Valentine’s Day 2016 in Dublin

Every year I try to do a Valentine's day blog post, if only because my name IS Valentine, so here is my 2016 little guide on Valentine things to do in Dublin and Ireland, from special events to go to with your special one, to Valentine's Day for singles, families and charities, because "love is all around us" and Valentine's Day is for all.

Belgrade Escapade: Design Lover’s Tour

City guide coming soon ... This is Belgrade for lovers or architecture and design... Places to see AMBAR  COMMUNALE DIJAGONALA FRIDA  GALDOLFINI IGUANA KRAN LABORATORIJA MIKSER HOUSE RADIONICA SAKURA SOFA PLAY SUPERMARKET TORO SMOKVICA

Buzzing Bucharest

City guides and pretty pics coming soon ... Bucharest's urban oases and design hotspots to visit this summer Origo by Lama Architectura Control  Eden  Monteoru  Lokal Plastilina + Acuarela Image: Cătălin Georgescu Foto: Cristian Niculae CreArt La Un Ceai. Ceai la Vlaicu La Metoc Yardini Grădina SoLemn  Grădina Viitorului Vecchio Voilà & Eclecticó Studio - Localul cu rinocer mov Palatul Știrbei  Galateca … Continue reading Buzzing Bucharest

Sublime Simplicity

In IMAGE Interiors & Living Some time ago I was on the lookout for a low-key, rustic retreat when I came across Lake Isle Retreats in Fermanagh, a small rural hideaway where you can regain your physical and mental strength through yoga, t’ai chi and meditation – while enjoying an intoxicating feast of Eastern food … Continue reading Sublime Simplicity

Top Topiary

On image.ie From gorgeous geometry to wondrous water features – check out la crème of French garden design… When you think ‘France’ and ‘the French’, ‘garden’ does not immediately come to mind. Perhaps it should though, since the French are responsible for the largest and most splendid gardens in Europe – the Gardens of Versailles – … Continue reading Top Topiary

Irish Gardens

A selection of the best gardens from the image.ie house tours... An inspiring gallery of gorgeous gardens from the #ImageInteriors house tour archives. 1. An outdoor-indoor garden area in a renovated mews in London’s Hackney. | 2. An inviting penthouse garden with a view of the Dublin Docklands.| 3. A beautiful example of rustic topiary in Cork. … Continue reading Irish Gardens

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Their spelling is not great but these young parkourists (parkourers?) more than make up for it with their acrobatics.

They were a nice bunch.

Mimi asked me if they didn’t mind me taking their photographs and posting them on the internet.

They didn’t.

They were far from camera shy.

I enjoyed spending 15 minutes with them.
They were fit, enthusiastic, sober, did not bother anyone.

They don’t care much about cartilage, or joints (the ones that act as an articulation between two limbs), or sprained ankles, or broken wrists.

They are young.
They are having fun.

Fair play to them.

Like it or not, the little mememe2U will be doing parkour from now on.
Shag all extortionate registration fees, licences or bored instructors.

All you need is a pair of runners, a few rocks or elevated walkways. And go bare chest.

I may allow Mimi to wear a vest.

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Blissful Budapest

I have been going to Budapest for twenty years, and am still in love with the city ... This spring I will put together a proper guide of my favourite European capital. Stay tuned! 

Europe for the weekend

If you’re like me, you’ve just returned from your latest holiday and you’re counting down the days to your next escape. Fly away but stay close this coming bank holiday… For a short and sweet getaway you want direct flights from Dublin at reasonable times. These are my top short-haul destinations for the a long weekend that are not London or Paris and don’t involve painful wake-up calls:

Majestic Markets

http://www.image.ie/Living/TRAVEL/Majestic-Markets/ If you're planning a trip to one of Europe's Christmas Markets, now is the time to book. Here’s our pick of the best Christmas markets in Europe opening this weekend – all with direct flights, yuletide magic and guaranteed snow! There is something about Central and Northern Europe that makes them do Christmas so well … Continue reading Majestic Markets

Heritage Week 2014

Head out for Heritage Week (on image.ie) Part of the Europe-wide annual heritage festival, National Heritage Week runs from August 23-30 and celebrates the history and legacy of Ireland through cultural events that highlight local skills and traditions, architecture and works of art. The idea is to shine a spotlight on the great work being done … Continue reading Heritage Week 2014