For anyone that hasn’t ever been to Ireland, I highly recommend you go!
A few weeks ago I got the chance to go to Dublin, a place I was yet to visit but that has been on my list for a while. I’ve heard of its buzz and its culture and how it captivates its visitors.
I was not disappointed.
Whilst I knew Dublin was a city, I had no idea how vast it was. When exploring I felt as though I had walked miles, yet I had barely discovered a third of the city.
I was in awe of the blend of architecture. Old, gothic style, brick buildings mixed with modern high rise office blocks and flats.
Day 1 was a day of exploring. I saw the houses of Parliament, Dublin Castle.
I visited an adorable coffee shop-cum-clothes shop that served a beautiful smelling and strong espresso that you can enjoy whilst browsing through handmade quirky clothing.
On day 2 I had the pleasure of visiting Dublin Zoo.
Which is apparently one of the biggest in Europe, according to the taxi driver.
All of the kids were back at school, so it was blissfully empty.
Whilst I don’t enjoy visiting small zoos such as Bristol Zoo, zoos such as Dublins’ which have plenty of space are enjoyable and educational without restricting the animals and so I am happier to visit them.
After enjoying the empty zoo, seeing the lions and giraffes and watching the chimpanzees steal blankets off each other I was thoroughly hungry.
So, what else is there to do when you’re hungry but eat?
Beau, who had dragged me on the plane across to Dublin, knew Temple Bar well. He also knows my stomach well and showed me the most simple, yet most delicious burger place I’ve ever visited.
Bunsen has a simple menu, printed on to business cards. You get the choice of a hamburger or cheeseburger or a double of either and then you can pick and choose toppings and fries.
I opted for a plain (sacrilege I know) cheeseburger with hand cut fries and a shake.
Oh. My. God.
The burger came medium so was still juicy and pink. As I took the first bite my tastebuds were hit with the most delicious taste of perfectly seasoned beef patty.
Bunsen are the epitome of simple yet delicious and as I write this post all I can think of is how I want another.
Ireland – Love at first sight
I had never bothered to visit until the summer of 2016 when myself and one of my closest friends Katie went over to surprise our friends (and her boyfriend) who are in a band called Verdisa whilst they were touring over there.
As we were going further South/West we drove from Bristol up to Fishguard, got a three hour ferry across and then drove another 4 hours give or take on the other side. It was a lengthy journey but my god was it worth it.
Ireland is stunning. Absolutely stunning and we did the same trip again this year and went as far as Castletownbere this time.
If you visit you will immediately fall in love with the places you visit and the people in them. I definitely recommend branching further out and exploring the South and the West of Ireland.
One place that you must visit is Killarney National Park. First visit the lakes and then take a drive up through the National Park as you head further west and you will not be disappointed.
The trip to Dublin only reinforced my growing love for the Emerald Isle.