Short Breaks

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Short breaks; quick getaways; weekend holidays; cheeky jaunts. Call it what you like, but we all need them from time to time! The posts listed here explore some of the best of those ‘short break destinations’ found within Europe.

sicily, mount etna, volcano, italy

Mount Etna: A Day Trip Definitely Worth Doing

When visiting Sicily, visiting the island’s towering Mount Etna is a must. It is Europe’s largest and most active volcano (3,329m), is in an almost constant state of activity, having erupted several times in the last five years, and dominates eastern Sicily’s skyline like an enormous earth cloud. The Greeks believed that the mighty god Hephaestus used it […]

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Ireland, Cliffs of Moher

Burren, Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Day Trip

09.15am. Still no sign of our driver. He was supposed to pick us up from our B&B twenty minutes ago, but there’s no rush; the morning is fresh, blue-skied and quiet, and we’re not quite ready to be thrown around the back of a minibus so soon after yet another textbook full Irish. My Dad and I are in Galway, […]

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Gluttony in Galway, Ireland

Galway is brilliant. And I never saw it coming. My Dad and I booked our trip to Ireland on a whim, electing to include the country’s most historic port city in our itinerary just a day before we left the UK. What an excellent decision that turned out to be. Although we only spent two nights, that was all […]

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Guinness Storehouse or The Old Jameson Distillery?

Decisions, decisions. Chances are– if you’re visiting Dublin for a city break–then you’ll have a few  of them to make, including this frequent head-scratcher: visit the Guinness Storehouse or The Old Jameson Distillery. My Dad and I were lucky; we managed both, and were thus able to compare the two experiences, which feature prominently among the city’s top attractions. Guinness is […]

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Three Days in Deadly Dublin

Just to be clear: Dublin is a very safe city. It is not deadly in the literal sense, though something tells me that if I had consumed many more pints of Guinness or Full Irish breakfasts, I might have literally exploded. Thankfully this didn’t happen, and I am still in one piece, albeit a couple of […]

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Fernilee Reservoir, Heart of The Peak District

Behold the peak district! Sadly, August has brought almost nothing but grey skies and depressing rainfall to the UK, but on the odd occasion that it has been possible to venture out and not come home looking like a drowned rat, I have taken full advantage. Earlier this summer I visited Lyme Park– setting of […]

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