Walking in the Footsteps of my Ancestors in Ireland

  We recently visited Ireland, and for once had a chance to road-trip around this beautiful country – you can see my photos here.  It was an important trip for me, as I am Irish on my father’s paternal side – and with a maiden

The Fête de la Musique in France

  Experiencing a Fête de la Musique event in France is just magical.  I actually stumbled across this cultural occurrence quite by accident one year in Paris, but have since sought out the events across France.  The brain-child of Jack Lang, the Minister of Culture

A Day Trip to Brantôme

  I recently had the pleasure of visiting the gorgeous town of Brantôme in the Dordogne – and it is perfect for a day trip.  Sometimes called ‘The Venice of the Dordogne’, Brantôme is beautiful (but I don’t think I’d go quite that far)!  The

Mont Saint-Michel – A Photographer’s Dream

  Mont Saint-Michel, a tidal island on the Normandy coast, is probably one of the most photographed landmarks on the French coastline… and is certainly one of the most photogenic!  I mean, just LOOK at it!     Visiting is perfectly possible as a day

When is a holiday TOO busy?

    I would call myself a fairly energetic person – I like to be busy. But I think I managed to ‘out-busy’ even myself on our recent holiday to France! When is a holiday TOO busy?   Our holiday plans are usually pretty full-on