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Prague is one of those places where I think you'd honestly need about two weeks in order to explore it properly. Our trip was 6 days long and while we did manage to see a lot, I could definitely have spent a few more days there. The first thing I'm going to mention in this travel guide is that like Amsterdam (which you can read more about here), you can get a 'Prague Card', which you buy and it gives you either free entry, or a discounted ticket price to many of the main attractions in the city. Unlike the iAmsterdam card, the Prague card doesn't give you free transport, but you can buy a 72 hour transport card for just €12 so it's very inexpensive and the public transport is brilliant. Now those handy tips are out of the way, here are some of the things we saw and did in Prague that I'd highly recommend.


 1. The Spanish Synagogue 

I've put this first as it was honestly one of my most favourite things about Prague. I've never seen such a stunning building and there was a beautiful sense of peace in there, I could have sat there for hours. Inside the synagogue is lots of information about the Jewish history of Prague and it's definitely a place to put on your list. Entry was free with the Prague card and it wasn't too far from the centre of the city.

 2. Rent a pedalo

There are quite a few places along the Vltava river where you can rent a pedalo and see the city from a different perspective. We went around sunset and it was gorgeous, but there were a few times I thought I was definitely going to end up in the water! The only thing I will say is that we weren't given life jackets, something I didn't even think about until my very lovely (but slightly overprotective) Dad asked us about, so maybe try and find a company who take health and safety a little more serious.

 3. Climb The Astronomical Clock Tower

Well, I didn't climb it, I took the lift of course, but Dara did climb it and he said it wasn't too far. While we were in Prague, they were still carrying out work on the actual Astronomical Clock itself, so unfortunately we didn't get to see that, but we did get to go to the top of the tower and had a stunning few of the Old Town Square. Maybe not the best idea for anyone extremely scared of heights, but the view was so pretty that I ignored the slightly dizzy feeling it gave me.

 4. Visit Prague Zoo

When I posted about visiting the zoo in Prague on my Instagram story, I had a few angry messages from people, especially regarding the tigers but I'd just like to be clear that the tigers had a huge outdoor enclosure, we just got to see them when they were being fed indoors. Prague zoo is one of the nicest, most open and animal orientated zoo's I've been too and they carry out a lot of work conservation work which I'm all about. You'd definitely need an entire day to visit the zoo as it's very spread out but it was such a lovely day and well worth the trip out of the city.

 5. Explore Prague Castle

This was one of the places I was most excited to visit in Prague. Within Prague castle there is St. Victus Cathedral, St. George's Basilica, and Golden Lane, all steeped in history. Our Prague Card's allowed us entry to all three for free which was great. If nothing else, I would really recommend visiting the Cathedral, and even if you don't want to pay too look around, the ticket barriers aren't at the entrance doors so you can still walk in and have a look. We got a tram right up to the entrance to the castle instead of doing that very long, uphill walk, so always check out Google maps for public transport.

6. Admire The View From The Petřín Lookout Tower

I'm putting this tip in with a fair warning that on a windy day, the Petřín Lookout Tower gets pretty wobbly, which for someone like me who's terrified of heights, wasn't the most fun experience! The views definitely made up for the fear I was feeling though and climbing to the top is a great workout. Up on the same hill overlooking the city is also the The Štefánik Observatory where you can go and look out of their Carl Zeiss telescopes which I found fascinating. 

Like I said at the beginning of this post, there were definitely a few more other things I would have loved to see in Prague. Are there any you'd recommend that I've missed out from this post? If so, please do leave a comment below. If you haven't already read my food guide to Prague, you can check that out here. Thanks so much for reading!
Prague, Czechia

Prague Travel Guide - What To Do & See


Prague is one of those places where I think you'd honestly need about two weeks in order to explore it properly. Our trip was 6 days long and while we did manage to see a lot, I could definitely have spent a few more days there. The first thing I'm going to mention in this travel guide is that like Amsterdam (which you can read more about here), you can get a 'Prague Card', which you buy and it gives you either free entry, or a discounted ticket price to many of the main attractions in the city. Unlike the iAmsterdam card, the Prague card doesn't give you free transport, but you can buy a 72 hour transport card for just €12 so it's very inexpensive and the public transport is brilliant. Now those handy tips are out of the way, here are some of the things we saw and did in Prague that I'd highly recommend.


 1. The Spanish Synagogue 

I've put this first as it was honestly one of my most favourite things about Prague. I've never seen such a stunning building and there was a beautiful sense of peace in there, I could have sat there for hours. Inside the synagogue is lots of information about the Jewish history of Prague and it's definitely a place to put on your list. Entry was free with the Prague card and it wasn't too far from the centre of the city.

