The first thing I did after finding out that I was going to spend my year abroad in Dublin was listen to any song mentioning Ireland or just basically reminding me of Ireland. I first went to Dublin for my 16th birthday and fell in love with this beautiful country.
When I moved into my flat in September, little did I know what spending a year there would do for my waistline. I quickly discovered amazing coffee shops such as Eathos or Queen of Tarts. And when the dreary weather literally pushes you into a cake shop, what’s a girl to do.
Speaking of the weather, I was actually pleasantly surprised, that was until mid-November when it started pouring it down. And the wind .. I’ve never seen anything like that. But at least the grass is definitely green!
When it comes to must-sees, I would have to say Trinity College , Croke park, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park (so many deer !! ) and St Stephen’s Green.
Flying into Dublin at night is one of the most beautiful sights you’ll ever see if, like me, you get overwhelmed on planes. I just find that seeing everything from above really gives you a new perspective on things.
St Patrick’s Cathedral is the main thing I remember from my first visit to Dublin 5 years ago and is definitely a must-see.
This picture was taken when I went up to Howth for the day. I highly recommend going there, especially if you like to hike. But even if you don’t, it’s such a beautiful coastal village and it’s a great day out!
Hard to believe that this is a shopping centre but it is (Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre) !
Matcha lattes are all the rave this year and this one from Eathos is particularly good !
A good place to gain 5 kg in Dublin is Queen of Tarts ! But it’s oh-so-worth it as the food is beyond delicious !
I took this picture of Herbert park on my way to an exam just before Christmas ! I definitely recommend getting up early to catch the beautiful sunrises one often sees in Dublin !
With so many great places to eat, how is one supposed to stay in shape ? Thankfully, this brownie is healthy (yes really !!). It’s a Bounty Bar brownie from Alchemy Juice and they even gave me the free milkshake shot to wash it down with!
I had exams just before Christmas and was therefore eager to find a quiet place to study. My wish was granted when I discovered HappyFood ! This vegan restaurant is part of YogaHub , (which is a yoga studio), and makes exceptionally good avocado toast !!
Croke Park is a must-see for any sports fan and it’s where I saw my first Gaelic football match !
Eathos also does a delicious avocado toast !
My obsession with matcha lattes may have gotten a tad out of hand …
The Trinity College Library is a must-see when visiting Dublin! I went there when my friend came to see me for the week and was absolutely blown away by how impressive it is.
Another shot of Trinity College, just because it’s so beautiful !
This one is for pancake lovers ! When my friend told me about this great place in Dublin for pancakes, I was all ears ! Since I’m obsessed with pancakes, I decided to try it as soon as possible and was not disappointed. Goose on the loose is the place to go to if you want fluffy pancakes and great service !
A delicious chai latte from Alchemy Juice.
For nature-lovers, Phoenix park is a must-see!
If this post has managed to say anything, it’s that I’m a big foodie ! Whilst trying to find another good place to study and eat, I discovered Wall and Keogh which is a great tea shop ! And it has a great selection of gluten-free cakes !
I took this picture on my way to UCD (University College Dublin), in Milltown.
Like any self-respecting pancake lover, I always go for this when trying out a new restaurant ! This beautiful (and delicious) stack of buckwheat pancakes is from Eathos. Yes,I’m a bit obsessed with this restaurant !
I went to the Dublin Zoo during my first month in Ireland with a friend. Normally, I don’t particularly like zoos as I find that they can be a bit cruel. But this one is quite keen on conservation and giving the animals proper space. And I just had to take this pictures as I love giraffes !!
This is the Wellington monument in Phoenix park. It’s great to go there on a sunny day and just read a book on the steps or play football on the grass.
Another picture of Phoenix park.