Sheer beauty — and the statistics that sit behind it!

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Sheer beauty — and the statistics that sit behind it!

Earlier this year whilst en route to Australia, I decided to stopover in Abu Dhabi. I had visited its Emirati neighbour, Dubai, on a number of previous occasions over the years but as I had never been to Abu Dhabi, thought that this was the perfect opportunity to do so — not least because I … Continued


What do you enjoy most about travelling?

It’s different things for different people, isn’t it? For some, it’s the destinations themselves: the scenery, the city-scapes, the beaches. For others, it tends to be the culture and the history of each destination. The human interactions that we have with locals when we’re abroad most likely features highly on most peoples’ lists. For me, … Continued


The ‘other’ Los Angeles

Like all large cities, Los Angeles or ‘LA’ as it is more affectionately known, is really just a large collection of separate communities that have coalesced into one almost homogeneous whole over the course of the past 50 years or so in much the same way that Malahide or Rathgar or Dun Laoighaire are all … Continued


It takes 15,000 casualties to train a major general

So pronounced Marshal Ferdinand Jean Marie Foch, a french general, military theorist and the Supreme Allied commander of World War One!  A hundred years ago,  the ‘war to end all wars’ devastated Europe and in particular much of Belgium and north west France. The numbers of casualties on both sides were staggering and the obscene … Continued


Where is the best place in the world to live?

If you’re like me, you will have experienced at least once in your travels abroad, some location — it may have been a picturesque village; a hotel room with a ‘to-die-for’ view from the balcony or indeed even a whole country — where you said to yourself: ‘I could imagine myself settling down and actually … Continued


2016 is not the year to hold off booking your holiday arrangements!

It is part of the human condition to want to try and beat the system and the travel industry is no different in that respect. Every year, intending travellers tend to look into their respective crystal balls to find out when they should book their holiday arrangements. They reason (not unreasonably) that since commodities such … Continued


Take the hassle out of travel

Business travellers discovered a long time ago that there is a lot to be said for stripping out the little inconveniences that make regular travel such a pain in the proverbial! Let’s face it, the whole travel experience has deteriorated to such an extent in recent years that some people have even stopped taking holidays … Continued


If it sounds too good to be true — it most probably is!

It’s that time of the year again when many people start thinking about booking their annual two weeks in the sun or long haul dream holiday and like so many decisions that people make nowadays, price is often a determining factor with cheaper being mistakenly confused for better. Aside from the oft-cited fact that price … Continued


Keeping the magic alive!

Every year in the weeks leading up to Christmas Day, conversation increasingly turns to the subject of whether or not we’ll get to experience a white Christmas. Sadly, because of the temperate latitude that we enjoy in Ireland that is a statistically unlikely event. There are, however, many many places around the world (and particularly … Continued


Where to go for next year’s holidays?

It’s a question that many people begin to ask themselves around this time of year; the plan being that they’ll book their next holiday once they get the expense of Christmas out of the way. The question of where often comes down to a few critical issues such as price, availability and accessibility. Next year, … Continued


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