 2. Rent a pedalo

There are quite a few places along the Vltava river where you can rent a pedalo and see the city from a different perspective. We went around sunset and it was gorgeous, but there were a few times I thought I was definitely going to end up in the water! The only thing I will say is that we weren't given life jackets, something I didn't even think about until my very lovely (but slightly overprotective) Dad asked us about, so maybe try and find a company who take health and safety a little more serious.

 3. Climb The Astronomical Clock Tower

Well, I didn't climb it, I took the lift of course, but Dara did climb it and he said it wasn't too far. While we were in Prague, they were still carrying out work on the actual Astronomical Clock itself, so unfortunately we didn't get to see that, but we did get to go to the top of the tower and had a stunning few of the Old Town Square. Maybe not the best idea for anyone extremely scared of heights, but the view was so pretty that I ignored the slightly dizzy feeling it gave me.

 4. Visit Prague Zoo

When I posted about visiting the zoo in Prague on my Instagram story, I had a few angry messages from people, especially regarding the tigers but I'd just like to be clear that the tigers had a huge outdoor enclosure, we just got to see them when they were being fed indoors. Prague zoo is one of the nicest, most open and animal orientated zoo's I've been too and they carry out a lot of work conservation work which I'm all about. You'd definitely need an entire day to visit the zoo as it's very spread out but it was such a lovely day and well worth the trip out of the city.

 5. Explore Prague Castle

This was one of the places I was most excited to visit in Prague. Within Prague castle there is St. Victus Cathedral, St. George's Basilica, and Golden Lane, all steeped in history. Our Prague Card's allowed us entry to all three for free which was great. If nothing else, I would really recommend visiting the Cathedral, and even if you don't want to pay too look around, the ticket barriers aren't at the entrance doors so you can still walk in and have a look. We got a tram right up to the entrance to the castle instead of doing that very long, uphill walk, so always check out Google maps for public transport.

6. Admire The View From The Petřín Lookout Tower

I'm putting this tip in with a fair warning that on a windy day, the Petřín Lookout Tower gets pretty wobbly, which for someone like me who's terrified of heights, wasn't the most fun experience! The views definitely made up for the fear I was feeling though and climbing to the top is a great workout. Up on the same hill overlooking the city is also the The Štefánik Observatory where you can go and look out of their Carl Zeiss telescopes which I found fascinating. 

Like I said at the beginning of this post, there were definitely a few more other things I would have loved to see in Prague. Are there any you'd recommend that I've missed out from this post? If so, please do leave a comment below. If you haven't already read my food guide to Prague, you can check that out here. Thanks so much for reading!

One of my absolute favourite things about exploring new places is trying out lots of the local cafes and restaurants and having an excuse to eat ALL of the food. I actually tend to judge a city by the quality of the places there are to eat at, and Prague is one of those cities I'd happily go back to purely for the food alone. There were countless trendy cafes to eat in, with endless brunch options (which is my idea of heaven) and we found the food was a little bit cheaper compared to what you'd pay here in Ireland. Today I want to share with you some of the places that we ate in whilst in Prague as there are some real gems to be found. 

1. IF Cafe at Tylovo Square

This gorgeous cafe was just a few minutes walk from our Airbnb (which you can read more about here) and it came highly recommended by our host Gabriela. They make all of their cakes right in front of you and I could honestly have eaten here every single day of our trip. They had some delicious breakfast options, and I of course went for the avocado on toast which was so good. The coffee was excellent too, and I'd consider myself somewhat of a coffee snob (I know, how pretentious of me) and they had a lot of different coffee drinks available. There are a few IF Cafe's dotted around the city and I think they're definitely worth checking out.

2. The Trdelnik from Good Food

Whilst doing a bit of researching for our trip on Instagram, I came across a few pictures of these wonderful looking ice-cream dessert things and knew that that getting my hands on one would be my first mission once I got to Prague. A trdelnik is "made from rolled dough that is wrapped around a stick, then grilled and topped with sugar and walnut mix", but I really don't think that does it justice. We got our from Good Food, which is right near Charles Bridge and they had so many different flavours. Dara went for a brownie concoction and I had a delicious chocolate orange flavour. These trdelniks also have melted chocolate inside so it's almost like a giant, very filling cornetto and talking about them right now is making my mouth water!

 3. Cantina - Mexican Restaurant

Mexican food is without a doubt my absolute favourite and I could eat tacos and burritos until I burst. After we'd visited the Petřín Lookout Tower we were starving, so we had a quick look on Google maps to see what was closest and what looked good and we came across Cantina. I ordered chicken tacos and Dara had a burrito and both were delicious. We also had nachos to start but of course we inhaled those before I got a chance to take a photo. If you love Mexican food, and a good strong margaritta, Cantina is definitely one to check out.

