Included in our Christmas package at Powerscourt is a Christmas eve dinner at Sika Restaurant
During our stay at Powerscourt Hotel last Christmas, it included a pre-booked Christmas Eve dinner at the hotel’s restaurant named Sika. When I was writing my Powerscourt-related posts (you could read about our Christmas Package special here and here), I thought that the Christmas Eve dinner experience deserved its own post. So, here it goes..
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After the sumptuous Christmas Eve meal at the Sika restaurant in Powerscourt Hotel..
After our fantastic Christmas Eve meal at the Sika restaurant (that I haven’t written a review yet, whoops!), we were so excited about our Mountainview Suite and looked forward to our evening of rest. We didn’t book for any babysitting arrangements and decided to stay inside our hotel room to relax after a short tour of the hotel.
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Our Christmas getaway at the Powerscourt Hotel and strolling at the Estate..
We didn’t travel internationally for this year’s Christmas. Instead, we had a staycation at one of the best hotels in Ireland – Powerscourt Hotel. The hotel is situated within very close proximity to one of Ireland’s leading tourist attractions – Powerscourt Estate.
I have been to the Estate on my first year in Ireland but this is the first time for me to stay in the hotel. So, I was really looking forward to Christmas since the hotel is operated by no less than Marriott! 🙂
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So, this is what we experienced in our AirBnb accommodation in Galway
Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and from my personal experience with the AirBnb accommodation/owner. I will also not indicate the name of the owner, even if I knew her first name.
On our long weekend trip to Galway, we used AirBnb for our accommodation. I think it was literally a week before the trip that we decided to finally proceed. And if we were to consider booking a hotel for that trip, we can bet that the price would be quite steep, especially as we have to book separate rooms to accommodate us and my friend.
For that trip, we booked a 2-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom/toilet penthouse apartment. There was another 2-bedroom apartment located at the city center we considered that has Wi-Fi but only had one bathroom. We thought that even if we had to pay more in this penthouse apartment and without Wi-Fi, at least we have the convenience of having two bathrooms. Continue reading “AirBnb Personal Experience: Our Galway accommodation” »
On the second day in Galway, we went to the Galway Seafood and Oyster Festival
We only stayed in Galway for the long weekend so we had to make the most of our last day to roam around. On our first day, we took a leisure stroll around the city center and visited a number of attractions around. And in case you missed it, you can read my entry here.
The next day, we woke up to a really gloomy weather. I even checked my weather app to see if things will get better. But to my disappointment, that day was expected to receive showers and gray clouds. That didn’t stop us from stepping out, though. We just prepared ourselves by wearing the appropriate outdoor gear to protect us from the rain! Continue reading “Galway and the Oyster Festival” »
Personal dining experience at the Eyre Square Hotel Restaurant..
We recently had a trip to Galway to show a friend around. And because it is only about a 3-hour train ride from Dublin’s Heuston Station, we took the early-ish train to go to Galway. We thought it is the best way to make the most of the city since we were only there for the long weekend – so we wanted to arrive with enough time to walk around before it gets dark. Apart from that, we also took my son’s naptime in consideration so it all made sense to travel in the morning!
Luckily for us, there was a 10:05 AM train to go to Galway. We booked our tickets online and arrived very early inside the station to have breakfast before the trip. The train ride was OK apart from some noisy group of guys onboard the same train car as us. We didn’t go hungry in the middle of the trip since we had a BIG breakfast before the journey started. But boy! We were so hungry when we finally arrived in Galway!
The great thing about Galway’s train station is that it is super close to A LOT of restaurants and pubs. As soon as we stepped outside, we immediately saw a couple of places to eat. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular at that moment – I just wanted to sit and have my meal. But we didn’t take the first restaurant we saw either. We had a look at a couple of “potential” places to have lunch and settled in at the Eyre Square Hotel restaurant instead. Continue reading “Review: Eyre Square Hotel Restaurant” »
Out and about Galway City Center
As you are probably aware, we recently had an impromptu trip to Galway. Luckily for us, the commute was straightforward. The trip was a little bit long (almost 3-hours) leaving from Heuston Station in Dublin City Center but at least, we didn’t have to change trains in between the trip.
We took the morning train at 10:05 AM for an estimated arrival at around 2 PM. Since anything-can-happen if traveling with a toddler, we left the apartment really early and had our breakfast at the train station. It is a lot better to spend a few extra minutes lounging around the station rather than stressing to get to the station. Continue reading “First Day in Galway: Walking around Galway City Center” »
Birthday treat: A trip to Galway!
This year, I didn’t travel internationally as much as I did the previous years I’ve been living in Dublin. I even wrote about my sort of travel hiatus and the local sites we visited in Ireland in lieu of it. And in case you missed it, you may read the related articles here and here! After I posted the entries, I wasn’t expecting to add anything to the list before the year ends. But since a friend came over to visit for a couple of days just in time for my birthday, we made plans to have a weekend getaway to show her around. And luckily for me, we voted to go to Galway – and that’s definitely added to my “where I’ve been to list” for 2016, yay! 🙂 Continue reading “Unexpected long weekend trip to Galway!” »
Personal experiences at The Dunboyne Castle
As I am stuck at home with no traveling plans (yet) for the rest of 2016, I thought I’d write about the local trips I had for this year. It’s not as if I just sobbed miserably at home. I didn’t. I just wished I could’ve taken more international flights before the year ends.
The first local trip we had this year was a visit to County Meath at the Dunboyne Castle. Continue reading “Review: The Dunboyne Castle, a weekend at County Meath” »
Can’t fly to travel? Then do long weekends in Ireland instead!
As you are aware, I am in a bit of an international travel hiatus right now. Before this, we managed to go to Rome for Christmas last year. This was documented through another travel website called ExpatPost. Finances are going well but I guess it’s part of that so-called adult life not to spend all the money on trips and travel (boo!). Especially now that we have our little man to save up for, my husband and I decided to cut on our trips this year.
It sucks. Especially now that I managed to live in Europe and have easier access to countries I used to dream of going to. I still have A LOT of places I want to go to! But on the other hand, it led me to do things differently when it comes to traveling. It paved way for me to visit nearby counties around Dublin instead – local travel! Continue reading “Travel local: Going places around Dublin” »