NYX Hotel, Dublin.

We’d a little night away a few weeks ago (January 2024) thanks to an amazing opening offer that my husband happened on for the newly opened NYX Hotel in Dublin’s Portobello. It’s a brand new, shiny, funky hotel which only opened in mid-December 2023. The decor is fab, the drinks…

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Daytrips: Armagh Observatory & Planetarium

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium in Armagh City is open since 1968 but I first heard of it around five years ago and have wanted to go ever since. We finally made it in August  2022 when we spent the hottest weekend of the year in Monaghan, before the return to…

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City Break with Kids in Paris – February 2022

I’ve always had a soft spot for Paris. I lived there for eight months when I was eighteen, as part of my language requirement for my degree. When I lived there I had less than no money, my job came with accommodation and pocket money pay. I made my tiny…

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Aran Islands Daytrip from Doolin with Kids

Day trip to the Aran Islands  I’d wanted to go to the Aran Islands for years, but never quite managed it. When we stayed in Clifden a few years ago we had intended to visit but between one thing and another we didn’t get around to it. It’s too far…

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Tips for visiting Gardaland Theme Park, Lake Garda

We visited Gardaland when we stayed at Camping Bella Italia in 2019. (Read all about that trip here) There are a number of theme parks nearby, we chose to visit  Gardaland. There’s tons to do for all ages in the park, just pick the right bits for your adrenalin appetite!…

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Camping Bella Italia: Family Holiday Review and Tips

In the  summer of 2019 we finally visited Bella Italia in the Lake Garda area of Italy. I say finally as I’d been fascinated by Lake Garda and Bella Italia campsite for a few years, in part inspired by watching other bloggers’ holidays.  I’d heard that it books up fast,…

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Days Out: Family Trip to the Saltee Islands

The Saltee Islands lie off the South Wexford coast, visible from Kilmore Quay and the main Wexford – Duncannon road. I’ve seen them regularly them since I was a child but they were like a mythical place to me that I’d never been to. We finally got there this summer,…

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Days Out: Colin Glen Gruffalo Trail, Belfast

BELFAST: Colin Glen Gruffalo Walk The Gruffalo walk at Colin Glen is a walk through a (deep dark) wood in Belfast. The walk is dotted with statues of characters from Julia Donaldson’s much-loved children’s book “The Gruffalo”. Crucially for young children they’re in the correct order. Follow the yellow footsteps…

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