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Holiday Snaps – Repose en paix Pierre Cardin

French Riviera: The invitation to Pierre Cardin’s Bubble house must have got lost in the post.

Seeing it from the outside would have to suffice.

But seeing it from a speed boat on the French Riviera is a pretty good vantage point.

The Palais Bullas,, or Bubbles Palace, was put back on the market a few years ago – well, fashion god Pierre was well into his 90s by then.

For £300m the specs for the 12,000sqm complex, the haunt of many a celeb, included.

Ten space-aged rooms, three swimming pools, a 500-seater amphitheatre and lush gardens.

Chic: On the French Riviera

Now Cannes is not cheap but Mimoza’s in neighbouring Mandelieiu-La-Napouke is within your budget.

And it has A golf course nearby, Continental Europe’s first, The Old Course, which Pierre’s gaffe doesn’t.

Still, repose en paix, Pierre.

Our thoughts with Croatia

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Croatia: And our prayers go out to our friends in Zagreb and Croatia where they are recovering from the effects of a second earthquake in two days.

I am always drawn to a city which boasts a daily ritual…

View of Washington from Arlington

I’m thinking a Changing of the Guard, in Arlington the Beefeaters in London or the One O’Clock Gun in Edinburgh.

And Zagreb has a cannon which fires out paper.

My old friends Croatia Tours are the people to go with from Ireland.

From the UK…? I’m open to offers.

And a Happy New Air

Ryanair, flyin’ air

Flying: And we will be which is what Ireland’s national airline carrier Aer Lingus and Ryanair

Low-fare Ryanair are offering sizzling summer deals from €19.99.

And they’ve dropped their flight change fees for all new bookings made for travel before January 31.

And I’m noticing my faves Amsterdam, Hamburg and Lourdes in among the €19.99 tranche.

Lady Liberty is calling

Just because the shops are closed won’t stop us checking out the January Sales… and Aer Lingus.

They’ve got 30% off flights and checked bags to Europe, and Barcelona catches the eye.

While they’re all over North America with €149 sale deals which means I can swop Zoom for my cousins’ front rooms in New York and Washington DC


Jocktails – Mimosas

I don’t know when Buck’s Fizz became Mimosas and it is one of history’s great imponderables.

I don’t know whether they would have won Eurovision under that name?

And so to the Jocktail… Champagne and orange juice is one of the easiest Jocktails to make.

Heck there’s a case to be made for just calling it Champagne with a mixer!

It’s the one in the middle: Photo by GEORGE DESIPRIS on

Now the only difference between the two that I can see is in the measurements.

The Buck’s Fizz is two parts Champagne to one part orange juice while Mimosas are equal measures.

The Buck’s Fizz is the invention of a barman, Malachy McGarry (Irish anybody?) in Buck’s club in London in 1921.

As an excuse to drink early.

And I’ve adorned this one. Photo by Sabel Blanco on

As well as giving us Buck’s Fizz, the bould Malachy was immortalised in PG Wodehouse’s books.

And may I say again that while Cocktail Hour is 6 o’clock nobody stated that it had to be 6pm.

Now clearly I am on more than nodding terms with oul’ Bucks and La Mimosa from any number of breakfast receptions.

But I hazard to say that I drank my own weight in Mimosas in Cannes a few years ago.

Don’t drink and drive. This was just for the photo shot

I stayed at the near-titled same, Mimozas, a real bargain resort for families

And check out my review

It is just up the road from the charming town of Mandelieu La Napoule.

The Mimosa Festival is a celebration of the flower which is a ball of sweet-smelling and warming sun.

My drinking buddy: Jacinta from

And let me tell you that Cannes can leave you empty-pocketed.

How much for a Cannes cocktail?

We went to a swanky hotel rooftop bar for an Aperol Spritz.

It cost me €16.50 – most of it was ice.

And I reckon I could make the same at home, and stronger, for under €1.

That reminds me that will be my Jocktail for next week… and maybe I’ll treat the Scary One tonight.

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