Flyday Friday

He hasn’t got a Scoobie: Murty, that is

No, not that Great Dane… but it did draw you in, right?

Mind you, this Great Dane ain’t bad either. This is a new Great Dane Airline service from Aalborg to Dublin which will run twice weekly from June 21 to July 26 and weekly between July and October 15.

Wonderful as it is, Denmark is more than just Copenhagen. Aalborg is Denmark’s fourth biggest city. Its known for its revitalised waterfront on the Limfjord, the body of water that cuts through Jutland, also an outdoor pool and nearby is the half-timbered Aalborghus Castle.

Now I like an oul’ fjord, and The Son and Heir came back from Denmark’s second city Aarhuis shouting its merits from the rooftops. Visit http://www.greatdaneairlines.dk.

Aalborg, I’m Aal in.


Red, Amber, Go: Gdansk

My friends at Ryanair have been flying me (and I dare say you and a couple of others around) of late and I must say that I am becoming less of an oul’ grouch and am now beginning to take on their interactive approach.

They’re also as good as anybody at opening up our minds to new destinations.

Yes among their 6 great reasons to travel this summer they flag up London for Wimbledon, Paris for the Tour de France, Galway for the Arts Festival though that’s probably for an international audience, it might be a bit profligate to fly from Wicklow. And Copenhagen for the Jazz Festival and Heidelberg and Karlsruhe for the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

But it also promotes Gdansk in Poland under the title Open’er Gdansk… it’s a music festival The Son and Heir tells me where Kylie, the Smashing Pumpkins, Lana Del Rey and the Strokes among others will be performing from July 3-6.

The good people of Poland charmed us with their country’s fares, not least their vodka, earlier in the year and as well as this big musical festival the city has a lot more to offer.

Do visit the European Solidarity Centre as it is a timely reminder of where we are with challenges to our democracy in Europe right now.

It is also a beautiful port city and because of that has a rich culinary heritage and trading story. I’m particularly taken, as is The Scary One, by the power of Amber.

Housed in the same building that once was home to the Prison Tower and Torture Chamber. The centre of the world’s amber trade ( who knew?), you’ll get brownie (or amber) points if you pick out some beautiful piece for Herself.

Flights from Gdansk from €16.80. Visit http://www.ryanair.com.

Finns are looking up

Get away from it all in Finland: Photo by Daria Shevtsova

I do love a sauna…. somewhere to let it all hang out.

I was sorely tempted in Soll in Austria to cause a scene in the breakfast room (and not for the first time).

I had just had a sauna and the Austrians, of course, like to have theirs in the nip.

When I got down the next morning I spotted a woman who had been in the sauna with me. I was all set to go over and say: ‘I didn’t recognise you with your clothes’ on until her burly German boyfriend walked in.

Saunas, of course, originate in Scandinavia. And how’s about this for an airport experience. Saunas in Helsinki Airport Finnair Platinum Wing.

Finnair is to increase the frequency of flights from Dublin and Edinburgh to its Helsinki hub this winter. There will be four extra services on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Visit http://www.finnair.com.

Just remember to leave yourself enough time to get to the departure gate!

Aer we go

The pool is the only place to be. Photo by Pixabay

Twenty quid will barely get you a drink and a a few chips here but your money stretches further on the continent so when Aer Lingus offers you €20 off your flight at a great price anyway it’s worth sitting up and taking notice.

Vienna, Lisbon, Faro, Malaga and Nice are all pegged at €44.99 from Dublin, it’s €51.99 from Cork to Alicante and €58.99, while Shannon is €49.99 to Malaga.

Travel between August 1 and October 31. Book by July 1. Visit http://www.aerlingus.com. Prices are one-way including taxes and charges.

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