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Thursday, May 11th, 2023

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Checked in at Maison de Moggy. 🐈 💤 — with Jessica

Wednesday, April 26th, 2023

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Checked in at Jolly Brewer. Great tunes at the Wednesday night session 🎻🎶🎻🎶 — with Jessica

Sunday, April 23rd, 2023

Jessica standing in front of the Greek ruins of a temple to Apollo. Waves breaking on rocks in front of the Eastern walls of the island. The spring of Aretusa at sunset; a freshwater spring in the foreground and the harbour in the background.

Farewell, Ortigia!

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Checked in at Carnezzeria. One last meal in Ortigia — with Jessica

Saturday, April 22nd, 2023

Jessica sitting in the boat as we’re piloted through clear green blue waters by a handsome young Italian boatman. The prow of the boat in the foreground as we approach stone fortress walls facing clear calm water. Looking over the side of the boat on choppier waters interrupted by a rock formation under a clear blue sky.

On a boat!

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Checked in at Antico Mercato di Ortigia. Pesce — with Jessica

Friday, April 21st, 2023

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Checked in at Ristorante Regina Lucia. Tasting menu — with Jessica

A black cat lounging in a planter in front of a medieval church. A dramatic fountain with carved figures riding mer-horses under the gaze of Artemis. People strolling in the spacious square in front of a baroque church.

Afternoon in Ortigia. 🐈‍⬛ ⛲️ ⛪️

A salad of peppers, onions and cucumbers in a white dish on a table on a balcony. Blue doors open out onto a balcony with two chairs and a table covered with bowls of salad. A tomato salad and a chopped salad on a plate on a table with bread and olive oil.

Lunchtime in Sicily.

Wednesday, April 19th, 2023

Lemons, onions, cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, cheese and olive oil on the countertop. A bowl of chopped tomatoes, onions, cucumber and peppers sprinkled with oregano. Chopped vegetable salad with pieces of salty white sheep’s cheese sprinkled on top. Jessica on the balcony in full sunshine eating salad.

Had a nice salad for lunch, made with this morning’s haul from the Ortigia market.

Tuesday, April 18th, 2023

A corner wall covered with an illustration of Achilles, with another illustration in the foreground of a giant eye. A stylised illustration of Agamemnon on a wall on the corner where an alley joins a courtyard. A stylised illustration of Medusa fills a doorway.

Magna Graecia.

Monday, April 17th, 2023

Jessica sitting down to lunch outside a cafe in the market. Jessica standing to the side in front of the ruins of a temple to Apollo.

Hanging out in Ortigia.

Saturday, April 1st, 2023

Two fiddlers and a banjo player. Bouzouki, whistle, flute and fiddle players at a table covered in snacks. Fiddle and flute players gathered at one end of the kitchen table. Many musicians gathered around one table, playing away.

Started the weekend right with a great kitchen session to celebrate a friend’s 75th birthday. 🎶🎻🎶

Friday, March 17th, 2023

A row of fiddlers and one guitarist. One fiddler playing, another listening.

Fourth session ☘️🎶🎻🎻🎻

Two whistle players playing around a round table with a bright red tablecloth covered with drinks and instruments. Two women fiddle players listening to tunes in a pub.

Third session ☘️🎶

Saturday, March 11th, 2023

An indoor market under a futuristic curved roof with skylights. If feels cathedral-like. A rain-slicked paved street betweeen buildings, one of which is a Romanesque church. Three four-storey buildings in a row with so many repeating window panes it's like a geometric pattern. The middle building is particularly ornate. Waves batter a headland that supports a lone lighthouse under a cloudy sky.

Exploring A Coruña.

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Checked in at Pulpeira de Melide. Clams, mackerel, tomatoes and tortilla — with Jessica

Friday, March 10th, 2023

Sunset over a sandy beach with buildings on one side and waves on the other. A dramatic grey sky above a beach with crashing waves. Rocks and waves of turquoise water. Buildings overlooking the rocks and waves under a dramatic cloudy sky.

Strolling along the beach in A Coruña.

Thursday, March 2nd, 2023

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Checked in at Jolly Brewer. Wednesday night session — with Jessica

Sunday, February 26th, 2023

Cathal sitting down singing a song on the bouzouki. Mandolin and bouzouki players sitting down in front of Cathal who’s playing bouzouki. Bouzouki players listening to Cathal playing mandolin.

Spent the weekend in Belfast workshopping bouzouki and mandolin with Cathal Ó Curráin — thoroughly enjoyable!