4. Grosetto

Grosetto was another restaurant we found through Google maps. We'd had a long day of exploring the city and the pizza place we'd planned on going to had actually closed down. Grosetto definitely didn't disappoint, serving delicious authentic Italian pizza. They won my heart instantly by serving us bread, garlic butter and olive oil whilst we looked at the menu and grated parmesan was readily available, so what more could you want? Each of our pizzas were around €7 which I thought was very reasonable for such a big, good quality pizza.

 5. Venue

I've saved the best for last with this one. Venue was somewhere a few people on Instagram had recommended to me and I didn't think we'd get a chance to try it, but on our last day we had a few hours to kill and popped in for brunch. Venue seems to be extremely popular and almost always has a queue for tables, but we were lucky and got in just before the rush. They had so many dishes that I wanted to try but in the end I went for their chicken and waffles which came with a sweet and spicy syrup and I ordered their buttermilk pancakes under the pretence that I'd share them with Dara but of course I ate most of them. The staff were so lovely in Venue too which is worth noting because we found that people in Prague were a bit abrupt at times.

Wow, writing this post has made me extremely hungry! I hope you enjoyed reading about the places we ate at in Prague, and if you ever try any of them out, please do let me know. Thanks so much for reading! 

Prague, Czechia

Prague Travel Guide - Where To Eat


One of my absolute favourite things about exploring new places is trying out lots of the local cafes and restaurants and having an excuse to eat ALL of the food. I actually tend to judge a city by the quality of the places there are to eat at, and Prague is one of those cities I'd happily go back to purely for the food alone. There were countless trendy cafes to eat in, with endless brunch options (which is my idea of heaven) and we found the food was a little bit cheaper compared to what you'd pay here in Ireland. Today I want to share with you some of the places that we ate in whilst in Prague as there are some real gems to be found. 

1. IF Cafe at Tylovo Square

This gorgeous cafe was just a few minutes walk from our Airbnb (which you can read more about here) and it came highly recommended by our host Gabriela. They make all of their cakes right in front of you and I could honestly have eaten here every single day of our trip. They had some delicious breakfast options, and I of course went for the avocado on toast which was so good. The coffee was excellent too, and I'd consider myself somewhat of a coffee snob (I know, how pretentious of me) and they had a lot of different coffee drinks available. There are a few IF Cafe's dotted around the city and I think they're definitely worth checking out.

2. The Trdelnik from Good Food

Whilst doing a bit of researching for our trip on Instagram, I came across a few pictures of these wonderful looking ice-cream dessert things and knew that that getting my hands on one would be my first mission once I got to Prague. A trdelnik is "made from rolled dough that is wrapped around a stick, then grilled and topped with sugar and walnut mix", but I really don't think that does it justice. We got our from Good Food, which is right near Charles Bridge and they had so many different flavours. Dara went for a brownie concoction and I had a delicious chocolate orange flavour. These trdelniks also have melted chocolate inside so it's almost like a giant, very filling cornetto and talking about them right now is making my mouth water!

 3. Cantina - Mexican Restaurant

Mexican food is without a doubt my absolute favourite and I could eat tacos and burritos until I burst. After we'd visited the Petřín Lookout Tower we were starving, so we had a quick look on Google maps to see what was closest and what looked good and we came across Cantina. I ordered chicken tacos and Dara had a burrito and both were delicious. We also had nachos to start but of course we inhaled those before I got a chance to take a photo. If you love Mexican food, and a good strong margaritta, Cantina is definitely one to check out.

4. Grosetto

Grosetto was another restaurant we found through Google maps. We'd had a long day of exploring the city and the pizza place we'd planned on going to had actually closed down. Grosetto definitely didn't disappoint, serving delicious authentic Italian pizza. They won my heart instantly by serving us bread, garlic butter and olive oil whilst we looked at the menu and grated parmesan was readily available, so what more could you want? Each of our pizzas were around €7 which I thought was very reasonable for such a big, good quality pizza.

 5. Venue

I've saved the best for last with this one. Venue was somewhere a few people on Instagram had recommended to me and I didn't think we'd get a chance to try it, but on our last day we had a few hours to kill and popped in for brunch. Venue seems to be extremely popular and almost always has a queue for tables, but we were lucky and got in just before the rush. They had so many dishes that I wanted to try but in the end I went for their chicken and waffles which came with a sweet and spicy syrup and I ordered their buttermilk pancakes under the pretence that I'd share them with Dara but of course I ate most of them. The staff were so lovely in Venue too which is worth noting because we found that people in Prague were a bit abrupt at times.

Wow, writing this post has made me extremely hungry! I hope you enjoyed reading about the places we ate at in Prague, and if you ever try any of them out, please do let me know. Thanks so much for reading! 


