February 12, 2019

Dancing Through Dublin

FILED IN: Jetsetter

I feel it’s so cliché to say “I LOVE to travel!!” but, call me basic, it’s the truth. And because “Dance Moms” was aired in so many different countries, my family has had some really amazing opportunities to travel around the world and meet some fabulous new people. (Trust me, I could wax poetic and get misty- eyed when I think about how fortunate I am, but I am trying not to bore you.)

In August, Chloe and I had the opportunity to travel to Dublin with our friends Jill and Kendall Vertes, Kira Girard and Kalani Hilliker. It’s always such a totally different and fun experience to go places with friends, especially for Chloe. The girls have been traveling together since they were little and these types of trips always end up in sleepovers (girls and moms), sightseeing, shopping (Jill) and usually at least one dramatic incident (this one was SO dramatic I can’t even write about it because I completely blocked it from my mind.)

Jill, Kendall, Chloe & I flew the redeye, so we arrived early morning and went straight to hotel to unpack and shower. (Why is it that you can literally shower immediately before a flight and you are DISGUSTING the minute you land?) Per usual, Kendall ended up in my room and the girls fell asleep immediately. Since sleeping off hours is the WORST thing you can possibly do for jetlag, I jumped on the bed and sang songs until they woke up and I DRAGGED them out of the hotel.

(True Story: cute boys JUST walked by when I took this photo)

While we were waiting for Kira and Kalani to arrive, the four of us went to lunch at restaurant called The Bank. I’m almost certain that I have never ordered anything other than fish & chips (hold the mushy peas) when I am in Ireland or the UK and this trip was no exception. On my personal Fish & Chips Rating Scale, I would give them a solid 4 ½ out of 5 stars. Yum.

Kira and Kalani arrived later that day and we didn’t have time to do much of anything before heading to bed. Our fan events were early the next morning and lasted until late afternoon, so we only had a few hours left in Dublin before heading to our next stop.

When we are traveling for work, we usually don’t have a whole lot of down time to sightsee, and this trip was no exception. However, we have found tricks to make the most of the time we do have.

Stay Close to the Action

We stayed right in the middle of one of the most famous tourist areas in Dublin: Temple Bar. Every building is a hotel, pub or store. We had the MOST fun stopping in all of the little pubs, listening to live music and drinking Guinness (Local tip: add blackberry currant to cut the bitter taste.) The girls were welcome to go into the pubs and listen to the music (no drinking, of course) and hang with us.

Visit Sights Nearby

A quick Google search of “Must Sees in [Insert Whatever City We Happen to Be In]” usually will bring up a list of the highest rated tourist attractions. We just go down the list and see what is walk-able or a quick cab ride away. This trip, we happened to be close to the Ha’penny Bridge and a quick Wikipedia explanation taught us that it’s name comes from the toll that they used to charge to cross from one side of the river to the other. A Half-Penny or Ha’Penny, if you will. See? Culture.

Plan Activities in Advance

This trip, we didn’t have an entire free day to do any major activities, so we just walked around and stopped in places that looked interesting. Since we never know exactly how much free time we are going to have on any one particular day, it ‘s hard to make reservations weeks in advance. So, we usually call the night before to schedule times that work around our schedules. For example, in San Francisco, we rented these little yellow cars for a few hours and explored the city. (And I will look for any reason I can to share this gem with the world.)

Ask Locals Where to Go

My best travel tip is always to ask the locals where we should eat or what we should see. They obviously know their cities and are better than any travel guide I have ever read. I have found the best little secret places all around the world and it remains one of my favorite tricks (disclaimer: do NOT go up to random people on the street and try this. Talk to staff at your hotels or restaurants.)

I have been to Dublin a few times before, but some things that stood out to me this trip were how charming (and difficult to walk on) the cobblestone streets were, how old all of the pubs are and how friendly the Irish are. The people made us feel SO welcome. In all of my travels, I look for places that I would love to travel back to with Marc and Dublin is definitely high on the list. Or maybe it’s just an excuse to eat more Fish & Chips? Whatever the reason, we definitely will be back!

Thanks for reading and sharing!

XO, Christi

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  1. Georgia

    February 22nd, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    My grandads family is from Ireland and the best thing about the whole of the UK is fish and chips but definitely no mushy peas. I’m loving all of your blogs well done!!!

