You may or may not know I just returned home from a weekend away in Dublin to celebrate my 23rd birthday. I mean I may have mentioned it here or there. Occasionally. Or possibly a lot. I had a great time ok?! I just can’t stop going on about it and looking at these pictures while suffering crisp induced stomach cramps in a pretty gross Travelodge somewhere in East London is giving me some serious holiday blues, so I thought I’d share them with you.
We only ended up taking photos twice on our trip. The first day we basically spent in a fug of tiredness having been awake since 4am to get to the airport and in my case, having not slept at all that night. We literally arrived and went straight to the hotel for a nap before we went to explore and came across the most amazing little Italian off Temple Bar. Annoyingly I didn’t take any photos or even remember the name of the place, I was kinda too focused on trying to keep my eyes open. That night we ordered room service and fell asleep at an hour favoured by the elderly and retired the world over.
The next day we actually got out of bed at a fairly normal time, and after getting ready and finding the nearest cafe for breakfast, we decided to just hit the town and explore. There were no expectations for this holiday aside from spending quality time together and eating good food, which meant that we just wandered aimlessly with the map and let our feet guide us where they would. Heading towards Merrion Square we stumbled upon the little park by the Natural History Museum, housing a stunning Oscar Wilde statue which I couldn’t help but take photos of. We also made friends with a magpie. There were hundreds of them flying around but this little guy couldn’t help but pose for my lens.
I am a sucker for nice architecture and Dublin had it by the bucket load. I couldn’t get over how one city so seamlessly blended from green expanses to classic architecture to the more modern, glass fronted buildings we’re confronted by a lot in London and Manchester, and make it work. I find a lot of places have such a distinct old and new area, but Dublin just seemed to blend it all in together to create a really vibrant and attractive city. Can you tell I loved it? I tried to grab as many shots as possible of the streets and buildings, but a lot of them were taken while I was walking so I’m not 100% happy with how they’re framed. Note to self: these are holiday snaps, not a photography project. Chill.
After leaving the Natural History Museum (not as large as the one in London which was a disappointment for a capital city, but good nonetheless) we decided to head back to the hotel to freshen up before we went for dinner. The afternoon before as we’d been exploring O’Connell Street we’d stumbled on a few side streets which had the slightly grungy, run down aesthetic that I quite like to shoot against for this here blog. Determined to find them again to get some decent outfit shots, we decided to go a little out of our way to get back to the hotel, and wander over in that general direction. On our way however, we discovered the most beautiful street absolutely covered in incredible street art and graffiti that I just couldn’t resist shooting against. I got very snap happy in between Chris taking outfit shots for me, and you can see the results below. I’m basically going to let the photos speak for themselves without rambling because guys, it was just awesome. (I kinda, really want to buy a load of spray paint now and decorate Chester but somehow I don’t think I would do a very good job and I don’t fancy getting arrested).
I didn’t take my camera out that evening, as it’s a little too large and obnoxious to fit into a clutch bag. We ended up going for the most incredible slap up meal on a boat on the Liffey as recommended by the hotel (if you’re ever in the area, it’s the boat bedecked in fairy lights right next to Samuel Beckett bridge) and omg it was honestly one of the best meals I think I’ve ever eaten in my life.
We were rather drunk and we arrived about 30 minutes before the kitchen closed, so I think we were a little unpopular with the waitresses to begin with, but honestly the service was incredible, the food was even better and we were pleasantly surprised at how brilliantly inexpensive the whole experience was. If I could eat there every night I honestly would, it was that good. We then ended up in our favourite little pub, The Ferryman, which became our local for the holiday. Raucous atmosphere, incredible music, awesome decor and really friendly staff ensured it finished off the night in the best way.
Part Two coming soon…
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