A Visit to the Wonderful Wells and Cheddar

Wednesday 13th June by CarpediemEire

The first day of a trip exploring the Somerset and Bath region of the UK.

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Wine and Walled Towns- The Essence of Tuscany

Sunday 3rd of June by CarpediemEire

The second day of a short Tuscany trip with attention today directed towards a tour of a vineyard and the wonderful town of Lucca.

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An Afternoon in Pisa

Sunday 27th of May by CarpediemEire

Pisa is a small city whose international reputation is centred on its famous tower and central square. Or completely off centre in the case of the tower.

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A Day Trip from Amsterdam

Sunday 20th of May by CarpediemEire

So began our final day in Amsterdam and Holland. Our primary goals today were to visit the revitalised Alkmaar Cheese Market and the wonderful windmills of Zaanse Schans.

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Driving Holland’s Tulip Fields

Sunday 13th of May by CarpediemEire

If Japan has its Sakura in Spring then Holland’s colourful equivalent is surely its tulip fields. Today was the day when I would realise that ambition to find those fields of bloom. Bucket list

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A Day Touring Amsterdam

Sunday 6th of May by CarpediemEire

We awoke early on the second day of our trip refreshed. The breakfast which was served in the Park bar of the hotel had the usual continental selection of meats, fruits, pastries and selected hot items. It didn’t offer anything too exciting and after 3 days it would become a little monotonous. I consumed scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit salad and a gallon of coffee.

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Amsterdam in Spring – Day 1

Sunday 29th of April by CarpediemEire

Birthdays are for some a reason to party. For me I love to escape these celebrations and spend them bettering myself in my opinion. By travelling. So on this, my 39th I wanted to scratch one off the bucket list, to go in search of those expansive, linear tulip fields in Holland. We took a four-day trip to Amsterdam, splitting the trip between the city and the surrounding countryside.

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Belfast with the Brat

Sunday 22nd of April by CarpediemEire

This is the companion piece of my last post. This my second visit within a year, where I expanded my scope to the city’s outskirts and integrated family oriented activities to entertain my daughter Nina.

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Lisbon with the little one. Day 5- Sintra

Sunday 8th of April by CarpediemEire


Our final day in Lisbon, we endeavoured to leave the city behind, and visit the Sintra Hills. It was the summer retreat for the kings of Lisbon for many centuries and the many palaces and mansions attest to that. Continue reading “Lisbon with the little one. Day 5- Sintra”


Lisbon with the Little One – Days 3 & 4

Sunday 1st of April by CarpediemEire

Our continued exploration of the city of Lisbon. For day 3 we took a train out to Estoril before coming back to Belém, and day 4 we set our sights on the Castelo and the Oceanarium.

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Lisbon with the Little One- Days 1 & 2

Sunday 25th of March by CarpediemEire

Lisbon needs no introduction. It is an in-place at the moment,  near top of the list for European city breaks, blending good weather, history, fine cuisine, and proximity to the sea with immense good value. We travelled in early spring, but the city was already alive.

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Kilkenny City Break

We were spending an overnight break in Kilkenny, a medieval city in the midlands of Ireland with a lot of associated history. Featuring one of Ireland’s greatest castles, we took the opportunity to visit some of its landmarks and the surrounding countryside.

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A Winters Tale in Edinburgh

This was a return to Edinburgh for me after 5 years. The occasion of our trip was a joyous one, we were celebrating our engagement. This was a scaled back trip by my usual relentless standards.

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