Rathcormac Food & Craft Market

Looking for something to do on a Saturday? Whether you are local or passing through along the Wild Atlantic Way this market is a must. Nestled under Benbulben the Rathcormac Food & Craft Market is a bustling hive of activity. There is something here for everyone young and old, local or visitor. Here are some of the many stalls that you could visit.

Murson Farm

Here you will find the most delicious homemade  goodies you have ever tasted! There is a huge variety of goodies here; homemade marmalades and chutneys, soda bread of every variety – cinnamon, mixed seed, rosemary and black pepper, mixed herb, poppy seed, garlic, brown, white, basil pesto and more! There are also some sweet treats to be found. My favourites are the smokey bacon soda bread, the lemon cake and it is not possible to go past here without having some potato bread! Be sure to get one heated with butter to nibble on as you stroll around having a look and enjoy the atmosphere.

Gills Happy Hats

A fitting name as the hats themselves are so fabulous it’s impossible not to smile, not to mention the friendly company and chats while picking out your favourite. There is definitely something for everyone here with a range of styles, colours and cool creations.

Crave

Stop and say hello for some guilt free treats! Paleo, vegetarian, gluten and dairy free treats that are so delicious if you are like me you will do a second loop of the stalls and go back for more. Delicious chocolate bars, coconut macaroons, ginger cookies, energy bars and more await you. My favourites were the chocolate bars and ginger cookies, mum was loving the coconut macaroons.

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These are just a few favourites from the day for me but there are also many more fabulous stands and shops to see. Colm Brennan – Wood Turner, hand felted pieces from Jonecari, amazing clocks by Clooneen Woodcraft, silk painted wonders by rrsilk designs, Looney Creations’ fabulous designs, Tanis Gordon Smith’s fabulous art work, pure raw honey, jewellery, baked goodies, fresh vegetables, plants, antiques, pottery, glass work and much more.

Here are a few pictures of some of the fabulous things you will see, enjoy! Make sure to visit to see these and many more for yourself.

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Dubai

The shopping capital of the middle east, the city of gold, the adults playground, whatever you want to call it there’s no doubt that Dubai is all of these and more.  Here are some of the highlights for me, in no particular order. Keep an eye out as I will have more detailed blog posts on some of these soon.

  1. Visit The Dubai Mall.

This is one of the largest shopping malls in the world a must for shopping lovers and haters (yes boys) alike. It has everything imaginable and so much more! As far as I could tell every shop that exists is here. Why not have a stroll around the different sections and see what tickles your fancy? If you need a break from the shopping there’s a giant aquarium, an ice rink and dancing fountains for your entertainment. Not to mention a stunning waterfall one end of the mall and countless pieces of amazing art work throughout.

  1. Desert day trip.

This was the highlight of my trip. A day of dune bashing, camel riding, sand boarding, henna, shisha, traditional food and dance. The day trip surpassed all expectations and is a must if you have a couple of days in Dubai.

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  1. The Burj Khalifa.IMG_1162

The tallest man made structure in the world is a sight to behold, even better though is to go to the top. Everyone who travels knows that top of the world breath-taking feeling you can get from a view, a landscape, an experience when on the road. Well now you can quite literally say you have been on top of the world. Stand tall and own it!

  1. Bur Dubai.

This is Old DIMG_1184ubai and has many shopping streets and souks. It’s the place to go for the haggling over scarves, gold, bags and small bits and bobs to bring home as gifts or reminders of your trip. You can take a water taxi over the creek to get to this area which is a fast way to get there. Unfortunately the day we went there, there was a huge hail storm which meant there wasn’t the usual hustle and bustle but I still enjoyed it and would love to go back if I ever get the chance for some real haggling and shopping fun. Note: I highly recommend long trousers and to be covered up here!

  1. Bar 360 Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

Fabulous cocktails, amazing sunset over the sea, great view of the Burj Al Arab, it really is a little slice of paradise. Make sure to hit the bar for happy hour for half price cocktails and enjoy the sunset.

  1. Brunch.

Brunch is a must do hands down! Time to get dolled up and spend three to four hours leisurely eating the finest most delicious food you will ever have. Everything is an option. We went to Latitude at Jumeirah Beach Hotel and oh my was it fabulous.

  1. Dubai Marina.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the Dubai Marina. There’s a really nice chilled out vibe and the boats are just amazing to watch. There are also boats that you can go out on for dinner which I think would be cool unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to squeeze that into my trip.

  1. Day trip to Abu Dhabi.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is spectacular. A place of peace, quiet and beauty. It is definitely worth the day trip from Dubai to see it.

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  1. Vox Cinema theatre by RhodesIMG_1010

Oh wow. Get yourself into this cinema for a luxury experience on a night you want to chill out and relax. It’ll be the best cinema experience you’ll ever have.

 

Overall, Dubai is a must see for any traveller and as it has one of the busiest airports in the world it would be easy to add it into a trip as a stopover or it makes a great standalone destination for a holiday as I did.