  2. clukasiak

    February 22nd, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    Thank you and JUST SAY NO to mushy peas!!! Love Ireland. It’s definitely one of my favs.

  3. Allie Kain

    February 22nd, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    I have had the biggest smile on my face since the very first click of reading your blog! I love how much you love to travel, which has now inspired me to travel more too, which my travel time is dance competitions another one tomorrow!

    Love, Allie

  4. clukasiak

    February 22nd, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Hi Allie,
    BEST OF LUCK at your competition! And remember: there are only three judges and its only three people’s opinions, no matter what!

  5. Susan

    February 22nd, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    Thanks so much for all the great photos, they’re beautiful and priceless, particularly since l don’t travel. But also because l feel like l know you and the girls.

  6. clukasiak

    February 22nd, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    That makes me happy! I feel like I know so many of you from social media. Its weird how the internet has made the world so much smaller. Thank you for stoppibg by!!

  7. Charity

    February 22nd, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    I love seeing all of your pictures and although I probably will never make it Dublin it gives me s view through ur eyes and for that I’m very greatful!! Thank you Christi for opening up and sharing so excited to see where u travel to next

  8. clukasiak

    February 22nd, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    Never say never! You just might end up visiting. Can’t wait to share more with all of you!

  9. Maria Eduarda Soares

    February 23rd, 2019 at 1:43 am

    I love travelling so much! I am from Brazil and if you guys come visit my country someday, I can give you great tips on where to visit. Americans usually think our food is too salty (and we think US food is too spicy haha) but it’s definitely worth a try. I am going to my favorite place ever by the end of the year: Disney World. United States is the only country I visited (twice) outside of my own, but I love travelling in Brazil. We have beautiful beaches and it’s summer pretty much all of the year (in Rio de Janeiro specifically is always too hot).

  10. clukasiak

    February 24th, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Hi Maria, I would LOVE to visit Brazil one day and just might take you up on the recommendations! I love Disney World! Enjoy your trip!! XO, Christi

  11. Michelle

    February 23rd, 2019 at 10:25 am

    Christi I hope you do get to come back to Dublin and Ireland. My favorite memories this year is seeing you all. Chloe has a heart of gold. You are always so kind to me and I will never forget that kindness. You must visit the west of Ireland !! Thank you for the memories and prayers for my health. Loving the blog. Mum was sorry she missed you! Michelle xoxo

  12. clukasiak

    February 24th, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Hi Michelle,
    So nice to hear from you! We would love to visit again. Hope you are well and looking forward to seeing you again soon. XO, Christi

  13. Lynda Rogers

    February 23rd, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Absolutely loving cakeforbreakfast a massive thumbs up 👍 from me here in the UK
    I was so lucky to come to your meet and greet a couple of years ago Cardiff South Wales best birthday present my husband could of bought me an amazing day, not sure if you or Chloe remember l give her a bracelet in a box when l had my picture taken with you both.

    I truly hope one day you will all come back to the U.K. you still have millions of fans here.

    Take care and love to you all
    Lynne

  14. clukasiak

    February 23rd, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Hi Lynne! Hope you are well! We ompletely remember visiting Cardiff! We would love to come back again someday! Thank you so much for the sweet support! Xo, Christi

  15. Kendra Brock

    February 24th, 2019 at 1:26 am

    My husband and I put Dublin at the very top of our bucket list for when we make it to the UK!. Hopefully soon! It sounds wonderful.

  16. clukasiak

    February 24th, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Good! You both with love it! It’s very fun and welcoming. Definitely want to go back with Marc soon. XO, Christi

  17. Fiona

    February 24th, 2019 at 6:12 am

    Me after reading this: “ Dad we’re goin to Dublin for spring break instead of Hawaii , okay? “

  18. clukasiak

    February 24th, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    No, Fiona, Hawaii is AMAZING! I actually have a post scheduled about our trip there last fall. Def one of my favorites!!

  19. kim

    February 25th, 2019 at 1:43 am

    Great picture of Dublin and it great two see you and Chloe and Jill and Kendall and kalani and kira together i bet you guys had a great time with the tour

  20. clukasiak

    February 25th, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    HI Kim,
    We did, for sure! The best part of Dance Moms was always the opportunity to travel together. We had the MOST fun.
    XO, Christi

  21. Olga

    February 25th, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    O my God.
    It’s amazing. I love Irelan. It is spectacular place. Culture, architecture and people. I have own question. What do you think about the island of Cyprus?

