Radio days

Hear, hear… no, not some warbling politicians but just a couple of good friends talking Travel.

Aileen Eglington put this relative radio tyro at ease on her Travel show Destination Anywhere on 93.9 Dublin South FM yesterday.

The hour positively flew by as we talked Turkey (Istanbul), LA and Anaheim and Lourdes.

And we interspersed it with a few songs….

Natasha Bedingfield’s These Words, happy memories from when she loved me, she loved me, she loved me, picking me and my purple beard out of the crowd as she sang Purple Rain, the Beach Boys’ Sloop John B which they sang at our set lunch in Anaheim and On The Road Again by Willie Nelson which always reminds me of the Camino and the Via Francigena.

So, thanks Aileen and until the next time…. tune into http://www.dublinsouthfm.ie/events/travel-show every Monday from 1pm-2pm.



Meet you on the radio

I’ll tell you what The Donald is thinking

If you haven’t heard me yet… then I’m talking too quietly.

I’ll be on the radio this morning on Dublin South FM, broadcasting on 93.9FM from 2pm-3pm with the awesome Aileen Eglington.

I’ll be California Dreamin’ about my recent trip to Hollywood, West Hollywood and Anaheim and also all things Istanbul (they have a new mayor there, don’t you know and did you see all those people out celebrating in the streets). And then let’s finish it all with a prayer… the Lourdes Prayer.

And relive some of that with My Weekend With Marilyn, part one of my LA Story, the second part of which is in this Saturday’s Irish Daily Mail, while The Lourdes Prayer is also coming soon. My Weekend with Marilyn https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/22/my-weekend-with-marilyn/. Wham Bam Thank You Hamam is https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/wham-bam,-thank-you-hamam/(opens in a new tab)

Listen in to find out what three songs I choose too. And visit http://www.dublinsouthfm.ie to find out how you can hear it back. I can’t think what else you might be doing around 2pm-3pm though.


Holidos and don’ts

Plugged in: Photo by rawpixel.com

If I had a euro for every charger I’d left behind… I’d have enough to buy a new charger.

On the off chance that you’re in La Grange in Loudenvielle in the French Pyrenees and you see a Turkish Airlines charger http://www.turkishairlines.com with two entry points (if that’s the technical expression)…

Perhaps it would have been better had I just headed back to Lourdes and bought some St Anthony trinket and paid him to return it to me safely.

Irish and British chargers

Simple. It’s the one you have already… the one you’re always looking for around the house or the office.

Of course you’re Irish one doesn’t have to have a green lead. Some come with a detachable lead that you can take out of the plug which increases your options. Get one of those as it’ll make your life easier.

It’s a Type G and it is a three-bit though maybe that’s just my word for it, but you know what I mean.

Those Europeans

Two prongs make a right: In Europe

They’ve got two prongs… I’m beginning to get a little nostalgic now about that Turkish Airlines charger.

You can do one of two things. If your charger comes away from your Irish plug well done and you can go for the likes of a PICILOO USB Plug Adaptor, 2-Pack USB Charger 2.1A/5V Dual USB Wall Charger Power Travel Adapter for Phone XS XR X 8/7/6/6S Plus 5S, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S8/S7/S6 Edge, HTC, LG, Moto.

Come again. I found more info than I needed but go to http://www.amazon.co.uk and you can pick this up for under a tenner sterling.

But if you come attached to a plug… the phone, not you, although sometimes The Scary One thinks I should be… then http://www.lovehoney.co.uk is selling UK to Europe adaptors for £5.99.

They’re Type C, E and F and they also apply to European Turkey and Asian Turkey (Antalya), Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt and a lot of Northern Africa… though check before you go for regional differences as with chargers just like their politics they don’t always agree.

Make America charge again

Right, this is as easy as A, B (no, not C).

Our good friends at Amazon have again come to our aid here.

You should buy a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4-port USB travel charger.

Amateurs, like me come with a bag and a couple of those above.

The professionals go for this one below from http://www.amazon.co.uk at £11.99.

And good news, it is recommended for numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Thank goodness for that… I was beginning to think this was a science test.

And remember look out for my charger if you’re in the French Pyrenees. St Anthony could build a shrine with the amount of cash I’ve put in his charity box over the years.



Murty, we have a problem!

This is your Captain speaking!

