Malta | Stuff

A Day Trip to Gozo, Malta

No visit to Malta is complete without a trip to Gozo, the smaller island just northwards of Malta. In particular, to the Azure Window. This was the destination for our second road trip of the holiday. It’s not a long journey, which was just as well given that it was midday before we managed to […]

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Malta | Stuff

Malta: A road trip to Marsaxlokk

So what is there to see in Malta? Our first destination for a leisurely road trip was the fishing village of Marsaxlokk. It’s consistently listed as one of the top things to do in Malta. It’s at the southern end of the island – the far side from where we were staying in Qawra. This being Malta though, […]

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Malta | Stuff

Driving in Malta

We heard mixed reports about driving in Malta. Most people simply said DON’T. Some articles online claimed it was fine, but a closer look often revealed that they’d been chauffeured around by a local. Which really isn’t the same experience as having to go out yourself and negotiate a car rental, orientate yourself, get lost multiple […]

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A winter break to Qawra, Malta

It had been a long dark winter in Ireland. One full of various bugs and illnesses. And one that seemed to be in no hurry at all to end this year. We were craving a change of scenery and some sunlight. So the other half booked us a very cheap budget holiday to Qawra in Malta at […]

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France

This, is Ile de Ré

I’m hurtling along on a rickety bike, out in the peaceful open countryside. Coasting easily through flat fields, the grass gently waving in a fresh breeze that takes the worst of the heat out of the sun. Airplanes trail a criss-cross pattern across clear blue skies. Air rushes past as we climb up gentle slopes, and speed easily […]

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Spain

Lost in Suances

Suances is a little town just on the outskirts of Santander.  A convenient spot to spend a last night before the trek to Santander Airport. It was a last minute choice for us, based on what was accommodation was available on short notice. Literally booked the morning we departed from the mountains. We had a […]

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Spain

Los Picos de Europa – did someone say moo?

The sun is beating down on my head. Overhead the sky that peeks through the clouds is a clear blue. Rolling green hills ahead of me lead to distant mountain peaks capped with ice. I’m sitting on a rough handmade wooden bench at the side of the road. I know this, because our host was […]

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Spain

Llanes – a pleasant surprise

When I was planning our Spanish roadtrip, I spent quite some time looking up where was best to visit along the Northern coast of Spain. It’s really difficult to narrow down your choices. So many stunning photos of the coastline along the Costa Verde, not enough time to check them all out. Here’s one little gem though […]

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Spain

San Vicente de la Barquera – where silence reigns

Back in Santander – check. Rental car obtained – check. Toddler car seat installed – check. Road trip snacks purchased – check. Directions to our next location… well, we would have to trust the screenshots from google maps that I’d taken the night before. What could possibly go wrong? As always, the most difficult part […]

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Spain

Bilbao – whoa whoa whoa

We’ve spent a few days now in Spain, and urban life just isn’t agreeing with the Rascal. He’s starting to lose his tenuous grasp on sanity at being so confined. He sees every room we stay in as an invitation to find innovative ways to break furniture, or parts of his own body. He craves […]

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