Dublin Explored: Scenes from the banks of the Liffey

  Dublin’s famous river rises a mere 20km,  as the crow flies,  from the capital.   However,  from its source in County Wicklow,  it meanders for 125km before emptying into Dublin Bay.   In ancient times,  the river was known as An Ruirthech which roughly translates as ‘the stampeding one‘ or ‘strong,  fast runner‘ – well named as […]

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Sculpture Saturday

  This weekly challenge is hosted by Mind over Memory This popular piece in one of Dublin’s busy shopping districts doesn’t honour any local celebs but rather pays homage to everyday life.   Jackie McKenna’s 1988 bronze statue is called ‘Meeting Place‘ (but we prefer the local nickname ‘The Hags With The Bags‘!!). The two ladies have […]

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My Top 10 of Everything: What you’ll enjoy in Northern Portugal!

There was a time – not so long ago – when traveling to Portugal meant ‘The Algarve’.   With the rise in popularity of city breaks,  travelers’ experience of Portugal expanded to include Lisbon.   More recently,  we’ve all discovered Porto and that,  in turn,  has opened up a ‘new’ destination – Northern Portugal. I think this […]

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