There’s something profound about the impact leaving your environment has on how you relate to your environment when you return. There’s also something profoundly fun about going somewhere nice!

Dan and I are LivingSocial superfans and we got a great deal on one of our favourite hotels for Christmas. Using it on Valentines weekend seemed appropriate so off we went after a lovely Belfast V-day (which ended at Le Coop: DELICIOUS food with a FAB decor staffed by VERY cool people who remained calm as we had to be evacuated mid-service due to a faulty fire alarm! The red from the fire engine just added to the romance, really.)

We followed along some of the Wild Atlantic Way (oh my life, what a dream)…


and discovered Malin Head, which is the most northerly point of Ireland.


Malin was also a very charming town itself.




We spent some time on Pollan Bay as well.


Five Finger Strand was a new favourite beach discovery (and we know our beaches, y’all…)



And we ended our trip with a little peruse of Grianan Aileach which was stunning even in the rain.


I love that we live on a piece of land that is stunning and that has so many hidden gems. It was one of those trips that is short but makes you feel like you’ve been away for 2 weeks. Bliss. Have you been anywhere nice lately?

(Photos taken on Nikon D3100 and iPhone 5; these may not be used without permission.)

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