Beyond Barcelona – A Road Trip on the Costa Brava

Are you like me I wonder – as soon as I hear the words ‘Costa Brava’,  I’m spirited back to that anthem of the early 70’s which stuck in the pop charts for months and to this day is probably still churned out in campsites and hotels as guests snake around the dance floor in […]

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Vignettes from a Lifetime of Travel

G is for Gorgonzola Isn’t it wonderful to know that there’s a town called Gorgonzola!   I remember getting very excited when spotting the road sign in northern Italy.   I don’t know why I was actually surprised – most cheeses and wines as well as many other foodstuffs are named after their place of origin.  For […]

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A Date in the Irish Calendar – St. Patrick’s Day!

Its March 17th and its a great day to be Irish!   Today we celebrate the arrival of Christianity into Ireland.   And what a celebration it is!  This festival is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other national day.  No matter where you are,  you’re bound to be near enough to an Irish […]

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Rock of Dunamase – Ruins with a Great View

What a great place to build a fortress.   Standing high on top of a limestone cliff,  this once imposing castle still dominates the landscape. There are a few gaps in its history but this was definitely the location of an early Christian settlement known as Dún Másc (meaning ‘the Fort of Masc ‘- Masc presumably […]

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Beautiful Bergamo – (there’s more to it than Ryanair!)

Over the past few years,  we have flown into Bergamo several times and find it a great hub for Northern Italy.   We’ve rented cars and headed to the lakes.    We’ve visited  Verona – reaching it via motorway in about 75 minutes.   We’d a great round trip a few years ago taking in Parma,  Bologne,  […]

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156,000,000 London Travel Blogs – plus 1!

Yes –  that’s 156 MILLION (depending on the day!) – so the world really needs another London itinerary or tip list!   And lucky you – because here it is! So after you’ve done the Palace,  St Paul’s Cathedral,  Big Ben,  Madame Tussaud’s,  the Tower and London Eye, try and fit in as many of the […]

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London out and about – exploring Brick Lane

It is possible to walk along Brick Lane,  go into a shop or two,  try some street food or a bagel and leave wondering what the fuss is all about. Or… You could spend most of a day here,  branching off the main street and enjoying the free art exhibition which embraces everything from colossal […]

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