Suz in Ireland // Dublin Photo Diary

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suitcase: vintage // watch: vintage // crop top: Forever 21 // jeans: Target // booties: Lucky Brand

They say your 20s are all about exploring, and I tried to make that my mantra over this past weekend (more like 5 days not thinking about my thesis, but who’s counting?). D, E and I went to Dublin to walk around the famous Irish city and visit the sights and nature of that great green country.

Luckily, the weather was great for us, and we stayed in an AirBnB with two amazing hosts and the funniest couple I’ve ever met. And so our adventures began, which leads me to:

My Dublin Travel List:

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1. Botanic Gardens: They were right outside of our door and walking by the flowers  every day was a perfect way to start our mornings.
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2. The doors of Dublin: Their famous colourful doors are just as perfect in person as they are on postcards.
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3. Temple Bar area: We had such a fun time here – though we didn’t make it inside the actual Temple Bar, we had insanely good burritos at Pablo Picante and a nice pint of cidre and some Irish folk music and dancing at The Quays Bar.

Suz in Dublin, Tample Bar, The Quays Bar, Dublin, Ireland

4. St. Stephens Green: This little park reminded me so much of Hyde Park in London or NYC’s Central Park. Such a nice, lush space in the centre of the city.

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5. St. Patrick’s Cathedral: Obviously, being born on March 17th made this one of my favourite stops in the city. I got a clover key chain to mark the occasion.

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6. Henry Street: Talk about a high street. This place is filled with all of your favourites and then some, with so many gelato places and pubs around every corner.

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7. Grafton Street: Boutiques, high street stores, coffee, cakes…Grafton has everything. We popped into Reiss to pretend we were shopping with the Dutchess of Cambridge and I got the most amazing slip ons at the Cath Kidston store. Floral feet for all of spring!

8.  Trinity College: As massive as the queue was for the Book of Kells and the Long Hall in the Trinity College library, it was totally worth it. That manuscript is incredibly detailed and the library…my jaw dropped.

Suz in Dublin, Trinity College Library

Suz in Dublin, Trinity College

9. Bakeries: Keogh’s Cafe, McMahons, the bakery around the corner: everything in this city is fresh and delicious, and the cronuts are a definite fav for the Irish. And we may have eaten three pieces of the most delicious cake ever at Keogh’s…

Suz in Dublin, Ha'penny Bridge

10. Tours: There are tours everywhere. We hopped onto the Cliffs of Moher tour with Wild Rover Tours that takes you all the way to the west coast of the country with a pit stop at the Barack Obama Plaza and Galway. The cliffs are breathtaking.

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Though you should definitely do your research before going on a trip anywhere, I think the most important thing for Dublin is figuring out buses. If you’re staying anywhere outside of the city, get a bus pass (a refund if you turn in your Leap Card at the bus depot in the city centre), but make sure you check the prices first to see what sort of card or pass you should get. 
I’m really lucky to have travelled the way we did; we had no set plan except to see the cliffs, and made a bi-hourly fika a necessity, which is probably why I haven’t eaten pastries in the last few days. If you do go, make sure to check out KC Peaches, a Dublin establishment with an awesome menu. 
And if you’re a student, make sure to bring your ID to get discounts at most museums and stores! I definitely put mine to good use.
If you have any other tips or hidden gems in the city, let me know so I can check them out when I (hopefully) go back! Giants Causeway is next on my list.