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Posts from the ‘City Breaks’ Category

14
Aug

Going the Long Haul – India & New Zealand

Kerala, India

Kerala, India

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s been a couple of years since I went to India, but I remember my first day like it was yesterday. The sounds and smells of the city hit me the moment we stepped out of Mumbai airport.

The intensity of the heat was heightened by the fact that there were hundreds of shouting men circling us like sharks. Read more »

24
Jul

August Bank Holiday Shenanigans

Photo Credit: Durrow Scarecrow Festival

Photo Credit: Durrow Scarecrow Festival

Time flies when you’re having fun and I think everyone in Ireland has been having fun in the sun these past few weeks. How could we not enjoy basking in the sunshine beneath blue skies, the smell of BBQ’s lingering in the air? I was beginning to think our little island had taken a journey south. 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 »

27
Jun

Avoiding Family Travel Nightmares

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This morning I was at Dublin airport with Ireland AM, chatting with Alan Hughes about some travel tips to help families get through the airport with minimum stress. (You can watch here) 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 »

31
May

A Hidden World – Sintra-Cascais Natural Park

Pena Palace, Sintra

Pena Palace, Sintra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perched on top of a hill, overlooking the Sintra Natural Park sits the magnificent and exotic Pena Palace. The palace bears a resemblance to the castles that dot the banks of the River Rhine and is said to be a fine example of Romantic architecture. Its vibrant colours – pink, yellow and blue, turrets, vault arches and medley of buildings gives it a fairy tale and fantastical quality. Read more »

23
May

Cascais – A Refuge for Kings and Spies

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Cascais, Portugal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was the Portuguese Royalty who first used Estoril and Cascais as their summer residence, building palaces and luxurious villas, turning the small fishing villages into fashionable seaside towns. Read more »

21
May

Travelling With Ryan Tubridy

Photo Credit: RTE

Photo Credit: RTE

Affectionately known as Tubs, Ryan is one of Ireland’s most successful broadcasters; host of the well known chat show, Late Late Show, and the weekday morning show, Tubridy, on RTÉ. He says he’s not travelled much, but during the course of our conversation, he reeled off plenty of destinations he’s visited over the years. Read more »

1
May

Budget Travel with Nomadic Matt

Photo Credit: Nomadic Matt

Photo Credit: Nomadic Matt

If you haven’t already met, then let me introduce you to Matt Kepnes, otherwise known as Nomadic Matt. Author of a number of books, including How to travel the world on $50 a day, Matt is a travel writer who believes passionately that travelling doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Read more »

5
Apr

Malta, The Legacy of The Knights

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Valletta City, Malta

What may look like a few specks south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea, are in fact the Maltese Islands, a country with a history more colourful that Joseph’s amazing technicoloured dreamcoat. Read more »