holiday


CHRISTMAS (CHALLENGE #5)

Christmas is all about tradition, but not really. I think Christmas as a concept may be traditional in itself but what Christmas means to people can be very different depending on the individual and will inevitably evolve as time goes by. There are elements that remain constant; the exchange of […]


FRANCE 2013: BLAYE MARKET DAY

  Wednesday and Saturday are the big market days in France – although there are various types of market held on other days during the summer months but they’re specific to certain towns and villages. We decided it was time to have that market experience once again and so The Ban […]


FRANCE 2013 – COGNAC BLUES

My Ban-Cheile* and I took a trip into Cognac to catch some of the ambiance of the Blues Festival. The festival runs from July 2nd -July 7th and attracts people from all over the world and not just France. The one hour drive north from Bédenac took us through undulating […]


COUNTRY ROADS

My old pal Denver is 12 years of age (84 in dog years) and despite the down at heel  look on his face – it’ll stop soon if you ignore it – he’s actually over the moon about going on his road trip today.   Unlike other migrating species he heads […]


RETAIL THERAPY

A public holiday in Ireland can leave a lot to be desired (at least during the day). When my daughter suggested some retail therapy in one of our biggest and best shopping centres I didn’t need much persuasion. Much to my chagrin I discovered many of the shops weren’t open […]