It’s where the stars come out to shine… and there are few bigger stars in my eyes than The Donald.
While a group of Asian tourists gathered around Michael Jackson’s star on the Walk of Fame I sought out Disney’s greatest character.
You can do a walking tour of the stars that will take you an hour, and I did notice four stars with no names on them… waiting for Bandanaman, The Scary One, The Son And Heir and Daddy’s Little Girl obviously.
I’m wearing TK Maxx
Talking of walks, no walk in Hollywood is complete without a scaling of the Oscars staircase.
In the week that’s in it with me being named Irish Travel Editor of the Year it seemed only appropriate that I was here.
I would like to dedicate this to my best friend in primary school, my English teacher when I was 13, the lollipop lady, my running coach, my first editor…
For the full speech… well, you’ll just have to wait the two hours it will take to write it.
And to think that the first Oscars ceremony was all over in 20 minutes!
Of course, The Donald has the red carpet out for me at Disneyland. But first Universal!
And here’s what else has been happening (and a little duckie tale in here too).
Anne would ask me every week if a Bali trip had come across my desk and every week I’d tell her that if it did then I’d go to her first.
Her eyes danced the day I gave her the news. It’s an aural thing but bear with me. ‘I’ve got Ballet for you.’
I didn’t leave her hanging though and immediately told her that it was the Leeds Ballet, and good they are too but not what she was looking for.
She didn’t deserve that but I’m glad to say that I had got her away skiing and since then to Normandy.
Tropical Sky can ensure that you WILL get to Bali, and at a great discount price too.
Stay seven nights B&B at the five-star Laguna Resort & Spa for travel completed before December 24, if booked before June 30 from €1,349pp, a saving of up to €440pp. Includes return flights from Dublin and transfers.
So what’ll you get for your money? Well, you’ll be on the Nusa Dualists peninsula with lush lagoons and soaring palms.
And for facilities you’ll get tennis, fitness centre, sauna/steam room, hairdresser, Atisaya spa and a choice of water sports.
Anyone watching the Cricket World Cup, and hoping that Ireland puts one over on the home of the game, England, again?
I adopted the Sri Lankan cricket team after the staff invited me to join their match in the Maldives a couple of years ago.
No Kuma Sangarkkara me, but I did score a couple of runs before getting my teammate run out and tearing my leg open diving into the crease. It was an astroturf pitch you see.
Whether you want to be throwing yourself around a cricket pitch in the baking sun (unlikely) or just lying back and relaxing (you deserve it) then Hayes & Jarvis will set you up with the bespoke trip just for you. Because remember there is just ONE you!
And by checking out Hayes & Jarvis’ latest destination deals you could save yourself up to 40%.
H&J has Atmosphere Kanifushi, Maldivesfrom €3,799pp, based on December, departure from Dublin, staying for seven nights all-inclusive in a Sunset Beach Villa (two adults sharing) and including return airplane seaplane transfers (and believe me that’s one experience you’ll really treasure).
There are some things that a child should never see their Dad doing…. dancing at a wedding, doing Karaoke, smoking a shisha pipe.
Talk Turkey (as I often do) and the Son and Heir will bring up his terror at seeing his Dad (and inspiration!!!!) smoking that dangly pipe in Bodrum when he was just seven years of age.
Like so many things we all do on holiday and regret it’s best left to the locals.
On my recent visit to Jordan I spent a relaxing half hour at the end of an exhausting but fulfilling day sipping my Turkish tea and watching two guys playing chess, smoking the shisha and blowing smoke in each others’ faces, though they didn’t seem to mind.
It’s what they do and I’d advise anyone to spend a little time just people watching in a Turkish or Middle Eastern cafe… it’s what they do.
Just down the road from Bodrum, and TUI are spotlighting Dalaman with its beautiful historic sites, stunning Blue Flag beaches and a lively nightlife scene. TUI has seven nights’ self-catering on June 10 at the 3-star Club Even from €389pps. Visit http://www.tuiholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.
Paris for families
The very same Son and Heir had me climbing the walls in Paris when he kept insisting on stopping to refuel on food (or was that Rome or New York, but you get the point?)
