30 Hours in Dublin

Hi there! Can’t believe I’m finally writing again the first post of 2020!

I’ve just returned from a whirlwind trip to Dublin, flying in on the Saturday morning and leaving Sunday afternoon. We managed to pack a lot in a small amount of time so I wanted to do a quick round up of our short but sweet trip.

Firstly, we were SO lucky with the weather. And secondly, when having a small amount of time in a city – research before you go! That and speaking to our incredibly friendly taxi drivers meant we had several recommendations of where to go, which helped to narrow down where to eat/drink as in Dublin there’s a lot on offer.

We started at The Hole in the Wall which is the such a cosy pub, which also had their Christmas decorations up, which made it look incredible. Not only that but the food was fab too, Guinness bread and smoked salmon sandwich with a side of Irish gin sorted me out straight away.

Next we headed to r.i.o.t which is a pub/bar that sits right on the edge of the Temple Bar area. Three whiskey and apples down it was a perfect spot to sit and drink with pals, their selection of Irish beers and cocktails were a treat.

After several cocktails we headed to Brother Hubbard for dinner and chose the sharing menu which was a delight of a Mediterranean mezzo sharer selection (never enjoyed beetroot hummus so much but seriously, it was delicious). Followed by Persian fish stew which I wolfed down quicker than I could take a good picture.

We finished off the night in the Church bar and restaurant, which is as the name suggests, a bar and restaurant set in an old church. For more drinks and baby Guinness’.

The next morning led us on an unexpected walk down to Ryleigh’s bar which I had booked in advance, lured in by it’s rooftop views and brunch menu. I didn’t realise it was slightly outside the main part of the city but it meant we walked along the river and enjoyed the views of the clear and sunny day.

Ryleigh’s was a treat of a restaurant and the interiors were seriously dreamy. I hadn’t realised it was set on top of a hotel which also looked amazing, so if you’re considering a hotel to stay at in Dublin I’d definitely look at staying.

With a few hours left to enjoy in Dublin we hopped in a cab (seriously, Dublin taxi drivers are the best) and headed to the Long Hall pub. Where we were promised an old school, Irish pub where we could sit, chat and drink Guinness.

And that’s it, a short but sweet round up pc our time in Dublin. Safe to say I’d love to go back – which is always a great sign of a holiday right?

More Dublin posts will be coming to the pub soon, but safe to say this trip has ignited an urge to visit several more cities on short weekend breaks throughout the year. If you have any suggestions, please let me know ASAP!

Thanks for reading x

2019

Happy New Years! To all of you who are reading this as it’s been posted, and to all of you reading in the future – I hope 2020 is treating you well?!

After unintentionally taking a break from the blog for a few months – life has honesty just ran away with me – it feels good to be writing again, and what better to get it all out than looking back on pretty great year!

For the past few years now I’ve written up these round up posts, (like here and here), and even if no-one else is reading them, I love having them to look back on. So without further ado, I’ve a little travel round up of 2019 below:

Australia – February 2019

This was *the* trip I had been planning for pretty much all of 2018 (we actually booked the first part of the trip back in Jan 2018) so it had been a long time coming. We travelled around Australia, visiting as many territories as possible. After starting in Melbourne, we flew to Adelaide to visit my family, before travelling to Sydney – including a stay at Bondi Beach. We then ventured on to Byron Bay and Brisbane before finishing the trip at the Whitsundays.

It truly was a taste of everything in the space of three weeks, we stayed in a lot of different spots, and had such a brilliant time. It’s hard to pick a highlight of the trip, but we did really love our time on Bondi Beach, and if we were ever to return to Australia I think that’s where we’d head first!

Norfolk Broads – March 2019

I couldn’t write about this year without mentioning one of my favourite places, the Norfolk Broads. Booked on a whim as I was searching through Secret Escapes and found a night stay at The Norfolk Mead, with dinner, drinks and breakfast all included.

I would definitely recommend a trip there, as it was so cosy and welcoming. The Broads are such a lovely place to explore, whether you have a boat or not!

Chicago – April 2019

I still can’t believe we went to Chicago this year, as this one was definitely booked last minute for my birthday, as we were both so shocked at how cheap the flights were (£240 return, and then we found a bargain in the Freehand Chicago on Secret Escapes)

I went there with low expectations, not for Chicago, but as I had barely any time to plan or prepare for the trip. Safe to say, we had a great time. We experienced some traditional Chicago deep dish pizza, live Blues music, we cycled down the lakeside to the planetarium steps and of course visited ‘The Bean’ several times. We had the best time trying out the batting cages at Wrigley’s bar, and of course sampled plenty of variations of frozen Margaritas. It was one of the best birthdays I’ve ever had!

New York – May 2019

Two trips to America in two months is certainly indulgent, and I can’t believe I got to visit New York – one of my favourite places – again this year. I took my mum and sister (again on another bargain ride, £260 return with BA) and had an incredible time showing them some of my favourite spots.

I was very lucky they both allowed me to plan the itinerary for our trip, so I had planned out a rough idea for each day and they were happy to go along with the ride and enjoy themselves! We ate a lot, we spent time walking everywhere, from the Brooklyn Bridge at dawn to Central Park on a lazy Sunday with no plans but to walk and enjoy the view.

I of course took them to all my favourite rooftop bars, and tried out more (for the research of course) and whilst we were there we ticked a goal off my mum’s list, by bridal shopping at Kleinfeld’s.

Glastonbury – June 2019

Ah, my sixth Glastonbury! I’m so lucky to say this was my sixth time – and sadly it’ll be my last for a while as I won’t be heading there this year (as I have some exciting plans, more on those later…)

I feel like every year I return to Glastonbury it becomes my favourite year, and this time it was no different. I had such  a wonderful time – even in the heatwave, and I have to return one day!

Secondigny – July 2019

I’ve written about the area of Secondigny a few years ago, as my parents have a house there and we’re lucky enough to visit every now and then. This year we chose to fly out for a long weekend over Bastille Day celebrations, which was so fun and a real treat to experience.

I love a lot of things about France, but the food has to be the top of the list – stick my in a French supermarket and I can stay for days. I ate so much incredible food (and drank a lot of wine..) during our weekend there, and it’s one of the reasons I always want to return!

Cornwall – September 2019

And at last but not least, our final trip of the year and it was on home turf! My fiancé and I had toyed with the idea of going on a camping trip, and decided to finally commit at the end of this Summer.

I’ve always wanted to visit Cornwall, and our camping trip meant we got to experience different parts in one holiday – packing up the tent in the car and driving to the other side! There were so many highlights of the trip, but camping on the hill at Polzeath with the view of the surfers was a brilliant place to stay. I also absolutely loved our day trip to Mousehole, as it was so empty and cute it felt like a little area of Cornwall to ourselves.

Ah, WHAT A YEAR! One of my favourite things about 2019 is how half of the travel listed above wasn’t even in my mind this time last year! So glad I got the chance to travel so much this year, and will definitely be trying more spontaneous travel trips this year!

Next up I have a weekend way in Dublin, before my Italy trip honeymoon later in the year. And who knows what else!

Happy New Year everyone, and thanks for reading! xx