The Celts

Ulster's Best

20/05/2016 18:07
He was called the fifth Beatle, but he wasn’t a musician. He played the balls, but generally only did so with the feet. And they say that, according his name, he was the best soccer player world had ever seen. On the other hand he was the only idol of the sixties shared by both Catholic and...

The Book of Kells

29/09/2015 09:40
Kells is a small town in County Meath which has about five thousand inhabitants. It’s so far as tewnty four miles from Dublin. The M3 motorway has approached considerably the capital reducing travel time and making it an easy alternative to dwell. Twelve hundred years before there was yet to build...

Rias Baixas

02/07/2015 11:33
They say God created the universe in seven days. They say on the seventh He rested. They also say that going to rest lean his hand on Earth, in Galicia, where they said He left the imprint of his fingers deeply marked. That piece of land is Rias Baixas, the footprint is the sea going deep inland,...

Cancale Oysters

30/03/2015 17:16
- Madame! Une douzaine des sauvages, s'il vous plait! With the skill provided by boredom and the constant repetition of the same movements, the lady at the counter wields the short-handled knife with protection and a blunt edge. With an automatic gesture, almost involuntary, looking to separate the...

Arthur's Cradle

14/11/2014 20:49
At bird's eye view Tintagel is a closed bend on the map. Just a couple of miles where all the shops in town looms. First on Bossiney Road, then in Fore Street. There, on the right Lewis', formerly The Riggs, a charming B & B with four bedrooms in a small wooden sixteenth century mansion, offers...

Dylan (Thomas)

26/10/2014 12:59
Simon & Garfunkel sang in 1966 a ballad titled A Simple Desultory Philippic. One of the verses said He’s so unhip, that when you say Dylan, he thinks you’re talking about Dylan Thomas, whoever he was. The man ain’t got no culture. The first Dylan is Bob Dylan, or Robert Allen Zimmerman in its...

Scotland, Tales from the Border

17/09/2014 09:57
Leaving Northumberland, the last of the English counties, there’s a nearly invisible border, separating England from Scotland on the Cheviot Hills. And it could be completely invisible but there’s a large sign reading Fàilte gu Alba, (Welcome to Scotland), a large St. Andrew’s banner and a hot dog...

Ellan Vannin

27/06/2014 12:20
The Isle of Man, Ellan Vannin in Gaelic, on a world map a small dot between Ireland and Great Britain, is basically known for a couple of subjects. First at all for being a tax haven. There are no taxes on capital gains and transfers or benefits. Although the OECD, the Organization for Economic...

Belfast - Béal Feirste

17/03/2014 12:39
The city starts a new cloudy dawn. Good enough weather that will make unnecessary to open the umbrella, though it gonna not be sunny. The Sun, the newspaper, is bent on the lonely table of Caffe Italia. Just past the first page and there are good news. On the third is Samantha, she’s from...

Abbey Road

21/12/2013 13:34
It is not just a London street neither a cover of the Beatles. There are plenty of Abbey Roads, Abbey streets, Abbey lanes or alleys or passages in Irish geography. The spread of Christianity by the early monks and friars caused the proliferation of abbeys, rural churches and convents when early...

As Easy as Kissing the Saint

22/10/2013 18:35
My first pilgrimage was quite accidental. I left Madrid without having the foggiest idea about where to go. So I said goodbye to my friends in the capital and went to Chamartín Station as I could have gone either to Atocha. There was no intention whatsoever, just as there was neither choosing...

Tro Breizh

25/08/2013 10:50
Tro Breizh means nothing else than: through Brittany. In Breton, of course. In the days when long pilgrimages started, Brittany eased to local believers with no means access to a venerable prayer and nearest relics between the cities hosting the story of the Seven Holy Founders of...

Kernow

19/05/2013 12:03
Ann was seventeen. Me too. It was 1977 and she spent several weeks that summer in Barcelona. I do not remember exactly how we met. Anyway, since then we spent whole days together. We read Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince, in our bad French. We met at bars and parties. We used to go up and down the...

The Castles of Cymru

15/04/2013 17:51
Wales, Cymru i.e., is located under a large cloud. Under the cloud it’s raining and rain sometimes bends with the wind force. Then the rain falls horizontally. When the wind blows the cloud, while drags a new one. Cymru, i.e. Wales, does not suffer drought. Its underground aquifers are full. The...

Scotland

10/03/2013 12:49
Whisky,kilts and tartans, golf, castles, a sausage called haggis, Sean Connery and a monster in a lake. A rugby selection and an unintelligible language, be either English or Gaelic. Bagpipes and last names beginning on Mac. Deep estuaries named firth and seven hundred islands. Robert...
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