48 hours in the Dock

Not quite the harsh sentence it sounds, a 48 hour weekend in London’s Docklands is a pleasure… After many years of visiting for business, we finally decided to skip Heathrow and staying in the Westend or Kensington for the weekend, opting for City Airport and the Docklands instead, we loved it and here is why……

Venice, CA – Where to Stay and What to Do, Eat and Drink

Our recent holiday over Christmas and New Years, began with a few nights in LA, staying close to Venice Beach. We both loved this area, and later in the trip added in another night here too. We would happily have spent more time around Venice Beach too. It’s a good place to start if you…

A Girls Night at Osprey Hotel, Naas

Take 6 ladies, friends for a long time but who don’t get to see each other as much as they would like, find a weekend date that everyone is free, and pick a hotel that meets criteria, not too far to travel, not too expensive, with a spa, restaurant, bar. We decided on Osprey Hotel…

Monart Hotel & Spa, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

At the end of November before the Christmas madness got underway, I spent a night in Monart with my mum and sister. It was really lovely to get away with them for the night, to spend time together and catch-up properly.  We booked a package called Midweek Haven. This included 1 nights’s deluxe accommodation with breakfast,…

Galgorm Resort & Spa, Northern Ireland

Galgorm Resort & Spa is set in over 150 acres of green fields and parkland with the River Maine flowing close by the hotel and through the estate. The hotel is an old house to the front, leading to a seamless, more modern extension. There are 122 guestrooms & suites, numerous restaurants and bars, and one of the things…

The Merchant Hotel, Belfast

Belfast is a city we love to visit, there’s lots to do with some great restaurants and bars. It had been a couple of years since our last trip so we decided to treat ourselves to a stay at The Merchant Hotel and booked an ‘art deco room’ for a two night weekend break. 

Mount Juliet Estate, Co. Kilkenny

Mount Juliet is a beautiful Georgian house, on 1500 acres of land, with the River Nore running through it. It’s setting is spectacular and is one of the reasons we chose Mount Juliet for our wedding in June 2010. We were excited to return recently for a two night stay.

The Best of 2015 – Travel & Holidays

This time this ‘Best of 2015’ post is in order starting with our New Years visit to London, one of my favourite cities. We stayed near Hyde Park at the Doubletree by Hilton London Hyde Park on Bayswater Road, a nice location and well located to explore the places we love in London from there. We…

Toronto Part 1: The Distillery District & Lunch at Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill

The Distillery District in Toronto is where you will find great restaurants, boutiques, galleries, studios, cafes, shops. A pedestrian only village of restored red brick, Victorian-era buildings of the Gooderham & Worts whiskey distillery. It’s just a short streetcar ride from downtown Toronto; we took the eastbound 504 King streetcar to Parliament Street and it’s just a…

Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny

Having stayed in Lyrath for the first time, many years ago, just after it opened, we had always meant to return. It took us a while but we made it a few weeks back. We booked a ‘luxury suite’ for a  2 night pre-Easter break and it was a truly lovely mini holiday and time together. So…

Afternoon Tea at Lyrath, Kilkenny

While enjoying our stay at Lyrath Estate Hotel we indulged in Afternoon Tea. After a morning in the spa, luxuriating in the gorgeous indoor / outdoor hydrotherapy pool, sauna and relaxing room, we had forgone lunch to be able to really make the most of Afternoon Tea.

Travel ~ A Weekend in Seville, Spain

A beautiful city with gorgeous little parks, winding streets and cobbled alleyways. Cute cafes and tapas bars dot the old town, up and down these narrow streets and large plazas. I travelled with my friend Joan for a long weekend and we based ourselves in the Barrio De Santa Cruz area – a great spot from…