The Magic of Donegal

The locals called it the Republican Riviera. This was during the troubled times of Northern Ireland’s past. I can picture the Donegal Peninsula as the perfect bolthole. Close to the border but far enough away from the everyday business of violence and politics. Gerry Adams still has a house here. And a pub. People are … More The Magic of Donegal

Postcard to Italy

Dear Italy, We loved your lakes, particularly the majestic Lake Garda, with its surrounding mountains and old towns on the water’s edge. We loved your food. We may never recreate something so simple as the incredible pizza your served to us. Perhaps your secret is in the abundance of ingredients you draw from your soils? … More Postcard to Italy

The Hills are Alive

I’ve enjoyed the Germanic culture. The efficiency of industry twinned with a seriousness about their environment. They’ve preserved beautiful architecture, leaving a legacy of everything from towering cathedrals to ornate hanging signs that dangle above your head as you pass through old cobbled lanes. Munich, Salzberg, Zurich, Interlaken and Grindelwald have featured on our journey. … More The Hills are Alive

Scotland for Beginners: Visiting a Hebridean Paradise

We packed wetsuits and waterproof trousers. Never before have I worn so many layers or swum in such cold water with so few. Yet even when the water is a chilly 14 degrees, a quick dip in a bikini at an alluring white sand cove holds more appeal than donning a soggy wetsuit. Scotland’s Outer … More Scotland for Beginners: Visiting a Hebridean Paradise