Last summer I travelled to Cologne and Dusseldorf. Germany is one of my favourite places to visit. I have been to Berlin before and loved it. I would love to learn how to speak German and I don’t think I would find it difficult to learn. Below are some highlights from the trip. I look forward to visiting Germany again after the Coronavirus pandemic. Germany has excellent food and drink, shopping, transport options, architecture and tourist attractions. 🥨 Follow my insta for more snaps 💫
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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There are so many places to eat in Galway city and county. It is no wonder Galway was awarded the European Capital of Culture 2020. Below are a list of coffee and food places I recommend in Galway city. This list is most definitely not exhaustive and I will update this blogpost regularly☕🍴
Coffee/Hot drinks: Espresso 44, Little Lane Coffee Company, Costa, Esquires Coffee, Javas Creperie, Starbucks (if you’re basic enough), Cupán Tae, Gourmet Tart Co, The Jungle Café, Renzo, Brazco Coffee Co., The Secret Garden, Mocha Beans, Poppy Seed, The Natural Way (Clarinbridge), Little Mammas, Espresso 44, Coco Café Salthill, Coffeewerk+Press, Little Collins CBD Dispensary, Éan Bakery&Restaurant, Jungle Café, An Tobar Nua, Kali Coffee Bar, Bar Italia Ciarlantini, Renzo – Gallery – Cafe, Ré Coffee + Design
Brunch: Dela, Ard Bia Nimmos, Mr. Waffle, Ground&Co, Javas Creperie, Hyde
Lunch: McCambridges, Pascal’s, Mr.Waffle, Mixgreens, Ground&Co, Café Temple, The Kitchen, The G Counter, Hyde, The Pasta Factory, The Gourmet Offensive, Urban grind, Café temple, The Creamery, Gourmet Food Parlour Salthill, The Old Barracks (Athenry)
Dinner: Park House, The Huntsmann Inn, Blake’s Brasserie on the corner, Martine’s, Papa Rich, Venice Italian, The Buddha Bar, Seven bar and restaurant, Éan Bakery&Restaurant
Barretstown Castle, Ballymore Eustace, Co.Kildare
From the minute you arrive at the gates, you know you are going to have the most unforgettable time. Barretstown is a free therapeutic and recreational camp for children and their families who are affected by serious life-threatening illnesses. Campers can be from Ireland but there are also campers that come from all over the world. There are sibling camps, family camps, teen camps, bereavement family camps and summer camps.
Barretstown presses play on childhood. Barretstown aims to build the confidence and self-esteem of children affected by serious illnesses. The Barretstown volunteers (Caras) are always smiling and bring so much positive energy. Cara is the Irish word for friend. Music, art, horse-riding, archery, baking, kayaking, face-painting, jewellery-making, there are so many activities to get involved in! Campers stay in lovely cosy cottages and all meals and medical assistance are provided, it is a great place to volunteer.
Barretstown is a member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network, a global community run by Paul Newman. Barretstown was established in 1994 and remains a leading provider of therapeutic recreation in Europe for children with cancer and other serious illnesses.