TAP Air Portugal tapairportugal carried 1.23 million passengers in January, 145,000 more than this month last year.
Its biggest destination is, of course, Portugal but it also flies to Europe, North America and South America.
Rio by the sea-o anyone?
Of course we’re all big fans of Portugal around here… Secret Portugal.
Women’s Day in Iceland
Isn’t it just typical, I went and missed Bondadagur, the start of the Porri season (on January 24), again.
Bondadawhat I hear those of you who are not either Icelanders or Icelandophiles ask.
Well it is Men’s Day and as luck would have it, for Herself, Women’s Day is still to come… on February 22.
That’s Konudagur then and it’s when men pamper their women and give them flowers.
Which maybe I’ll keep from The Scary One – she’s got Valentine’s Day coming.
And I’ve already taken her out for a night this year… and it wasn’t even her birthday either.
The good news (for me, heck and for you too) is that I’ll be back in Dublin in mid-March.
Don’t tell the Scary One but I’m hoping to be back a lot sooner.
I’ll be flying Stobart Air, partners of Aer Lingus from Edinburgh and Aer Lingus, from Dublin to Miami.
And when I can I always will.
I’m only hoping that as a loyal Aer Club member and a proud kiltie wearer I can rack up enough points to earn me one of their super-duper new crew skirts.
Anyhoos, back to their deals: London, Amsterdam and Paris from €27.99, Toulouse or Bordeaux and much more besides.
Usual conditions apply. Visit www.aerlingus.com.
And don’t you just know I’ve played and prayed all over these fab destinations… The London life, Pictures of Amsterdam and George Clooney and Amal’s Amsterdam hotel. And The Lourdes prayer and The Boat D’Azur.
And not forgetting Ryanair
Ryanairwww.ryanair.com has just released its early bird summer fares.
MEET YOU IN THE SKIES
Purple reigns, purple reigns… in Minneapolis, Barbados, LA. Everywhere.
You heard it here first… the twin cities are THE American cities to go to this year.
You can rock to Prince at his Paisley Park home just as I did with Di-Di, above, at Barbados Crop Over, visit great shopping malls, eat at top restaurants with delicious craft beer and go out into the Great Outdoors and enjoy more wonderful Park life.
I also partied with Natasha Bedingfield who gave a stirring version of Purple Rain to us in LA at the American Travel fair IPW. She picked me out in the crowd and stroked her chin in reference to my purple beard and we wound down afterwards at the after-party.
Our friends at Ryanair have compiled a Seven Wonders of the World guide for us. I’d recommend my Jordan musings which I will compile for multiple media outlets soon and also in this blog over the coming weeks.
The other Wonders you’ll be wanting to tick off on your way… you can go by camel if you want too… are the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens, the Colosseum, Rome (tick), the Dead Sea (tick, tick), La Sagrada Familia Barcelona (tick, tick, tick), Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia (they’ve been onto me) and Lagoa do Fogo, the Azores (big fan of Portugal).
Congratulations Laura McGrory and Graham Woods who won an upgrade to Business Class and two complimentary Aer Lingus flights from North America to a European City of their choice with Aer Lingus.
And what did they have to do? Only be the 1 millionth transatlantic guest to fly with the national airline carrier this year. The recently married couple from Dunleer in Co. Louth made the milestone trip travelling from Dublin to Seattle.
All of which begs the question. 1 millionth means one person. Ah, true love when two becomes one.
Enough song titles already?
Daddy’s Little Girl is just back from Amsterdam and absolutely loved it… it is one of my favourite short-hop city breaks too.
Sassy and classy, it has the perfect mix of high and low culture.
The food and drink are also great and I’m always won over by idiosyncratic ways of serving booze, with the Dutch custom of skimming the heads of beer with plastic knives always a winner. And mayo on chips? You should try it.
Aer Lingus likes a list too… as do I, unless of course it’s a shopping list.
Its top ten picks starts with Amsterdam, I guess it always will, and also picks out Barcelona, Birmingham, Berlin, Dusseldorf, London, Milan, Madrid, Manchester and Vienna.