Welcome

Hi.  I’m Marie and you are very welcome to HopsSkipsandJumps.     If you are reading this you are probably like me – happiest when planning your next trip (or 2…  or 3….!) I’m a very unlikely victim of a travel bug.   Firstly,  the gene pool – my parents were of that generation that only […]

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The Best of County Cork – Garnish Island

Just picture Ireland’s west coast – bleak rugged landscape, windswept rock, wild Atlantic Ocean and next stop the USA. The last thing you’d expect is a paradise island with magnificent gardens and lush exotic trees, shrubs and flowers. Throw in a Greek temple and an Italian villa and you’re convinced that you’ve fallen into a […]

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Sculpture Saturday

Sculpture for Derry Walls (1987) by Antony Gormley In 1987, three identical sculptures were placed in particular locations on the walls of Derry overlooking the Foyle river, the Catholic Bogside and the Unionist Fountain Estate. Two cast-iron figures, joined back to back with arms outstretched in a cruciform pose, were placed in such a way […]

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Exploring Derry – A Walk on her Remarkable City Walls

Off limits to the general public for decades during the Troubles, the 17th century walls surrounding the old city of Derry are now a star attraction. The walls are the most complete in the country and a stroll along the one mile walkway offers great views over surrounding neighbourhoods and a perspective on the development […]

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Silent Sunday

(Glencolmcille, County Donegal, Ireland)

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Exploring Derry – The Incredible Bogside Murals

Everyone planning a travel itinerary for Ireland should include Derry. Northern Ireland’s second largest city has been very much overlooked by both domestic and international tourists but a visit here offers great insight into the region’s complex and turbulent history. Of course, there is much more than politics on offer here – the city has […]

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