In Wicklow: My Happy Place

cover imageI don’t know what it is but when I am out driving, to clear my head, to get away from everything, I end up here. Possibly because of it’s beauty, maybe the breeze from the valley blows away the cobwebs or maybe because I have really happy memories attached to this place. Whatever it is it is a definite must see if you are travelling around Wicklow. cold

If you are travelling in Winter it will be very cold, do you see my face? I thought my fingers were going to fall off. Bring all of your layers! You will need them. Something I really recommend if you are freezing is to go for a walk, the Ballinastoe walk right by Lough Tay is the perfect walk to do if you need to get the feeling back in your body. PhoebeGill150227073

This walk is great for a tourist because of the boardwalk, if you are afraid of getting lost, don’t worry the path will guide you. It protects the landscape because it is such a travelled route. Bring some ankle support because the boards can get uneven in places and you don’t want to twist your ankle.

PhoebeGill150227043 The boardwalk goes all the way up to the base of the mountain, and because there has been so many visitors they have carved out the path in the mountain so it is very easy to follow. Untitled-1The main attraction is Lough Tay, this beautiful lake can be seen all along the road so there are many places to view it. Stopping off at any of them will give you the most amazing pictures! This area is amazing at all times of the year so whenever you are visiting you are sure to experience the best of the area.
I love this area, it’s not far from South Dublin at all, it’s really accessible, lots of space to park your car and a great place to explore and get some great images! Have you been to this area? 

Happy Travels!

In Reykjavik: Downtown

Downtown Reykjavik is where you go to shop, grab a coffee and eat. It’s got such a nice vibe and it’s great to walk around and explore, there are so many streets you can meander around. PhoebeGill150112156

I love Ireland’s 53 Degrees North, it has everything outdoorsy. 66 Degrees North is just as magical! I wanted everything in it. Every clothing item was black and grey and was perfect but woefully expensive! PhoebeGill150112152There are lots of tourism shops, from The Nordic Store, to Islandia which is the cutest shop. If you want your trinkets these are the streets to walk down. 

At the end of the shopping street you get to the seafront road, I usually love the atmosphere near the sea and harbours and this is no different. There is Harpa, the concert and business hall on one end of the street, it’s a really cool building and on the other end is the lake. PhoebeGill150112176

There is a little park behind the lake is beautiful and would be a lovely spot in Summer, there is again, cafes and eateries around here that look really nice! This is the parliament area so it’s got gorgeous buildings and little parks. It’s lovely!PhoebeGill150112181

This is a school, how beautiful! I would love if my school looked like this! PhoebeGill150112147

Tjörnin, Reykjavik City Lake is a definite must see, this is where you can feed the ducks and swans, a lovely place to go. The Greylag Goose are adorable and will come up to you, lovely birds, probably wouldn’t put your fingers out to them though.

In winter the lake freezes and people walk across it, play football on it and it can be used for iceskating but there is a frost free section for all the birds that hang out.PhoebeGill150112194

I love this area! I want to go back and explore more. Do you have any favourite spots in this area?

Happy Travels!