10/02/18

Last weekend me and my grandparents went over to Dublin (again!) so this is the start of a three post long series over the next week or so, sharing my top photos of my trip and talking through what we did each day. I wasn’t sure whether to do a travel diary or just one huge post, but there were so many photos that I loved that I couldn’t fit them all into one post so instead I’ve broken it down into each day that I will be posting separately. It went well last time so I hope it works again!

If you have read my blog for a while you will know that Dublin is my favourite city in all of the world (well of the places that I have visited anyway!). It is so chilled out but still bustling, and I genuinely think that I could live here in the future. I actually launched my blog in Dublin back in 2016 so it holds many special memories with me, plus I have been coming since I was about 12 so I associate it with many good times with my grandparents.

We had an early flight so we had to set off from our house early morning… I was so tired! Although one good thing about that was that we had pretty much the whole day in Dublin when we got there, so it makes getting up early worthwhile. We were at the hotel at about 1pm, so had the rest of the afternoon to explore. We stayed at ‘The Westbury hotel’ as we have been doing for years. It truly is the most beautiful hotel with such a classic design, amazing central location and the customer service is absolutely fabulous too. Couldn’t rate it more, but I won’t go on too much about it as we stay here a lot and I have already talked in depth in my review here.

We dropped our bags off in the hotel and then headed out straight for a cup of coffee… we were pretty tired after such an early start and needed a pick me up! We went to the lovely Bewleys on Grafton street, which has actually been closed for 3 years and has only just reopened after a huge refurbishment. It is such a pretty cafe and I completely understand why it is so popular, it’s a classic Dublin attraction and I would recommend having a drink there if you are visiting.

The rest of the afternoon was spent strolling around the Grafton street area and looking in all of the shops. I love Grafton street as it is pedestrianised and just a really chilled shopping environment. I picked up a few items and my grandparents very generously treated me to a new ring, which I love. I wear 5 rings every day so it’s nice to have a new one to add to the collection.

We decided to dress up and go out for a nice meal that night, so we made our way back to the hotel to get ready quite early. I spent a while doing my makeup and I was so happy with how it turned out, it’s the first time I have felt really confident in a while so I took full advantage with a fair number of selfies! As much as I love experimenting with makeup, a smokey eye and nude lip is 100% my go to makeup look if I want to feel my best, I just love it. My lashes were actually new and they are from doll lashes, I had never tried them before but they are absolutely fab! So worth checking out if you love a huge full lash like I do.

We went out for a few drinks in the hotel bar and then walked to the restaurant. Luigi Malones in Dublin is potentially my favourite restaurant ever (and I eat a lot of food so take my word for it!). The food is just great and the atmosphere is perfect and lively too. It was so nice as always and it was even nicer to spend some time with my grandparents, as although I see them all the time I don’t spend as much quality time with them as I would like to (we are all just so busy) so it is so nice just to relax and spend time with them.

As the true grandma that I am, we were back to the hotel room at about 10pm and I was all tucked up in bed pretty quickly after that… I’m blaming the early start!! Overall such a nice day and really set up the rest of the trip to be a good one. As always thank you so much for reading this post and I hope you have a read of the other two travel diaries when they go live later in the week.

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