With wings clipped during Covid, we had a chance to reexplore many parts of this beautiful country of ours. But even that was a concession only after the more severe restrictions were lifted. For those first few weeks, the 2 km limit meant every backroad, front garden and cul de sac was examined in depth. Of course, living about 0.5km from the sea meant that we’d actually only a semicircle, rather than circle to move about in. We felt a bit cheated and hard done by at times but, on the other hand, how lucky were we to have a beach close by.
And then the limit was extended to 5km! The excitement!! We still just had our semicircle of course but 5km allowed us reach the neighbouring towns to the north and south us.
We are about 4kms from the seaside town of Bray – just on the Dublin / Wicklow border. Long past its glory days, many of our parents’ generation would have honeymooned in the resort. Over the decades, we’ve watched the old hotels, guest houses and amusement arcades give way to apartment blocks. It has, however, seen a bit of resurgence in recent years and a lot of work has been done on the mile long promenade. With Covid now (hopefully) behind us, the prom is busy again and we find ourselves there a few times per week.
On Thursday, Time Out Magazine published its list of 14 Most Underrated Travel Destinations in the World Today. And there, sharing the limelight with Mongolia, Puerto Rico and Lombok….sharing the limelight with tropical islands, historical cities and picturesque lakes …
BRAY!!! Coming in at a proud number 13!!
Who’d have thought…….!!
Here’s hoping it doesn’t go to their heads and they start raising the price of ice-cream, pints, fish n chips and parking!!