SS Dunbrody, an Irish Famine Story

SS Dunbrody, an Irish Emigrant Story Recently I travelled to New Ross in County Wexford, Ireland to visit the “SS Dunbrody” a three master “Barque” replica of the Famine ships that brought so many Irish emigrants to Canada and the USA during the Famine times at home in the mid [...]

By | 2017-08-28T12:28:02+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Activity, Culture, Historical, Travel|2 Comments

Mercury, fine lace and natural caves: Slovenia EDEN

Idrija, one of the oldest mining towns in Slovenia. The Mercury Mines, 500 years old legacy of hardship and almost certain early death for the miners while in contrast, the delicate Idrija Lace, a centauries old bobbin lacemaking craft that provided social, creative and economic development for the people of this mining town. Slovenia [...]

By | 2017-07-16T14:30:37+00:00 July 16th, 2017|Art and Craft, Culture, Nature, Scenery, Travel|0 Comments

Slovenia North West: an Alpine Eden

On my recent visit to Slovenia, my first introduction to this stunningly beautiful landscape was the drive from Ljubljana Airport along the valley between the Italian / Slovenian Alps to the west and the Triglav National Park to the east, finally crossing a twisting over mountain pass to town of Bovec. These jagged mountain peaks, [...]

By | 2017-07-15T16:22:05+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Activity, Culture, Historical, Nature, Travel|0 Comments

The Saltee Islands; Pirates, Smugglers, and now amazing wildlife

The Saltee Islands You know that feeling when you look out across the water to an island in the distance and your imagination just starts to run away with you? The Saltee Islands are located five kilometers off the coast of Kilmore Quay in County Wexford, Ireland, on a clear day you can see [...]

By | 2017-07-15T16:22:05+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Activity, Nature, Travel|14 Comments

CLIFFS OF MOHER, FORMED 320 MILLION YEARS AGO

CLIFFS OF MOHER AND THE ISLAND OF INIS OIRR If you are visiting Co Clare in Ireland, just south of the Burren on the western seaboard are the Cliffs of Moher. Formed some 320 million years ago, these dramatic cliffs rise straight up from the Atlantic to heights of 700ft (214m) and are home [...]

By | 2017-07-15T16:22:06+00:00 September 27th, 2016|Activity, Nature, Scenery, Travel|1 Comment

WHERE THE KARST LIMESTONE PAVEMENTS STRETCH DOWN TO THE OCEAN; A STARK BEAUTY

WHERE THE KARST LIMESTONE PAVEMENTS STRETCH DOWN TO THE OCEAN; A STARK BEAUTY. The Burren National Park in North County Clare is a limestone wilderness with green grasslands interspersed and divided by a latticework of amazing dry stone walls. Neolithic Dolmens, burial tombs of the wealthy, once covered with soil and now laid bare [...]

By | 2017-07-15T16:22:07+00:00 September 20th, 2016|Landscape, Nature, Scenery, Travel|0 Comments

DARTMOOR, AN INCREDIBLY WILD AND BEAUTIFUL PLACE

DARTMOOR, AN INCREDIBLY WILD AND BEAUTIFUL PLACE Dartmoor National Park is a unique and vast moorland in Devon  County, in southwest England covering some 954 square kilometers. A place of natural beauty, the terrain is undulating with large granite rock formations protruding from the summit of rounded, gently sloping hills, called “Tors”.  There are [...]

By | 2017-07-15T16:22:08+00:00 September 9th, 2016|Activity, Landscape, Nature, Scenery, Travel|1 Comment