The Dublin Diaries: Redheads, RyanAir & Penny’s

Talking about being behind on schedule. My trip to Dublin was almost two months ago already, and I’ve actually been to Paris in the meantime as well. Expect an overdose of travel photos in the upcoming weeks or (if you can’t wait) take a peek on my Instagram, because I’ve already shared a few photos there!

Dublin. Oh boy… What do I remember? One, the cliche about the redheads is true. They are everywhere. I felt right at place! No weird looks, no name-calling. Heavenly! Two, Penny’s. I’m not a big fan of Primark stores. They’re often too crowded, too unorganized and overall too big. This time things were different. K arrived in Dublin later than I did, so I had some time to spare to explore the stores without having to bore my boyfriend with it. I actually hoped to come across Grafton Street (I did not have a map or internet) by randomly walking around, but I ended up on O’Connell street and Henry street instead. I wandered into Penny’s on O’Connell street out of curiosity and was surprised to find the store almost abandoned. I bought a lovely coat and the obligated pajama (Europeans will know what I’m talking about!), and then headed to the Debenhams on Henry street. I was hungry and craving their raspberry scones and a coffee after my flight. The rooftop view from their restaurant is pretty amazing. After a good few hours I realized Grafton Street was on the other side of the river Liffey and I found my way there after passing through Temple Bar. The area around Grafton Street and St Stephens Green was by far my favorite in the city. The fact that Reiss, Ted Baker, Topshop and Brown Thomas are located there might have had something to do with it. When I finished my shopping I sat down in the Marks & Spencer cafe with a hazelnut latte and waited for K to arrive. He had been in Limerick for work that week and had invited me to fly over for an extra weekend in Dublin. I must say I like his business trips!

The eventual haul was not that big. I went into Brown Thomas (92 Grafton Street) to try out Jo Malone’s newest cologne: Wood Sage & Sea Salt. Admitted, the Jo Malone perfumes are expensive, but they last even through the night and last me a long time. I’ve worn my other cologne daily throughout the last year and I still have half a bottle left. I also made a stop at KilKenny on Nassau street (“omg they Kilkenny!”, anyone?). I read online about their great selection of Orla Kiely housewares and they surely did not disappoint! When I was in Canterbury in 2013 I came across the collection for the first time and fell in love. I didn’t really have a budget then, so I saved up a little this time and brought home a cute bowl. Also: K is a fan and when he’s a fan of something I almost have to buy it, because we only rarely agree. I also randomly bought a plain white tee at Gap and that was it! I went into Topshop to look for the items on my wishlist, but they were all sold out and maybe that was a good thing.

K and I later explored the city by foot, and came by most of the well-known attractions. We wanted to visit Dublin Castle but it closed early for a concert on the courtyard. The Script came to promote their new album “No Sound Without Silence”, and I would have loved to see them preform! Sadly, the tickets had already sold out. We took a break in the park surrounding St. Patricks Cathedral and walked past the Old Jameson Distillery, but we weren’t in the mood for a tour. 

One spot that I’d like to recommend for anyone coming to Dublin is The Woollen Mills (42 Lower Ormon Quay). A colleague told us to visit, and we were lucky to find an empty table on their roof terrace. Make a reservation if you can! The menu is rather limited, but the food was good and typically Irish. I had their Oreo, chocolate and peanut butter tart for dessert and my God was it divine! No wonder they use a photo of it on their website, haha. We also ended up in a pub one night and had fish’n’chips a few times in-between, because… across The Channel that’s what tourists do.
Overall Dublin reminded me a lot of Antwerp. Not too big, not too crowded, but it has everything you need for a two-day getaway. Lots of different city quarters to explore, a few things to visit, parks to relax in, lovely river sights… . I’m sad we didn’t have time to discover the area around the docklands. Dublin is one of those cities that you need to have seen, but I’ll tell you the same I told my friends: if there’s a city you’d like to see more, go there first. Dublin, to me, is perfect for when you’ve scratched all the mainstream, attractive destinations of your list. On the other side, it was a welcome relief from the big and busy cities we usually visit. I hope you enjoyed this post, and watch out for Paris next!

And a few words about Ryanair: worst flying experience ever. That’s all.

  • yeah well Ryanair… it’s cheap and that’s the only positive thing anyone’s got to say about it.

  • Bea

    Im going to take this with me when I’ll fly to visit Dublin!
    I really would love to visit it, and after your post, I wanna see it as soon as possible!!
    πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing!

  • I’m so glad you’re back! This was such a fun post to read.

  • Yay! I’ve missed your posts! These shots are gorgeous and full of life! I’ve always wanted to go to Dublin! Hmm…maybe I should start a travel bank account and slowly add to it! πŸ™‚
    ~Sara

    • Thanks Sara! I think I’m back into blogging now. Life has been so busy and I put The Ginger Diaries on the back burner for a while. I want to encourage you to start saving, and when you ever come to Europe make sure to make a stop in Belgium too πŸ˜‰

  • Ah I think Ryanair is like the European version of Australia’s Jetstar, haha! You always hear bad things about the cheap airlines, but the prices make it so attractive…..just a shame when the experience is terrible!

    Glad you enjoyed Dublin though, sounds like you had a great time sight-seeing and shopping. That dessert sounds so good! πŸ™‚

    Away From The Blue

    • Ryanair was also the only airline I could find with reasonably priced tickets on such short notice, otherwise I wouldn’t have gone with them haha. I only booked my flights a few days in advance and all other budget airlines were fully booked πŸ™

  • Ik hield zo enorm veel van Dublin. De sfeer die er hangt, de muziek, de straatjes, de vriendelijkheid van de mensen. Ik zou zeker terug gaan!
    Haha, super dat je naar de pennys bent gegaan, veel minder druk hΓ©! Als ik zo door je tekst lees, heb je alleszins wel heel erg genoten van de Ierse dessertjes πŸ˜‰

    Kleine opmerking: spuitknop / zuinig? πŸ˜‰ hihi

    • Dankejwel voor de opmerking. De draft versie is online gegaan in plaats van de afgewerkte versie. Hoewel ik wΓ©l de juiste ingepland had staan. Vreemde Blogger!

      Kvond Penny’s echt fijn deze keer, maar ‘t was toch vooral Kenneth die er zijn slag geslagen heeft! Ooit gaan we nog eens terug πŸ™‚ xo

  • Sounds like you guys had a really great trip! Thanks for the suggestions, Dan and I were just talking last night about visiting Ireland!

    • You must if you can! We’ve only been to Dublin, but hope to return one day for an all-in road trip. Irelands nature is so immensely beautiful!

  • I think it did sound like a lovely two day get away and like the candid analysis at the end of the post too.

    Also- there can never be too many travel posts πŸ™‚

  • gorgeous!!! what a city!

    xx nikki
    http://www.dream-in-neon.com

  • Kacie’s Kloset

    Wow! This looks amazing! Sounds and looks like a fun trip!

    http://www.kaciesklosetblog.com/

  • Oh my… Dublin does look beautiful!!! I love your pictures (as always).. haha.. pity about Ryanair though.. but was expected.. :’) low price and low service, that’s the deal! x

    • As long as it’s short flights, I don’t really care as much. But never again, unless I really have to!

  • Oh zo gezellig! Leuke foto’s!

  • Ooh echt perfect de sfeer weergegeven met je foto’s! En Ryanair blijft Ryanair natuurlijk… Voorlopig zelf nog geen al te slechte ervaringen mee gehad.

    x AurΓ©lie