  22. clukasiak

    February 25th, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Hi Olga,
    I have neber been but would love to visit! Thanks for saying hi!
    XO, Christi

  23. Tara

    March 4th, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    I’m from Ireland and am so glad you liked it! There are so many little treasures all over the country and hope next time you visit that you get to explore more of the country to see just how beautiful it really is. Would love to recommend a few places x

  24. clukasiak

    March 4th, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    HI Tara, I just may take you up on that offer! XO, Christi

  25. Donna

    March 9th, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Love Love, reading all the fun things your family has done since filming Dance Moms, I am up noth of Pittsburg South Butler area Saxonburg I’ve never flown anywhere I am afraid to fly, even drove our kids to Disney Land, so I live vicariously through you and yours lol. Keep up the great work Christi❤

  26. clukasiak

    March 10th, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    Hi neighbor!! Thanks for stopping by and saying hello! I can’t believe that you drove to Disneyland, I Gove you tons of credit. Im afraid to be in a car the long, hahahahah! XO, Christi

  27. Carol

    March 9th, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Hi I’m from dublin and there is a lot of places to tour and see and there are tour buses around aswell delighted you like dublin

  28. clukasiak

    March 10th, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Hi Carol, we will definitely need to check that out next time we are in town! XO, Christi

  29. Annie

    March 9th, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Hi!
    Looks like so much fun! I am going to Italy for my honeymoon in June and it will be one of my first times abroad and am very excited to travel! Have you and Chloe been there?

  30. clukasiak

    March 10th, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Annie!! Congratulations! Thats very exciting! We have not been to Italy yet, but I hope to visit soon. XO, Christi

  31. Holly

    March 9th, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    I got engaged on the Ha’penny bridge, Dublin is a lovely and friendly city. Can definitely recommend a good explore of my hometown Glasgow though!

  32. clukasiak

    March 10th, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    I love that story, Holly!! We loved Glasgow last time we visited there…GREAT shopping! XO, Christi

  33. Diane Schneider

    March 9th, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    So great to see you all together and enjoying it. Christi would you have thought you and Jill would be so happy together? The girls always had a close bond but to see Chloe so happy as well as you is such a pleasure. Ireland is such a beautiful country. Thanks for sharing with us.

  34. clukasiak

    March 10th, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    HI Diane, Yes, when you have been through so much with someone, you tend to forgive and forget. Thanks for all of the love and saying hey!! XO, Christi

  35. Gaby Aguilera

    March 9th, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Woooooow!!! You must know I’m not really into blogs or anything more than a few time on FB (I don’t even have a twitter, insta or pinterest account). But I instantly got caught by your story. I was worried I needed to sign up or something but no!! So now I’m happy I can follow your CFB stories 😃❤
    PS I didn’t know what your fav pic was, but definitely mine is you standing in that irish skirt by the colourful street…. yet loved the others too!!

  36. clukasiak

    March 13th, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    HI Gaby, Welcome!! And that makes me SO happy to hear! I wanted this blog to be a fun place to hang out so, yay! XO, Christi

  37. Kay M James

    March 10th, 2019 at 5:10 am

    Christi
    First, thank you for making such a beautiful and uplifting site to watch you and your family journey through the most fun times of your life. Now that your beautiful girls have grown into beautiful young ladies inside and out. I admit, I loved the dance but hated the chaos. It took away from the beauty of the gift that Chloe possesses. Free from the chains of script, it’s truly wonderful to see the joy and the sparkle of who the both of you are. You gave us the opportunity to watch her grow as an individual and a dancer for the world to see. How wonderful to now let the “real” sun shine through. I like this much better. For me, this is genuine and genuine is fabulously gorgeous!!! Way to go mom!!! You have two beautiful precious gems that , in spite of all things, are sparkling brighter for having you by their side!! Much love and adoration…. Kay. ❤️❤️

  38. clukasiak

    March 13th, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    HI Kay, Thank you so much for these lovely words. I was actual having a bad morning and feeling discouraged and this made me happy to continue. His, Christi

  39. Julia

    March 11th, 2019 at 12:50 am

    I loved this entire post! And the tip of asking locals? Priceless.

  40. clukasiak

    March 11th, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Hi Julia! Thanks for the love! XO, Christi

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