So you think you know the Canaries?

So you think you know the Canaries?

The Canary islands and Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura in particular are amongst the most popular destinations for Irish travelers given their year-round climate. Located just 100 kilometres at their most easterly point off the west coast of Morocco, this autonomous region of Spain is the most southerly extent of Europe. What some people … Continued


Would you like to win €2,500?

The phrase, ‘Lies, damned lies and statistics’ is generally attributed to have been coined by Benjamin Disraeli, the famous British Prime Minister. The standard definition of statistics is ‘the practice or science of collecting and analyzing numerical data in large quantities, especially for the purpose of inferring proportions in a whole from those in a … Continued


The thrill that is History!

I’m Irish and very proud to be so. I think that for such a small country, we’ve made a disproportionate impact on the global stage. Both our history and our mythology are extremely rich — as is our almost unique culture — some of which we share with our Celtic cousins. There are times though … Continued


The undiscovered France!

Despite continuing to be the most visited country in the world, it is perhaps surprising that there are still huge swathes of France that your average tourist knows next to nothing about! In the same way that spending a few days in Dublin does not constitute getting to know the ‘real’ Ireland, so too is … Continued


Heaven does exist — and it’s located in Tuscany!

I’m Irish and I’ve lived in Ireland all my life and I can’t think of anywhere else in the world I’d rather spend the rest of my days — despite the weather, the politicians, the cute hoorism, the naked nepotism at every turn and a hundred or more other things that irritate me and cause … Continued


Where should I go on my next holiday?

There are all sorts of reasons why people choose the destinations that they do. For some it’s simply price, for other’s weather is their primary concern. Some choose destinations based on their proximity whilst other travellers choose places based on their ‘safeness’. It is therefore interesting to note the results of the latest biannual report … Continued


Beijing — City of contrasts

I have recently returned from my second trip to Beijing in less than three months. So what is it like to visit the third most populous city in the world? Well, the first impression is that it looks remarkably modern and western in the sense that the entire city (at least from what I saw … Continued



Travel Back in Time

In case you haven’t already noticed, we celebrate the centenary of the First World War this year — referred to in its time as ‘The war to end all wars’. Sadly, that turned out not to be true so all the more reason that this generation should never forget the lesson that all war is … Continued


Turkey is in the news of late — but for all the wrong reasons!

Having said that — don’t always take as gospel, what you hear on the news as everything is ‘spun’ these days. Not from a propaganda point of view you understand. It’s just TV’s way of competing with the sensational headlines mentality that you often see demonstrated by certain tabloid press. Even the ‘serious’ news channels … Continued


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