Over the past few years, Airbnb has become one of the most popular ways for travellers to find accommodation. The majority of the time it is actually cheaper to find an apartment on Airbnb than it is to book a hotel room in the city you want to visit. Despite it's popularity, I'd always been a little skeptical. I mean hotels have to keep to a certain standard right? Most reputable hotels have hundreds of reliable reviews on the likes of Tripadvisor, whereas I thought that with an Airbnb that you never really knew what it's going to be like until you arrived. 

I'm happy to say that our recent trip to Prague proved the preconceptions I had about Airbnb to be entirely wrong. Once we had decided that we'd love to visit Prague, we looked on Airbnb and found that there were lots of cheap options that would only cost around €250 for 4 nights, which was a hell of a lot cheaper than the hotels. With Airbnb you also have the option to search for entire apartments/houses or private rooms within a house/apartment.

We ended up booking a private room in an apartment for just €56 per night. 'Flashback to Louis 1896' caught our attention straight away not just for the amazing price, but also because it had a smart tv and we're absolute suckers for Netflix. Although it was a private room within an apartment, and I was a little worried at first about what it'd be like to be sharing an apartment with complete strangers, we decided to just go for it and I'm so glad we did.


The apartment was set up in a way so that each of the two Airbnb rooms had their own bathroom and the only thing shared was the kitchen. It turned out that we actually had the whole place to ourselves for most of the time, and we didn't even see the other couple that stayed in the other room for one night in the middle of our stay. We were only a few minutes walk from a tram line that could take us pretty much anywhere in the city (including directly to the castle) and the metro station was just a few minutes further than that. If you're thinking of visiting Prague and are looking for a lovely but still very affordable place to stay, I couldn't recommend 'Flashback to Louis 1896' enough!

We thoroughly enjoyed our first ever Airbnb experience, and of course while every Airbnb is going to be different, I thought I'd highlight some of the benefits of choosing an Airbnb over a hotel for anyone that was like me and a little dubious about using the service.
  1. Often Airbnb hosts will provide you with lots of information about the local area and recommendations of places to eat and things to do that no amount of Googling would ever give you. Our host in Prague had a guestbook on Airbnb with pages and pages of recommendations so that we didn't really have to do much research for ourselves.
  2. You can often find accommodation close to city centres without having to pay a lot more than you would if you were staying outside of the city, whereas hotels in city centres are always a lot more expensive.
  3. You feel more at home when travelling. I'm not sure if that makes sense, but having the kitchen in the apartment in Prague meant we could prepare our own food and really settle into the city.
  4. Airbnb hosts are often flexible and very helpful when it comes to checking in and out. Our flight home wasn't until the evening time, so I messaged our Airbnb host, Gabriela, and she said we could checkout whenever we wanted, all we had to do was drop the key in the letter box. This saved us dragging our suitcases around the city for our last day which was very much appreciated.
  5. It's a great way to travel without breaking the bank. Like I mentioned before, Airbnb's are often a lot cheaper than hotels and if you can find a group of people to go with you could save even more. Obviously this does depend on how fancy you like your accommodation to be, but if you're willing to stay in more run of the mill places, you'll save a good bit of money.
I think we'll definitely opt for an Airbnb over hotels for lots more of our trips. I've currently been looking at a few places in Lisbon that look stunning but yet are still very affordable. It makes travelling so much more accessible when you don't have to pay over €100 per night for accommodation which really helps when you want to see as much of the world as possible!

For any of you who have never used Airbnb before, you can get €35 off your first trip if you sign up through this link and for every person who completes a trip using my link, I'll get €20 travel credit so it's a win win for all!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and that it was helpful for anyone who was unsure of Airbnb! If you have any more questions about it just pop me a message on Instagram or Facebook and I'll be happy to answer them. Thanks so much for reading!

Prague, Czechia

Our First Airbnb Experience - How We Found It & Would I Recommend It?


Over the past few years, Airbnb has become one of the most popular ways for travellers to find accommodation. The majority of the time it is actually cheaper to find an apartment on Airbnb than it is to book a hotel room in the city you want to visit. Despite it's popularity, I'd always been a little skeptical. I mean hotels have to keep to a certain standard right? Most reputable hotels have hundreds of reliable reviews on the likes of Tripadvisor, whereas I thought that with an Airbnb that you never really knew what it's going to be like until you arrived. 

I'm happy to say that our recent trip to Prague proved the preconceptions I had about Airbnb to be entirely wrong. Once we had decided that we'd love to visit Prague, we looked on Airbnb and found that there were lots of cheap options that would only cost around €250 for 4 nights, which was a hell of a lot cheaper than the hotels. With Airbnb you also have the option to search for entire apartments/houses or private rooms within a house/apartment.

We ended up booking a private room in an apartment for just €56 per night. 'Flashback to Louis 1896' caught our attention straight away not just for the amazing price, but also because it had a smart tv and we're absolute suckers for Netflix. Although it was a private room within an apartment, and I was a little worried at first about what it'd be like to be sharing an apartment with complete strangers, we decided to just go for it and I'm so glad we did.


