Auritz Burguete

Camino Frances – Roncesvalles – Zubiri

The third day of our Camino journey (if you count the day we arrived into St. Jean) began with us having a fabulous buffet breakfast at the hotel. On a long table in the dining room there were plates loaded with fresh fruit, meats, cheeses and pastries. We were provided with a selection of juices, tea, coffee, breakfast cereals – everything you’d want from a … Continue reading Camino Frances – Roncesvalles – Zubiri

Camino Start

Camino Frances – St. Jean Pied de Port – Roncesvalles

In 2016, I walked a short part of the Camino with a friend, from St. Jean to Roncesvalles via the Napoleon route, and back to St. Jean via the Val Carlos route. We had limited time and were beset with a few hiccups, but we had a great trip – enlightening – and even celebrated my birthday there. It made one of the most memorable … Continue reading Camino Frances – St. Jean Pied de Port – Roncesvalles

Ireland's Longest Bridge - Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge

Irish Photo Rally 2020 – Ireland’s Longest Bridge

12. Carlow/Kilkenny – Ireland’s Longest Bridge – 6km SW of New Ross 52.3603678° -6.9975707° We started out on the bikes in bright warm sunshine – a glorious day! The sky turned grey. It rained. It got cold. We turned back for home. We parked the bikes up, put the kettle on, had a cup of tea, and decided we’d stay home. And the sun came … Continue reading Irish Photo Rally 2020 – Ireland’s Longest Bridge

Skeheen's Bridge, Ballymacarbry

Irish Photo Rally 2020 – Skeheen’s Bridge, Waterford

17. Waterford – Skeheen’s Bridge – 6km SE of Ballymacarbry 52.22092° -7.68215° This is the first year that I’ve taken my own bike to do the Irish Photo Rally points. We decided one Sunday to make a start with Skeheen’s Bridge as it’s not too far away. After leaving the bike lying in the shed for so long, I was so nervous about taking it … Continue reading Irish Photo Rally 2020 – Skeheen’s Bridge, Waterford

Tacumshane Windmill

Irish Photo Rally 2019 – Tacumshane Windmill, Wexford

11. Wexford – Tacumshane Windmill – 7km SW of Rosslare 52.20876, -6.42406 I’ve just realised it’s been two months since I wrote a blog post. Years ago, in another blogosphere, I would blog every second day, or once a week at least. I’ve a lot going on at the moment between learning to ride my own bike (that’s a whole blog post in itself), and … Continue reading Irish Photo Rally 2019 – Tacumshane Windmill, Wexford

Kilronan Church, Ballymacarbry, Waterford

Kilronan Church (Ruin), Waterford

The best bit about having a ‘partner in crime’ on the bike (or in the car) is that you’ve a better chance of spotting something interesting in the landscape that you might have missed if you’d been on your own. I’ve driven the road from Dungarvan to Clonmel countless times and never noticed the ruins of the church at Kilronan near Ballymacarbry. In fairness, the … Continue reading Kilronan Church (Ruin), Waterford

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris

I’m sure there’s not one person over the last 24 hours who hasn’t gone back through their old Paris holidays photos looking for a few of the Notre-Dame Cathedral. The news last night that this beautiful medieval building had caught fire, and the images being shown on television and across social media of the flames engulfing the spire until it eventually collapsed, shocked everyone. Photographs … Continue reading Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris

Blacksmith, Coolagown

Irish Photo Rally 2019 – Blacksmith, Coolagown

18. Cork – Blacksmith, Coolagown – 7km E of Fermoy 52.1203, -8.18933 Coolagown (or Cúil na Ghabhann as Gaeilge) means the Nook of the Blacksmith, and indeed it once was with three blacksmiths working in the village in close proximity to each other. The Tidy Towns committee must work extremely hard here as it’s obvious driving through it that it’s a gold medal village. There … Continue reading Irish Photo Rally 2019 – Blacksmith, Coolagown

Mick the Miller Statue, Killeigh

Irish Photo Rally 2019 – Mick the Miller, Killeigh

13. Mick The Miller – Killeigh; 8 km SE of Tullamore 53.21403, -7.45129 Wait! What? Master McGrath isn’t the most famous greyhound of all time. Mick the Miller is, or so the website of MicktheMiller.com claims. As was the case with Master McGrath, Mick the Miller was also the runt of the litter and went on to win the English Derby in 1929 and 1930 … Continue reading Irish Photo Rally 2019 – Mick the Miller, Killeigh

Master McGrath Monument, Dungarvan

Master McGrath Monument

Master McGrath – N72; 4km NW of Dungarvan 52.10941, -7.67313 Master McGrath, Ireland’s most famous greyhound, was the runt of the litter when he was born in 1866. Weighing in at just 54lbs when fully grown, he was the first to win the Waterloo Cup (a prestigious coursing event named after the Waterloo Hotel in Liverpool) on three occasions. Many stories abound about the little … Continue reading Master McGrath Monument