France is perfect for families but Paris is probably best kept for courting couples. Or is it?
Les Villages Nature Paris is the ideal way to do Paris for families… by staying outside and travelling in.
And new to Les Villages Nature Paris is the indoor Climbing Paradise which boasts modern interactive technology. Personally, I prefer the modern interactive technology of a phone videoing someone else doing it, but, hey, climbers all look to be having great fun.
A seven-night stay at Les Villages Nature Paris in a Clan Comfort Cottage, arriving July 6 is priced from £418.50 (£1,674 total reduced from £2,242, saving 25%) based on four people sharing on a self-catering basis. And remember when you do your currency conversion that this Brexit palaver means our Euro does well against the Pound.
Thank you so much to my peers who voted me Travel Editor of the Year at the TravelMedia.ie awards yesterday at the Shelbourne Hotel.
In time-honoured tradition, a big shout-out to my writers, designer Geoff McGrath and columnists Mal Rogers and Catherine Murphy. And to all the winners on the night.
Well done too to the legendary Michael Collins and the impossibility-talented Niamh Waters for everything they do for all of us. And I know that though I am in LA and could only send a video link that Ed Finn and Alex Gibson would have knocked it out of the park as presenters.
As you all know I’ve moved on from the Irish Daily Mail but the Irish Daily Mail hasn’t moved on from me and you can still read my nonsense here on my blog and recent and imminent adventures on both publications.
Working with all you wonderfully talented people is gweat quack!
Thwack! That’s the jet lag set in… 3.30am here and as the Beautiful People roll out of Rage and the Viper Rooms nightclubs in West Hollywood I’m bolt upright in bed watching trailers of Disney’s new Star Wars theme park attraction Galaxy’s Edge which I’ll road test for you while I’m here.
My cousin doesn’t know it though the rest of the family do… I rechristened her Phyllis (as in Phileas Fogg) on account of her many, many holidays.
Phyllis’s favourite port of call was Dubai and she is not alone. What a wonderful sight it is too to awake in this colossal city.
Budget Travel is offering a ten-night cruise and stay on Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas, departing January 2020, visiting Dubai, the Greek Isles, Italy and more. From €1,499 including return flights.
The Jewel of the Seas offers rock-climbing walls, poolside movie screens and West End style entertainment.
The offer also includes two nights in the 5-star Atlantis, The Palm Dubai on a half-board basis. Visit http://www.budgettravel.ie or call (01) 435 0024.
Ireland will be hoping to peak this Autumn at the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
It’s peak time too for you to cruise Japan with Cassidy Travel. A Circle Japan cruise for nine nights in September aboard the Diamond Princess is on offer from €2,359.
Dine on freshly-prepared sashimi, watch street performers in the Atrium, or take in a lavish production show with a host of cultural excursions too.
For those preferring to tread an independent path, flights to Tokyo are typically between €639 and €789 and Cassidy Travel can arrange accommodation and transfers to suit any bespoke adventure.
Prices are perperson and exclude flights, unless otherwise stated. Packages can be booked in any of the nine Travel shops across Dublin or call (01) 873 5000. Visit http://www.cassidytravel.ie.
Island in the sun
Foot, road, or water… I can’t be trusted to find my way on any of them, probably because I’m lucky enough to be able to put myself in the hands of others.
My first cruise, and we all remember our first, was from the French Riviera, dropping in on Barcelona, before finishing off in Majorca. It was there that I almost crashed into April’s pedalo, although I maintain it was her bad driving.
Majorca is much more than Magaluf, and I would especially recommend the north of the island and Soller. TUI offers seven nights Dublin to Majorca on an all-inclusive cruise from €1,139pps, departing on May 19. Billed as Spanish Delights, you’ll get an inside cabin. Visit http://www.tuiholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.
It’s that time of the year again… when I head off to America’s Travel fair http://www.ipw.com to meet my friends from the Fifty States and report back to you on all that’s on offer. This year it’s Disneyland in Anaheim.
Americans come in all shapes and sizes, and isn’t that wonderful?
Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Chewbacca and even more unreal, Hollywood’s fantastical creatures who all hang out in West Hollywood where I’ll be visiting, staying and partying in.