My Diary 2018
Travel |Hotels | Food | Photography & More
January – Pristina, Kosovo Postponed until later in the year!
Kosovo, self-declared independent country in the Balkans region of Europe. Although the United States and most members of the European Union recognised Kosovo’s Declaration of Independence from Serbia in 2008, Serbia, Russia and a significant number of other countries including several EU members did not. Kosovo was admitted to the United Nations (UN)
The name Kosovo is derived from a Serbian place-name meaning, Field of Blackbirds.
The borders of Kosovo are mainly mountainous, characterised by sharp peaks and narrow valleys so, I’m pretty much hoping that I get some real good Photography on my visit.
Feb – California – San Diego – LA – Santa Barbra – Las Vegas – Coronado Island
Including a trip to Palm Springs A city in the Sonoran Desert of Southern California It’s known for its hot springs, stylish hotels, golf courses and spas.
The shopping district along Palm Springs Canyon Drive features vintage boutiques, interior design shops ’which will make me feel right at home’ And restaurants.
I will be Visiting Las Vegas which includes a night with Diana Ross. And Australian Bee -Gees Show Las Vegas is packed with beautiful hotels and lots to do through the day with the likes of the Mob Museum, the bright lights at night gives it that extra buzz, a visit to the famous Fountains of Bellagio
The Bellagio is a must, I love it and can’t wait to get back there.
A visit to Coronado Island Situated across the bay from downtown San Diego. Gentle surf, sparkling wide-sand beaches, what more can you ask for? Well, the famous Hotel Del Coronado is perfect for your vocation.
Although not confirmed as yet, I will be visiting either Sacramento or Arizona or perhaps both. I will update that very soon.
There are other events etc through-out the year which I will update once dates have been confirmed.
April – Campbeltown – Argyll & Bute Postponed Until 2019
Home to one side of my Irish Ancestral Heritage were my great great grandparents came over from County Antrim and settled in Southend, my great great-grandfather a Shepherd and his family worked the farms.
One of the graveyards sits on the land that belonged to one of my great great uncles whom is buried there along with other members of the family, some of the family emigrated to Australia and others to America.
May/June – Issue 2 Of PERUSE – Spring/Summer Online Magazine
June/July – Sean Ross Abbey – Roscrea – Co Tipperary
I am honoured to have been invited to the Sean Ross Abbey Commemorations Again this year, I am very happy to continue to show my support.
The commemorations for this years Sean Ross Abbey, Mother & Baby will take place on Sunday 1st July, hope to see you all and more again this year.
July – Clifton – Galway Postponed!
I’m off to Galway, home to the other half of my Ancestral Heritage were I will be continuing that side of my family tree and exploring the beauty of traditional pubs, live Irish folk music, boutiques and art galleries.
Galway, a harbour city on Ireland’s West Coast, sits where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean.
Fresh local oysters, mussels and other seafood are highly recommended so it’s safe to say I’ll certainly be having a little of a feast, I can’t possibly be there and not try.
Aug – Kosovo – Pristina Not Yet Booked
My visit that to Kosovo that was postponed in Jan will now be this month (See Above)
Aug/Sept – Book Publications – ‘Dear Diary’ On hold until further notice!
Sept – Budapest
Budapest the capital of Hungary, is bisected by the River Danube. The 19th Century Chain Bridge Which connects the hilly Buda district.
Other places of interest being the Castle Hill to Buda’s Old Town, the Budapest History Museum.
Trinity Square is home to 13th Century Mathias Church and the turrets of the Fisherman Bastion with the most amazing views.
Nov – North Wales
I’ll be visiting friends and places of interest including Llangollen with some stunning shots in photography
Jan – Official Launch of PERUSE Magazine
Packed full of the usual like Books, Film, TV & Theatre, Fashion & Ideas, photography, Indoors/Outdoors, Recipes and much more.
(Stay updated on my Travel, Hotel and Food reviews as well as photography with #belindatravelstheglobe on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. I’ll be visiting Liverpool – Newcastle – The Isle Of Sky – Italy and possibly back to Krakow Between now and early next year. Dates yet to be confirmed)
Feb/March 2019 – Ireland – Tipperary & Galway
I will be over in Ireland talking to survivors of the Mother & Baby Home era in relation to my forthcoming book “Behind Closed Doors’ The Baby Brokers.
It has been and will continue to be a long battle for justice from the Church & State for the atrocities that were caused back in those homes, also the Magdalen Laundries, Smyllum Park orphanage and most likely many, many others.
If you are or were in any way connected to any of the Mother & Baby Homes and would like even just a little of your story told in the book then please get in touch. If you would like to have anonymity that will not a problem.
By telling your story you are contributing to the cause, proceeds from the book will be donated to various committees who work continually to have those who are buried in unmarked graves given a plot and proper burial whereby they may be remembered. You will also be supporting them in the fight for justice for those who suffered abuse of any kind at the hands of the Church.
March 2019 – California – St Patrick’s Day? Yet to be confirmed.
This year I plan to be spending St Patrick’s Day in USA, celebrating St Pat’s Californian Style. Whilst there I will also be taking a Cruise (Destination to be revealed soon) and much more besides.
Summer 2019 – Book Publication – ‘House of Darci-Lee’
July – Tipperary & Galway
I’ll be back in Roscrea, Tipperary for the Sean Ross Abbey Commemorations then on to Galway for a few days, staying at a well recommended hotel with the most amazing views.
There will be plenty of photography on the Galway trip, as well as some In Tipperary.
August – Jordan – Jerusalem – Bethlehem
This trip will include a visit & stay in ‘The Walled Off Hotel’ Known for its fine art work by the likes of Banksy (Can I jump with joy)? Heck, I’m going to anyway. 😉
I’m so excited that I will be visiting here again, it’s been a few years since my last visit and I’m looking forward to seeing our friends again.
The big event here’ My Hubby & I will be renewing our wedding vows in Bethlehem among our beautiful friends.
P.S There is something big happening in 2020 Stay connected all will be revealed soon!!! keep an eye on my Website when I will be adding another #trip to visit #PonteVecchio at the #BayRidge area of #Brooklyn I will tasting #Mussels in a #RedTomoatoSause while enjoying a chat and a #Cocktail or two with Teresa Napolitano Aprea #RHONJ and I’m looking forward to it. #ItaliansDoItBetter And a few other surprise guests.