Just as I scratch the surface, I’m dragged back to reality – kicking and screaming all the way.
Even after a short 72 hours in Dublin, I came away with quite a list of highlights and plenty of things to go back for.
My Dublin Highlights
St Stephens Green
As much as I love the buzz of the city, it’s always nice to have somewhere to escape to.
Dublin’s answer is St Stephens Green, the quaintest of parks with perfectly manicured gardens, trickling fountains and the cutest pond frequented by brawling ducks and the occasional heron.
If only it didn’t feel as nippy as it did on our trip. There’s major picnic-potential here.
Coffee at Bewley’s
Bewley’s is a Dublin institution. Established on Grafton Street in 1927, the decadent cafe has served steaming cups of coffee to the likes of James Joyce and Bob Geldof.
Although Bewley’s looks too posh to be attainable on my meagre budget, the price of a cuppa is reasonable and they are really good too!
Cake at Queen of Tarts
With two locations close to vibrant Temple Bar, Queen of Tarts is a perfect place to rest your weary feet and devour a gorgeous cupcake or three…
Meeting my Literary Icons
I can nod knowingly in conversations about Joyce, hang out with my pal Oscar whilst quoting The Importance of Being Earnest and pour over moody portraits of Beckett.
The Oscar Wilde statue in Merrion Square was my favorite literary sojourn. He’s an all time favorite of mine and a Dublin legend.
Hunting out Street Art
I’ve written about its decorative walls here. Since I first discovered this hidden gem, it has morphed and changed, becoming unrecognizable from my first visit.
It’s still just as impressive and a must visit if you’re in this part of Dublin.
Well, it is Ireland after all! A trip to Dublin wouldn’t be the same without a creamy pint of Guinness in your hand. On my first trip as a WKD drinking 18-year old, I had turned my nose up at this unique pint.
This time was a very different story. Guinness is surprisingly moreish and doesn’t leave you feeling too worse for wear the next morning. If it wasn’t for the catastrophic number of calories and 5 euro price tag I’d have it on tap!
For more on my Dublin trip check out my previous post here.
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