The apartment was set up in a way so that each of the two Airbnb rooms had their own bathroom and the only thing shared was the kitchen. It turned out that we actually had the whole place to ourselves for most of the time, and we didn't even see the other couple that stayed in the other room for one night in the middle of our stay. We were only a few minutes walk from a tram line that could take us pretty much anywhere in the city (including directly to the castle) and the metro station was just a few minutes further than that. If you're thinking of visiting Prague and are looking for a lovely but still very affordable place to stay, I couldn't recommend 'Flashback to Louis 1896' enough!

We thoroughly enjoyed our first ever Airbnb experience, and of course while every Airbnb is going to be different, I thought I'd highlight some of the benefits of choosing an Airbnb over a hotel for anyone that was like me and a little dubious about using the service.
  1. Often Airbnb hosts will provide you with lots of information about the local area and recommendations of places to eat and things to do that no amount of Googling would ever give you. Our host in Prague had a guestbook on Airbnb with pages and pages of recommendations so that we didn't really have to do much research for ourselves.
  2. You can often find accommodation close to city centres without having to pay a lot more than you would if you were staying outside of the city, whereas hotels in city centres are always a lot more expensive.
  3. You feel more at home when travelling. I'm not sure if that makes sense, but having the kitchen in the apartment in Prague meant we could prepare our own food and really settle into the city.
  4. Airbnb hosts are often flexible and very helpful when it comes to checking in and out. Our flight home wasn't until the evening time, so I messaged our Airbnb host, Gabriela, and she said we could checkout whenever we wanted, all we had to do was drop the key in the letter box. This saved us dragging our suitcases around the city for our last day which was very much appreciated.
  5. It's a great way to travel without breaking the bank. Like I mentioned before, Airbnb's are often a lot cheaper than hotels and if you can find a group of people to go with you could save even more. Obviously this does depend on how fancy you like your accommodation to be, but if you're willing to stay in more run of the mill places, you'll save a good bit of money.
I think we'll definitely opt for an Airbnb over hotels for lots more of our trips. I've currently been looking at a few places in Lisbon that look stunning but yet are still very affordable. It makes travelling so much more accessible when you don't have to pay over €100 per night for accommodation which really helps when you want to see as much of the world as possible!

For any of you who have never used Airbnb before, you can get €35 off your first trip if you sign up through this link and for every person who completes a trip using my link, I'll get €20 travel credit so it's a win win for all!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and that it was helpful for anyone who was unsure of Airbnb! If you have any more questions about it just pop me a message on Instagram or Facebook and I'll be happy to answer them. Thanks so much for reading!


I don't know about you, but my idea of a perfect relaxing weekend is heading to a hotel and not stepping foot outside that hotel until the weekend is over. Of course that very rarely happens, especially because most hotels are in city centres and going shopping is always too tempting. 

With that being said, last weekend Dara and I headed down to the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa and the only goal we had was to totally chill out and that's exactly what we did. 


Location:

The Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa is located in Little Island in Cork, about a 15 minute drive from the city centre. There's a KFC and a Costa Coffee right across the road from the hotel (perfect for some late night snacks or early morning caffeine fixes) and although the hotel is right next to the N25, there wasn't a peep from the traffic at all. Since it's just off the N25, it was so easy to find and a nice quick run down from Waterford.

Accommodation:

The room we stayed in was one of their 'Executive Rooms' located on the ground floor and it was huge as you can see from the photo above! The bed was lovely and comfy and we had a big widescreen tv to watch some movies on too. The room also had a Nespresso machine, which if you've ready any of my previous hotel reviews, you'll know I absolutely love because I'm a total coffee addict.


When we first arrived the room was quite warm so we turned down the thermometer in the room. About an hour or so later we realised that the radiator was still very hot so we called reception and someone came down straight away to sort it out and even brought a fan which I thought was very good. 

I loved the colour scheme in the room, those pops of mustard with the blue tones goes so well and overall it was a very comfy, relaxing room to stay in for the weekend. It also had floor to ceiling blackout curtains so we slept undisturbed by any light on Sunday morning until my alarm went off for breakfast and we had to drag ourselves out of the comfy bed!

In the bathroom there were This Works toiletries which I was pleasantly surprised by as they're a brand I love. It's also very rare that a hotel will have a conditioner as well as a shampoo and although it's a minor detail, it's something I appreciated as I am the worst for remembering all of my toiletries!  If you watch the vlog of our weekend which is linked below, you'll be able to see much more of the room and the yummy welcome treat that was left for us. 


