Our Christmas and New Years were spent in lovely Blackrock, a suburb of Dublin with Dave’s parents. It was a really relaxing Christmas, which is really nice to have we realized. We did lots over the two weeks we were home visiting Dave’s family but it was balanced with a lot of tea drinking, tv watching and game playing, with a lot of sleeping late. Like everyone else I’ve talked to, we all got the head cold that comes with Christmas holidays and finally letting your body relax. It wasn’t nearly as bad as what my parents managed to get in London, pneumonia and a chest infection. Luckily everyone is healthy now and I’m already dreaming of our next trip to Dublin.
Now that it was my second trip back to Dublin, I knew what I wanted to do that we had done last trip but also some new things as well. We visited the city centre a few times, walking down Grafton street and watching all the buskers playing music, while the people shopped crazily before Christmas. I love just walking around the city. I don’t need a purpose but I rather enjoy walking into different shops or sitting in a cafe for awhile enjoying a delicious treat.
I discovered a new coffee shop in Blackrock that I wish I had gone to more, but there’s always next time! This trip we didn’t spend as much time in the city centre and more time around Blackrock exploring the neighbouring towns. We did a few really nice long walks along the coast, which were some of my favourite days we had. It was cold as we walked over the cliffs with the wind blowing but it was so magical and definitely worth it. After all we had to walk off all our Christmas dinner and desserts and more dinner and more desserts.
I obviously went to Avoca and Butler’s after Dave introduced me last trip. Butler’s is a chocolate shop in Dublin with not only some of the yummiest gourmet chocolates but also the best hot chocolate ever. Last time we were in Dublin Dave introduced me to it and I made a point of going once this time around. I couldn’t let us go home without it! I had a milk chocolate hot cocoa, whereas Dave decided to try their white chocolate version, both were amazing. When you order a hot drink you get a free chocolate too, so really you can’t not go! Avoca was simply amazing like it always is! Sadly the salad we had for lunch one day did not get photographed but we have since recreated it a number of times. I will definitely post the recipe on the blog this Spring sometime, it is to die for. I did however get a photo of our delicious scone, which we shared. Every time I go to Avoca I have to get a scone, I think they are probably the best scones I’ve ever had!
I already am dreaming about our trip back to Ireland, summer 2020, it will be nice to see the city in a different light in the summertime!