Another eventful week for #TeamAlice. Find out what tickled our fancies this week!

Out and about:

Emily had a week off which she spent in Cork and Killarney (feels like a distant memory now that she’s back to the grind!). She went to the Cork Jazz Festival and thought it was brilliant, a great buzz around the city for it. While in Killarney she climbed Carrauntoohil for the second time, she preferred this time as it was a clearer day so the views were amazing! They reached the summit after about 2.5 hours and brought a little gas stove and had a coffee on top as a reward! Although the climb is tough, she would definitely recommend everyone to go and get their hiking boots on!

Eva had a very relaxing Sunday morning visiting her favourite yoga studio, The Yoga Hub on Camden Lane followed by a cycle along the Grand Canal, so sunny and beautiful she said!

Martina visited the Botanic Gardens which was her first time there (to her shame!). She loved exploring the glasshouses and her toasted sandwich and coffee in the Gravedigger’s Pub afterwards to warm up. She also visited the Pearse Lyons Distillery with her family at the weekend and really enjoyed it. The history of the site it’s on – with a church and graveyard dating back hundreds of years – is very interesting, and they’ve done a great job on restoring it all. The whiskey-tasting was good too, of course!

The aftermath of climbing a mountain deserved a trip to Muckross Park Hotel for a spa morning for Emily, notions! She had booked in for the cheapest treatment but made use of the spa facilities for about three hours and thought it was FAB!

Ellen graduated from DCU on Friday and had the best day with her family and friends, luckily she made it on stage to collect her scroll without a hitch! She had a celebration meal in Clontarf Castle which was such a gorgeous venue, food portions could have been a bit bigger though! She celebrated further into the night in Sam’s Bar on Dawson Street with classmates. She also went to the DCU graduation ball the following night in the Clayton Burlington Hotel and was so happy to wear a long dress and feel fancy!

Elaine spent a week off with some much needed family down-time with lots of lazy days, walks on the beach and baking! They all loved Hallowe’en trick or treating and going to a firework display in Arklow.

On the plate:

Eva went to Brother Hubbard South for breakfast. Yes, breakfast, not brunch – it was that early! She had a pumpkin bircher muesli that was very autumnal and totally divine!

While Emily was in Cork she had one of the best toasted sandwiches ever at a stall and had really tasty food in Killarney too. She had delicious pints of Guinness and cocktails in Reidy’s pub, which looks tiny from the outside but it’s actually massive and full of nooks and crannies, a super spot!

Elaine enjoyed many breakfasts and brunches in her local, the Bay Café!

On the page:

Eva is reading John Le Carré’s ‘The Honourable Schoolboy’ and as a fan of all things Le Carré and espionage (and seeing as he has recently released a new George Smiley novel) she reckons she should start making my way through the rest of the Smiley novels. So far, she’s really enjoying it. Le Carré is a perfect winter read!

Emily has started reading J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’ which is about a small town in England and the fallout when a local councillor dies suddenly. She likes it so far, she loves J.K. Rowling’s writing style.

Martina has just started reading a book called ‘The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter’ by John Pipkin, too early to say but thinks it could be interesting… it’s about astronomy in Ireland in the late 18th Century, so very topical, given some of our work with DIAS!

That’s all from us for this week! We’d love to know your recommendations, let us know in the comment section below.

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