The Spa:

Since the weekend was all about relaxing, we booked into the spa for some pampering. The Radisson Cork currently have an offer on called the 'Retreat Afternoon Tea' which is €100. You can choose two from the following: Swedish back massage, mini facial, Indian head massage, full body scrub or a full body wrap and once your treatments are done, you enjoy an amazing afternoon tea experience. 

We both went for the Swedish back massage and it was incredible! The Retreat spa is so calming and 
once our massages were over, we chilled out in the relaxation room and enjoyed some fruit salad and water. We then heading into the pool which has some very fun hydrotherapy features and once we'd turned ourselves into prunes, we headed out to enjoy the afternoon tea.


When I say the afternoon tea was AMAZING, I am not exaggerating. It was actually my first time ever having afternoon tea and I was very excited to pretend I was very fancy if even for an hour or so and drink my tea with my pinky finger sticking out! We had cajun chicken wraps, delicious focaccia slices, and don't get me started on the deserts. I mean how much better can it get than mini scones and apple and cinnamon cheese cakes?! I think this spa package would be lovely even if you weren't staying in the hotel as you can really make a whole day out of it.


Dinner:

Keeping with the theme of food, I have to tell you about the dinner we had. Usually I don't have super high expectations for food in hotels, but the food in Maestro's Bistro was absolutely delicious. I ordered the pizza along with homemade sweet potato fries which as you can see was incredible and Dara had the burger which of course I had to try! Desert was equally as yummy and my chocolate brownie was absolute heaven. I also had the gin bramble cocktail and it was strong and sweet, just how I like them!



Breakfast:

One of my absolute favourite things about staying in a hotel is the breakfast and a breakfast buffet is my idea of heaven. The Radisson Blu Cork had the most amazing breakfast buffet which included a orange press where you could make your own orange juice, a Bloody Mary station for anyone nursing a hangover, fresh pastries and scones and of course all of the essentials for a hearty Irish breakfast. They also had the option to order from the kitchen, so I ordered the waffles because I have such a sweet tooth. 


Overall, we absolutely loved our stay in the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Cork. The staff were all so friendly and very helpful, the hotel itself was gorgeous and very calm, and the food just absolutely won me over since I am very much food motivated! If you're looking for a break away that's not in the centre of Cork, but also it's too far away either if you fancy a quick look in the shops, I think this is the perfect place.

I hope you enjoyed this post and if you were looking for some staycation ideas that it gave you some inspiration. Thanks so much for reading and a big thank you to Sarah and everyone at the Radisson Blu Cork for having us and being so accommodating.



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Little Island, Co. Cork, Ireland

Taking Some Time Out At The Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Cork


I don't know about you, but my idea of a perfect relaxing weekend is heading to a hotel and not stepping foot outside that hotel until the weekend is over. Of course that very rarely happens, especially because most hotels are in city centres and going shopping is always too tempting. 

With that being said, last weekend Dara and I headed down to the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa and the only goal we had was to totally chill out and that's exactly what we did. 


Location:

The Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa is located in Little Island in Cork, about a 15 minute drive from the city centre. There's a KFC and a Costa Coffee right across the road from the hotel (perfect for some late night snacks or early morning caffeine fixes) and although the hotel is right next to the N25, there wasn't a peep from the traffic at all. Since it's just off the N25, it was so easy to find and a nice quick run down from Waterford.

Accommodation:

The room we stayed in was one of their 'Executive Rooms' located on the ground floor and it was huge as you can see from the photo above! The bed was lovely and comfy and we had a big widescreen tv to watch some movies on too. The room also had a Nespresso machine, which if you've ready any of my previous hotel reviews, you'll know I absolutely love because I'm a total coffee addict.


When we first arrived the room was quite warm so we turned down the thermometer in the room. About an hour or so later we realised that the radiator was still very hot so we called reception and someone came down straight away to sort it out and even brought a fan which I thought was very good. 

I loved the colour scheme in the room, those pops of mustard with the blue tones goes so well and overall it was a very comfy, relaxing room to stay in for the weekend. It also had floor to ceiling blackout curtains so we slept undisturbed by any light on Sunday morning until my alarm went off for breakfast and we had to drag ourselves out of the comfy bed!

In the bathroom there were This Works toiletries which I was pleasantly surprised by as they're a brand I love. It's also very rare that a hotel will have a conditioner as well as a shampoo and although it's a minor detail, it's something I appreciated as I am the worst for remembering all of my toiletries!  If you watch the vlog of our weekend which is linked below, you'll be able to see much more of the room and the yummy welcome treat that was left for us. 


The Spa:

Since the weekend was all about relaxing, we booked into the spa for some pampering. The Radisson Cork currently have an offer on called the 'Retreat Afternoon Tea' which is €100. You can choose two from the following: Swedish back massage, mini facial, Indian head massage, full body scrub or a full body wrap and once your treatments are done, you enjoy an amazing afternoon tea experience. 

