Deborah O'Donoghue

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21 January 2021

Six Must-Visit Destinations From Books

  Reading is a way of travelling – a way of expanding our own universe. As George R.R. Martin puts it: ‘A reader lives a thousand […]
14 January 2021

Amélie Nothomb: Belgium’s most eccentric writer?

To get to know Amélie Nothomb is to get know Belgium itself. The writer, like the country, is full of contradictions. Belgium is just a third […]
22 December 2020

A (Reluctant) Guide to Beckett’s Paris

On this day, 22 December, in 1989, in Paris, Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett died. It was five months since the death of Suzanne, his companion of […]
17 December 2020

Sgroppino, Snow Maidens or Dala Horses – how will you celebrate Christmas this year?

This Christmas things will be different, we know that. Many people will be unable to see loved ones they would usually spend time with. Or perhaps […]
10 December 2020

Back on the Piste: Europe’s Prettiest Ski Resorts

Dreaming of the day you can ski again? I’m here to torture you with temptation but believe me, this is an article I never thought I’d […]
4 December 2020

Secrets of the Soča Valley

Midway through life’s journey here, I found myself in a dark wood, where the way ahead was no longer clear . . . The River Soča, […]
26 November 2020

Telašćica Nature Park, Croatia – Europe’s answer to the Indian Ocean

Imagine a hidden saltwater lake. Some of the steepest cliffs to leap out of the Adriatic. One of Europe’s safest natural ports – a sapphire bay […]
18 November 2020

Bungee at Victoria Falls: The Day the Void Came for Me

I’d never thought of myself as a risk-taker. I didn’t chase adrenaline-highs or seek out danger. But as I stood looking at the tiny figures jumping […]
12 November 2020

Top 10 literary cities

If your idea of holiday heaven is bound up in books, then these destinations are for you. 1. Dublin Ireland, with a population of under five […]
5 November 2020

The Gruesome History of Guy Fawkes Night in England

If you think it’s been a hatefully partisan week in politics, spare a thought for Guy Fawkes, whose plot to assassinate King James I by blowing […]
30 October 2020

5 Destinations to Shiver Your Timbers this Halloween

Last week we visited the Paris Catacombs in anticipation of the scariest week of the year. With Halloween now upon us, let’s discover some more tingle-inducing […]
26 October 2020

Paris Catacombs: A Halloween Trip to the Empire of Death

As we approach Halloween, All Saints’ Day, and the Day of the Dead, what more apt than a visit to the Paris Catacombs? Here, since the […]
20 October 2020

Dreaming of Travel: Stephen King’s
The Shining and The Stanley Hotel

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. This phrase struck a new chord in our consciousness in 1980 when Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation […]
8 October 2020

Dreaming of Travel: 6 Films to Tickle Your Wanderlust this Fall

Rusting trees, crunchy leaves cartwheeling in the wind, bright umbrellas and warm scarves – autumn is here and with it our desire to puddle-stomp in wellington […]
1 October 2020

5 films to make you fall in love with Cuba

Since Cuba opened up again to tourism in the 1990s, visitor numbers have swelled. Tourism revenue overtook sugar as the country’s primary income source in 2015, […]
23 September 2020

Dreaming of travel:
Angkor Wat

How many places on your travel wish list are there due to the power of movies? Cinema has the power to transport us briefly to other […]
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