From the luscious oasis to a mountain gite

So it’s been about a week since I last posted and rather than try fit in everything that I did and saw in one post I’m gonna split it into two, especially as I’ve so many photos as well, would be a terrible shame not to put them all up, ha. So in my last post we had just arrived in the Todra Gorge. After an afternoon of relaxation we went for a lovely river walk passing through the oasis that sits in between the mountains. We saw a massive beetle scurry across our path and wild mushrooms of various sizes underneath a fallen tree. We passed under lots of palm trees and by plenty of impressive vegetable lots, it was very peaceful and a little cooler than earlier in the day. We were driven over to another part of the gorge where families were having picnics and children were learning how to rock climb, very brave. We had dinner back at our hotel, I opted for the spaghetti bolognese and we had some mint tea to end our night. Continue reading “From the luscious oasis to a mountain gite”

From the blue city to the Sahara

My second day in Chefchaouen was very chilled. I hiked up to the mosque and was treated to a panoramic blue-tastic view of the Pearl of the North, such a beautiful city. Then I wandered about town, browsing the shops when it was lovely and quiet. I bought a ticket for the Kasbah for 60 dirham (15 dirham for the locals, usual tourist tax). It was lovely and cool inside, turns out their holey walled ventilation system really does wonders. I relaxed there for a while and then got some more lovely city views from the tower. Afterwards I eventually found some safety pins, they are like gold dust around here, haha. Had a mixed juice and chicken skewers for lunch. Continue reading “From the blue city to the Sahara”

A whistle stop tour of Casablanca and falling in love with the blue city

So I arrived safe and sound in Casablanca on Wednesday evening and I was met by my concierge and driver from the Odyssee Hotel, both very welcoming and friendly too. My driver took me the scenic, coastal route to the hotel so I got a chance to see the very busy beachfront, the magnificent Hassam II mosque and the palm lined wide streets which made me feel like I was more in LA than Morocco. My driver also gave me lots of tips on where to go, where the African souk was etc. He was very helpful. Continue reading “A whistle stop tour of Casablanca and falling in love with the blue city”

Raindrops keep falling on my head….

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I returned home to the lovely Emerald Isle two days ago and already India feels like a distant blur. Suddenly my home town seems very peaceful and quiet after the cacophony of sounds over in India, although we did get a little break from the beeping when we went down south to Goa, so back we go to this day last week.

img_2828-1We grabbed one last coffee in Glenz and did a quick stroll around the humid streets of Delhi before getting an Uber to the Delhi airport, cost INR300 between 3 of us. Once we got to the airport we saw that there were long queues at each entrance, it soon became apparent that we needed a print off of our ticket itinerary to get into the airport. We chatted to one of the security guards and she was very helpful, she told us that we had to go to the first entrance and print off the ticket from the airline desk. INR75 later we had our print outs and we had gotten into the airport, checked in and left our bags and we had some falafel wraps for breakfast. As we were boarding our Air Asia flight we could hear music blaring from the airplane, it was the song ‘On the Beach.’ It was like something out of a club on the plane, between the pumping tunes and the condensation that was so heavy I felt like I was at a concert. Throughout the flight it felt like everyone seemed to know each other on the place, there were big groups of friends and large families all chatting to each other. We landed a few hours later and grabbed a taxi to our hostel, Old Quarter by Hostelcrowd, in the Fontainhas area of Panjim. Continue reading “Raindrops keep falling on my head….”

Beep, beep, beepity, beep

I am back in Delhi, back to the starting point of the tour and it suddenly seems less chaotic now after the last few days in Agra and Varanasi. It even seems less humid too, maybe I’ve gotten used to the heat……doubtful though.

Anyways time to go back to last Saturday morning where we left beautiful Abhaneri by private bus and arrived in Agra. Our hotel, Karan Villas, was on the outskirts of the city but very close to the infamous Taj Mahal. We had the option of getting up to see the Taj at 4.30 for sunrise the next morning or doing it ourselves another time. Claire and I chose to go see it ourselves that afternoon. Continue reading “Beep, beep, beepity, beep”

Strawberry fields forever…..

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We were treated to some actual summer weather this week in Ireland, I know, shock, shock, horror, horror, miracles do in fact happen, ha ha. Anyways with this beautiful weather came the usual aroma of barbecues being lit up in every second garden and everyone losing the run of themselves and wearing every bit of their summer wardrobe that they could find. I even cracked open a dusty sun-cream, life was good. So with Costa del Carlow in full force I decided to try out a summery recipe for a change. This months Easy Food made my decision pretty easy (ba dum, dum) with their cover photo showing off a delicious looking strawberry and cream cake, it screamed summer. A quick scan through the ingredients and it was decided as I only had to grab a couple of ingredients in the shop, happy days.  Continue reading “Strawberry fields forever…..”

Crazy for coconut….

Most of my friends know how mad I am about coconut, I would eat it in all of my dishes if I could, I even have coconut moisturiser and shampoo, that’s how bad my obsession is, haha. Anyways there’s a reason why I keep harping on about coconut, stick with me. I finally got around to visiting the infamous vegan restaurant The Happy Pear in Greystones yesterday. It was worth the road-trip, there was plenty of choice and my mam and I had some delicious vegan food.  Continue reading “Crazy for coconut….”