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How to Hike The Cliffs of Moher

The Best Way to Experience the Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are on many a bucket list, and one of the fan-favourite places to visit in Ireland (and in Europe I would say). As it’s such a hot spot among tourists, there are no shortages of tour companies who have day tours running from Dublin, Belfast, Galway, etc. They drive you to the Cliffs, give you an hour to explore through the Visitor Centre. It could be a bit underwhelming for those of you who have been dreaming of visiting them for years. Or those who love the outdoors, and who want to see the iconic views and places important scenes (ahem, Harry Potter?) have been filmed. Unfortunately, it’s hard to see the version of the cliffs you see online from the Visitor’s Centre because you’re right on top of the main chunk of the Cliffs. But most people don’t know they have an alternative, well here it is:

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My Go-To Travel Outfit | Hiking in Ireland

Function Over Fashion: A minimalist approach to styling while travelling
I am NOT someone who overpacks when they travel. Now that I’m living in the U.K. I’m traveling on budget airlines (bc ya girl’s on a budget), which charge you even for a hand luggage carry on. On my latest adventure to the West coast of Ireland to do some hiking, I packed everything into my small and beloved Lululemon backpack, which fits perfectly under the seat of the airplane. Mind you, the trip was four nights, five days, and included city days in Galway and Dublin, and two days in the countryside hiking and biking, so I needed a LOT of variety when it came to my clothes… or so you would think. I managed to find basically one outfit that worked under all circumstances, admittedly I did not look fantastic and chic in the cities, but it was good enough!
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Travel | Temple Bar & Downtown Dublin

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Here is the last little segment on my Irish adventures! Last October I travelled to Ireland to visit a friend for reading week. Since then, I’ve been slowly putting together little collections of photos from my visit and documenting all my adventures there for you! In case you missed it, I’ve already done posts for Phoenix Park and Dun Laoghairenow here’s what I got up to when I stayed in downtown Dublin and spent my days walking around O’Connell Street and Temple Bar. One day, I venture off a little bit to visit the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland – totally worth it! I’ve added in some of the pictures I took there too, because they’re some of my favourites.

The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

I had to walk about half an hour to get here, probably would have been way easier to get a cab or take the bus, but I really wanted to take the opportunity to see Dublin! I was not disappointed by my walk, I got outside of the central business area and got to see some cute neighborhoods and parks and residential areas and such. Processed with VSCO with m5 preset

Entry to the gardens is free (lush!) and the gardens are huge. Even though it’s a bit out of the way, if you’re a fan of botanic gardens, it’s definitely worth going to. It was a bit rainy when I got there, but there were plenty of conservatories to dip into and big trees to hide under, and I was wearing my hunter boots and raincoat, so I wasn’t too bothered. They also have art installations all over the place, I don’t think I got a picture of many but they were awesome! More places should do that, it really added to the experience!Processed with VSCO with f2 presetProcessed with VSCO with f2 preset

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Here’s one of the installations I mentioned!

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The rest of my days downtown were spent shopping in and around O’Connell street, and walking over to the Dublin Castle and Temple Bar area. Here are some pictures from O’Connell street and the surrounding area (aka pictures I took walking to the area from my hotel).

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Dublin Castle & Temple Bar

Okay, I never went in Dublin Castle because I was super hungry and anxious feeling, and I only really went for dinner in Temple Bar (after walking to Dublin Castle, ha!). I didn’t take too many pictures in either area, but here are a few! Processed with VSCO with g3 presetProcessed with VSCO with f2 presetProcessed with VSCO with f2 presetProcessed with VSCO with f2 preset

Ladurée Dublin

Ladurée is just a bit beyond the Temple Bar area, and I found it completely by accident. I was walking around looking for places to shop (because I really didn’t have anything else to do) and I started having horrible indigestion and anxiety. Turn the corner – cue angels singing – and there’s a Ladurée. Blessed. I got a green tea and a pistachio macaron, sat outside and people watched. The man who helped me was beyond lovely and I felt a lot better after going, so I thought it deserved it’s own special shout out!

