Author: Jessica Colley

New at the National Gallery in Dublin

New at the National Gallery in Dublin
A sanctuary in the center of Dublin is the National Gallery of Ireland. This free attraction is a great place to walk around while a rainshower passes or enjoy afternoon tea. While my favorite exhibit is the collection of Jack B Yeats paintings, I decided today to stop in and take a look at a new exhibition:...
May 25th, 2010 | Dublin | Read More

Divine Desserts in Dublin

Divine Desserts in Dublin
One thing I definitely miss about living in the States is options when it comes to dessert. If you don’t want to sit down to a full meal, but you just want something sweet, and maybe a glass of wine, there is usually somewhere close by in the States. One missing element in the Dublin dining scene...
May 24th, 2010 | Dublin | Read More

Grafton Street: The Heart of Dublin

Grafton Street: The Heart of Dublin
People often ask me when they first arrive to Dublin, what’s the first thing they should do? This is a difficult question but the simple answer is a stroll down Grafton Street. This pedestrianzed street is the heart of Dublin, and a walk from one end to the other will be a good introduction to...
May 22nd, 2010 | Dublin | Read More

Luxury Summer Getaways: 5 Honeymoon Ideas

Luxury Summer Getaways: 5 Honeymoon Ideas
The summer wedding season is just about to kick off and besides all of the last minute details – from flowers to table linens to the wedding cake – there is one very important decision that couples must make: where to spend the honeymoon. Newlyweds are casting their net farther and wider these days...
May 21st, 2010 | Luxury | Read More

Hike Killiney Hill in Dublin

Hike Killiney Hill in Dublin
One of the best ways to rediscover the place you live is when friends come to visit. Last weekend a friend from the States came over for her very first trip to Dublin. Where to begin? What restaurants to try? What would we do if it rained? After considering all of these questions, and providing her with...
May 20th, 2010 | Dublin | Read More

One of Dublin’s Best Brunch Spots

One of Dublin’s Best Brunch Spots
The Lennox Cafe is so quaint, so quality, and so affordable that I shouldn’t even be writing about it. Before this weekend, I had tried a few times to have brunch at Lennox Cafe, only to find a line of people out the door waiting for a table. I was discouraged at the time, but after hearing from...
May 18th, 2010 | Dublin | Read More

Ancient History on Dublin’s Doorstep

Ancient History on Dublin’s Doorstep
Beyond all of the pubs, music, and food that travelers love about Ireland, there is a rich history to be discovered. Some of it is as recent as the last few decades, but some of it is as old as 5,000 years ago. Taking the time to see this side of Ireland during a visit to Dublin will help to give you...
May 16th, 2010 | Dublin | Read More

Outdoor Oasis in Dublin

Outdoor Oasis in Dublin
One of my favorite places in all of Dublin is Herbert Park (map). There are so many endearing qualities about this outdoor space: the surrounding neighborhoods are incredibly charming to walk through, the flowers and trees are diverse and beautiful, and the pristine swans in the lake are a pleasure to...
May 15th, 2010 | Dublin | Read More

Sweet Treats in Dublin

Sweet Treats in Dublin
Dublin is a city that is best explored on foot. The manageable city center has many parks, lanes, nooks and crannies that are best seen by walking. Sometimes when you’re trotting around town from one attraction to the next, you need a little sweet pick me up. If you don’t want to sit down...
May 13th, 2010 | Dublin | Read More

A Literary Pint in Dublin

A Literary Pint in Dublin
Have you ever heard the old travel advice that you should never stop for a drink or a bite to eat in the very center of a city? This is true in many of Europe’s cities, as prices are usually higher and quality might be lacking. Another element to this argument is that you might rub elbows with...
May 12th, 2010 | Dublin | Read More

Dublin Debate: Sightseeing Buses

Dublin Debate: Sightseeing Buses
It seems almost every European city has them these days, the bright red (or yellow, or green) buses that whisk tourists throughout the city to the major attractions, often providing an open-top second deck where you can take in the views. Some people love them, some people hate them, and there are good...
May 10th, 2010 | Dublin | Read More

Fish & Chips in Dublin

Fish & Chips in Dublin
Whether you are trying to save a few ‘quid’ to splurge on one of Dublin’s fine-dining restaurants or just traveling on a budget, fish & chips makes for a satisfying lunch or dinner. You can find this staple throughout the city: in ‘chippers’ (fast-food chip shops), in...
May 9th, 2010 | Dublin | Read More

Salon Splurge in Dublin

Salon Splurge in Dublin
Some of the most difficult things about living abroad are the most simple. What dry cleaner to use, what pharmacies are the most affordable, and the ever prevalent question for women, where to get your hair cut? After a butcher job or two anyone will turn in desperation to the internet for recommendations....
May 6th, 2010 | Dublin | Read More

Upcoming Dublin Festivals

Upcoming Dublin Festivals
Spring is one of the best times of the year to visit Dublin. The sun doesn’t set until 10pm, everything is blooming, and children are still in school (meaning more space at attractions and restaurants for you!) Each spring Dublin rolls out a great series of festivals to celebrate the pleasant weather...
May 5th, 2010 | Dublin | Read More

Irish Staple: Delicious Brown Bread

Irish Staple: Delicious Brown Bread
Somehow Irish food has gotten the reputation as being bland. While I can’t say that every meal I’ve had in Dublin has been great, I can honestly say that most of them have been above average, and never bland! Local products such as Irish smoked salmon, artisanal cheeses, and brown bread are...
May 3rd, 2010 | Dublin | Read More

Where to Exchange Money in Dublin

Where to Exchange Money in Dublin
If you’re an American traveling to Dublin, you are going to need some euros to spend. While most restaurants will accept credit cards, there are some instances where you will find a big ‘cash only’ sign. For example, attractions like museums may only accept cash, and many pubs will...
May 1st, 2010 | Dublin | Read More

Where to Find Pizza in Dublin

Where to Find Pizza in Dublin
I am currently on vacation in Sicily for a week and I’ve eaten some fantastic pizza. The Italians have brought their culinary staples all over the globe – and Dublin is no exception. To find a good slice, you need to know where to look, what chains offer quality pizzas, and what to avoid. There...
April 30th, 2010 | Dublin | Read More

Daytrip Outside Dublin: Glendalough

Daytrip Outside Dublin: Glendalough
Any visit to Dublin must also include seeing some of the countryside. The difficult choice will be which way to go – and what to see? There are historical monuments, seaside walks, mountains to climb, and in the case of Glendalough, a 6th century monastic settlement to explore. (map) St. Kevin...
April 29th, 2010 | Dublin | Read More

Dublin One Stop Shopping

Dublin One Stop Shopping
If there’s one thing I hate about shopping abroad it is when all I can find is the same international brands with the same choices that I could find at home. Any souvenir I really treasure has been found at an off the beaten path location, a shop that I stumbled upon often when I was lost or was...
April 25th, 2010 | Dublin | Read More

Inside Dublin: Where to Find a Good Cappuccino

Inside Dublin: Where to Find a Good Cappuccino
In a city of tea drinkers, there are many places that massacre a cup of coffee. The milk is burnt. The coffee is bitter. The proportions are wrong. For some reason, there’s more cocoa powder on the top than there is espresso in the coffee. For an American with a love of a good cappuccino, this...
April 23rd, 2010 | Dublin | Read More