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4 Days in Madeira Day 1 – Around Funchal

4 Days in Madeira Day 1 – Around Funchal

It’s wonderful when a place completely surpasses your expectations.  Every view seems sharper and more colourful, every ice-cream creamier and tastier, every exchange with a local friendlier, and every passion fruit poncha (the strong local cocktail made of rum, honey, sugar and lemon rind) more potent and delicious.  Madeira definitely exceeded our expectations.  The only […]

7 Days in Sri Lanka Day 5 – Yala National Park

7 Days in Sri Lanka Day 5 – Yala National Park

Glamping was a first for both of us.  Coming back from an incredible safari, which included a lucky sighting of the elusive leopard at a watering hole, we were welcomed with the scene of a ring of candles around a single dining table, another smaller table full of wine and spirits, smartly dressed waiters….and we […]

7 Days in Sri Lanka Day 4 – Mirissa

7 Days in Sri Lanka Day 4 – Mirissa

The southern coastal road from Unawatuna to Mirissa throws up spectacular scenes of village life, gorgeous beaches untouched by tourism, and fleeting glimpses of the iconic ‘stilt’ fishermen, who sit on sticks out in the water and fish, although the majority are now doing it to take advantage of tourism (they charge for photographs). We […]

Portugal – Alto Douro (Pinhao and Provesende)

Portugal – Alto Douro (Pinhao and Provesende)

It’s one of the most beautiful train journeys in Europe.  Two and half hours from Porto on the train from the majestic Sao Bento train station (with a change at Campana), the train trundles past largely residential scenes for the first 90 minutes, but then, if you sit on the right side, the views are […]

Porto Photographs – new snaps ready!

Porto Photographs  – new snaps ready!

I’ve got some lovely snaps of Porto, Portugal.  Check them out on my Smugmug site: Porto Photos 

Porto – first impressions

Porto – first impressions

My wife and I arrived in Porto on the 20th September 2016.  Our birthday.  Blue skies and warm weather greeted us.  We checked into Boavista Palace serviced apartments, lovely, modern, clean….and in a decent location, 5 minutes walk from the Rotunda da Boavista and all its shops, and the Casa Da Musica, which is probably […]

neildonovan.net photos on SmugMug

neildonovan.net photos on SmugMug

Hi everyone!  A lot of my photos are now available on the excellent photo–sharing platform, SmugMug. Take a look 🙂  https://neildonovan.smugmug.com/

7 Days in Sri Lanka Day 3 – Unawatuna and Galle

7 Days in Sri Lanka Day 3 – Unawatuna and Galle

Today we walked the sands of Unawatuna, released a baby turtle at the Turtle Sanctuary and Hatchery, and wandered the historic, atmospheric streets of Galle, a Unesco World Heritage town. Though we woke late, we made it the simple breakfast at the Gloria Grand.  We sat on the terrace, watching life on the quiet streets […]

7 Days in Sri Lanka Day 2 – Unawatuna

7 Days in Sri Lanka Day 2 – Unawatuna

May Day.  We awoke to a gloriously sunny day, and went down for a decadent breakfast with a wonderful sea view, and of course the view of the crow-shooter striding purposefully up and down the lawn with his catapult.  He fired a few times, but he still never hit anything.  A crow flew in to […]

7 days in Sri Lanka Day 1 – Colombo

7 days in Sri Lanka Day 1 – Colombo

It takes three hours and 15 minutes to get to Colombo from Singapore with Emirates, and the flight arrives at 2am.  After walking off the plane and towards immigration, one of the first things you see is a little kiosk selling sugary nescafe for a dollar – just the pick-up one needs before hitting the […]

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