Sunday, 4 June 2017

Best Brunch Spots in Galway

The most important (and delicious) meal of the week and the most enjoyable way to start your day, brunch is here to stay. I'm always looking for new places to try so I thought I'd compile a list of my favourites to help out my fellow brunch lovers. Whether you're looking for pancakes, poached eggs or a full Irish there's something on this list to satisfy everyone.

  • Ard Bia at Nimmos 
Located right across from the Galway Museum just by Spanish Arch, lies one of Galway's cutest little restaurants. Their infamous brunch ranges from Burren Smoked Salmon to the aptly named 'Hippy Fry'. Fun fact: the restaurant features in Ed Sheeran's 'Galway Girl' music video. If it's good enough fro Ed, it's good enough for us!

What to try: The french toast- pure indulgence.
Check out their website here
  • The Kitchen @ Galway Museum
How good can a museum restaurant really be I hear you ask? Pretty damn good is the answer. They offer traditional breakfast items such as granola and pancakes, aswell as more adventurous offerings like their delicious Middle Eastern Mezze. A great place to try if you're looking for something a little bit different.

What to try: One of their freshly pressed juices
Check them out here.
  • Dela Restaurant
Located on Dominick Street, this place has made quite the name for itself and there's no wonder why. They change up their menu regularly but expect to find a range of delicious options from eggs benedict with avocado on toast to fluffy buttermilk pancakes with plenty of drink options. Try to get there early to beat the queues.

What to try: Anything with a side of their home fries.
Check out their website here.

Instagram: @delarestaurant
  • Mocha Beans
If you need somewhere to refuel after a walk on the prom in Salthill, look no further than Mocha Beans. This unassuming café has a fabulous breakfast/brunch menu with some great healthy and vegan options such as their Power Wrap and Veggie Breakfast. 

What to try: The Acai berry bowl with their delicious house granola is my personal favourite.
Check out their website here.
  • Caprice
This relatively new eatery has the prettiest interior and is also open nice and early from 8am Monday-Saturday (11am on Sundays). Treat yourself to a glass of bubbles or a mimosa with one of their many food offerings.

What to try: Their generous portion of smashed avocado with poached egsgs on sourdough.
Check out the full menu over on their website.
  • Corrib House Tea Rooms
Housed in a beautifully restored Georgian Townhouse, you can enjoy your meal overlooking the water. This place is perfect if you're looking for something more tradional and homely. They do a great fry and sweeter offerings but also have a few healthy options such as a Smoked Mackerel Salad.

What to try: Their waffles are unbelievable. 
Check out their website here.

If you have any places I should try or if you give any of these recommendations a go, please let me know in the comments below!


Friday, 23 December 2016

Interrail Travel Diary #1 | Paris

The first stop on my interrail adventure was the beautiful city of Paris. We only spent two full days here but we managed to fit lots in!


Hostels are my preferred form of accommodation when travelling with friends as they're affordable,  in great locations and are the best way to meet fellow travellers! We opted for Vintage Hostel, conveniently located a short walk from Gare du Nord (the train station), Le Sacré-Coeur and right by the Anvers metro line. The room was small but had everything we needed, beds and our own private bathroom. They also have computers, printers, a kitchen and a gym which is definitely a luxury! It's also very safe, which should always be a top priority. In regards to nightlife, the atmosphere wasn't all that great when we were there but we found that was in Paris in general, not necessarily just this hostel.


There's so much to do and see in Paris, I'd recommend planning your day to make sure you fit as much as possible in.

Day #1

We started off our trip with a visit to Le Sacré-Coeur, which I found breathtakingly beautiful. After that we headed to Le Notre Dame and walked across to the cutest little bookshop, Shakespeare & Company, which is certainly worth a visit. Make sure you go upstairs and take a turn on the typewriter and the old piano in the back. There's something very magical about sitting with a book and listening to the sound of the piano in the background. Just a warning though, no photos allowed inside the shop! 

We ended our first day by going to watch the Eiffel Tower light show, which occurs every hour on the hour, for five minutes. It was pouring rain when we were there but if you're lucky enough to get some sunshine, pack up a little picnic and sit by Place du Trocadéro (the best place to watch the show) for a truly magical experience. If you happen to be visiting around Winter time, forego the picnic and head up to the first floor of the tower to the ice rink instead!

Day #2

We decided to take a trip to Chateau de Versailles today. The journey takes about an hour and a half via the RER C train. For full details on how to get there check out this very handy blog post. There are a number of ways to get in for free so make sure to bring your passport and check if you meet any of the criteria here. The entire grounds are extremely lavish and ornate, and really bring you back in time. I would definitely recommend taking advantage of the free audio guide that is available to really make the most of the experience. 

No trip to Paris is complete without catching a glimpse of the Mona Lisa (and the many other beautiful pieces of art), in the Louvre. Again, ensure to checkout the free entry requirements and bring along your passport to avoid the €15 entrance fee. If you don't fancy queuing for hours, I'd recommend going as late (or as early) as possible as this is when we went and didn't have to queue for even a minute!

We ended this busy day with a quick metro ride to see L'Arc de Triomphe, grabbed a crêpe and took a stroll down the Champs-Élysées to gaze lustfully at the countless designer shops. 


