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Posts from the ‘Italy’ Category


The Amalfi Coast, Italy

Let’s face it, the summer came and went in those two weeks in April. Or was it March? No matter, it has been and gone and left us all damp, uncertain and pining for sunshine. I spotted a gap of five days in my calendar and decided if I didn’t get away then it would be August before I could escape and to be honest the thought of two months without sunshine was more than I could bear. Read more »


Easter Breaks at Home & Abroad

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Photo Credit: Failte Ireland

Spring has finally arrived and the fields are abound with sprightly lambs bouncing and bleating with the joy of life.┬áThe Easter bunny is busy packing his bag with chocolate eggs and other chocolatey treats, while parents are scouring the internet for things to do with the little ones during the holidays. Read more »


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 »


Love Is In The Air


I don’t subscribe to Valentine’s Day. Not because I don’t believe in romance, on the contrary, I believe in spontaneous romance. Read more »


Travelling with Mark Cagney

Mark Cagney

I often do the travel slot on Ireland AM with Mark and he’s usually been to at least one of the destinations I’m talking about, which always makes it more interesting. Travelling is subjective so I think it’s good to hear what other people think of places I’ve visited. Read more »


Food and Wine Destinations – France, Italy and Basque Country

When I arrive in a village, town or city I seek out the best places to eat. I don’t need crisp, linen tablecloths, chandeliers or michelin stars. A good meal rarely needs such frills, it comes down to the chefs use of good ingredients, passion and love for food. Read more »


Coastal Drives – West Coast of USA, Amalfi and Antrim Coast

There is something exhilarating about driving along a cliffside, sheer drops to one side, towering mountains to the other, nothing stopping you from plummeting into the crashing waves below, but a skimpy piece of rail, if that. It is along such drives that you get panoramic views of the ocean, views that will take your breath away. Read more »


Island Breaks

It was in a small town in northern Cambodia I heard tales of a small cluster of islands straddling the Thai and Malaysian coastlines. The young adventurer spoke of the islands in a low whispers fearing too many people would go in search of the tropical oasis and destroy what was so beautiful about them, their isolation and relative anonymous nature. Read more »


Spa Resorts and Destinations

Enjoy the moment. It’s the journey, not the destination. Don’t sweat the small stuff. I love these sayings, but let’s be honest, it’s not always easy to put these wise words into practice. Sometimes, I can’t find a minute in the day to sit still, let alone take time to savour the moment. Or to not worry about the endless list of things to do, friends I’ve neglected calling for days, weeks, months and bills that need paying. However, I’m a firm believer that holidays are a great way to retreat from every day life, reset all the buttons and return with enthusiasm, fresh dreams and resolutions.
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Destinations Made Famous By Movies

Films are like books for me, sometimes I want one to be deep and thought provoking, other times I need something light, to make me laugh, and at other moments, I simply want to escape into a fantastical world filled with adventure, if only for a few hours. Read more »