Non Travel With Me

The realities of travelling by staying at home



Heir Island

A trip with my parents... We were intent on some kind of fact-finding mission on the ancestry of my family on my mother’s side, the O’Driscoll’s and so we headed to an island in the centre of Roaringwater Bay in... Continue Reading →

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Cádiz has stolen my heart…

Cádiz, an earthly paradise on the aptly named Costa da Luz, Coast of Light, is full of light and lightness, clarity and vigour... Again and again my mind drifts back to Cádiz... Thoughts of café con leches in La Clandestina, wandering... Continue Reading →

Paris: Best of the Rest

I can’t claim to have visited every Parisian attraction! but all of the following I really enjoyed. Musée Marmottan Monet This museum dedicated to the Impressionist painter has the biggest collection of his work in the world – more than... Continue Reading →

Tampere and Helsinki: Two Jewels of Finland

  Recently I was at a work conference in Finland (I wrote about some cool Finnish things here). Despite all the talks and posters and networking at the conference, I still found a bit of time to discover all that... Continue Reading →

What happens when there are no plans – Antibes and Cap Ferrat

I am a major planner and like to have my itinerary made out in advance but on some trips there are times too when I make no plans at all – much as I love the organisation there is a... Continue Reading →

Glitz and Glamour: Cannes vs Monaco

Two beacons of the Côte d’Azur – Cannes and Monaco – glitzy, glamorous and dripping in luxury…yet I could not have found them more different!   With the arrival of the railway in the late 19th century Cannes became the winter... Continue Reading →


What is travel? What is the definition of travelling and what are the reasons people invest so much time and money into travel and travelling?   According to Wikipedia (the expert reference on absolutely everything of course) travel is ‘the... Continue Reading →

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