You may be experiencing some turbulence. And don’t worry if the Statue of Liberty looks a bit too close, I’ll endeavour to bring you all down safely.


I am behind the wheel on my maiden flight in the Turkish Airlines simulator at their headquarters in Istanbul and it is set for New York JFK.

Thankfully the experts at TA HQ have it all covered, flight training, safety drills (chutes that they look to be having great fun sliding down and water pools).

I’m just back from Istanbul where I got the chance to see the spanking new Istanbul Airport which has the capacity for 200 million through passengers. Of course as varied as the charms are in Istanbul you don’t need to be in any rush to pass through.

Turkish Airlines Business Lounge is legendary and, of course, my golf game needed some work on it, so I gave it a swing at the simulator (not any use at that either) and had a whizz on the model toy racing cars too.

The TA Business lounge puts on the best spread I’ve seen in any airport in the world in their award-winning lounge with the best entertainment too, a cinema and numerous TV screens. And showers and beds.

Don’t fall asleep though or you’ll miss your flight back home. On second thoughts!

Economy class Dublin to Istanbul return with European Airline of the year Turkish Airlines from 325 (including taxes). Return business class from €1035 (including taxes). Business class includes the services of flying chefs, 337+ movies, 414 TV series, 756 albums and 17 games cartoon movies as well as wifi and live TV.

Visit http://www.turkishairlines.com, call (01) 525 1849, http://www.igairport.com. And look out for my coming review of Istanbul and some dodgy dancing pictures on a river cruise in the Bosphorus.

Calling all you geysers

Iceland has been at the top of many a travel list, probably since Gwyneth Paltrow endorsed it although I’d still recommend it in spite of her.

Icelandair is making it even more attractive. It has Dublin to Iceland for €78 one-way this month (based on return fare of €155), Saga Premium class €300 one-way (based on return fare of €599).

And now for the history bit…. it was an Icelander who discovered America, sorry Brendan and Chris! So, it’s good to see that it is a popular hub these days through which many of us now visit the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

So who’s the Icelander? Well, Leif Erikson, of course.

Leif established the Norse settlement of Vinland in the early 11th century, or wine land, and we like him already for that, on the northern tip of Newfoundland in modern-day Canada So that counts as North America for us, in the days before the States existed.

And Icelandair are keeping those links going with special offer prices for travel between August 26 and March 24.

Dublin to New York from €158 one way (based on a return), Toronto from €175 one way (based on a return), Boston from €193 one way (based on a return), Chicago for the same, Washington DC from €198 one way (based on a return), San Fransisco €225 one way (based on a return).

And many more, including Saga Premium class tickets to North America including a stopover for no extra wairfare. Visit http://www.icelandair.com or contact +44 (0) 20 7874 1000.

And when you’re in Iceland you can pay your own homage to Lief by popping by his homestead in Eiriksstadir farm in Haukadal in the western part of the iceland.

Flying by the seat of my pants

No excuse necessary for printing a picture of me lying back and doing nothing in the Dead Sea in Jordan.

All courtesy of British Airways who I flew business class with recently… and I’ll tell you all about it in a future review.

Suffice to say I was in a similar position in their magnificent reclining seats on-board with an in-seat massage putting me well at ease too.

Visit http://www.britishairways.com and Club World for best prices and features.

Hit the beaches

You been digging out your foreign phrasebooks, si?

Aer Lingus has up to 20% off on a number of destinations from Dublin, Cork and Shannon to sunny climes.

Starting from Split (Dublin only) from €52.99 with Palma (Dublin and Cork) at €56.99 and the gorgeous Malaga (Dublin, Cork and Shannon) from €65.99 with many, many others, it’s worth thumbing through the offers to see which one suits you.

Fares are one-way including taxes and charges. Travel between June 17 and August 31. Book by May 27. Visit http://www.aerlingus.com.

Toulouse to win

Sometimes I’m just too generous for my own good. But then some people deserve treats.

One such is the inimitable Muriel Bolger whom I sent away to Toulouse for the Irish Daily Mail to check out Concorde, the home of the iconic aeroplane and also Europe’s aviation centre, and also known for its culinary excellence.

You want to go now too. Well, Ryanair has a new flight from Toulouse to Dublin, due to launch at the end of October.

You know, you’ve got nothing to lose. Visit http://www.ryanair.com.