We flew into Beauvais airport (€30 Ryanair flights, yes please!), which is located about an hour and 15 minutes outside of Paris. Buses depart approximately every 20 minutes after each arrival to Porte Maillot and tickets can be bought either online (€15.90 one way) or at the airport (€17 one way). Once you get to Porte Maillot you can hop straight on the metro to wherever your heart desires!

The metro will be your most-used form of transport and there are various ticket options depending on the duration of your stay. I'd personally recommend purchasing a 'carnet', which includes ten tickets for €14.50 which tends to workout as the cheapest option. For more information regarding all things metro, checkout this website.

That's a wrap on my Paris trip! I hope you enjoyed and this is somewhat useful to some of you. Stay tuned for many more travel diaries coming soon. If you have any questions, comments or anything at all please leave a comment below. Oh, and Merry Christmas!

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Packing Tips | Three Items You Should Never Forget!

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I’m sure there are people out there who absolutely adore packing for a trip—but I have yet to meet them! Packing is stressful in so many ways. The weather could take a sudden turn deeming your choices useless or you could forget something altogether. Along with my passport and credit cards, there are a few items that I make sure to pack no matter where I’m going or what I’m traveling via.

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3. Water Bottle

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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

My Top Interrail Tips & Tricks

I was lucky enough to spend the month of June interrailing this year and I can honestly say it was one of the best experience of my life. During my travels, I picked up a few tips that hopefully can help some of you out there have the trip of a lifetime! So without further-ado, here are my top interrail tips and tricks...

1. Plan

This may sound obvious but don't underestimate the benefits of planning your trip. Many people think that you can just 'wing it', and you can (and you should) to an extent. However, putting in some  effort in to organising details like train times, reservations, itinerary etc can save you a lot of time and money that could be better spent on improving the quality of your holiday.

2. Be Flexible

I know this seems like a contradiction of my previous tip but let me explain! Although you should have an idea of your route, be prepared to change it. You may not like somewhere as much as you thought you would and end up loving a different location. Having the flexibility to hop on a train and leave or stay an extra night somewhere else really makes the experience of interrailing all the more exciting!

3. Pack Smart

Packing is an important part of any trip but even more so when it comes to interrailing. It's important to pack light and the ultimate motivation to do so is that you're the one carrying everything on your back. A helpful (but difficult) guideline is to lay out everything you think you'll need and then half it, just don't forget the essentials!

4. Keep a Diary

It may sound a bit cringe, but keeping a diary is something that every traveller advises. You cover so much ground and see so much that it's impossible to remember everything. My friends and I would write about each place on the train leaving and it's so lovely to look back on. We also kept a 'quotes book' where we wrote down all the funny things people we met said or we said ourselves. Trust me, your future self will thank you for the laughter and memories.

5. Cook Yourself

Cooking yourself is surprisingly easy to do when interrailing, particularly if you're staying in hostels or self-catering apartments. It saves so much money that you can instead spend on fun things to do. Of course eating out is inevitable but try to limit it as much as possible. Instead, hit the local Aldi or Lidl (they're everywhere in Europe) and stock up on breakfast for your stay and some easy dinner options like pasta, omelettes and stir-fries.

6. Ask Locals

No matter how many time you google what to do in various cities, often the best things can be found out from the locals. Hostel workers are particularly helpful for recommendations on cheap places to eat and the best places to go out so make sure to ask!

7. Choose Travel Companions Carefully

This is arguably the most important tip of all. You may think that there could be nothing better than spending a month with your six best friends but being friends with someone and going on holidays with them for an extended period of time are two entirely separate things. I personally chose to travel with two of my best friends and we were so lucky that we didn't fight once. However, we know each other for long enough to know when to give each other space. I'd recommend not travelling with more than four or five people and remember that there will be a lot of exhausting, stressful situations so it helps to avoid clashing personalities.

8. Prioritise 

My final tip is to not to overdo it. Definitely get out and do as much as possible but it's better to give yourself time to enjoy everything rather than focus on being able to say you went to X amount of cities. Try to plan your route so that it's geographically makes sense so that you don't end up taking a 22 hour journey from one city to the next (we actually met girls who did this!). Have a few places you really want to see and things you want to do so that you maximise every second. Travelling is exhausting and you don't want to waste an experience of a lifetimes just because you were too tired to enjoy it!

I hope these tips were helpful and if you have any questions please do leave a comment below and I'd be more than happy to help in any way I can. If you're interested in more interrail-related posts, checkout the internal section of my blog here, which I will be updating consistently.

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My name is Stephanie, I'm 19, Irish and I love to travel. I've been lucky enough to have visited many places and I am constantly adding more to my list. I created this blog to share some things I've learned on my travels. I'm no expert, but I feel that if I can help someone plan their next trip or even inspire someone to go somewhere new then I've achieved something extremely worthwhile. Unfortunately, I am not one of those incredibly lucky souls who actually make a living from travelling, it's merely a hobby of mine. I spend most of my time studying Business and Economics in college in Dublin. I hope you love reading my blog as much as I love writing it!