A WEEKEND IN DUBLIN

Back in 2012, my not-so-baby sister, Ches, and I flew over to DublinĀ for a long weekend together.

We stayed in a cheap hotel bang-smack in the middle of Temple Bar, within walking distance of Dublin Castle. We visited the awesome Dublin Zoo (obviously), toured the Natural History Museum and took a day out to visit the lovely seaside village of Howth.

Food included two cream teas a day, lots of vegetarian lunches, pints Guinness and wine and whisky (spoiler: that didn’t end well). And were even lucky enough to be in town for Dublin Culture Night!

We trundled through lots of parks, took a ton of photos and just had some really nice quality sister-time together.

Little Miss Katy and Ches in DublinLittle Miss Katy and an elephant at Dublin ZooLittle Miss Katy walking across a parkAdult and baby elephants at Dublin ZooTiger eating meat at Dublin Zoo

How awesome is this? We didn’t even have to zoom in! We were literally this close to the tiger having his dinner.

I’m telling you. Dublin Zoo is on a WHOLE other level of Zoo-awesomeness. The animals have so much space and seem so much happier than in any other zoo I’ve been to.

Tiger climbing a tree to get his dinner at Dublin ZooChes on an elephant statue at Dublin ZooRed Panda at Dublin ZooChes and an elephant at Dublin zooAdult and baby giraffe at Dublin Zoo

We were there at just the right season to see all the baby animals too. Giraffes, elephants, hippos… it was brilliant!

Katy in the play park at Dublin ZooHippo at Dublin ZooFruit scones with jam and cream, cappuccinoLittle Miss Katy sitting on a tree trunkColourful buildings DublinDublin castleQueen of Tarts DublinChes and Katy selfieTea, lemon meringue tart and apple crumble tart from Queen of Tarts

If you’re ever in Dublin, I highly recommend a visit to Queen of Tarts.

We shared a fab vegetarian frittata with fresh ciabatta bread and pots of home-made onion relish for lunch. Then we hit the sweet stuff.

I had this amazing mountainous lemon meringue tart with clotted cream. Ches chose an apple and caramel crumble tart. Both were DIVINE.

We liked it so much we even went back on our last night to pick up takeaway boxes of their gorgeous baked chocolate tart!

Colourful Dublin PubChes looking out of the window on the DARTSea view in HowthKaty on Howth pier, wind blowing

Howth was gorgeous.

It’s a lovely little seaside village in the outer suburbs of Dublin. It only took us about half an hour on the DART (train) to get there from the centre of the city, so it’s definitely worth a visit if you have a spare day.

It’s very calming and picturesque. You can do long walks and hikes all along the peninsula from Howth, but our wine/whisky/Guinness hangovers required something a little bit more chilled…

After a lovely salady lunch at a cafe, we walked up the hill until we discovered an old church ruin with a beautiful graveyard and fab views over the harbour.

We were lucky to have pretty good weather with bright blue skies, but the wind was crazy, especially down on the pier!

Howth harbourKaty and Ches on Howth PierHowth light houseChes on Howth PierPastel houses in HowthView from Howth cemeteryChes asleep on the DART

Dublin has such an awesome vibe. The whole city just buzzes with energy. I’d love to go back one day!

Have you ever been? :)

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