Syros, in the Cyclades

At 6am on Saturday morning we found ourselves amongst the dishevelled late night party-goers on the Athens metro. While they appeared to be on their way home, we were on our way to Piraeus, the largest port in Greece, and indeed in the whole of the Mediterranean. There are endless quays, and even at 6.30 in…

Athens

And so begin our 3 months in Greece! First stop Athens. On the flight from Dublin we sat next to an Irish lady who has been living in Athens for 40 years – what a way to learn the best places to visit! She was also free with her advice about the dangers of Athens…

A Winter Break in Poland

After our weekend in Auschwitz we spent 3 nights in Krakow, 2 nights in Warsaw and 3 nights in Gdansk, from where we flew back to Dublin.  We absolutely loved our time in Poland and here are the highlights: 1. The whole of the old town in Krakow is a UNESCO World Heritage site and…

Auchswitz

The concentration camp at Auschwitz has always held a certain fascination for me. The more history books or memoirs I read, the more documentaries I saw, the more I wanted to see with my own eyes the place where such horrors were committed. Daniel too was interested, and so finding ourselves with 10 days spare…

The South West Coast Path

(WARNING: a 750km walk so it’s a long read!) After a hot and lazy summer in Canada we had planned a trip to the Western USA with a focus on the National Parks. We were keen to get moving and get active again, and get back to a life in the great outdoors. At the…

Our Trip To Lofoten, The (Long) Story

On a whim one rainy day in the midst of a rainy Irish winter, we applied for a 2-week housesit in Oslo. Knowing we will be leaving Europe indefinitely in June, we thought we should try and see more of Europe while still here. And having booked Oslo, we thought we should see more of…

What Happened Since

As we continue travelling, we have decided to reactivate our blog:  Clara and Daniel Travel (old-timers might notice the new name; that’s because of technical problems with the previous one). This post is to explain what happened since our last post from St Emilion, near Bordeaux. That was in 2013, at the end of our first month back in…

Saint Emilion

While in Bordeaux we took a day trip to visit the town of Saint Emilion. Vineyards have been cultivated around St Emilion since the 2nd century and the area is home to some of the most valuable vineyards in France. The small hilltop town is also a world heritage site whose steep and narrow streets are…

A month in Bordeaux

Our first destination in Europe was the beautiful city of Bordeaux. We didn’t choose it for its wine associations, although given our previous destinations of New Zealand and Australia, one could be forgiven for thinking we are on a global wine tour. Instead we picked it for its beauty, with a restored historic centre of…

Hong Kong to here

We arrived in Hong Kong on a dirty, smoggy day with shockingly low visibility. But we didn’t mind as we weren’t there for the view 🙂 [Hong Kong smog] We had a packed itinerary for our week including arranging visas for China and Vietnam, vaccinations for the Asia trip, tax office, sorting out banking issues,…