July was a good month!
With the lifting of the travel ban across the island, we can finally move outside of our county.
The first place we went to was Glendalough in Wicklow National Park, for a breath of fresh mountain air.
We then visited Powerscourt Gardens
Voted no. 3 in the World’s Top 10 Gardens by National Geographic.
And Ireland’s highest waterfall
I even made it as far as Galway for a three day weekend
Hiked up to the Cliff of Moher on a rare windless sunny day
Then got hit with rain and gusty wind at Inishmore – the largest of the Aran Islands – the very next day.
I had fabulous food in Galway which I will elaborate in a later post.
Back in Dublin, we see these beautiful hanging baskets everywhere.
While Temple Bar, the pub, is still closed as of date, the market is open with social distancing rules in place.
We had an amazing meal at Bang, the first restaurant we visited since the lockdown.
The croquettes are light filled with Ibérican ham. The Noceralla olives from Sicíly, marinated in chef’s own secret herbal blend, were divine. The mussels were tender, its broth infused with confit garlic and wild orache, paired with sourdough from Bread 41. For dessert, we had strawberry and elderflower Eton mess, a masterful interpretation of the traditional British dessert without the excess sugar and the use of mascarpone in place of whipped cream adds a buttery dimension to the texture. All staff wore face shield. It was a jovial experience.
On a sad note, following my weekend in Galway, there was a public outcry, in the press and social media, of American tourists arriving Ireland openly flouting the 14-day quarantine rules and local business turning away American customers, which caused much concern in the expat community. Personally I have not notice any ill treatment even though I received friendly inquiries of my nationality – a topic which doesn’t usually come up in conversations – largely due to my accent. All I did was to reassure the business that I am a resident and went through the lockdown just as everyone else in this country.