Hi there. I love where I live - right in the heart of the bustling artistic quarter of Francis street with its art galleries, craft and antique shops. I've lived in Australia and the West of Ireland and Dublin is home for now. Friends have said that my apartment reflects my personality and I have enjoyed decorating it with new and recycled furniture which I've painted to create a bright and airy living space full of character. Most of the photographs, books and furniture which I have in the apartment have a story behind them - for example the wooden chairs with the rush weaved seating came from nearby historic Christchurch Cathedral when they were restoring its interior. I recently bought the red footstool, still in great condition with its original 1950s upholstery in a great local flea market just around the corner ((website hidden)).
I've traveled quite a bit - during my 20s I went to Asia, America, New Zealand, Australia and South America. In my 30s I've mainly gone to places in Europe for sun and ski holidays and also cities such as Paris, Berlin and most recently Helsinki. Some trips I've traveled with friends and other times on my own. I know what I like to find when I'm looking for somewhere to stay - somewhere that's in a good location, in a not-too-touristy area but one that has character, interesting shops, cool cafes etc. It also has to be bright and clean where I can also chill out after a day's exploring before going out to a bar, play or music gig. I also notice things like nice soap in the bathroom and a proper hairdryer! I have thought about things I like when staying somewhere and have recreated this in my apartment. I'll be happy to give you tips and pointers on where to go, what to see and what's on and I have lots of recommendations on quirky shops and other places to go to to make your stay in Dublin a bit different.
I like cooking, baking, reading and music and go running along the canal or in the nearby Phoenix Park. I cycle most places locally and sometimes a bit further afield out to the coast at Dun Laoghaire to take a swim in the Irish sea (yes, it's cold!!).