Cathedral Island

Surrounded by the river Oder, Cathedral Island is the origin of Wroclaw city and home to St John the Baptist cathedral and Holy Cross church. To get to the island, you cross a little bridge, which is where you’ll find a place to leave a love lock, if you’re into that.

The area is lit with original gas lamps and a lamplighter lights them at dusk and extinguishes them at dawn, making it a very romantic area to stroll around at this time. There’s also are really cosy tea room right opposite the bridge where you can watch the lamplighter do his thing while staying warm!

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Wroclaw from Above

For mid-term we went to Wroclaw in Poland. We picked it for a few reasons – we could fly direct from Cork (not many options there), it has plenty to do, we have friends there, and, of course, food and drink 🙂

The weather wasn’t great while we were there, but that made for moody photographs. Here are some from the top of the university.

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Sunny Shandon

On Saturday the Shandon Street Festival was on. They were lucky-the sun shone. So much so that the organisers had to find shade to bring into the park because people were hiding next to the walls to get out of the sun. I had a nice spot under a tree so I could enjoy my lunch and the music.

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One great thing about the festival was that we could go up to the top of Shandon Church and ring the bells. Now, you can always do this, but it closes at 3pm. The last time I tried to go, it was 3.30pm, so too late. Anyway, we got to fill the Cork air with a choppy version of Ode to Joy!

Cliffs of Moher

Ireland’s third most visited place (after the Guinness Storehouse and the zoo), but probably the most iconic, is the Cliffs of Moher.

I’ve never managed to see them in the sun, but we did avoid rain-a massive plus! We saw a couple getting married there this time and all I could think was that she was one brave bride to get married outdoors in the wind and almost rain! Stunning location for a wedding though.

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Next stop, Canada!

Summer in a Day

When you’re in a country where summer is a “blink and you’ll miss it” season, you have to take every opportunity you get to make the most of it. I had a day off on Monday and luckily the sun stayed for the day. So, in 24 hours I managed a bit of clear sky star gazing and planet spotting, coffee on the patio, a walk by the sea and ice cream! Pretty good all round 🙂

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My view to enjoy ice cream to.