A travel blog of Ireland and Europe

When in Rome…

Regular readers of our blogs will have noticed rather a dearth of these lately. The usual witty, articulate and excellent photographer/commentator is out of action as he broke his arm just where it joins his shoulder towards the end of…

Saumur

Saumur is a French town of ancient origin (settled around 4 BC) in the Loire valley, built on the banks of the Loire river. We were there for an all-too-brief visit to see our niece Rose, her husband Luc and…

Cashel

In April 1863, Mary Jane Flanigan, aged 9, left her native Ireland and set sail for New Zealand on the ship Elizabeth Ann Bright. She was travelling with a Mrs Ryan. Was this her mother who had remarried? Was Mary…

Venice Music

On the Saturday night Bruce and I went to hear I Musici Veneziani, a group of musicians and singers who perform operatic arias in 18th century costume. The programme was varied, including popular works from Rossini, Verdi, Mozart and others.…