Last time T came over to the UK we took a trip to Dublin so that he could meet my grandparents while he was here.
I have been to Dublin many times and it’s a city I love – small enough to walk around easily, gorgeous architecture, tons of pubs and of course excellent shopping!
We stayed at my favourite Dublin hotel – The Fitzwilliam. Right next to St Stephens Green and at the top of Grafton Street which is the main shopping street in the city. When we arrived we spent the afternoon with my grandparents, then strolled around Stephens Green in the bizarrely hot weather. Mum joined us for the day and took us on a tour of her favourite watering holes so by the time we got back to the hotel we needed a little siesta to recover.
For dinner we headed into temple bar and had dinner at a great italian restaurant called Il Vicoletto, we just walked past and they happened to have a table. the food was really authentic and delicious (as was the wine) and we overheard a few people saying they had returned there many times.
The next day we wandered around the city, had breakfast at Bewleys Oriental Cafe, visited Trinity College, looked around a couple of Cathedrals, went to the Guinness factory and generally wore ourselves out.
For dinner we went to my childhood favourite – Eddie Rockets diner. We definitely over ordered – I had a milkshake, a chilli dog, and loaded fries 😳 so good though!
The next morning we had a killer breakfast in temple bar at the Queen of Tarts cafe – smoked bacon and leek potato cakes with poached eggs and tomato relish. Woah mama this was awesome! Highly recommend this little gem of a cafe.
We mooched around the city for the rest of the morning finishing off our sightseeing, and found ourselves in the beautiful Powerscourt Centre for lunch. It is a shopping arcade situated in a stunning Georgian townhouse, with plenty of independent retailers and restaurants. The end of our trip, we went to the airport happy, tired and probably about a stone heavier than when we left!