From Ireland’s majestic mountains to Vietnam’s minority villages, there are many places that we love.

Tales from Italy: Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be

“You must stay on the board” “Really??” I exhaled with frustration. Stressed out in the Mediterranean Sea in Italy wasn’t how I imagined how my holiday was going to be. After all, in 2003 I was just a teenager and had more of a concern about the local Italian, Raphael who was ridiculously handsome in [...]

By | November 28th, 2016|Blog, Italy, Places We Love, Tales from Abroad|10 Comments

Rated and Reviewed: Rathmullan House in Donegal

Gazing out into the grounds with the trees providing shade, we realised very quickly that we could get used to lounging in the comfort of Rathmullan House. Located in Co. Donegal, the country house on the shores of Lough Swilly was to be our last port of call before we arrived at Malin Head, the [...]

By | October 18th, 2016|Ireland, Places We Love|0 Comments

Places We Love: The Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens

We love horses and we also love gardens, so naturally being in Kildare for a breakaway, it made sense for us to head to the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens. The Irish National Stud is a Thoroughbred horse breeding facility in Tully, Co. Kildare and is seen as Ireland’s centre of equine excellence. Its [...]

By | August 9th, 2016|Ireland, Places We Love|9 Comments

Hidden Ireland: Glanteenassig Forest and Lough Caum

Sitting on a bench and overlooking the water, there was not a sound to be heard but the whisper of the wind. “Off the beaten track”, is a phrase often used across many travel guides, and while some may be off the main road, they’re still very much touristy. Glanteenassig is certainly not that. While [...]

By | May 13th, 2016|Ireland, Places We Love|2 Comments

Places We Love: Early-Christian and Medieval Site, Cill Mhaoilcéadair

Me at the sundial at Kilmalkedar Church. Cill Mhaoilcéadair or Kilmalkeder in English is an early-Medieval and Christian site about 8km from Dingle in County Kerry. Set across approximately 10 acres, the site was reputedly founded by St Maolcethair in the seventh century but is often associated with St Brendan (who according to [...]

By | April 4th, 2016|Ireland, Places We Love|0 Comments

Memories of Baile na nGall: Poignant Family Moments in Ballydavid, County Kerry

Me, Mom and Grandad at Ballydavid Pier “Conas atá sibh?” “Go maith!” we both answered in unison. Baile na nGall, or Ballydavid, is a special place for Mom and I. Translated as “Town of the Foreigners”, it’s more like a second home rather than a foreign land. Not only is it a great spot [...]

By | March 24th, 2016|Blog, Ireland, Places We Love|0 Comments

Places We Love: Wine Strand in County Kerry

Trá na Fhíona or Wine Strand in English is the perfect spot if you’re really looking to escape from it all. A small beach that’s tucked away among houses and sheep, we’ve never seen more than 10 people on Wine Strand at a time. This family greeted us along the way This place [...]

By | March 22nd, 2016|Ireland, Places We Love|2 Comments

Places We Love: An Chonair aka Conor Pass in County Kerry

We’re on a Kerry-roll! An Chonair, or Conor Pass in English, is one of the highest Irish mountain passes in the country. It’s one of those places that’s absolutely stunning when the sun shines down but also wonderfully mysterious and intriguing when the mist settles. I can’t begin to count the many times that we’ve [...]

By | March 19th, 2016|Ireland, Places We Love|0 Comments

Places We Love: Banna Beach in County Kerry

Can you spot Mom on the rocks? Armed with our Nordic poles, Mom and I set off to Banna Beach to walk through the sunshine and breathe in the sea air. Also known as Banna Strand, this stretch of beach in our home county, Kerry, extends from Ballyheigue Beach to Barrow. It’s approximately [...]

By | March 18th, 2016|Blog, Ireland, Places We Love|2 Comments