We both went for the Swedish back massage and it was incredible! The Retreat spa is so calming and 
once our massages were over, we chilled out in the relaxation room and enjoyed some fruit salad and water. We then heading into the pool which has some very fun hydrotherapy features and once we'd turned ourselves into prunes, we headed out to enjoy the afternoon tea.


When I say the afternoon tea was AMAZING, I am not exaggerating. It was actually my first time ever having afternoon tea and I was very excited to pretend I was very fancy if even for an hour or so and drink my tea with my pinky finger sticking out! We had cajun chicken wraps, delicious focaccia slices, and don't get me started on the deserts. I mean how much better can it get than mini scones and apple and cinnamon cheese cakes?! I think this spa package would be lovely even if you weren't staying in the hotel as you can really make a whole day out of it.


Dinner:

Keeping with the theme of food, I have to tell you about the dinner we had. Usually I don't have super high expectations for food in hotels, but the food in Maestro's Bistro was absolutely delicious. I ordered the pizza along with homemade sweet potato fries which as you can see was incredible and Dara had the burger which of course I had to try! Desert was equally as yummy and my chocolate brownie was absolute heaven. I also had the gin bramble cocktail and it was strong and sweet, just how I like them!



Breakfast:

One of my absolute favourite things about staying in a hotel is the breakfast and a breakfast buffet is my idea of heaven. The Radisson Blu Cork had the most amazing breakfast buffet which included a orange press where you could make your own orange juice, a Bloody Mary station for anyone nursing a hangover, fresh pastries and scones and of course all of the essentials for a hearty Irish breakfast. They also had the option to order from the kitchen, so I ordered the waffles because I have such a sweet tooth. 


Overall, we absolutely loved our stay in the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Cork. The staff were all so friendly and very helpful, the hotel itself was gorgeous and very calm, and the food just absolutely won me over since I am very much food motivated! If you're looking for a break away that's not in the centre of Cork, but also it's too far away either if you fancy a quick look in the shops, I think this is the perfect place.

I hope you enjoyed this post and if you were looking for some staycation ideas that it gave you some inspiration. Thanks so much for reading and a big thank you to Sarah and everyone at the Radisson Blu Cork for having us and being so accommodating.



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As much as I love mascara and think it's probably my dessert island make-up product, liquid lipstick comes very close behind it. You can be guaranteed 9 times out of 10 when I'm wearing something on my lips, it's a matte liquid lipstick. I mean I can't fault them, they're long wearing, have a fab colour pay off and are so much more comfortable to me than a lipstick or lip gloss.

Now, I know that there are some liquid lipsticks out there that can leave your lips feeling dry, flaky and just aren't a fun time for anyone. I think we've all worn a matte liquid lipstick at some stage that's left us feeling like we've rubbed our lips in sand, right? But fear not, I would never lead you astray so today I'm sharing my absolute favourite liquid lipsticks so that we never have to experience sand lips again!


First up we have two of my favourite reds. The interesting thing about these two is that they're on very different ends of the price scale. The 'Lady In Red' matte liquid lipstick from Penneys is just €4 and includes a matching lip liner, and the Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in shade '714' is €19.50 (but currently on offer for €17.55). Now it has to be said that while they're both almost identical in shade and finish, the Urban Decay liquid lipstick does have more staying power.


One of my favourite brighter pinks to wear is the Flormar Silk Matte liquid lipstick in the shade '04 Daisy' which I'm wearing in the Instagram post above. Since I tend to stick to more dusky pink/nudes, it's nice to pop this on from time to time as I find it brightens up my face and helps me look a lot fresher. The Silk Matte liquid lipsticks are a gorgeous formula too so I need to remind myself to pick up a few more shades the next time I'm in Penneys.


Next up are three of my most warn liquid lipsticks, I love the formula of each one, they don't dry my lips out or start flaking off and they're such gorgeous shades. I have to give a particular mention to the Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink because it's hands down the best liquid lipstick I've ever tried and I don't say that lightly. This gorgeous pink is the shade 'Lover', but I also wear the true red from the range a lot too which is the shade 'Pioneer'. I mean if a liquid lipstick could stay completely intact whilst I devoured a burger from Bunsen, then it really is something isn't it?

The Liquid Catsuit matte lipstick in the shade 'Rebel Rose' from Wet'n'Wild is another one I wear very often, it's a lovely 'your lips but better' shade for me and again super comfy to wear all day. The NYX Liquid Suede cream lipstick in the shade 'Soft Spoken' is my favourite liquid lipstick if I want something a little darker and moodier. It's a really light formula so very comfy to wear. 


