Category Archives: Travel

Visiting Omaha Beach and some Wi-Fi woes

Those of you who know me will realize that I am a bit of a history buff, so it should come as no surprise that the last night on a recent trip to France found us in Vierville-sur-Mer en route … Continue reading

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Tasmanian devils and a close test match

After the Rebels game in Melbourne we took the chance to escape from the Lions tour and headed down to Hobart for a couple of days before returning for the second test. Staying six nights in Melbourne, especially in a … Continue reading

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A stop in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont

On the 69th anniversary of D-Day, I guess it’s appropriate to post about an enjoyable interlude we had this week en route to Cherbourg to catch the Irish Ferries boat back to Ireland. As usual, we had some time to … Continue reading

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Enjoying a vineyard visit in Blaye

Sometimes serendipity takes hold and brings you to enjoyable experiences. So it was last week in Blaye, close to Bordeaux and center of one of the wine-growing regions that cluster around that city. After enjoying a rather good bottle of … Continue reading

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Citer – good service for a change from a car hire company

Car hire companies, especially those who operate at airports, are often criticized for poor service and some pretty tacky habits, such as their desire to charge renters for a full tank of fuel when the rental commences even when the … Continue reading

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Three short days in Iceland

I might just be the world’s worst tourist, especially when arrangements are made for me. But a pretty bleak choice exists if you live in Ireland and want to visit Iceland, namely, to sign up for an IcelandAir tour package … Continue reading

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Ferry to St-Tropez; the easiest way to get there during the summer months

If you holiday on the French Riviera during the summer, you’ll know that the road from Ste-Maxime to St-Tropez can be one of life’s miseries as traffic moves at the pace of a diffident snail en route home from a … Continue reading

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Roscoff: a good ferry port option even for those driving to the Riviera

Traditionally I have used the Normandy ports when taking a ferry from Ireland to France. The original destination in the 1970s, first served from Rosslare by the rickety old St. Patrick, was Le Harve. Later Irish Ferries, the successor to … Continue reading

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Flying the B-17

Taking any recommendation from Paul Robichaux is always a risky business. Accepting that you should strap yourself into a World War II bomber that was built in 1945 and has been flying continuously seemed like one of his more outlandish … Continue reading

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On the road again… to San Diego

This week I traveled from Dublin to San Diego to attend “The Experts Conference” (TEC). The conference organizers took care of tickets and I was routed via JFK on Delta rather than my normal choice (probably Aer Lingus to Chicago and onwards … Continue reading

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