May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
– Irish Blessing
Recently, I had a week’s respite from my law studies and took the opportunity to have a whirlwind trip to Ireland.
I love Dublin. It may be a small city, but it is bursting with characterful Irish pubs, and it’s truly hard to not be enthralled by its streets fronted by rainbow coloured Georgian doors with intricate fanlights.
During my first day in Dublin, I was lucky enough to have the fashion afternoon tea (called Prêt-à–Portea) at the lovely Georgian drawing rooms in The Merrion, accompanied by the euphonious sound of a harpist in the background. The afternoon tea comprised a delicious ensemble of tiny desserts including biscuits, cakes, mousses and éclairs inspired by pieces from Jason Wu, Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo, Simone Rocha, and the Irish designers Orla Kiely and Louise Kennedy.
The second day was dedicated to shopping – mainly in the wonderful Irish department store, Brown Thomas. I snagged some absolute bargains in the sale, including a beautiful Self-Portrait dress and a pair of Kenzo trainers.
On the morning of my final day, I explored Ireland’s Natural History Museum, aka the Dead Zoo. I have been visiting this place since I was a child, and as a wannabe naturalist, its exhibition provides an endless source of wonder to me.
Until next time, Dublin.