Travel Stories

Cartuxa Winery

Cartuxa Winery

Cartuxa Winery

Kieran Walsh We were recently in Portugal in the Alentejo region as recommended by Portugal Tourism, who would like Irish to visit other regions outside of Lisbon or the Algarve. Our first project was to visit a farm house accommodation and winery on day one. This was the Cartuxa winery outside of the regional...
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Exploring rural Portugal

Exploring rural Portugal

Exploring rural Portugal

Kieran Walsh Portugal is loved by the Irish. It is an alternative to Spain, lower in costs generally, but a fresher climate, perhaps more suitable to Irish. We did get rain, but found a new area to discover. Most visitors from Ireland pick the Algarve, been there twice, and for those on city breaks, Lisbon. However,...
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Belfast’s Crumlin Road Gaol

Belfast’s Crumlin Road Gaol

Belfast’s Crumlin Road Gaol

Kieran Walsh Back in December we were asked to review the self-guided (due to Covid) tour of the now closed Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast. In my teenage years we can recall the name Crumlin Road jail regularly on the news for this remand prison. We had been busy around the city earlier, so decided to take a taxi there...
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Skiing in Cervinia

Skiing in Cervinia

Skiing in Cervinia

Kieran Walsh We were a group of ten plus from Ireland and UK that did a week in top quality Italian resort of Cervinia just before the last lockdown in early Feb 2020. We got back safely via Turin airport, before the major pandemic of Covid really broke out. Two weeks after we returned, most resorts had closed. We...
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The beauty of Croatia’s coast

The beauty of Croatia’s coast

The beauty of Croatia’s coast

Kieran Walsh A beach on the Adriatic Sea. Croatia is not so well known for tourism in Ireland. Dubrovnik is well known and some of the more popular islands, as well as Istria. We learned from Croatians some new places to visit after being to the capital Zagreb in late 2019 for the Christmas market. Flight frequency...
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Breda, Holland

Breda, Holland

Breda, Holland

A city with a military past but modern and progressive today Kieran Walsh This city just over the Belgian border north of Antwerp and Brussels is not on any holiday hit list but we found so many intriguing things to see from local trading zone of shops and workshops doing recycling to learning about the trading days...
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Exploring Dordrecht in Holland

Exploring Dordrecht in Holland

Exploring Dordrecht in Holland

Kieran Walsh This is a beautiful and historic city, not far from Rotterdam. They claim it is the oldest city with a charter in Holland. Little war damage despite being an important port in the past, whereas Rotterdam was heavily bombed. If you want a small version of Amsterdam with canals, history and art, then this...
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