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Cannes is a place for happy thoughts

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1913 La Croisette, Cannes

I took a carefree August-time stroll down the La Croisette promenade of Cannes.  These are two kilometres of pure laid-back stupor.  A dense assortment of casinos, beach-side restaurants, yachts, every kind of chair, with a sumptuous array of plants and flowers. Cannes feels impermanent, as if it were built in 1920, and my first surprise is that…

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Balrothery – Standing Stone

in Featured/Prehistoric

It is a surreal mix of Celtic Tiger housing, an IRA hunger striker, and an ancient stone.

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Chester: Can anyone tell me where is the Port?

in Featured/Irish Sea Ports

I have made two quick visits to Chester. It is such a lovely city. Chester Rows, the Roman Walls, the Amphitheatre, Grosvenor Park, and the Canal Basins (and apparently there is even a Zoo!). But there was one thing that I could not find…… the Port! For hundreds of years before the prominence of Liverpool, Chester was…

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The Wild Rose

in Featured/Plants and Flowers

I came across this Wild Rose in Sandymount on the path to Irish town Nature Reserve.  Despite having some good resources for identification proposes (see below), I failed to identify the flower.  The reason is that the colour of this rose is varied, and you find them every shade from white to dark pink. They are…

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