Five Reasons To Visit Italy in 2021

As everyone know me, knows, I am especially passionate about Ireland (and you can read all about my Irish adventures here).But I also love to travel abroad. Shortly, I’ll be giving my five top reasons to visit Italy in 2021 as I look back on my own adventure there in 2018. Obviously this has beenContinue reading “Five Reasons To Visit Italy in 2021”

A day trip to Charlesfort

( Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no extra cost to you, I will earn a commision if you click through and make a purchase) Ordinarily at this time of year I am busy guiding with Trafalgar Tours and bringing guests to all parts of the country such as Glendalough,Continue reading “A day trip to Charlesfort”

Country Under Wave – An Irish Story

( Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no extra cost to you, I will earn a commision if you click through and make a purchase) No day in this realm is without its beauty. But it takes a special kind of spirit to appreciate these grey, sunless days of ourContinue reading “Country Under Wave – An Irish Story”

My Snow-In

Ireland rarely gets snow. I’ve never been snowed in before. The snow arrived quickly and magically on Tuesday night. I had been to the shops already and had enough food and coal to last me a few days. It was, paradoxically, a dramatic and exciting time as we submitted to more simple lives amidst theContinue reading “My Snow-In”

A Trip to Dingle

( Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no extra cost to you, I will earn a commision if you click through and make a purchase) I went to Dingle last weekend in the company of the new lady in my life. We stayed in the Dingle Skellig Hotel. The hotelContinue reading “A Trip to Dingle”

Lisbon in February

( Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no extra cost to you, I will earn a commision if you click through and make a purchase)   I have just returned to Ireland after a few days in Lisbon. Lisbon strikes me as an aspirational city with a deep past. TheContinue reading “Lisbon in February”

A history of the railway in Ireland

( Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no extra cost to you, I will earn a commision if you click through and make a purchase) I love trains. I think they are beautiful. They seem to both rumble and ghost across the countryside. Travel is both luxurious and communal. TheyContinue reading “A history of the railway in Ireland”

A cup of tea in Ireland

( Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no extra cost to you, I will earn a commision if you click through and make a purchase)   The cup of tea is an Irish institution. Of course all cultures have tea ceremonies. The Japanese have their elaborate, intricate ritual of precisionContinue reading “A cup of tea in Ireland”

Metta meditation (lovingkindness/friendliness)

Sitting here in the beautiful Yangon evening and reflecting further on the time spent in the monastery. Metta meditation loosely translates as lovingkindness meditation from the Pali, but there is no totally satisfactory translation as is often the case with these Pali terms. Another possible translation could be “friendliness meditation” and there is also aContinue reading “Metta meditation (lovingkindness/friendliness)”

Long hot afternoons and the disappearing self – report from a Buddhist monastery

I had the privilege of spending 18 days in a monastery on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar. ( Chanmyaymyaing retreat center, mingaladon township.) It was wonderful to be part of the rhythm of life there. Every day was in the same rhythm. Up at 4, breakfast at 530, work from 630 to 730, lunch atContinue reading “Long hot afternoons and the disappearing self – report from a Buddhist monastery”