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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Vignettes from a Life Time of Travel

J is for Journey ‘I always liked those moments of epiphany when you have the next destination’ (Brad Pitt) Well that sums it up for me (although I never thought I’d see the day I’d be quoting Brad Pitt!) – that wonderful eureka moment when a travel plan presents itself. And it doesn’t just apply […]

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Belize – South to Palm Trees, Ocean and even more Colour!

‘This mobile is for you – We’ve added $5 credit and our number – just in case you wish to make local calls or need to get in touch with us while you’re out’ Well that’s a first for us! Welcome to Placencia!   Placencia This fishing village is well worth the bit of effort […]

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I can’t dump those old holiday tshirts

You know the ones I mean – they never made it past the first wash without shrinking,  losing the print or just falling apart.  But there’s also the set that you wore and wore,  then got relegated to the bed wear bundle,  but couldn’t be further relegated to the painting and DIY because they’d get […]

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Belize – North to the Jungle, River and Maya Ruins

For the majority of first time visitors,  northern Belize means Orange Walk District and most head at some stage to the tiny hamlet of Indian Church where the Maya city of Lamanai is located.     Access to the area is challenging – an irregular bus service travels 35 miles from the town of Orange […]

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Belize – East to Beaches, Seafood and Golf Buggies!

Belize’s barrier reef,  stretching for over 350 miles,  is the longest in the western hemisphere.   A string of about 200 islands – cayes – is the main tourist attraction in the country.   We were heading to the largest – Ambergris Caye – and the main town of San Pedro.   Getting There: By land or […]

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Vignettes from a Lifetime of Travel

I is for Irishness For such a small nation,  we certainly pack a punch.   The Irish diaspora has been put at over 70 MILLION worldwide.   But there are many far flung (and not so far flung) corners where we are still unknown. We are usually met with one of two reactions: Faces sometimes light up […]

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Wonders of Belize – The Maya

Sandwiched between the more famous sites of Yukatan and Guatamala,  many archaeologists and cultural anthropologists now believe that Belize was actually the centre of the Maya civilization. Spanning about 4000 years,  this society flourished and evolved into a sophisticated network of city states,  each one with its own ruler and bound together through trade, religion […]

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