img_0845

Frost and Fire at the Whitworth

We’ve managed a couple of visits to the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester since its reopening a year or so ago after a massive redevelopment. Back in the area recently and discovering a Frost Fair was happening in the grounds of the gallery, we decided it was time for a return trip. It was to be…

11-21-015-christmas-markets

Manchester Christmas Markets

A few weeks ago distinctive wooden chalets started to arrive and fill the streets of our city. Son noticed straightaway and from then on has been lobbying hard to visit the Christmas markets. My position is to hold out until at least the first weekend in December, after that resistance is futile and the Christmas markets…

07-12-010-silent-valley

Silent Valley Sunday

A dull, overcast Sunday afternoon – typical Irish anytime weather – we felt we needed a walk to shake off Sunday lunch and opted for the Silent Valley, a place not far from where I grew up and where my parents used to take us for Sunday strolls. It is actually a reservoir and was built…

07-10-006-st-patricks-cathedral-downpatrick

On The Trail of St Patrick

After our lovely Wicklow break we drove north to spend some time with my friends and family. Always nice to catch up, we always try to visit somewhere new as well. This trip was no different. I can’t really remember ever being in Downpatrick Co Down so decided to recitify that. Having read about their…

07-09-080-powerscourt-waterfall

Powerscourt Waterfall

Time was ticking on when we left the gardens at Powerscourt and we feared we would have to give the waterfall a miss. Realising that it stayed open longer and later than the mansion and gardens and ascertaining it was just about a ten minute drive away suited us down to the ground. We decided…

07-09-049-powerscourt

Exploring Powerscourt

Our plan was to visit Glendalough and Powerscourt on the same day, my concern was timing and being unable to fit both in. No problems though, all worked well, we had ample time to explore and get a flavour of each of these wonderful places. It only took half an hour to drive from one to…

07-09-025-glendalough

Exploring Glendalough

Our last day in Wicklow, we got up early and took the half hour drive from our hotel to Glendalough. Eagerly anticipated by all of us, this one time lonely place has become one of Ireland’s most popular monastic sites and we’d read and heard so much about it. It was the retreat of St…