Beautiful Prague: Accommodation Mishaps & a Trip to A&E

It was my first visit to the Czech Republic back at the end of March this year, my first new country of 2017!  After returning back to work after the Christmas break, a trip was needed to ease the new year blues. With my colleague and friend Sofyanah, Prague was decided on, as it was…

Northern Ireland: Kilwaughter, Billy Andy’s & The Antrim Coast

Following our day in Belfast, Marks sister Victoria, and brother in law Gareth, kindly collected us from the city. It was just a short drive up to Larne, some 20 miles North East.  Our base for the next 3 night was at the McCann’s beautiful farmhouse located in Kilwaughter just outside Larne. Marks mum (wee…

Cooking a Moqueca Brazilian Stew in Rio

On our trip to South America last year, you may recall that in my Brazil blog, I mentioned that I cooked for our lovely host Jeanne one night, and her husband.  My offer to cook came within the first few minutes of meeting her, I just can’t help myself! She delightfully accepted and offered me…

Belfast City, Northern Ireland

Previous Visits: Before the days of blogging! I’d visited Belfast three times before, back in the day when blogging wasn’t even a word. I always found it a friendly city, steeped in history, the good and the sobering.  On these previous visits, having my friend John as a local tour guide, certainly helped to see…

South America (The Final Part): Lima & Homeward Bound

After a well earnt nights sleep in Cusco we headed off to the airport for our late morning flight to Lima. It was a little over an hour to Peru’s capital city, flying over the vast Peruvian mountains for the last time.  I had read mixed reviews about Lima, ranging from a dangerous and dirty…

South America (Part 9): Machu Picchu Summit!

The alarm went off a little after 4am. I’m not a morning person, so normally waking up at this time wouldn’t have pleased me. However, waking up early to climb up one of the greatest landmarks in the world, was somehow much easier than waking up for work!  Climbing the Steps We walked the 5…

South America (Part 5): Cusco, Peru

I was excited about Peru, not just because of the impeding trip to Machu Picchu, but also for the food. Travellers we had met going in the opposite direction, had said how good the food was there. We arrived in Cusco around 5pm having planned for two nights here. We had the luxury of a…

South America (Part 4): Bolivia – La Paz to Cusco, Peru

The Bolivia Hop on Bus:  We decided to travel by bus from La Paz to Peru, where we were heading to for our hike up Machu Picchu. We had four days before our trip commenced, so thought it would be a good opportunity to see some of the countryside.  The main road linking La Paz…