Category Archives: Travel

Bia Mara – Brussels Meets The Irish

On a recent trip to Brussels I asked the ever reliable Gastrogays for some food recommendations.  They mentioned Bia Mara to me. As luck would have it, it was directly across the road from my hotel. Obviously meant to be.  It’s a busy spot but we were lucky enough to grab a table.  Continue reading

The Majorelle Gardens in Marrakech

Much like Mary Lennox in the tale of the Secret Garden, who is awestruck by what lies behind the door in the wall, so too was I enchanted upon entering the Jardin Majorelle in the heart of the Ochre City (Marrakech). They are a burst of colour and tranquillity and your immediate response upon entering is almost to lower your voice and speak in hushed tones. Continue reading

Cruising The River Liffey – Discover Dublin By Boat

Sometimes when you live in a city for so long you can forget about some of the things that make it so special. I recently took a trip with Dublin Discovered and rediscovered some of my city, Dublin, along the banks of the River Liffey. Continue reading

City Picnic – Belfast Cafe Dining

I was recently in Belfast to run the marathon. That was a bit of a disaster I have to say, you can read about it here  While there I needed to ‘carb load’ (I’m using that term loosely) so paid a visit to City Picnic.  It’s a simple, no fuss burger and fries kind of place.  The menu is short, appeals to your fat cells (perfect hangover food) and comes on a business card. Continue reading

The War Memorial Gardens – Dublin

I happened to be staying in Islandbridge recently and the view from the apartment balcony included the War Memorial Gardens. I had heard of them many times. I had a rough idea of what they represented but I had never actually set foot in them. Continue reading

Conquering The High Seas With Dublin Bay Cruises 

I had seen Dublin Bay Cruises advertised a few times and it had been on my list of things to do for ages.  Finally I picked up a couple of tickets (€22 adult) and set sail. They offer a few different cruise options as per below but for June Bank Holiday they have extra sailings from Dublin City to Howth and back. Continue reading

Newgrange – An Historical Masterpiece

The last time I was in Newgrange was probably on a school tour many years ago.  Living relatively close to it I decided to revisit. Given that it has been there for over 5,000 years I wasn’t expecting much of a change. Continue reading

Irelands Eye – Only a Boat Trip Away

A girl in work had told me about a trip she took over to Irelands Eye. It was never somewhere I ever thought about visiting but out of curiosity I hit Google to see what I could find out.

In 700 AD three holy men, who were the sons of Nessan a prince of the Royal House of Leinster, formed a church on Ireland’s Eye.  The church was named “Cill Mac Nessan”. There they wrote a copy of the four Gospels named the Garland of Howth.   It was similar to the Book of Kells and it is also in Trinity College Dublin. Continue reading