Last summer, I visited Estonia and was there for three nights. I had never been there before so it was hard to know what to expect. We went to Tallinn, the capital. Tallinn is very pretty and unique. There is a town with lots of crafts and markets, there is also the Old Town. The architecture is very pretty and bright. The city reminded me of Prague in a way. The weather was good for the four days and we did lots of walking and sightseeing. We considered going to Helsinki for a daytrip as it is only across the sea but we didn’t- maybe next time. Below are some highlights, check out my Instagram for more ⭐
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Salthill is one of my favourite places to go for a walk. I went there yesterday and it was very busy as it was a sunny day. I went with one of my best friends Niamh (Niamhus) after we went for brunch. We walked the promenade and went on the ferris wheel that is beside Leisureland before buying a cool drink at Centra and sitting by the sea. The Salthill prom in County Galway is a lovely place for a walk, especially when the weather is good. ☀️
Over a year ago, I visited Bristol with my Mom. My aunt won two flight tickets on the radio and gave them to us. Bristol is somewhere I would never think of going otherwise, so it was hard to know what to expect. We stayed for 3 nights in a lovely hotel close to the centre. One of the days we went to Bath, which was an hour bus journey. It was worth the trip to this pretty town. Highlights in Bath included The Roman Baths and a Fashion museum. There are lots of shops in Bristol and one of the main attractions was Clifton Suspension Bridge. We also did a river cruise.
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Last year my family and I went to Italy for the first time. In the good ole days we used to go to Spain a lot, so Italy was somewhere new and exciting. We flew into Milan Bergamo airport and stayed in a lovely hotel called Hotel Mediolanum for three nights. It was an enjoyable trip and we plan on visiting Rome on our next holiday.
Places of interest we visited were Duomo dil Milano, Teatro alla Scala, Sforza Castle, Corso Buenos Aires, Porta Venezia, Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza Gae Aulenti. One of the days we visited Lake Como, Bellagio and Varenna. It was well worth the hour journey by train to see such spectacular scenes. It was January, so a quite time of year to visit for tourists. It would be great to go again in the summertime. Decathalon was one of my favourite shops in this city. This is a big sports shop with good quality clothes for a low price that is popular in many European countries. I also loved the Swatch shop. Foodwise, a large quantity and variety of pizza and pastas were consumed throughout the four days. This city has wonderful architecture, galleries and theatres. 🍕🍝
County Clare is one of my favourite counties in Ireland. It is not far from County Galway and there are lots of small towns and villages. The countryside is picturesque and very rural Ireland. County Clare is very popular with (American) tourists because of its scenery. Clare is notorious for its flora, fauna and landscape 🦌🌿 I go to County Clare often with friends and family and was there recently. I have been to County Clare on many school trips and family holidays and it brings back many memories🥪 I plan on visiting Bunratty Castle soon with friends. Below are a list of some of my Clare favourites.
Other places in County Clare I recommend visiting are Ballyvaughan, The Aillwee Caves, Lisdoonvarna (if matchmaking is what you’re into), Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Shannon town.
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According to NASA, there is a new 13th star sign, Ophiuchus, meaning we may have been reading the wrong horoscopes all along (ugh so frustrating😤🤦♀️). The ancient Babylonians ignored the fact the sun moves through 13 constellations, not 12, to make a tidy match with the 12-month calendar. Ophiuchus comes from the Greek word meaning ‘serpent bearing’ and is represented by a man wrestling a snake🐍
My birthday is in early February, meaning my star sign is Aquarius, or at least used to be ♒
Now, my star sign is Capricorn ♑🐐
Below is a list of the new star signs
Capricorn: Jan 20 – Feb 15♑
Aquarius: Feb 16 – March 11♒
Pisces: March 12 – April 18♓
Aries: April 19 – May 13♈
Taurus: May 14 – June 21♉
Gemini: June 22 – July 20♊
Cancer: July 21 – Aug 10♋
Leo: Aug 11 – Sept 16♌
Virgo: Sept 17 – Oct 30♍
Libra: Oct 31 – Nov 23♎
Scorpio: Nov 24 – Nov 29♏
Ophiuchus: Nov 30 – Dec 17⛎
Sagittarius: Dec 18 – Jan 20♐
Horoscopes refer to the position of the Sun at the time of birth🌞 Whether you believe in horoscope readings or not is up to you. I am quite spiritual and would like to believe them 🌌 Astrology fascinates me 🌠
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This is a Tesco recipe and doesn’t take long to cook. Go wild with your favourite toppings 🍓🍐🍌🍯 I made this for brunch today. These pancakes make the perfect breakfast or after-dinner treat.
150g self-raising flour
250ml semi-skilled milk
oil for greasing
toppings of your choice (I chose Big Red Kitchen Butterscotch Sauce)
Put the flour into a mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the egg and about half of the milk.
Using a whisk, or wooden spoon, mix to a smooth, thick batter. You may need to add a little more milk if the batter is too thick to mix.
When the batter is smooth, gradually stir in the rest of the milk until it is well combined.
Add a small amount of oil to the frying pan; just enough to give a non-stick layer to the surface of the pan. Heat on high until the oil begins to smoke, then turn down the heat to medium.
Pour 15ml spoons of batter into the pan. This should make pancakes about 3cm in diameter.
Leave each pancake for about 30 seconds. Bubbles will appear on the surface and the mixture will start to set. Flip each pancake over using a palette knife or fish slice and leave for another 30 seconds.
‘Amn’t I good to myself really-me’
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Coronavirus. The talk of 2020. It may take the economy years to recover. Many businesses have had to close down and many have had to change the layout of their store, café or restaurant. Restrictions have meant that smaller cafés and restaurants have had to close or rearrange their seating areas. These changes will have a huge impact on staff and local customers. Many shops now have hand sanitiser at the door and a staff member standing there, telling you which way to walk in and walk out. There are now queues outside shops, with people waiting to enter ( Jays’ tis’ worse than Christmas). A lot of people have started wearing masks and disposable gloves. In the last couple of months, the world has gone through a massive societal change. It goes to show that nobody knows what the future holds. A global health pandemic, natural disaster or massive human rights campaign or protest could happen any time. I have not watched the news lately and I deleted my Facebook app. Every day for the past couple of weeks, the number of new cases and number of deaths have been announced. In the long run, seeing these numbers is meaningless, unless your researching Coronavirus vaccines or something. The time spent scrolling through Facebook and reading about Coronavirus could be spent learning a new hobby or reconnecting with friends and family members. See my blogpost Minding your mental health during the Coronavirus pandemic 💆 This week, pubs, cafés, restaurants and salons are opening (salon tomorrow eep😍👏💅) The Coronavirus pandemic has brought on anxiety for some and the reopening of businesses and easing of restrictions won’t help that. People seem to be less worried about social distancing and there are concerns that the number of cases could rise again if people are not careful. The regulations that were put in place by governments all over the world definitely reduced numbers. Le Cúnamh Dé, things will be back to somewhat normal again and my family friends or myself won’t get ‘that aul China virus’. Stay safe and wash your hands 🚰
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