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Beyond the Pale - A 'pale' is a fencepost. The English Pale was a boundary in Ireland marking out the part of Ireland under direct English rule circa 1450 (which included Dublin and environs). Those that lived 'beyond the pale', outside of English rule, were considered out of control and uncivilised. You decide...

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Puerto Rico - San Juan

Caribbean Sunburst  

As I look out the window of my San Francisco apartment at the apocalyptic torrents of rain, looking after my pneumonia ridden toddler. I am reminded that this time last year we were teetering down the gangway of our cruise ship as it dropped anchor in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Not a care (or nebulizer) in the world.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Turks & Caicos - Grand Turk

Rainbow in paradise


Reach back in time, stretch, a little bit more, take a left at the Famine, flex your fingers, Bingo! There he is on his boat! We all have a seafaring ancestor swimming around our gene pool, from humble fisherman to swashbuckling pirate to sea sick passenger on the ferry to France.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Florida - Fort Lauderdale



My love affair with America began many moons ago, when I was a mere 4 years old. I owe thanks to my Dad who loved visiting different places, never the same spot twice. After some intense lobbying from my older brothers (cheers Lochlann and Colm), coupled with years of vacationing in the beautiful Emerald Isle, my Mum packed up the ole reliable tan leather suitcases and we touched down in Florida for 2 weeks of white beaches, Disney, alligators, space center, sharks, roadtrip madness… now, you see where I get it from!