Category Archives: Travel

Lambay Island

Foraging Retreat Lambay Island

I grew up in Rush so Lambay Island was right in front of my eyes my entire childhood. At one point during an obsessive Famous Five phase I was convinced Lambay was in fact Kirrin Island.  I was devastated to find out the truth.  I would never row a little boat to the island, discover treasure, drink lashings of ginger beer and foil a plan by some ruthless thieves to steal the aforementioned treasure. Continue reading

Bodegas El Grifo

Travel: Bodegas El Grifo Lanzarote

Recently I wrote about the village of El Golfo in the south of Lanzarote. A stunning village that’s home to the green lagoon. My next snippet about Lanzarote is all about a trip to Bodegas El Grifo. One of the largest wineries on the island they have been in operation since 1755. Having recently passed my WSET Level 2 Wines and Spirits, there was no way I was going to miss out on discovering a bit about the history of wine in Lanzarote. Continue reading

El Golfo

(Travel) El Golfo Lanzarote

Lanzarote is probably best known for being a cheap holiday destination with almost guaranteed sunshine all year round.  There is however a whole lot more to the island.  In terms of size it comes in at just over 325 square miles.  With little effort you can certainly drive around it in a day.  You are however likely to miss some of the spectacular scenery the island has to offer. One such place is the small village of El Golfo.  Its located towards the south of the island close to the Timanfaya National Park (more next week on that. I’ve a few short photo led posts, like this one, about the sights in Lanzarote coming up). Continue reading

Snapshot of Bruges

Snapshot of Bruges

Bruges is magical. A fairy tale village with beautiful architecture, cobbled streets, large squares and a series of canals which crisscross it. While in Brussels with work earlier this year I decided to take a day trip to Bruges. It’s just over an hour away on the train and well worth the trip.  In this snapshot of Bruges I’ll tell you where to eat, drink, run (if your that way inclined) and some fun things to do. Continue reading

Marrakesh – The Food

Marrakesh was a culture shock in every sense of the word.  It had been on my list to visit for years and finally in August 2015 I booked a week away.  Ryanair will fly you there in just a couple of hours and the plane tickets are surprisingly cheap.  Okay so I went in a very hot month where it was literally like sitting on the sun with 40 degree heat most days.  Maybe that was why my ticket was so cheap. Continue reading

Papillon in Paris – The Perfect Lunch Spot

I took a trip to Paris at the end of July this year and pretty much ate and drank my way around the city.  A few restaurants I had booked in advance and a few I stumbled upon.  Papillon was recommended to me by Nick Munier and I booked myself in for lunch in advance. Continue reading

Galgorm Resort & Spa, A Northern Ireland Paradise (even in Wintery Weather)

*This is not a sponsored post, nor have I been approached to write about my visit. I was visiting as a guest of the hotel and I’ve written about it because I absolutely loved it*

I recently took a trip to Galgorm Resort & Spa for a gin tasting evening with Shortcross Gin. The resort is in Ballymena in Co. Antrim and set in over 160 acres of parkland with the River Maine flowing through it. Continue reading

Dunboyne Castle Hotel – Afternoon Tea

Back in October 2015 I had the pleasure of taking an overnight visit to Dunboyne Castle Hotel. They have a fantastic award-winning spa on site called Seoid Spa. Ready for some hard-core relaxing I did of course try out the facilities which includes a pool, sauna, steam room and outdoor hot tub. Continue reading