…and Hungary

We’ve chosen to live in Budapest, at least for the time being. It is a beautiful city, often rated one of the most beautiful in the world for its eclectic architecture. Many interesting sites,  museums, shops, bars, and restaurants sit alongside an often troubled history. Like all cities, it has its problems and its detractors, but for us it is a home from home and we love it. So we write about Budapest and Hungary quite a lot.  While we hope these articles will be useful to visitors, many are just about life in the city, and those of people we meet. If you plan to visit Budapest (as you should) don’t ignore the rest of the country. There are some hidden gems, fantastic food and wine, and wonderful festivals. Enjoy.

Living room

Back in 2001, just before I left Alaska and the USA to return to Ireland, I took a last-minute whirlwind tour of the south. Along with my good friend RosaB, I flew into New Orleans and hired a car. From there we headed to Biloxi, Mississippi, over…

Living room: Dinner parties

The first time I brought an American boyfriend home to Ireland, in 1996, we went to dinner at my friends' house in Dublin. The N-Ms  have a great big dining table and eight of us sat around until the small hours of the morning, talking,…

Bedroom: The piece that made my heart stop

I never thought it possible that I could get excited about a piece of furniture. I would have laughed in your face if you'd told me that I'd be spending more time in flea markets and antique shops than in boutiques and salons. But it's true.…

And my heart missed a beat...

For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to own my own place.  Over the years, the 'place' in question has moved from a stone cottage in the West of Ireland, to a crofter's cottage by a loch in the highlands of Scotland. I've had visions…