#26 - a wintry break in Dublin

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Today's #BEDN blog post is meant to be about your home. But since I've pretty much been living out of a suitcase for the last 10 years, and my current London flat is nothing to shout about, today I'm going to share a tale about a little wintry holiday I took about this time last year... to beautiful Dublin...

It was a cold December weekend, and we had just stepped off the plane - arriving in Dublin early Saturday morning. First observation: 'wow - the sun is shining and I can see blue sky'.

Second observation while on the way to our B&B - 'the buildings here are stunning, and look at the amazing coloured vines growing up the walls...'

Pretty building with stunning red vines, Dublin, Ireland

On arrival at our B&B we instantly dumped our bags and headed out on foot to explore. The sunshine and fresh crisp air put us in a great mood. We grabbed coffees at a cute little cafe and found ourselves in the grounds of Trinity College.

Bicycles at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

The Trinity College grounds are stunning. I can only imagine what it would be like to study in a place like this with so much history, and culture. Coming from New Zealand - all our university's are pretty much boring square, modern buildings. The atmosphere at Trinity felt very different to anything I experienced I my college days...

Lovely old building covered in vines at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
lovely old building adorned in beautifully coloured vines at Trinity College

Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

After strolling around campus and town for a bit we decided to head on over to the Guinness Storehouse - to learn about this famous beer, and of course to drink some!! Guinness is actually one of my favourite drinks to have at the pub in the UK. It tastes much better here than in most parts of the world (I reckon it's the water), and it's also a pretty good meal substitute if you're that way inclined ;)

'Lovely day for a Guiness' toucan poster
'Lovely day for a Guinness' toucan poster - that first appeared in advertising during the 1930s and 1940s

Last stop at the Guinness Storehouse was the Gravity Bar - where we indulged in a few more pints and enjoyed a spectacular sunset. Way to go Dublin!

View from Gravity Bar - Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, Ireland
view of Dublin from Gravity Bar

View of sunset from Gravity Bar - Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, Ireland

No one can go to Dublin and not stop off at the Temple Bar and surrounding night-life can they?

The Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland

The next morning we woke up to a winter wonderland. It had snowed overnight - and the soft powder everywhere was just magical. Snow is somewhat of a novelty to me, as I didn't grow up with it - so I couldn't wait to get out the door and see the town all over again - this time with a sparkly white shimmer.

The weather had decided to treat us again with clear blue skies...

Snowy morning, Dublin, Ireland
view from our B&B 

Snow covered car - Dublin, Ireland

A walk in the snowy park, Dublin, Ireland
a snowy park walk

Enjoying the snow - Dublin, Ireland

And since we liked Trinity College so much the day before we stopped by for another look... it had even more appeal second time around...

Trinity College on a snowy winter day, Dublin, Ireland

Flower peeking out from under snow, Dublin, Ireland

Trinity College bicycles on a snowy winter day, Dublin, Ireland
the same bicycles - this time snow covered

Trinity College on a snowy winter day, Dublin, Ireland

Happy snowman, Dublin, Ireland
cute snowman

And then before I knew it -  it was time to head back to our B&B, grab our bags and go home to London. We had one last quick snow walk on the way...

Snowy park, Dublin, Ireland

Duck, Dublin, Ireland
a very cold duck

I just love snow days, and am hoping London will get a sprinkle very soon. How about you?

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  1. Dublin looks lovely, seems to be a great place to visit in winter, London hardly ever gets so much snow...

    1. Definitely a great place for a weekend escape. We had such a good time. Thanks Margot :)

  2. This looks so beautiful! I hope to visit someday :) xoxo

    1. Add it to your travel list Karly Kim - you won't regret it. Love your blog by the way. Thanks for stopping by. Claire xx