New year, new blog, NEW YORK!

New York.

Dave and myself spent our 1st Christmas together as a married couple and we decided to spend it in the city that never sleeps.

It’s been 7 years since we were last but we could not wait to get back. It really is such an amazing city and with the added magic of Christmas it was a truly unforgettable trip.

One of the many highlights of the trip was a helicopter ride around Manhattan. Seeing the skyscrapers from above and circling the Statue of Liberty was simply amazing.

5th Ave was crazy busy but it was worth squeezing through the crowds to see Rockefeller Plaza, the tree and angles, St Patrick’s, Cathedral and of couse the Saks window display.

The food, the people,the shops and most importantly the atmosphere, New York really has it all. We spent a morning in Arthur’s Ave at the Italian market watch mozzarella being made in front of our eyes, then buys two fresh balls of it. We spent half a day in the always mesmerizing Met. Bike ride through central park,Macys,

walks along Broadway, Chinatown, Little Italy,rooftop cocktails in time square we really packed a lot into the 8 days.

We cooked a traditional Christmas dinner for our family who live out there and for the day brought a little bit of Ireland to the big city and maybe we have started a new Christmas tradition for ourselves! One thing is for sure, we will not leave it so long again before returning to this vibrant city!

Thanks for reading,

Declan.

Turkey was terrific!

I attended the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards back in September and they had amazing spot prizes on the night. Thanks to the blog awards and the lovely people at Sunway Travel I won a weeks holiday to Turkey, for myself and my husband Dave.

We had been to Turkey 4 years ago and had always said that we would love to go back. It was also a bit of an added bonus that we would happen to be there for my 30th birthday.

We flew into Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport  with AerLingus and it was a painless coach transfer to The Golden Day Wings Hotel in Kusadasi.

Kusadasi is a lovely port town and there is a really nice new marina development at the harbour. The hotel itself is situated at the hop of quiet a steep hill but every room has an amazing view looking over the whole city as far out as pigeon island (a must do if you are visiting Kusadasi)

For October the weather was actually great, hitting 25/26 degrees on most of the days. But because it was October the holiday season was winding down and it was pretty quiet around the hotel in terms of their nightly entertainment.

Although it wasn’t just the time of year that accounted for quietness. We talked to a few locals in the market and the staff in the bars and they said that this was by far the worst year for tourism and they had been really badly affected by the troubles in Syria. Business was way down even in the peak summer months.

But still they continue on, doing their best. The Turkish people are very friendly and helpful and we actually felt very safe walking around the town and home by the marina at night. It is a country steeped in tradition and culture and the beauty of the landscape is sublime.

So thanks again to the Blog Awards and Sunway travel for giving us the opportunity to return again to this Turkish delight.

 

Thanks for reading,

Dec

**Dec travelled to Kusadasi, Turkey with Sunway Holidays. Package holidays with Sunway to Kusadasi start from €349pp in the 4* Golden Day Wings Hotel, including flights with Aer Lingus, 7 nights hotel on a bed and breakfast basis, transfers, 20kg baggage and services of a Sunway representative. Price is per person, departing April 22nd 2017 and subject to availability. Call Sunway on 01-2311800 or visit www.Sunway.ie.

 

Laughs, Food and Travel, The good things in life!

Laughs, Food and Travel, The good things in life!

My 1st blog post. Mmmm.

I have thought about writing a blog for quiet a while now but never really got around to it. I post on Facebook, upload photos on Instagram, Tweet, Snapchat, basically use every other social media tool bar the blog. Until now!

Originally from Donegal I have been living in Dublin for the past 12 years, and have LOVED every minute of it! I am happily married to my husband Dave, who if I really get into this blogging lark will probably feature quiet heavily in my posts!

Laughs- Improvised comedy is something that had been apart of my life for the past 4 years. I perform a group called Laughter Lines Dublin in a weekly show every Wednesday in Dublin.

Food- Love it. Buying, Eating, cooking, watching, talking about, finding new places, uncovering hidden gem, and posting pics!

Travel- From an early age I have loved the thrill and excitement of the airport, be it a weekend trip to the UK, or a holiday adventure with my Aunt the Air hostess, I caught the travel bug early in life and have never let it go!

I think these are the good things of life and hopefully I will get to write about them in my future blogs!

Thanks for reading,

Dec