Going Places

I fancy immersing myself in some traditional French culture. Where should I be heading?

Toulouse – also known as 'La Ville Rose' (the pink city) – is a very affordable city which takes its name from the dusty pink bricks of the medieval Vieux Quartier. It has a rich cultural lifestyle which boasts a strong Latin vibe through its medieval streets, with a...

I’d never been to Mayo before, in spite of years of listening to people tell me how brilliant and beautiful it is, and now I’m sorry I waited so long because nobody did it justice. From the beautifully desolate high roads to the towering, monolithic mountains and the long incursions of the Atlantic between fingers and spits of limestone countryside, this is almost a land apart. It...

Maybe it is the green in our flags, or perhaps the laid back attitude we share, but the Irish and the Mexicans seem to have a bit of a love affair going. Mexico appeals to all sectors, but particularly honeymoon couples and of late Irish Weddings are quite popular in Mexico.
 
It could be to do with the wonderful weather or perhaps the powder–sand beaches or maybe even...

Barcelona has this week been voted ‘Europe’s Coolest City’ and is the most popular place on Irish tourists’ wish lists, with nearly 40% of us saying that the Catalan capital is our ideal destination. Barcelona easily beats off competition from both London and Paris, outstripping them in popularity here by 22% and 24%, respectively.

“Cool,” “...

If you’re a lover of music and travel, then you owe it to yourself to make one of the world’s greatest opera pilgrimages and take the trip of a lifetime to Verona’s famous opera festival.

This year will mark the 93rd festival and will run from the middle of June right through until the beginning of September, featuring legendary works liks Verdi’s Nabucco and...

Switzerland, landlocked, mountainous and proudly not part of the EU, is a world apart. It juts up out of the centre of Europe, straddling the Alps which define so much of its character, and for a small country it has enormous diversity. It’s remained famously neutral throughout all sorts of trials and tribulations, thanks in no small part to its legacy as Europe’s safe–...

My husband and I are hoping to have a trip abroad this May before the busy high-summer season begins. We’d love sunshine and the sea but it would be great to travel somewhere with history and interesting things to see and do. Is there anywhere that comes to mind?

If it’s sun and sea you’re after with a little more diversity, Malta is the place to be. Located in the...

I have heard about folks from the US’s Mid-West describing themselves as “real Americans” and of their reputation for being genuinely nice people but not until I went there did I appreciate how open and welcoming the people of Chicago really are.

I went travelling to Chicago in March just at the end of the really cold weather and a few things — apart from the...

Springtime, and especially Easter, are traditionally times to set off on the mighty Camino de Santiago, a pilgrim trail to the beautiful Galician town of Santiago de Compostela where legend has it St James the Apostle, patron saint of both Spain and Portugal, is buried in a tomb at the heart of the cathedral.

Dozens of walking routes join together and little streams of pilgrims become...

Bulgaria may not be at the top of many people’s “must see” lists, but those people are missing out. Having remained relatively isolated from ‘the west’ for decades, this spectacular country has garnered more and more of a reputation as a great place to visit over the last few years.

Sandwiched between Turkey and Romania, bordering Greece, Macedonia, Serbia...

April and May, when the heat and humidity die down, are when Rio de Janeiro is at its magical best. The Brazilian metropolis is a great holiday destination either by itself or combined with a trip to Iguazu Falls and/or Buenos Aires in neighbouring Argentina.

Rio by itself offers up names that just trip off the tongue: Copacabana Beach, Ipanema Beach, Christ the Redeemer Statue (one of...

Bulgaria may not be at the top of many people’s “must see” lists, but those people are missing out. Having remained relatively isolated from ‘the west’ for decades, this spectacular country has garnered more and more of a reputation as a great place to visit over the last few years.

Sandwiched between Turkey and Romania, bordering Greece, Macedonia, Serbia...

Roughly two thousand years ago, give or take, work began on what is still one of the wonders of the world; the maginificent carven city of Petra, in Jordan. Its façades and doorways, hewn from rosy rock, have been popularised in photos and films since they were first ‘rediscovered’ by the wider world in the late 19th century. Nearby is the Dead Sea, a few miles beyond that...

Why not follow your heart and head to Italy this summer and enjoy all it has to offer, including a diverse range of holiday options to suit everyone. Whether you would like an activity holiday in Lake Garda, an historical and cultural adventure in Pompeii or if you would like to relax on the beach in Rimini or the Venetian Riviera, Italy’s got it all. With departures from...

New York, New York: so good they named it twice. The Big Apple is the original city that never sleeps, full to the brim with 24/7 energy and activity that makes it one of the most exciting destinations in the world. It has everything: shops, sports, sightseeing, bars, restaurants, great accommodation, food and drink from cultures all over the world blended together into something exciting and...

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