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Posts from the ‘Croatia’ Category

16
Oct

First Time Cruising with MSC

MSC Musica

MSC Magnifica

We were waiting to embark the rather impressive MSC Magnifica in Venice. Beside us a young couple fussed over their baby, a group of retired Germans chatted happily, a couple in their 40’s were being ignored by their two teenagers and a gaggle of thirty-something women laughed uncontrollably at an ‘inside’ joke. Read more »

17
Jul

New On The Block – Croatia

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

The EU has opened its arms once again and welcomed Croatia to its flock. It seems incredible that only 20 years ago this beautiful country was in turmoil, beaten and bruised from four years of war. Time really does heal. Read more »

6
Jun

Opera, Rock & Family Fun – More European Festivals

Photo Credit: Camp Besitval

Photo Credit: Camp Besitval

My mail box is overflowing with information on summer festivals, here in Ireland and around the world. I’ve sifted through them all and it’s hard to choose which my favourite would be. Read more »

5
Jun

Summer Festivals around Europe

Photo Credit: Camp Bestival

Photo Credit: Camp Bestival

 

It would be easy to move from one city to another, crossing countries and continents, taking in a festival of one kind or another every day of the year. Summer is the crest of the wave, taking advantage, no doubt, of the dry fields and grassy verges on which pagodas, tents and stages are erected in preparation of a day, weekend or even week long festivities. Read more »

22
May

Holidays with an Active Twist

Cascais, Portugal

Cascais, Portugal

People’s attitude towards holidays have changed over the years. While we were once happy to seek out a beach, lie on a lounger and sip cocktails for a week, we now want something more. A holiday, but an adventure at the same time. Read more »

16
Oct

Halloween Getaways

Darkness is creeping into the evenings that bit earlier and the mornings are slow to rouse. Leaves are turning from green to yellow and red, their grip loosening from the branches. Shops are dressed with cobwebs and pumpkins, faces hidden behind scary masks. Read more »

4
Oct

The True Essence of Dubrovnik, Croatia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer was coming to a close and I couldn’t resist the temptation to squeeze in a final week of sunshine and al fresco dining. Destination? The beautiful city of Dubrovnik. Read more »

28
Mar

Religious Holidays and Pilgrimages – Lourdes, Fatima, Camino de Santiago & Medjugorje

While visiting Kerala in Southern India we were invited to witness a ceremony known as Theyyam, a ritual art form, elements of which date back thousands of years. We knew little of what we were going to see, except that this was a performance with spiritual significance. The ceremony had been going on for some 20 hours by the time we tumbled out of our little minibus at 4am. We huddled together in the darkness at the edge of a field listening to the eerie sound of beating drums and high-pitched chants wondering what we’d let ourselves into. We walked through the field, ducked through some trees and emerged into a clearing dominated by a small colourful temple, before which was a large crackling bonfire. Hundreds of people surrounded the fire, men beating drums, the crowd chanting, as five men dressed only with cloths around their waists stoked the fire. Read more »