It’s a good time to visit Amsterdam (actually, you could say that with justification any time of the year). Thirty art installations and colourful light sculptures, specially designed by both Dutch and international artists, illuminate the centre of the city … Continue reading Amsterdam and Maastricht light festivals
When Dormy House Hotel in the Cotswolds was named Hotel of the Year by Small Luxury Hotels of the World, it was described as very nearly perfect. The word nearly in the description makes it far more convincing than if … Continue reading Want to stay in a “Very nearly perfect” hotel?
This article first appeared in THE IRISH POST on October 26th 2017 THE IRISH DO DEATH WELL. Despite radical changes in the way we work and live, we haven’t lost the instinct to see it as a tragedy that affects … Continue reading Laughing at Death: Mexicans do death even better than the Irish
So says The Wall Street Journal, ranking it alongside Shanghai, Madagascar and the Faroe Islands as one of the places to travel to in 2018. It writes: “A coastal college town, Dundee has emerged as Scotland’s coolest city (see the … Continue reading Dundee is the hot destination for “adventurous sophisticates…and deep-pocketed beach bums”
Jazz was first recorded in 1917 but its foundations were built on the slave songs of American plantations, the polyrhythms of Africa and the classical music of Europe. The story of the way jazz became Jazz is being celebrated later … Continue reading Jazz before Jazz was Jazz – a celebration of 100 years of recorded jazz
I’ve always liked gin even when it had a sort of crimplene and coral lipstick aura about it. Those days are long gone and bars boast about how many different types they stock. Gin may have been invented earlier, but … Continue reading Cheers, mine’s a gin…
I was really interested to learn about The Freebird Club. It’s an Irish start-up that offers a whole new way of international travel for the over 50s. It is also a way of earning extra income from spare rooms, while at … Continue reading A new way of travelling for the over 50s – a bit like Airbnb but it’s lot more sociable.
The New York Times is looking for “at least one ambitious traveler” to be their Writer-at-Large and visit 32 places in 2018. We are seeking a correspondent who, over the course of 2018, will go to every destination on our … Continue reading Could this be the best job in the world? If you’re free for the whole of 2018 apply to the New York Times
Lake Garda and Trentino Food Festival NOVEMBER 3rd to 5th 2017 Three days devoted to the gastronomy of The main local delicacy is Carne Salada (salted meat), but the region also showcases extra virgin olive oil, broccoli from Torbole, fish from the lake, vegetables from Val di Gresta, beers, wines, coffee and cakes.What’s not to like… Merano Wine Festival and Culinaria Food Festival NOVEMBER 10th – 14th 2017 A festival of wine at the Kurhaus, the Art Nouveau building in the heart of Merano, South Tyrol with more than 500 selected Italian and international vintners and over a hundred … Continue reading Want a break before Christmas? How about a little food and wine in Italy…
There is a chance to explore art, history and heritage after dark next week with Museums at Night events across the country, part of a UK-wide festival of Lates in museums and galleries which is held every two years. Here’s … Continue reading Museums at Night in October 2017