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A Chiara Ferragni box! I was so happy to see that.

And that’s that! Some notes about my stay downtown – I stayed at the Belvedere Hotel, which was perfectly lovely and the location was great – not too central, but not too far from central, and it had a nice cafe on the corner! I didn’t take any buses apart from getting from UCD area to downtown, and I didn’t take any cabs apart from the one I took to the airport. The bus from downtown to the airport was only around 30 euro (I believe… it was awhile ago now). If you have any other questions just let me know!! I’ll do my best to answer!

These pictures were (mostly) edited in VSCO with the F2 preset, and taken on my iPhone 6.

Hope you enjoyed!

x Sabrina

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Travel | Dun Laoghaire, Dublin 

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I took this walking along the shorefront, with a selfie stick, while people stared. Dedication.

If you follow me on Instagram, it will come as no surprise that on my recent trip to Dublin, Dun Laoghaire was a particular favourite of mine. I traveled to Dun Laoghaire on the 46A (in the opposite direction of Phoenix Park, which I went to the day before). It was a relatively cheap and quick bus ride, and I spent the rest of the day wandering around Dun Laoghaire and Sandycove. Can I just say, if you’re going to spend a day wandering around Dublin and you want it to feel particularly magical, go to Dun Laoghaire. I felt like I was walking through the scenes of a very well written novel – probably because there’s lots of Ulyssess mentions everywhere, but still. Look at these pictures I took while there, (be warned, I took a lot, these are just my favourites!), and try and tell me that you don’t think it’s a magical place. (You’d be wrong, because it is).

Walking from the bus stop to Sandycove

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I walked along the shorefront to the beach

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One time I turned a corner and there was an old man playing fetch with his dog on these rocks. True story, and highlight from my visit.

 

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Sandycove Beach and the Forty Foot

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It was October, this is the ocean, people were swimming both at the beach and at the Forty Foot. Unreal. 

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Sandycove Beach

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I took this at the Forty Foot and I just like it a lot

Dun Laoghaire Pier

I couldn’t leave without going for a walk along the pier. It was a bit chilly so I picked up a hot chocolate from the Teddy’s food van, and drank it while I walked. Seriously one of the best hot chocolates I’ve had, but I was really cold, and it was really beautiful, so I might be a bit biased. The view of the sailboats in the harbour was idyllic, you’ll see. Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

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Appreciation pic of my delicious hot chocolate

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Looking out at the sea from between the rocks on the pier

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Then, before I left I did a bit of walking around in what I assume is the ‘downtown’ area of Dun Laoghaire. I went to a Starbucks, and a Penneys, and I took a picture of a church and a street corner, enjoy.

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Some of these images have been processed with various filters from VSCO, if you want to know which one just ask in the comments! These are all my favourite pictures from one of my favourite places, hope you enjoyed and please leave comment if you do! More pictures from Temple Bar and downtown Dublin coming soon 🙂

x Sabrina

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Travel | Phoenix Park, Dublin

As you may know if you’re following me on social media, over my fall reading week I paid a visit to my friend in Dublin. One of the top places on my list of things to do and see was Phoenix Park because hello??? Deer are my favourite animals! If you don’t know what Phoenix Park is, it’s basically Dublin’s version of Central Park – except it’s about 10 times as big, and is home to about a million different places to adventure and explore. I personally just wanted to go visit the deer, but we could have easily spent the entire day there walking around. If I lived in Dublin, I would absolutely be going there for picnic dates. So much potential for adorableness. Anyways! Here are some of the pictures we got, sorry for not-so-great quality, my iPhone 6’s battery is DONE, and I forgot a memory card for my camera so we used my friend’s iPhone 5 (I think?!) I think they still turned out really nicely though!

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