I had never been to Ireland and, seen as it is only a short plane hop away from London, this felt like a huge oversight in my worldly travelling. Therefore the decision of Jenny, Shiv and me to tackle Dublin on our annual getaway was an easy one.
So we booked our fabulously cheap flights (no frills but who cares when the flight is less than an hour hey!) and arrived on Irish soil by mid morning.
On arriving in Dublin we headed straight to the house that was to be our home for the next few days. We had booked through Air B’n’B and were completely blown away by how gorgeous the property was. It was spotless and the land lady was absolutely lovely, she’d even stocked the fridge with some basics for us! So for those of you who haven’t joined the Air B’n’B revolution yet, you’re missing out!
Here’s a little photographic tour of our pad…
The 5am start had already tuckered Jenny out so while she napped, Shiv and I acquainted ourselves with our garden and perused a travel guide for the possibilities and opportunities Dublin had to offer.
Once alive, alert, awake and enthusiastic once more we headed out to begin our liaison with the city. Our first stop was Phoenix Park, a huge green space – Dublin’s answer to Hyde Park to all intents and purposes.
Mandatory holiday ice cream, no idea what the incredibly Irish ice cream man was saying, so was happy to see my order had been understood.
We left the park behind and made our way down to the city centre, passing the iconic Guinness Factory as we went.
And the selfies began!
There’s not much more to add to our first day explorations, we got our bearings of the city and happily meandered around until our feet could meander no more. After a nap (the second of the day for some of us *cough*Jenny*cough*) we followed a recommendation of our land lady of a good local pub to alleviate the belly rumblings.
The pub is called L Mulligan Grocers and it looks completely unassuming from the outside. Inside you find a dark, wooden pub with a bar well stocked with an array of whisky and a friendly barman to guide you to an empty table.
We quickly got a round of cider in and delighted in the quirky way of presenting the menus, hidden in old books (the simple things that amuse English Literature Grads!)
I went for the burger – it was incredible and easily made my top 5 five burgers of all time!
Shiv chose mussels and boy did she get muscles!
The Cobblestone is an absolute gem if you want an authentic Irish music experience. Individual musicians who play an array of traditional Irish instruments come together and play a repertoire of Irish folk music my heart and by ear.
There were accordions, flutes and fiddles, the owners of which were all ridiculously musically talented.
This was an amazing end to our first day in Dublin.