So there we have it, my six ride or die liquid lipsticks that I think everyone should try. Are any of your favourites featured in this post? Or are there any matte liquid lipsticks that I simply must try? Thanks so much for reading today's post, I hope you enjoyed it and if you have any lipstick related questions, just pop me a message on Instagram or Facebook.

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Waterford, Ireland

My Top Matte Liquid Lipsticks


As much as I love mascara and think it's probably my dessert island make-up product, liquid lipstick comes very close behind it. You can be guaranteed 9 times out of 10 when I'm wearing something on my lips, it's a matte liquid lipstick. I mean I can't fault them, they're long wearing, have a fab colour pay off and are so much more comfortable to me than a lipstick or lip gloss.

Now, I know that there are some liquid lipsticks out there that can leave your lips feeling dry, flaky and just aren't a fun time for anyone. I think we've all worn a matte liquid lipstick at some stage that's left us feeling like we've rubbed our lips in sand, right? But fear not, I would never lead you astray so today I'm sharing my absolute favourite liquid lipsticks so that we never have to experience sand lips again!


First up we have two of my favourite reds. The interesting thing about these two is that they're on very different ends of the price scale. The 'Lady In Red' matte liquid lipstick from Penneys is just €4 and includes a matching lip liner, and the Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in shade '714' is €19.50 (but currently on offer for €17.55). Now it has to be said that while they're both almost identical in shade and finish, the Urban Decay liquid lipstick does have more staying power.


One of my favourite brighter pinks to wear is the Flormar Silk Matte liquid lipstick in the shade '04 Daisy' which I'm wearing in the Instagram post above. Since I tend to stick to more dusky pink/nudes, it's nice to pop this on from time to time as I find it brightens up my face and helps me look a lot fresher. The Silk Matte liquid lipsticks are a gorgeous formula too so I need to remind myself to pick up a few more shades the next time I'm in Penneys.


Next up are three of my most warn liquid lipsticks, I love the formula of each one, they don't dry my lips out or start flaking off and they're such gorgeous shades. I have to give a particular mention to the Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink because it's hands down the best liquid lipstick I've ever tried and I don't say that lightly. This gorgeous pink is the shade 'Lover', but I also wear the true red from the range a lot too which is the shade 'Pioneer'. I mean if a liquid lipstick could stay completely intact whilst I devoured a burger from Bunsen, then it really is something isn't it?

The Liquid Catsuit matte lipstick in the shade 'Rebel Rose' from Wet'n'Wild is another one I wear very often, it's a lovely 'your lips but better' shade for me and again super comfy to wear all day. The NYX Liquid Suede cream lipstick in the shade 'Soft Spoken' is my favourite liquid lipstick if I want something a little darker and moodier. It's a really light formula so very comfy to wear. 


So there we have it, my six ride or die liquid lipsticks that I think everyone should try. Are any of your favourites featured in this post? Or are there any matte liquid lipsticks that I simply must try? Thanks so much for reading today's post, I hope you enjoyed it and if you have any lipstick related questions, just pop me a message on Instagram or Facebook.

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Hello hello! I'm back with another travel post and I'm very excited about this one. Allow me to introduce you to Barnabrow House, a stunning country house located just outside of Cork city that is so full of charm you'll never want to leave. Myself and Dara were invited down to stay and to experience their Gourmet Evening and it honestly surpassed all of my expectations.
Cloyne, Midleton, Co. Cork, Ireland

A Relaxing Step Back In Time - Barnabrow House Review


Hello hello! I'm back with another travel post and I'm very excited about this one. Allow me to introduce you to Barnabrow House, a stunning country house located just outside of Cork city that is so full of charm you'll never want to leave. Myself and Dara were invited down to stay and to experience their Gourmet Evening and it honestly surpassed all of my expectations.

Disneyland really is the most magical place on earth. It doesn't matter what age you are, or where you come from, or what language you speak, everyone can sense the magic in the air in Disneyland and the excitement is contagious.

Back in November I was lucky enough to visit Disneyland Paris with Primark and had the best weekend ever (just watch the vlog linked below and count how many times I say "I'm so excited"). Lots of you have messaged me since that trip asking if I have any tips for visiting Disneyland and since I've been to both Disneyland Paris, and Walt Disney World in Orlando, I do have a fair few tips to impart on you.
Disneyland Paris, France

Disneyland Paris - My Top Tips


Disneyland really is the most magical place on earth. It doesn't matter what age you are, or where you come from, or what language you speak, everyone can sense the magic in the air in Disneyland and the excitement is contagious.

Back in November I was lucky enough to visit Disneyland Paris with Primark and had the best weekend ever (just watch the vlog linked below and count how many times I say "I'm so excited"). Lots of you have messaged me since that trip asking if I have any tips for visiting Disneyland and since I've been to both Disneyland Paris, and Walt Disney World in Orlando, I do have a fair few tips to impart on you.

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