Category: Europe

“The Leaving”

I know I'm not alone in still having nightmares about the Leaving. But I like to think my route to university was even more stressful than most in Ireland...

Nudity: the great leveller

I've just spent the past few days here in Sitges, outside Barcelona. My hotel is right next to the Platja de Balmins, which has the distinction of being 'clothing optional'. I've been several times before and so knew what to look forward to: a small, sheltered cove, clean sand, a well-stocked bar and a bathroom within ...

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A different kind of Queen’s message…

Not that queen. This one. Panti Bliss - the newly-crowned Queen of Ireland. Merry Christmas Panti! http://youtu.be/4vH6vEndT1A  

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A weekend in Madrid

Madrid - November 2013, a set on Flickr. A selection of photos from our recent weekend in Madrid - fantastic weather, beautiful food and a new favourite hotel. There's always something new to see. This time, it was visits to the National Library where we saw a beautiful exhibit of Japanese calligraphy, followed by the Botanical ...

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Codeshare hell

So here's the thing...you buy a ticket with one airline but end up flying with another. This is the gist of the codeshare arrangement that airlines seem to love. I have no single favourite airline, though I fly very regularly with British Airways. But I have a list of airlines I try to avoid, including ...

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Irish cadets who performed at JFK funeral to offer final salute

Irish cadets who performed at JFK funeral to offer final salute An interesting article tweeted by the Irish Embassy in Washington this morning. Remembering the Irish Army cadets who stood by JFK's graveside in 1963: For hours the young cadets waited, standing at attention by the freshly dug grave - a striking tableau in their ...

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Some excellent news…

Italian Senate panel recommends Berlusconi expulsion Looks like there's a chance Berlusconi is finally going to get (some of) what's coming to him. A cross-party panel of the Italian Senate has recommended the expulsion from the chamber of Silvio Berlusconi over his conviction for tax fraud. The call to expel the ex-premier who dominated politics ...

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Crossing over…

A snapshot I took of the Boyne Valley Bridge on my drive down from Belfast to Dublin on Wednesday evening. (Don't worry, I was in the passenger seat when I took the photo). It came through pretty clearly, considering the speed we were going...and the fact I Instagrammed the hell out of it.  

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Palma: Keeping it under wraps

I'm a little conflicted even writing this post... I really love Palma de Mallorca and I think it gets ignored by the majority of visitors to the island. On the other hand, I think I love it precisely because it's ignored by most tourists. You'll pardon the generalisation, but in my experience (a decade of ...