My Top 10 of Everything – Places you will love in Italy

  If you’re expecting Rome,  Florence,  Venice,  Pisa,  Verona or the Amalfi Coast then read no further!  Of course you’d love those places – who wouldn’t!  But if you are visiting Italy for the first time then that’s where you will head towards anyway. We’ve been lucky enough to visit Italy on many occasions over […]

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The High Crosses of Monasterboice

The first thing you spot from the distance is the round tower, roofless now but still rising to over 100ft above the surrounding farmland and announcing to the world that this was once a site of great importance. Monasterboice translates as Mainistir Bhuite – monastery of Buite. Saint Buite was an Irish monk and a […]

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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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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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