Friday, August 31, 2007
Saw Marie Antoinette last night and rather enjoyed it. My expectations were pretty low as the reviews I read slated it. True, there wasn't much substance. However, Versailles and the costumes looked fantastic, I liked the 1980s music and Kirsten Dunst is always good to watch.
Not many emotional highs or lows, but good for a relaxed night in.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
The food in this part of the world is fantastic, particularly the seafood. 2 of the best places to eat are:
O'Callagahan Walshe in Roscarberry
Mary Ann's in Castletownsend
We're off to Mary Ann's tonight which should be great. Our last night out before we all head back to London. Looking forward to our return visit in 2008, when we hope to launch our very own Glandore Triathlon!
Monday, August 27, 2007
The weather has been fantastic so far and we've managed to get out on our friends' boat on a couple of occasions.
The next village along, Union Hall, is hosting The All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championship so we went to have a look.
This is the 7th year in a row that we've come to Glandore over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Every year I've taken a picture of Mae sitting at Hayes' bar down in the village. This is the latest.
Most days, we even managed to have picnics on deserted beaches.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Friends of ours invited us to visit them at Center Parcs in Elveden Forest in Suffolk yesterday, which was surprisingly quite enjoyable. The kids really loved it and there were loads of things for them to do.
Not sure I could spend a week there, but would be good for a long weekend. Our girls are already asking us for a return visit.
It was no fun being a Derby fan at the game as the Spurs fans abused us and our team gave us nothing to shout about. Disappointingly, there were quite a few empty seats amongst the Derby fans, which, along with our dire performance meant that little noise was generated.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I'm sure we all know that Elvis died 30 years ago today. I can still remember one of the lads at my dad's ice cream factory crying his eyes out when he found out.
Heard this very funny story about how a cheesemaker in Peterborough spotted the face of Elvis in the veins of a Stilton she was making. Can you see it? I think I can.
- to become an elite athlete they have to sacrifice huge amounts in pursuit of their goal
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
When children like a song they play it and along to it non-stop, without ever getting sick of it. Last year I probably heard Lily Allen's 'Smile' and 'Alfie' about a hundred times.
This year's big Summer hits in the Franco London household are:
Umbrella - Rihanna
Merry Happy - Kate Nash
Ruby - Kaiser Chiefs (aka 'Ruby, Ruby, Ruby')
Rihanna is currently the favourite. Appropriate given today's weather.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Just back from a fabulous 2 week holiday in Italy. We spent the first week on the Tuscany - Umbria border between Anghiari and Sansepolcro. Brought back lots of memories as I used to visit the Buitoni factory in Sansepolcro many years ago when I worked on the brand.
Stayed in a lovely house and went to lots of great restaurants including Castello di Sorci, one of my favourites.
Had another trip down memory lane in week 2 when we stayed near Pisa. Went to Torre del Lago, where we used to go when I was a kid, Viareggio and of course the Leaning Tower.
What was amazing was that everything seemed pretty much the same, even though I hadn't been back for a long time - the food the beaches, the ice cream, the towns
One day I'd love to have my own house in Italy and spend the whole of the Summer there.