating several international documentaries, Marina realized there was more to the world than work and wanted something more. 

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  1. Thanks for the follow on Twitter. We visited Ireland for a month in the summer of 2012 and still did not see it all. My husband went to the University of Galway and the family went with him. I would run back there today if I could. We also visited London (and got out just before the Olympics!).
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