Deborah O'Donoghue

20 October 2020

Dreaming of Travel: Stephen King’s
The Shining and The Stanley Hotel

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. This phrase struck a new chord in our consciousness in 1980 when Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation […]
8 October 2020

Dreaming of Travel: 6 Films to Tickle Your Wanderlust this Fall

Rusting trees, crunchy leaves cartwheeling in the wind, bright umbrellas and warm scarves – autumn is here and with it our desire to puddle-stomp in wellington […]
1 October 2020

5 films to make you fall in love with Cuba

Since Cuba opened up again to tourism in the 1990s, visitor numbers have swelled. Tourism revenue overtook sugar as the country’s primary income source in 2015, […]
23 September 2020

Dreaming of travel:
Angkor Wat

How many places on your travel wish list are there due to the power of movies? Cinema has the power to transport us briefly to other […]
17 September 2020

Many businesses are collapsing:
The travel industry speaks

Clare Davis is an independent travel counsellor working under the Travel Counsellors banner, putting together bespoke travel packages for individual and business clients. We interviewed her […]
11 September 2020

Hearst Castle: Is This The 20th
Century’s Most Insane Home?

Imagine an ‘enchanted hill’ where cherished family camping trips took place, transformed into a vast and luxurious castle, when boy becomes businessman. But with all the […]
7 September 2020

On the Trail of the Cathars
in Southern France

In the foothills of the Pyrenees, often perched atop rocky outcrops, a series of spectacular castles tell the tale of a 12th century religion, hounded by […]
1 September 2020

5 Highlights From a
Virtual Trip to Ireland

While the COVID-19 situation continues to affect museums, successful measures are being shared across the sector, with bodies such as the Network of European Museum Organisations […]
25 August 2020

5 Things to do in Historic Morvan, France

Morvan in Burgundy’s Nièvre departement is an historic region of forested hills and valleys, dotted with lakes and criss-crossed by tracks where you can follow in […]
13 August 2020

Unexpected Treasures:
Văcărești Nature Park, Bucharest

Former Eastern bloc countries have been attracting visitors since the fall of the former Soviet Union. Cities like Prague and Budapest have long been on the […]
6 August 2020

5 Quirky Museums
Around the World

There’s something about a privately kept piece of history that captures the imagination. It may not be as slickly curated or beautifully presented as a more […]
3 August 2020

Unexpected Treasures Around the World: Queen of the Desert

In this series we’re looking at some of the world’s best destinations in unexpected locations. This week, it’s the turn of Amargosa Opera House, Death Valley […]
29 July 2020

Five Writers’ Homes
You’ll Want to Visit

To visit a writer’s house is to glimpse the inner life of a creative spirit. Unlike musicians or painters, writers need no special equipment or environment, […]
17 July 2020

What lies ahead for Cirque du Soleil and companies affected by Covid-19?

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, one of the most recognisable brands in live performance, filed for protection last month after the coronavirus pandemic forced closure of […]
11 July 2020

Escape Lockdown – With Music

Our senses can carry us to different places. Proust wrote famously about his trip down memory lane, triggered by the teatime aroma of madeleines. But music […]
3 July 2020

Escape Lockdown – With a Book

This summer and in the coming months, many of us find ourselves with hopes for holidays dashed and travel plans in disarray. One thing remains constant […]
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