Dublin

Who doesn’t love a weekend away? After Christmas, Carl and I thought we deserved a relaxing trip but didn’t want to travel too far, travelling plus a pregnant woman who throws up ten times a day doesn’t mixe well. We’d stayed in the beautiful Galgorm Resort and Spa over New Year’s so we thought we would try something new and headed to Dublin.

I have to admit, I really wasn’t looking forward to it beforehand. The fear of the journey mixed with my sickness was very off putting but we got on with it and hit the road. We stayed in the Fitzwilliam Hotel in St Stephen’s Green which was the perfect location for touring the city over two days. Although I’ve been in Dublin a million times before, we wanted to try something new (aka Carl didn’t want to shop the whole time) so here’s what we did….

  1. Brown Thomas

Ok, I know I said we weren’t going to go shopping but does Brown Thomas really count? Even a man can keep himself occupied in Brown Thomas! I love getting a couple of hours nosing around and I think he actually enjoyed himself. I picked out a couple of beautiful handbags and have been hinting ever since for one of them as my “push present.”BrownThomas

2. Restaurant Forty One

If you are a foodie then Restaurant Forty One is for you. I cannot explain how incredible the food is in this restaurant. From the outside it looks like a gentleman’s city home and from the inside you are treated to a candlelit meal with some of the most incredible combinations and ingredients from their garden. This is definitely a must do.Dress

3. Laudree

Carl had never heard of Laudree. I know. Where has he been all his life? It’s safe to say he was like a child in a candy shop when we got in although I was really annoyed when he scoffed his too quickly and I didn’t even get to try his salted caramel macaroon. My rose and vanilla on the other hand were scrumptious!Laudree

4. St Stephen’s Green

This is a little haven of peace, quiet and calm in the middle of a bustling city. Although I had heard of St Stephen’s Green I had never taken a walk around it and I was amazed at how beautiful it is. It was lovely to take a break from the craziness of the city and just enjoy a little quiet time together.

Looking back, I can’t believe I wasn’t going to go away. Staying in the city centre was the perfect solution so I could sneak up for a quick power nap whenever I was tired or sick but meant that we were still able to make the most of our short time away together.

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