I woke up to the clearest and most beautiful day I could have hoped for yesterday so I knew I had to get out of the house and do something fun. I overheard some guests at the hostel I work at talking about Howth so I started doing so googling and realized it was the perfect place to spend such a beautiful day.
Howth is an outer suburb of Dublin and for only being an hour away, it couldn't be any more different in appearance. It's a quaint, hilly location with rows of beautiful houses lining the streets that wind down along the hillside. Despite being quaint in appearance, it's an extremely vibrant and lively town full of cute little shops, restaurants, and pubs. Howth is an attraction in itself but also boasts some wonderful attractions that you must see including Howth Harbour, Ireland's Eye, and Howth Castle which is one of the oldest inhabited buildings in Ireland! There's so much to see in such a small place, it's a wonderful way to spend a day if you're looking to get away from the hustle of Dublin city center!
My day started with some lovely walking trails full of exactly what I had been missing, nature. Dublin is wonderful but there's no denying the feeling you get when you're surrounded by nature. I wasn't entirely sure where I was headed but it was lovely just to stroll slowly through the paths that eventually led to the city and the harbour. As you can see from my pictures, there was no shortage of greenery with beautiful views overlooking the city and the Irish sea which separates Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Howth Harbour was breathtakingly beautiful. Plenty of cute little restaurants and pubs lining the streets, a wonderful view out into the Irish Sea, and walking trails along the harbour that allow you a closer look of some of the boats and an even better opportunity to stare out into the endless blue before you. VEGETARIANS / VEGANS BE MINDFUL - This is a fishing area so there are plenty of people fishing everywhere as well as most of the restaurants selling locally caught seafood. I was able to find a veggie burger and some pretty amazing chips, but I'd suggest grabbing a bite before heading this way just in case :D
My day ended with a quick walk around the Howth Castle grounds. As the castle is inhabited, they only offer tours to groups and schools for example so there's no access as a tourist. You can still enjoy a walk around the grounds however and from May through September, enjoy a bite to eat at the castle cafe. It's worth taking the stroll around the castle grounds, there's no denying the beauty of the grounds themselves or the castle standing before you. Castles are a perfect way to get a feel for the historical value of a place, there's something so enchanting and magical about a castle, it almost transports you to a time of long ago.
A trip to Dublin must include a trip to Howth. If you're looking for charm, nature, and gorgeous sea views, then Howth is the very place for you to visit <3
Above are some of the photos I took of the church. I won't post all of them otherwise you'd have no reason to go <3
Religious or not, it's important to learn about Dublin's history if you're here and curious as I am. There's no such thing as too much information. One of the things I promised myself when I came was that I would learn as much about this magical place as I could so that when I left, I felt connected to Dublin.
I implore you guys to take the 30 or 40 minutes it takes to wander through the church and learn about its extensive history. Being that it is almost a thousand years old, you can feel the years of history walking into it and it takes you on a journey through a rather tumultuous existence.
St. Audeon's Church is located in Corn Market Dublin 8 and you can contact them by phone at 353 1 677 0088 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Lucky Stone photo taken from: bargaintraveleurope.com
All other photos are mine.
Starting things off, there's a bit of a history and science exhibit with various wax sculptures, interactive areas, and science related information about people in Ireland's history and what they achieved. There were some really cool facts for those of you who enjoy provoking your brain's power.
After that, you make your way through to where all of the celebrity related sculptures. Here you'll find the likes of Elvis, Pope Francis, and some characters that those from Dublin or Ireland in general might recognize. Along with the sculptures, there's information about the person each sculpture depicts and man, some of those sculptures are quite lifelike and super accurate. Definitely worth checking out. Below are some of the pictures but I don't want to spoil it so I saved some of the photos for myself.
After finishing with all of the celeb sculptures, you can make your way through an enchanted forest which is great for children. Super colourful and inviting with some amazing wax work sculptures to be seen. Lastly, you make your way through the horror aspect of the museum if you dare. Here you'll find some familiar faces (Freddy Krueger, Hannibal Lecter, Frankenstein) along with some ghoulish and frightening scenes. This was probably my favourite part being a horror movie junkie!
For 15 euros, I can't imagine a better way to spend a few hours. The wax work was pretty phenomenal, there were some spooks, and some other attractions I don't want to spoil. Seriously check this place out if you're in Dublin!
Located in the beautiful Christchurch area, Dublinia stands elegantly among markets, modern touches, and medieval memories, grazing the sky in a most majestic and invigorating way. Visually, Dublinia appears right out of a history book, with architecture that screams of medieval history. Looking upon it invites this feeling of historical charm that is hard to deny and once inside, that same beauty is hard to deny.
Once you've finished engulfing yourself in Dublin's rich and colourful history, make sure to take the 90+ step journey up to St. Michael's Tower for beautiful, panoramic views of Dublin city. Picture worthy to say the least! Before you leave, stop by the coffee shop and enjoy a beverage r pick up a little souvenir at the gift shop to commemorate the experience.
It's great fun and a great opportunity to learn about this beautiful country. Expect to spend approximately 2 hours here. Here's the information for Dublinia below!
Definitely the very best Mexican food I've ever had and that says a lot because I've eaten at almost every Mexican restaurant I've ever came across. They have a wide selection of vegetarian and vegan options and some scratch made salsas that are superb. I suggest trying the vegetarian sopes. They hand make the tostadas which makes the experience so much more authentic, and so much more delicious. This place is a must try!
