As I’d been to Dublin before, I was keen to spend our last day doing something I hadn’t done before. We packed up our belongings and decided to discuss it over breakfast in Temple Bar.
Pancakes, bacon and fried egg. Breakfast of kings!
After much deliberation we decided to get the train 30 minutes out of Dublin to the little village of Howth, on the coast. I didn’t realise how close Dublin was to the seaside, and I’m so pleased we went because it was absolutely beautiful. The sea really is green and I finally realised why Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle!
There’s a stunning harbour, which we walked along…
Before climbing over the wall and, like little mountain goats, making our way down to the sea.
My boyfriend dipped his hands into the water and I decided to copy him, getting my boots a bit wet in the process!
We sat on the wall for a while, just feeling peaceful and listening to the waves crash against the rocks.
Deciding we needed to walk off our breakfast some more, we went for a walk up Howth Head. There are a number of walks, up to 6km long – we didn’t manage that much, but we did see some pretty spectacular views (and some ridiculous signs!)
We found a friendly dog as well, who was keen to play, but having returned him to his rightful owners, we made our way back down in search of yet more sustenance – chorizo sandwiches and ice cream at a gorgeous local café. The man who ran it had moved there from Germany and told us he just enjoyed the slower pace of life in Dublin. ‘If a delivery didn’t show up in Germany, you’d call them 100 times then change supplier,’ he told us, ‘Whereas in Dublin, you’re just like…oh well!’
I’m not saying I want to move to Howth and live in a café… I’m just saying it sounds pretty tempting!
We sat on the grass for a while, watching the sea gulls pecking about… and just like in Norwich, I fell asleep AGAIN! I think I need to slow down a bit, I clearly need all the sleep I can get!
Eventually I was woken up by the rain on my face, and it was time to catch the train back to Dublin, where we sadly had to get our bags and head for the airport. Howth was a beautiful village and it was lovely to see a new part of Ireland. We’ll definitely be back!