My Irish Escape, Part 1


I know I have been a little quiet in the blogosphere recently and that is because I took a little holiday with my boyfriend to Ireland to visit family and explore a little more of the Emerald Isle.  So I will apologise now if this post is a little long and photo heavy but I thought I'd just share a little of what I got up to on my little break.

I hate flying so I had a super anxious morning waiting to get on the plane and as we were up at 3am to head for the airport, we spent the first couple of days relaxing and catching up with family.  We went to Emo Court, where they have a big stately home with a really nice cafe set in lovely grounds with a big lake.  It was really nice to just walk around and luckily the rain held off until we went into the cafe for a late brunch.  If you've been to Ireland before you'll know how lucky you are if you manage to make it a whole day without getting caught in a shower.  We also went to one of the oldest pubs in Ireland for our first Guinness, it was such a quaint old Irish pub in a little town called Abbeyleix.

Now I'm sure if you read my blog you'll know that it's no secret that I love animals and the zoo, so of course we had to take a trip to Dublin Zoo whilst we were there.  If, like me, you love the zoo, I'd definitely recommend it if you ever happen to be in the area.  It is set in the grounds of Phoenix Park, which is a lovely setting and a nice place to visit in itself even if you're not a big fan of the zoo.

Playing spot the Hippo, I was actually a little stupidly excited by this one as I've never seen a Hippo in real life before.

So as not to bombard you, or bore you, with too long a post I have decided to split my trip into two parts and will share the rest of my trip with you in my next post.

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  1. Glad you had a nice holiday! that stately home looks familiar has it been used in any films that you know of ? x

  2. Beautiful photos! I'd love to visit Ireland, looks like a beautiful place xx

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  3. Yay, Ireland! That zoo looks so good, so many amazing animals! Although I'm sure all the exotic ones are less than impressed with Irish weather haha x

  4. I love animals and this post makes me smile!!!

  5. I love the Irish. I love Ireland. I also love zoos. Especially happy zoos that have nice enclosures with plenty of room. Red Pandas are a favourite too, they always seem to be sleeping when I go to the zoo so I love that you saw them and got such a great picture.

    Emma x

  6. That zoo looks awesome! I'm technically half Irish but I've never visited before...One day!

    Tara xo

  7. wow,I love ireland have been there on my honeymoon!
    Passa a trovarmi VeryFP

  8. good post. nice moments

  9. Hi dear! As usual, another great post! the photos look amazing.

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  10. Aaw, Red Pandas! Lovely pictures. I don't like flying at all either! xxx

  11. Wow, your pictures came out great, hope you had an amazing time. I'd love to visit Ireland one day :)

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  12. mesmerized w/ the 1st and 2nd photo :)

  13. I love the photos. It looks amazing there, I would love to visit Ireland.

  14. nice article :)

  15. Aw wow, this looks like a beautiful and enigmatic place to visit! I appreciate that you always take the time to stop by :)

  16. Really amazing <3


  17. omgosh the animals!! these pictures are amazing & can i just express my total jealousy over you catching red pandas?! i went to the zoo years ago and they were asleep :( can't wait to see more pics!
    xx Corinne

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  20. Looks like such a magical visit to Ireland! <3

    You should be proud of yourself for coping so well with your flying fears; thank you for understanding and supporting on my last post. Know only too well how that anxiety feels, and it's so horrible to have to deal with. Well done you for managing to get through it with ease and it looks like that lovely break was well deserved! xo

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  21. Great object dear :D


  22. I love seeing new places vicariously through blog posts like yours. I'm also a zoo-lover, which strikes some people as odd, because the zoos are usually the same all over the world.


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  23. How lovely! I also like to go to the zoo from times to times :) Nice pictures! I am sure you enjoyed!
    Lots of love!

  24. It looks so lovely. I love your photos.

  25. Such an inspiration :)



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