Paris, Dublin

Thank you all so much for the anniversary wishes. It was a special day, made extra special by your lovely comments both here and on Facebook. Devo surprised me with a diamond ring (I know!) and a beautiful bunch of flowers. I surprised him by writing that blogpost. Not really a fair trade is it? ... but I guess that's 10 years of marriage for you...

This time ten years ago I was on my honeymoon in Paris. We had very little money, a crappy hotel and, after the rush of getting the wedding organised (we did it all in three months), we suddenly found ourselves with a lot of time on our hands. We spent hours wandering the narrow streets and grand avenues hand in hand. We spent some days sightseeing. But, if my memory serves me correctly, we spent most of our time eating. 

It was glorious.

On our tenth anniversary we accidentally brought Paris to life for ourselves again. We escaped our ordinary days for just a couple of hours and wandered the back streets and main thoroughfares of Dublin hand in hand, with no real purpose. Eventually we found ourselves in one of my favourite cafés, Le Petit Parisien, for tea and cake. (Seriously good cake)

And for a while I was transported, right back to the very beginning of these past 10 years. Right back to the time when it was just the two of us and we had all the time in the world to sit together in dimly lit cafés. I could have stayed there all day...

Unfortunately, we couldn't, but that little outing made me realise that it's possible to have a pretty decent fake-French holiday right here in Dublin!

I was going to do a whole 'guide to French stuff in Dublin' thing, but there are others far more equipped to do that than me. 

Instead, I'll point you in the direction of Paris, Dublin, in case you can't afford the real thing this year either.

(It happens to be Bastille day in a couple of days, so my little revelation was quite timely it seems!)

For a great run down of Bastille day events (July 14th) click HERE
To book a French food and wine tour of Dublin click HERE
...she also runs a French Foodie Movie Club which sounds amazing.

You can always hit up a few galleries too, we obviously don't have anything on the scale of the Louvre, but we do have tons of great galleries and museums. The Chester Beatty Library is a particular favourite of mine. They sometimes have Parisian exhibitions like this, but it's always a lovely place to visit even if they don't. Whenever I'm there I always feel like I'm not even in Dublin. It's so tucked away inside the castle lots of people forget about it.

I'm all about the stay-cation this Summer because of 'certain circumstances'. Our little trip to Paris, Dublin was hopefully the first of many!


  1. What a lovely day and a lovely idea for a post. There's a series in this- Barcelona, Dublin. New York, Dublin. DO IT. (PS Happy anniversary and nice bling bling!)

    1. Thank you! You're right... I like the idea of a series. I'd better put my thinking cap on!

  2. Lovely post and so glad you got to enjoy your anniversary with a trip down memory lane, of sorts. I REALLY like the sound of that French Foodie Movie Club!

    1. Thanks Naomi :) Doesn't it sound fab?! We'll have to book it for when you're next in town.

  3. What a lovely post, what a wonderful anniversary you have had!


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