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

Its February 1st – the start of Spring.    Here in Ireland we have another reason for celebration.   This is the feast day of one of our patron saints (St. Brigid shares the honour with St. Patrick and St. Colmcille). Throughout the country,  towns,  schools,  churches,  crosses,  holy wells and of course females,  are named […]

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2019 – Hopping and Jumping (but no Skipping this year!!)

I’ve forgotten any bad bits already – I look back at 2019 as primarily a year of celebration.  We had births,  weddings,  lots of retirements and LOTS of significant birthdays!  And it was mainly the birthdays that kept us on the move -traveling for 50th’s,  60th’s and 80th’s from Dublin to London (twice) to mainland […]

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Happy Christmas from Dublin

  An Irish Christmas Blessing   May you be blessed With the spirit of the season Which is peace The gladness of the season Which is hope And the heart of the season Which is love.                           NOLLAIG SHONA DAOIBH GO LÉIR! HAPPY […]

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Hamburg – What you’ll see on a Free Walking Tour

Do you like organised city tours? Up until a few years ago I was very much a DIY gal. I’d much prefer wandering with my Lonely Planet or Rough Guide and doing my own thing. Now its one of the first things I check out when planning a city break. While I’ve paid for food […]

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Hamburg’s Xmas Markets

With picture perfect backdrops that include a stunning town hall,  Alster Lake,  parish churches and romantic squares,  Hamburg makes for a good option if you are into traditional Xmas markets.   While there are plenty of craft stalls selling the usual candles,  decorations, etc.,   there is a strong leaning towards food and drink.   You’re unlikely to […]

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