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Best Halloween Ever in Derry, Londonderry, Legendary…

It has been a while since I posted a travel review on the blog and I am glad to be back with a cracking post for you today! Last weekend we were offered a couple of nights in a cottage in Coleraine by the very lovely team at Cancer Fund for Children. We had read in the Irish News that Derry had been voted as the best Halloween destination in the world, so we decided to brave the one hour drive and go and check it out! The Halloween celebrations in Derry indeed are, an absolute treat! First of all, the atmosphere is fantastic, and the celebratory mood is prevalent way before you even set foot in the city center, where all the buzz is and most organised activities take place! Families are out and about, dressed up in Halloween attire, matching most times and all! I am so sorry, in retrospect, that I did not bring my professional camera along and act like Brandon from Humans of New York, I think you would have …

A kid-friendly trip to Paris

Paris is one of those cities that everyone has to go to once in their lives. Known as the city of love, it’s an ideal destination for a romantic weekend getaway but it’s not always somewhere that people think of taking their kids. However, if you do have young children, there’s no reason to be putting off this beautiful French city and taking the kids with you. You just have to pick and choose what you do while you’re there to make sure it’s a trip that makes everyone happy. The best time to visit Paris is a great place to visit year-round. It’s not a city that slows down at any point. You might want to avoid the hottest months of the year as you don’t want the kids wilting as you take them sight-seeing. And another reason to avoid Paris in June and July next year is because of the huge influx of visitors who will be there for Euro 2016. Equally the winter’s not an ideal time to go, as part of …

Win Christmas 2015 at Coombe Mill

I have known of Coombe Mill for years, probably ever since I started blogging. I have always dreamt of spending a holiday in the heart of Cornwall and felt even more drawn to the farm when I realised that Farmer Nick is actually Farmer Nico, Greek descendant and that Alex and him would probably get on quite well, since they share the same country of origin and love for good food and Greek feasts :-). When Georgie was born, I imagined a holiday as a complete family at Coombe Mill but it was never meant to be, Georgie never made it to Christmas and what should have been a magical holiday last year transformed into a dreary and endless season of mourning. I dread the thought of another Christmas at home now. I would love us to be able to win a Christmas stay at Coombe Mill and stay in their cozy Trevarno Scandinavian lodge this year. I imagine ourselves arriving to a fairyland of lights and snow. (Yes, they had snow last year and …

Metsovo – a fairytale land

I simply cannot believe our summer holidays are nearly over and that, most likely, my next blog post will be written from our cosy Norn Irish home. I still have so much to write and tell you about Greece!  I had promised you another post on the Thessaloniki cuisine, I had planned a series on the four of the biggest cities in Greece(which we all visited this summer: Athens, Thessaloniki, Patra and Ioannina) and I am sorry I haven’t been able to find the time to write it all out.  I will keep some of the excitement and magic in safe keeping,  to be written at a later date. I need to thank you all, friends, colleagues and blogging community members who have followed our Greek odyssey this summer on Instagram, cheering us on, leaving the lovelist of comments and liking our pictures. The things I could not include on the blog are there, all graphically and esthetically pleasing, do stop by and have a wee look! The last post, and probably the best in …

Ithaca- the rhythms of an island

“As you set out for Ithaka hope the voyage is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery. Laistrygonians and Cyclops, angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them: you’ll never find things like that on your way as long as you keep your thoughts raised high, as long as a rare excitement stirs your spirit and your body. Laistrygonians and Cyclops, wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them unless you bring them along inside your soul, unless your soul sets them up in front of you.“ C.P. Cavafy, Collected Poems We set out for Ithaca with only dreams of rest but what we received, during the not quite full two days we were there is much more. We received a revelation. Things looked bright when we set out for the island and sister and brother in law announced they will be travelling in the same direction and not only that, that we will be all staying in the same hotel! We took the ferry from Patras, the harbour in which so many immigrants have arrived over the …