It used to take me an hour and a half from my home in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, to get me to work in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
But in these COVID days I’ve reduced the hike to my office to a second and a half which, of course, is sending me stir crazy.
Thankfully the Digital Nomad Visa Scheme is at hand to offer us the chance to move our workplace to, say Dubrovnik.
Nor is it new… George Bernard Shaw did, calling Dubrovnik ‘the pearl of the Adriatic’.
And that ‘those who seek Paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik’.
So if you can swing it to take three weeks, say, then our friends at Adriatic Hotels will help out.
Reckon it’ll be nicer than home… and warmer!
They recommend the Hotel Dubrovnik Palace and the https://www.adriaticluxuryhotels.com/hotel-excelsior-dubrovnik/.
Buffalo Bill, Denniston and us
And Dennistoun in the East End of Glasgow, the birthplace of my Dear Old Dad and Buffalo Bill’s stomping ground, has won its rightful place in the world’s hearts.
Dennistoun is the unlikely inclusion in a top ten of a Time Out list of Coolest Neighbourhoods.
And ahead of Haut-Marais, Paris and Marickville, Sydney.
James Manning, Time Out’s International Editor congratulated Dennistoun on its response to the pandemic.
‘With independents pipping up and artists brightening the winding streets.’
But Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Riders, Chief Sitting Bull among them, knew that already, choosing Dennistoun as his sole Scottish venue on his first Euro tour.
Buffalo Bill’s Grave, Colorado
The mighty Aphrodite and Cyprus
And because I like to see a job through, I want to get to the beginning and end of the Aphrodite story.
With Travel Department who are offering seven nights from €1039pp, including flights, transfers 4* half-board hotel
Plus excursions and tour guide. Depart April, September, October and November.
You’ll whizz around the Medieval town on a half-day tour, the capital city Nicosia.
And one I’ve been building up for years, one of the great joys of Travel, crossing the border of an island, into Northern Cyprus.
Of course back in the days of Aphrodite it wasn’t an issue.
Paphos is mighty for Aphrodite… and Omodos for the wine.
Party like a German
Good to see my old German friends from the German Travel Mart and hear that the Beethoven 250th celebrations are still on course.
With December seeing two major musical events from his birthtown Bonn.
Beethoven 2020 will now be Beethoven 2021 too.. a bit like an extra symphony￼￼.
So let us entertain you with this sample of how broad Beethoven can be.
While you’ll want to watch out for Robbie Williams’ take on Beethoven next year.
MEET YOU ON THE ROAD