Dublin has always and will always be my favourite place in the world. We aim to visit at least once a year, and every time I feel like I have escaped reality and feel completely relaxed. I love it because it feels like a city, but still has home comforts and lacks the hustle/bustle which I hate about a city. It truly is my happy place, and it is one of the main reasons why I chose to press active on my blog here, so I can look back and remember that I did it in a very ‘swish’ and beautiful place. As most people who I know haven’t been to Dublin, I decided to take photos and document my trip, and write about each photo whilst explaining what I have done. Almost like a photo diary, but with my opinions thrown in. My Dublin travel diary!
A very early start on Saturday morning, because the flight was at 10:30 am and we had to drive to the airport before. I am not a very good traveller, but everything went exceptionally smoothly and we ended up at the hotel by lunchtime. The hotel is absolutely gorgeous, we have stayed here a few times and it is always phenomenal, but I have chosen to do another blog post purely on the hotel.
On Saturday afternoon we chose to look around Grafton Street, which is a completely pedestrian only (love!!) and very relaxing to look around the shops. There is a nice mix of independent shops and brands, and also Brown Thomas. Anyone who knows me knows I love a department store, and BT ticks all the boxes for that.
Saturday evening we chose to dress up, have a few drinks at the bar and then go to my all time favourite restaurant.. Luigi Malones. This a a very causal American/Italian restaurant in the heart of temple bar, and it always provides. Not too posh, but you can still dress up and it’s a firm favourite in our family.
Sunday was our first full day, and to start with we went to St Stephens green, which is a beautiful park at the top of Grafton street. Now this is my favourite place in the world, it’s absolutely stunning (perfect for outfit photos) and so relaxing to walk around and look at the scenery. Especially in October, the leaves turn golden and because Autumn is my favourite season that makes me more happy than it should. The highlight of my Dublin Travel diary for sure!
We then crossed over the Ha’penny bridge to the main shopping area of Dublin, Oconnell street and the two shopping centres. One of the things I love most about Dublin are the street performers and how you can phase in and out of different sounds just on one stretch of road.
For our second evening, we chose to go to ‘la caverna’, another restaurant in temple bar. We have never been there before, but it was very nice and we will definitely return next time we visit. Although a highlight was that the table had a goldfish tank set into the table, which was a funny touch and something I have never had before!
Monday is our relaxing day, and we had a lie in and long breakfast before having a walk to the famous Dublin statues from the Irish famine. It was a nice walk, and then afterwards we chose to go to the ‘John gogartys’ Irish pub. Now, this is meant to be a good experience and I presume it would be but as someone who doesn’t like crowds, and loud noises I left after about 5 minutes. Not the best experience.
As always, my favourite city is still as beautiful as ever and I will never get bored of my escapes here once or twice a year. Im even trying to persuade my close friends to come with me next year for a girls holiday, which would be the best weekend ever. Have you ever been to Dublin and if so what would you recommend? Thank you so much for reading my Dublin travel diary and I hope you are enjoying my introduction posts so far.