Ok so this is just going to be a quick post as I currently have two dogs fighting for my attention!! When I was younger I always saw myself living in a different country. Very young = Orlando as they had Disneyland and Universal, plus it was always sunny!
My teens = Manchester: I loved Take That and Manchester United so it was obvious I would want to go there. Right??
Australia was then on my list in my twenties as that’s where everyone seemed to be travelling to!
Then I came to a realisation in my thirties. I actually love living in Ireland, I love my city. Dublin is a great place to visit or live. There are many restaurants, pubs and clubs. Every now and then Bord Gais get brilliant theatrical shows so you aren’t missing out on Broadway or the West End. Many historical places to visit and the Phoenix Park is possibly one of the best places to spend hours in free of charge.
On a sunny day you cannot beat the atmosphere in town. Everyone is in good form, relaxed and socialising.
Deer crossing in Phoenix Park
I try and walk my dog in different places every week. My absolute favourite place to escape is Killiney Hill. Here you can have your dog off the lead, as most people do, and you don’t get any funny looks off people. The cafe there also leave out bowls of water for your furry friends to rehydrate. It’s nice to sit there with your dog and grab a tea/coffee and cake! Then you walk up the small hill, stopping to take in the mountain views to the right which are beautiful. However when you continue walking up, the views there take your breath away! Beyond the gorse you see the beach below and the views as far as Bray, the mountains setting a nice backdrop. I have seen this view on multiple occasions in different types of weather and each time I find it hard to believe I’m in Dublin and not looking at the Amalfi Coast. Continuing on you can also see great views of the city, with the Poolbeg towers and Howth in the distance. I reckon everyone should make a visit just once. If you have kids, there is a good playground in Dalkey park including a mini zip line!
Few of my pics from Killiney Hill
From Killiney I normally head onto Dun Laoghaire which isn’t too far away. I used to avoid going there as my last dog sadly drowned out off the west pier, but one day after being in Killiney I accidentally found myself back here and I remembered how nice it was to walk along. You can grab an ice cream in Teddys or a coffee off the guy at the pier. On Sunday’s you can visit the market at the people’s park, sampling some of the great smelling food and admiring the photos on show.
Dun Laoghaire on November 1st!!
My father likes joining my outings some times and his particular favourite is Howth. It’s a bit further for us to get to but I do love it too. It used to be a small fishing village and it is full of tourism as a result. My dad loves wandering along the different fish shops, trying to find a bargain. We then walk to the pier, passing many restaurants and chippers along the way. It’s a sin not to grab a bag of chips by the way! Now and then there’s a busker on the green near the pier so you can sit and enjoy the show! After walking the pier we generally walk back to the car after spending hours in the fresh air. I always look enviously at the people sitting outside enjoying their wine. Last week I actually got to be one of those people and it was really nice! In fact the sun set in Howth was so amazing that my friend suggested toasting it with a bottle of wine. Really a memorable experience sitting on the pier, watching the sky change and enjoying a small glass of vino. Who needs to go abroad when the weather is so good!
Some photos of Howth from last week
Also in Howth you can walk Howth Head which is a lovely cliff walk. I may write a piece about this at a later time regarding hill walks.
Photo from Howth Head
As you can see these are mainly outdoor activities that I have spoke about. This obviously means that they are weather dependant however it also means they are Free!! And who doesn’t love a free day out in Dublin?!!
I love many things about this city that I could spend hours talking about, however this was meant to be a quick blog post 😂