Galway Girls Weekend

Friday 23 – Sunday 25 November 2018

Ireland is one of those places that is so close to home, I never really consider it as a holiday destination, despite the fact that I would actually love to explore it more – I know it has some amazing landscape. So when one of my work friends, who comes from an area near Galway (so lets call her GG), suggested a group of us went for the weekend, I was all aboard.

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Four Highlights of Dublin

I do not pretend to be any kind of authority on Dublin. If you add together the total of my hours spent in the city, it would equal less than a week. Still, having been a couple of times now, I figure I can at least share my highlights: Continue reading “Four Highlights of Dublin”

Seven European countries where you can find a really great stew

As far as I’m concerned, you just cannot beat a good stew. Not only can it taste insanely good, if done right, but it’s filling and comforting. All in all, it’s basically the perfect meal. Thankfully, many countries seem to agree with that conclusion so when I’m out and about in a new place, looking for traditional eats, I can always justify a stew. Continue reading “Seven European countries where you can find a really great stew”

Nine beautiful cities in Europe

I have to admit that I am pretty lucky to live in Europe, the continent has so many interesting and beautiful cities that are just a stone’s throw away from good old Blighty. Even if you do live a bit further out, however, there are many places that are worth the trip.
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Four European cities that took me by surprise

It’s a great thrill when you’re travelling and stumble across a hidden gem: somewhere off the beaten track which you didn’t expect to find. That thrill is even better when it happens with an entire city. On occasion, for one reason or another, I’ve ended up in places that are far from my bucket list: Dusseldorf for work, Dublin to visit a friend, Brussels because I got a good deal and Oslo because the flights were the most convenient. I’ve gone to these places doubting that I’d be particularly taken with the city but knowing that I’d probably still have fun. I was only half right – and I don’t mean that I didn’t have fun. In fact, I was left wanting to go back.

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36 hours (or so) in Dublin

9-11 January 2015

My first trip of 2015 did not start smoothly. Firstly, there was a problem with my ticket (and when I say problem, I mean I booked it in the wrong name – who on earth gets their own name wrong?) and so I had to call up Ryanair in a frantic state the morning of my flight to try and sort it out. Thankfully, I managed it. But then, when I finally made it to Stansted Airport, I realised that I hadn’t brought a clear bag for my liquids (some of which were over 100ml and had to hit the bottom of the bin) and they weren’t free here – I had to pay £1 for a plastic ball of four, only to find that, when I got through to Security, they were giving them away for free. Admittedly, £1 is nothing but it’s the principle.

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