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Kerala Blog Express Diaries: “Give me your best price, Ish”

By | April 20th, 2017|Blog, India, Tales from Abroad|

I walked along the dusty paths at the Uday Samudra Resort in Trivandrum. It was like two separate worlds. One that held the rich glamour of the wealthy and the other, a more normal and quieter life. My “foreigner” look was obvious, for not only was I clutching a clunky camera, but I was wearing shorts [...]

Kerala Blog Express Diaries: Munnar – “If there is a heaven on earth, then this is it”

By | April 11th, 2017|Blog, India|

I was worried when I heard the word “hike” but with the promises of a view that would take my breath away, I was sold. After all, I was in Munnar one of the most beautiful places on earth, how could I say “no” to more beauty? We had escaped to the highlands of Kerala, [...]

Kerala Blog Express Diaries: The smiles of India

By | April 6th, 2017|Blog, India|

Heavily moustached and with a frown on his face, the Indian man read the text on the side of the bus. "29 nationalities" "30 bloggers" "Trip of a Lifetime" "#KeralaBlogExpress" and each country making a banner around the top - it's a lot to take in at a glance. From the window seat, I watched [...]

Kerala Blog Express Diaries: Welcome to India!

By | March 19th, 2017|Blog, India|

The heat hit me like a slushie to the face. It was stifling hot and I was tired, jet lagged and instantly sticky. My linen shirt did Trojan work at combating the heat and as I waited for my bag at arrivals, I was glad I had chosen it for the flight. I was finally [...]

11 of the most luxurious places to stay in Kerala

By | May 10th, 2017|Blog, India|

Note: KeralaBlogExpress is an initiative by Kerala Tourism which invites international bloggers to experience the best of Kerala. Our stays at each hotel were complimentary, including our food (but not our drinks).  One of the things that amazed me about Kerala was how well they did luxury. Often tucked away from the public past the [...]

Your vote is needed: Help me get to Kerala!

By | November 21st, 2016|Blog|

Kerala Blog Express is an initiative by Kerala Tourism that offers travel bloggers an opportunity to take part in a two-week road trip through north and south Kerala in India. On a whim and tipped off by Breifne Earley in the Irish Bloggers group, I decided to put my name forward for this, thinking nothing [...]

Memories of India and the memory of a friend now gone

By | October 2nd, 2018|Blog|

For some reason this week I found myself thinking about a friend of mine who passed this year. My memories are starting to get hazy and I do not wish for them to be so. We met in Kerala in 2017 and though our time was brief, I’ll cherish every interaction. Evelyn Ang Loo was [...]

Rated and Reviewed: The Titanic Experience in Belfast

By | January 16th, 2017|Blog, Ireland, United Kingdom|

“Take a left, and then another left and then a right and head straight on and keep going on and on and you should see it on your left!” The Belfast accent was so strong that it left me spluttering through my words. Gripping my map and determined not to make some touristy mistake; I [...]

10 Great Things to Head to in Dublin this December

By | December 5th, 2016|Blog, Favourite Things, Ireland|

Are you sitting at home twiddling your thumbs? Wondering what Dublin could possibly offer you this December? Fear not! I know that we’re already a few days into this Christmas month, but there are so many great and curious things on in Dublin city at the moment that I couldn’t resist putting together a short [...]