When I die Dublin will be written in my heart.

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Bridge over the River Liffey (apologies, I was a little bit too hungover to actually figure out the name of the bridge)

 This weekend I went to Dublin for my lovely friend Laura’s hen weekend. I’ve known Laura every since we met moving into our University accommodation way back when, when we were young innocent first years. Too many years ago to count now. (Or at least, it would be impolite to try and count – you’d need more than just fingers and thumbs, put it that way). So it was fantastic to celebrate with her and other old friends in this fantastic city. I’ve actually been to Dublin twice before – both times for hen weekends – but, as is the way with this things, hadn’t actually been able to see any of the city, except for bars, clubs, the Guinness factory, and pole dancing classrooms (ahem).

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Merrion Square.

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St Stephen’s shopping centre

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But this time around, I’d booked myself on a later flight on Sunday evening and so had a bit of time to explore. We’d got the lay of the land on a brilliant (and somewhat hair-raising) bus tour the day before – but Dublin is small enough to explore on foot, and as the sun was shining down us, a walk was a brilliant way to blow away the hangover cobwebs.

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Trinity College. Where you get your clever on.

 Café en Seine. Well, after all that walking, you need to reward yourself with a sit down and a drink. It would be rude not to, and this wonderfully decorated café was the perfect place to recover. On Sunday, we were even serenaded with some live jazz.


Café en Seine. Well, after all that walking, you need to reward yourself with a sit down and a drink. It would be rude not to, and this wonderfully decorated café was the perfect place to recover. On Sunday, we were even serenaded with some live jazz.

 

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Merrion Square. And a statue of Oscar Wilde looking particularly louche. (The only statue in colour in Dublin. Turns out I was listening to some of the bus tour commentary after all. I also learnt that Dublin has 600 churches and 900 pubs. Not a bad ratio)

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Cosmo. Handmade by me in the cocktail making class at the Mint Bar

 

Today’s quote is from James Joyce.

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