Countries, Cruising, Europe, Ireland

What a picture – my award-winning photographer wife

Every picture tells a story and this is ours.

World Photograph Day yesterday saw me trawling through my Travel memories with my award-winning photographer wife.

Sarah Frost as she was when she won two UK Royal Photography Awards.

And still is under her working name, before taking on my mantle.

Now The Scary One, as I affectionately and rather fearfully refer to her, has not been able to attend all my trips around the world.

A deserved reputation

Mostly because of the stipulations but sometimes I imagine because of reputation.

But when she has she has brought a colour to the trips.

Around Ireland…

Temple Bar

In our own garden county of Co. Wicklow, in Dublin, the iconic Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel at a famous Dublin 4 institution, and a haven too in Temple Bar, and in the heart of the Midlands in the border county of Monaghan.

And up north from where us Murtys hail and London and England where the Frosts hail.

That way, Sweden

While she also caught the fun of skiing in Austria, wining and dining in Portugal Centro, cruising in the Norwegian fjords with stop-offs in Copenhagen and then a city trip in Hamburg.

And also at George’s and Amal’s Amsterdam hotel, her photographs have always enhanced the experience.

Though there was a time on board the MSC Preziosa when it was particularly slippy because of the Norwegian rain.

Photo album

And she looked as if she might fall overboard. I very nearly caught her too!

So opening up the album here are my Frostie’s Favourites and some of her creativity has even rubbed off on me. See if you can spot which are hers and which are mine?

The fjords

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Which one’s the troll?

And She was up every morning bright and early to capture Norway’s waterfalls, inlets and try to spot trolls.

There was one still sleeping off the previous night’s wine, in our MSC Preziosa cabin room.

Bitesize Hamburg

Walking on air in Copenhagen

And when She wasn’t putting her feet up in the beach bar in tbe Rieperbahn she was snapping life around the port.

Amsterdam by George

žCan I be trusted on a bike? In Amsterdam

And sometimes we make a rod for our own back because after staying at the Dylan Amsterdam where George and Amal stay then everywhere else is a disappointment.

Heart and Soll

White delight: In Soll

I fell for you Heart and Soll as Cole Porter sang. And while I was falling down the slopes She was getting the ski boots off and capturing the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser.

The power of Powerscourt

Towering talent… one of mine

And the two things that She loves more than anything in life and neither of them are me are in Wicklow that’s gardening and shopping.

Powerscourt has them both... and don’t my credit cards know it?

One of Hers


And one of Jose’s

And lastly here we are the picture of happiness as taken by our Portuguese guide, photography fan and pal Jose.




Countries, Culture, Europe, Ireland

Rainy Days and Songdays – Summer in Dublin

I remember that summer in Dublin and many since but as we mark 40 years since the classic Bagatelle song I reflect that I won’t be spending this summer in Dublin.

You don’t need a song to be nostalgic for you to feel nostalgic, but it helps.

Times have moved on from a bus to Dublin’s town port, Dún Laoghaire, to a DART train to Greystones in Co. Wicklow.

But you still get ‘drunks telling you how to get rich’… and I hope that never changes.

Grafton grafters

So what am I missing about Dublin?

Just the one thing… everything.

‘The young people walking along Grafton Street?’

Yes, and the buskers, the exclusive Brown Thomas store (BTs, as Dubliners know it) and Bewley’s Oriental Cafe…

Where you can clutch your hot chocolate and cinnamon swirl and people-watch from the balcony.

Grafton Street, the artery between Merrion Square and St Stephen’s Green is one of Europe’s great social hubs.

Busking in Dublin’s glory

Summer in Dublin was one of those specifically Irish pop songs as they were back in the day.

Just as the Boomtown Rats and U2 were bringing Irish pop and rock to the world’s attention and following the good work of Thin Lizzy.

And you can pose with Phil Lynott today outside the pub in front of which he used to play, Bruxelles, in one of the off-streets.

While Bono has been known to busk too, unannounced, on Grafton Street.

Trad dancing

You want some trad… well the snug in O’Donoghue’s, Merrion Row, is where The Dubliners were formed, taking their name from a James Joyce short story.

Summer in Dublin didn’t get picked up across the water in Britain (shame).

But it did among the Irish-American community. Namely my Queens, New York cousins who were over in Dublin that summer.

I was a permanent fixture there in my teenage years.

A mere Bagatelle

So here’s Bagatelle’s Summer in Dublin…

And I’m still waiting, like all of us, for them to release the song they mention in Summer in Dublin ‘Rock’n’roll never forgets.’

Unless they’ve forgotten.

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