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Chinese Whispers 2

Beijing Beijing is China’s capital and has a population of 22 million. I wrote before of the four direct controlled municipalities, Beijing is one of them. Beijing was called Peking in our day – The name Beijing was adopted in1958 … Continue reading

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Chinese Whispers 1

We flew overnight from Dubai to Chongqing. Our trip to China was short, five cities in five days.  Chongqing Our first sight of China and Chongqing on waking up on the plane was lots of high-rise apartment blocks, stacked one … Continue reading

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Give us this day our daily bread

There seems to be a special day for everything! I’m not thinking of the obvious ones like Mothers Day, Fathers Day. (National Grandparents Day has just passed – it was on the tenth of September.) I’m thinking of the more … Continue reading

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Seeing and learning about Dubai

A few weeks ago Denis and I got a lovely opportunity for a short visit to China with Patrick, spending a day in Dubai on the way. I’ll write here about Dubai and follow on with China. Though we needed to … Continue reading

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The Dingle Marathon

There is nothing quite like lining up for the 9 o’clock start of the Dingle marathon on the first Saturday of September each year. Our trip to Dingle for this event has become an annual pilgrimage, we’ve been doing it for … Continue reading

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Life lessons

Barbara Gill was a college friend of mine. We met on one of my first days – I started first semester late but that’s another story. I arrived into the lecture theatre, sat down and she was there. We exchanged … Continue reading

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Dare I say … A weekend cycling around Lake Balaton

After my last post, you could have been forgiven for thinking that we were done with cycling for a bit. That cycle ended in Budapest … However Denis needed to stay in Budapest to meet a person who was on … Continue reading

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Reflections on our Tour de …!

Yes, you should do it. Yes, everyone who can cycle a kilometre should do at least some of Véloroute 6. Yes, the best part is probably from Regensburg to Vienna. Just go! Don’t think that you need much preparation. I … Continue reading

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Day 43 Sunday – The end of the cycle, arriving into Budapest

We left on the Cork to Roscoff ferry on 3rd June. After cycling 2,999 km in 34 days of our 43 day trip, today we arrived into Budapest. (If Dunnes Stores did cycle trips, they too would cycle that distance!) … Continue reading

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Day 42 Saturday – Esztergom to Vác

Today we cycled a short roughly 46 km from Esztergom to Vác. We had planned to stay another day in Esztergom but our hotel last night wasn’t great so we decided to cycle half way and see Vác and then continue to … Continue reading

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