Dragon in Klagenfurt, Austria

Memorials and Statues on Holiday

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hile the leaves here in Ireland are changing colours and we're heading for winter, I'm remembering some beautiful places we visited over the summer. During our time in Hungary and bordering countries we discovered many memorials…
Babylonstoren working farm

Enjoying the gardens at Babylonstoren

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  At the foot of Simonsberg in the Franschhoek wine valley in South Africa, lies Babylonstoren, one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms. As a working farm visitors and tourists can experience and relish in the wealth…
D'If Castle Marseille

Château d’If : Fortress and Prison

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During a recent trip to Marseille – a port city in southern France - we did some exploring. One of our excursions included a trip to the Frioul archipelago, a group of four islands, about 1.5km from Marseille. We also visited…
Visiting a city that you haven't visited before

Tips when visiting a ‘new’ city

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Visiting a city you've never visited before can be daunting. Here are some tips.
Keukenhof

Most Beautiful Spring Garden

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  There is just something about a new season arriving that invigorates us, makes us want to live. We recently visited one of the most beautiful spring gardens in the world. Keukenhof, situated in Lisse, the Netherlands.…
Sculptures and Self-isolation

Sculptures and Self-isolation

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At the end of November this year the world went into variant-panic mode. I was in South Africa when my flight back to Ireland was cancelled. Within 24 to 48 hours almost every flight out of South Africa and the other southern…

Staycation in county Donegal

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This year was another ‘staycation’-year for us! As, I’m sure, for many of you who've just had summer holidays. And if you’re living on the green isle you’ll know by now that long stretches of sunshine during the summer…
Adalar

The City on 2 Continents (final)

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For the final of our virtual tour through the city on 2 continents - Istanbul - we're going to the beach. We've done the historical and cultural sides of this ancient city already, although there is so much more to see and learn,…
The City on 2 continents (2)

The City on 2 Continents (2)

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As I explained in my blog last week we had seven days to get to know Istanbul better. We took one of those hop-on hop-off bus tours on our first day there. If you want to get an overall picture of what a city looks like, this…
The City on 2 Continents

The City on 2 Continents (1)

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Istanbul. The only metropolis in the world situated on two continents. Europe and Asia. It might be the largest city in Turkey with a population of 15 million people, but it is not the capital. That is Ankara. Just saying. With…