Category Europe

Weekly Photo Challenge – Lock

This week’s photo challenge Luckily for us it had  since been rebuilt and would allow us to ford the Danube and reach our next destinations. But before we moved on we had to leave our mark. Similar to the Pont des Arts in Paris and the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, the Istvan Szechenyi Chain […]

Weekly Photo Challenge: Liquid

“Every pulse of your heartbeat is one liquid moment that flows through the veins of your being. Like a river of life flowing on since creation, approaching the sea with each new generation” – Don McLean –  

The Stopover Who Loved Me

Some last minute logistics meant that Karen would fly home a different route from John back to Sydney. Karen’s Journey went smoothly. No delays, connections made, back before she knew what hit her. John’s Journey? Well that’s a little tale all in itself. EI-175 is one of Aer Lingus’s busier routes. It connect Dublin International […]

Into the West

It was one of those glorious Irish Summer days, the entire southwest of the country basked in glorious overcast weather. The scales between catching pneumonia and sunstroke were in perfect balance. Perfect weather for a day trip. After wolfing down some breakfast we moved as a family unit to the car outside. Before we knew […]

Fright of the Earls: Kinsale and Charles Fort

It was many years before That the Spaniards quartered there But the English beat O’Neill And our Irish hopes lay bare   At the mouth of the river Bandon is a small town. What began as a viking trading post over time became a small settlement and finally the walled town of Cionn tSaile – […]

East Side Story

Jet lag: a physiological condition that dramatically affects your sleep pattern and wrecks the first few days of any trip from Australia to Europe as you speed across 10 time zones.  Remedies for this malady range from Tamazepam to “a bit of plain toast and de-fizzed 7-up”. Luckily we arrived in Scotland first this time […]

Inside Out: Art of Glasgow

Glasgow has always been a second home for Karen. A lot of her family are living there. She grew up riding the train to Glasgow for shopping trips and then to attend University. It was the city she moved to for her first job, becoming a Town Mouse for a number of years before moving […]

Oot and Aboot: Ayrshire

InverAyr From the Gaelic Ihbhir Air  meaning Mouth of the River Ayr. Nowadays it is simply known as Ayr. The 12th most populous settlement in Scotland with a rich history to show for itself. It became a major marketplace and harbour during the medieval period after King William the Lion ordered a castle to be built between the […]

Of Mice and Rain!

The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft a-gley, An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain For promis’d joy. Celtic Connections There are lots of benefits to being married to a Scottish person. They share a deep sense of humour and will not say no to any type of adventure. While they […]

Budapest Part 4: Something Blue

So we have reached  our last post on Budapest and the end of our Wedding Rhyme. We have previously written about Something Old, Something New and Something Borrowed. It was time for Something Blue. Hmmm I wonder what we can write about to tie it all together. I think I will listen to some Strauss […]

Budapest Part 3: Something Borrowed

Read Parts One and Two here.   Like all great cities Budapest is not ashamed to take something that works and put it’s own spin on things. Budapest also plays host to a wild menagerie of visitors – each bringing different cultural values and traditions. Some of these ideas have stuck! Bath Time In Monty […]

Budapest Part 2: Something New

Commence au Festival! Away from the historic landmarks and beyond the shadows of the various buildings of antiquity of Pest but not quite within the reaches of the industrial new-town of Buda there is a magical place. An Island.  51 weeks of the year it is simply that – an island. It has trees, walkways […]

Budapest Part 1: Something Old

After a crazy two weeks, split between Ireland and Scotland with our families, oh and our wedding 🙂 we decided to spend a few days in Budapest as a mini-moon before heading back to Oz. We had talked about a Blog Ban for this trip as it was a bit personal but after visiting this […]

Kilkenny…for all it’s Wort!

Ah come on now John. You have been blogging for three years now so how can you have a typo in the Post Title? It’s not a typo. My brother Emmet had organised my Stag in Kilkenny and it was here that I found out what ‘wort’ really is. Thanks Emmet 🙂 1232 AD : St […]

Wedding fAyr!

After all the catch ups,it was time to get down to business…Do you remember back in Palalom Beach in Goa around January 2014? No? Well it was here that John proposed to a very surprised Karen and 16 months later it was time to plan the wedding and in typical JK style we had 2 days to […]