I had researched some vegetarian and vegan restaurants prior to coming so I knew where I'd want to go when I arrived and Cornucopia was very well received. There were so many options to choose from and the staff were super friendly. You have options for mains, salads, and beverages, and the price is super affordable when you consider the amount of food you get. I can't suggest anything specific because they change quite often but you can follow them on instagram for updates to their menu. I can assure you that there will definitely be something that tickles your fancy. Check them out!
THE HUNGRY MEXICAN
Plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. I had the soy meat tacos with salsa verde. It was an extremely filling meal considering the basket of chips was ENORMOUS. I loved how many options they had for vegetarians including jack fruit tostadas, and fried plantain or soy meat options for burritos and tacos.
BURRITOS AND BLUES
Very large burritos, inexpensive, and a good selection of toppings and salsas. Veggie options are limited to bean or grilled veggies, but the plethora of available toppings means you can cater your burrito however you want. Loved the corn salsa and the guacamole was tasty too.
PABLO PICANTE BURRITO BAR
Enormous burritos and a good selection of veggie options. Grilled veggies, citrus marinated tofu, or grilled veggies are the main options. They also have a good selection of scratch made salsas and sauces. For the price, you leave wholly satisfied and full beyond belief.
THE ELECTRIC VEGAN
A small, quaint cafe with a small but delicious sounding menu. Specials change often and the manager was an absolute delight. I had the electric grill burger which was super delicious. I could tell the chickpea patty was scratch made which I appreciated. Costly but super filling. If it's scratch made, it's worth the price, that's for sure!
Once I have the opportunity to eat more, you guys will know where I go and whether you need to check them out or walk right on past.
Logos taken from the individual websites and are not my own. Food photos are mine.
Dublin's city center is so vibrant and happening. There's literally always something to see, do, or experience. What I especially love is the mix of old architecture and modern surroundings. I believe this combination is what makes Dublin such a charming city. A friend of mine suggested that getting lost is often the best way to discover hidden gems and she couldn't be more right. Although it seems super large, the city itself is actually quite small and very walk able. Once you figure out your way around, it's all easy breezy after that. I can't wait to explore more of it and try more amazing food :p
Check out some of my snaps from my walk to the city center today. I hope you guys appreciate the beauty and charm of this city as much as I do.
Don't you just love the architecture? I can't stop swooning over it :) Anyhow, I'll likely hold off on the day by days after today, I implore you all to follow me on instagram, twitter, and facebook, where I'll continue to share pics and posts as they happen. Also, tomorrow I'll be sharing with you guys some of the places I've eaten thus far, and what makes them hot or not!
Gnite y'all xo
Today was a great day y'all! First off, I managed to get all the way to the city center and back without getting lost. Do any of you realize what a milestone this is after only 3 days lol Considering yesterday I literally walked for over four hours trying to find my way back, it's a serious accomplishment. I didn't take too many snaps of the city today aside from the ones I shared of my experience at the GUINNESS STOREHOUSE - link - happyveggie.weebly.com/travel/touring-the-guinness-storehouse
Check out today's snaps I took of the city while out and about. I absolutely love the architecture here. The buildings look so medieval despite the city being a pretty updated metropolis. Have any of you guys ever visited Dublin? If so, what were your thoughts of the city and its architecture?
Enjoy my snaps and I'll catch up with you all tomorrow xo
What an amazing tour this was guys! Guinness is so much more than a dark, potent stout! It's an important part of Ireland's history and has a backstory that you can't help but be intrigued by. Considering I'm shacked up super close to the storehouse, I had to take advantage of this amazing tour. Of course, there were options for a guided tour, but I decided to go with the self guided, which was just as informative if you're interested in learning of course.
What originally started as a small ale brewery, has grown into one of the most recognizable beer brands across the globe. Guinness was a first of its kind and the term "stout" actually became more than just a descriptive word because of Guinness' dark, rich colour. Arthur Guinness began brewing the dark stout in 1799 in the St. James Brewing Facility which is still standing today. Arthur Guinness had a lot of work to do to bring the facility up to standard but it obviously paid off substantially. Can you imagine a 45 euro a year rent for a facility that churns out as much product as this? It's astounding!
Here's some GUINNESS facts that are hard to ignore <3
Information gathered from. All photos taken by myself.
It wasn't all shits and giggles, I accomplished a bit today as well. Managed to get my Immigration mix up taken care of and caught up with the SWAP group to update them on my status. I collected a few more recruitment agencies to contact tomorrow so here's to hoping I have a job sooner than later!
On that note, I'm switching off, having a few beers, and turning on a movie. My poor legs need a rest after all of the walking today I'll tell ya!
I spent the day taking pictures, getting lost, and enjoying every minute of it. Later on, I'll be making special trips to special monuments and giving you guys some facts and deets about the places I visit, but for now, it's just about the shots. Ireland has such a charm about it, even in the areas that are seemingly shady. There's something enchanted about this place and I hope you all feel the same after looking through today's snaps!
I hope you guys enjoy today's snaps! I can't wait to get out and explore new areas but my focus is on finding a job and an apartment lol These things seem a bit more important to me this time around, I don't want to be heading home again with my tail between my legs :P
I'll resume regular blog posting tomorrow with the week's first recipe so make sure to keep checking back for updates <3
The adventures of a LGBT , Vegetarian, Canadian Expat in Ireland.
I'll be sharing everything I encounter and all the fun and exciting things that happen to me in this beautiful country!