• Five Reasons Why...,  Ireland,  luxury travel,  Travel

    Five Reasons Why Galway Stole My Heart and Will Steal Yours Too

    It’s a very rare experience as a traveler and a travel blogger that you find a place that truly resonates with you. Digging deep into that blogger bag of superlatives is not really my thing, but Galway, well, it’s different. A university town, it’s also the European Capital of Culture in 2020, but its beautiful coastal location and charming and friendly people means it has a lot to offer visitors. A bit Bohemian, witty and with a lot of soul, Galway stole my heart and these are the reasons why it will also steal yours: The Streets This city is probably the most Instagrammable city in Ireland, let alone Europe.…

  • Five Reasons Why...,  Hotels,  Ireland,  Travel

    Five Reasons Why Dublin Makes the Perfect Summer Getaway

    Without delving too far into the implications that this story makes about my current age, I last visited Ireland around 22 years ago as a young, starry-eyed Australian lass. I took the ferry from France, it was a long and choppy crossing but it was very exciting to get a stamp in my then freshly minted passport. “Where are you from then young lady?” the Immigration agent at Rosslare asked. “Australia? Well, it’s changed a lot since when your ancestors probably left here!” (His correct assumption being that my ancestors were Irish and convicts). Fast forward to July 2017 and I am standing at the Immigration counter of the Dublin…

  • Cheese,  Goat Cheese,  Ireland,  Travel,  White Cheese

    Irish You Were Here – Sampling Galway’s Finest Cheese

    It’s time to get back to basics and what this blog is about – cheese. In this case – Irish cheese. I’ve been to Ireland once when I was in my 20s. I remember landing off the ferry from the UK and the guy at the ferry terminal said: “My goodness, what an accent you have young lady”. Accent indeed. My father’s side of the family can be traced back to Ireland, my great great great etc grandmother in fact. Unfortunately, like many, she left Ireland under duress, having been fingered for pickpocketing. She landed in Australia as a convict, Parramatta in fact, and the rest they say is history.…