The DHR team have got to try out many interesting activities on our holidays. From cheering on our boys in green in France, to whale watching in Sri Lanka, we tell you about our holiday adventures below.
Sarah, Account Director – Whale Watching in Sri Lanka
Earlier this year, over the Easter break, I travelled to Sri Lanka for 18 days. I’ve longed to
go to this beautiful island just south of India for a while, and was delighted to finally get the opportunity to take a trip there. During this time I travelled through its diverse landscapes, mainly by local bus (which was definitely an experience), from ancient ruins dating back thousands of years in Anuradhapura, to the tea plantation filled highlands of Ella and postcard-perfect sandy beaches along the south coast. A definite highlight for me was whale watching in Mirissa. After a rocky journey out to sea, we spotted not one but two blue whales! Following a loud spray of water from their blowholes, they breached the water and dove back in, with their majestic fins in the air before plunging into the water again – it was an unforgettable experience. This summer, I’ve been taking advantage of being in Ireland with festivals, friends’ weddings and weekend trips to Wexford, Kerry and will be taking a trip to the Aran Islands later this month.
Sebastian, Account Manager – An Alpine Adventure
This year’s summer holidays will first take me back home to Germany to catch up with family and friends, and then across the border to Austria. Yep, I’m giving a sea-side sojourn a miss this summer in favour of an alpine adventure. As a child, and up to the prime of my teenage years, I regularly travelled to the snow laden slopes of Austria for a week of skiing in mid-winter and I’ve always wondered what the steep hillsides would look like during the summer months. Although I cannot claim any real preparedness for the trip just yet, I’ve managed to get a hold of a rustic mountain cabin – think pine-clad walls, gingham curtains and a well outside – and I’ve also checked my old hiking boots for any holes that need fixing before the trip. I’m really looking forward to delve into this world of light blue mountain lakes and edelweiss-covered meadows. Only three weeks to go – yodel-ay-hee-hoo!
Sinéad, Office Administrator – Cheering on Ireland at the Euros
This summer I travelled to the South of France and the Basque country. The first stop was Bordeaux to support Ireland in the Euros. Having been to all three games in Poland four years ago and being sorely disappointed, I was very much hoping for a better performance this time around. Although I went to the worst match from an Irish point of view (I am beginning to think that I am bad luck!), the performance we gave in general was infinitely better, so I was happy. From Bordeaux we did a mini tour of the Basque country taking in St. Jean de Luz, San Sebastian and Biarritz. All three are very beautiful, relaxed, beach towns and each offers something a little different. I particularly enjoyed St. Jean de Luz as the beach was really quiet, the weather was perfect and the town has a lovely, sleepy feel. It was the perfect follow up to the madness of Bordeaux. For the remainder of the summer I have planned trips to Cork, Galway and Donegal, so I will be hoping that the sun makes a reappearance at some point!
David, Account Executive – Sightseeing in Sunny South West France
This September I am looking forward to travelling to the gorgeous country side of South West France. It’s a part of the world that I have visited many times before but the area’s charm and relaxed way of life never grows old on me.
I plan to begin my trip in the old port city of La Rochelle which has been a centre for fishing and trade since the 12th Century. As well as its maritime tradition, the city is famous for its half-timbered medieval houses and Renaissance architecture.
From La Rochelle I hope to hire a car and drive down to the Dordogne Region of France to stay with family. The Dordogne region is a fantastic part of France with its hilltop castles, picturesque little towns and rolling country side. The friendly local welcome and delicious cuisine comes as an added bonus.
I’m particularly looking forward to visiting the city of Perigueux and the town of Saint Emillion. Saint Emillion is a world heritage site situated on the hills overlooking the final stages of Dordogne River and is a key wine producing town in the Libournais district of Bordeaux. As well as its wine producing credentials, Saint Emillion is also renowned for its beautiful buildings and its steep, narrow, cobbled streets, overlooked by its Romanesque church and the iconic 13th-century Tour du Roy.
During the second week of my trip I will travel south to the town of Lourdes at the foot of the Pyrenees to join my friends in the Oblate Youth Service (OYS). Every September the OYS travel with the Oblate pilgrimage to Lourdes to care for the sick guests. The week can be very demanding on energy levels but it’s always a rewarding experience.
So only a couple of weeks to go now and I have to say the excitement is quietly building.
Louise, Account Executive – Island-Hopping in Croatia
In June I travelled to Croatia and spent a week exploring Dubrovnik and island-hopping off its coast. Dubrovnik is a city steeped in history. Walking through the Old Town feels like stepping into a history book or walking onto the set of Game of Thrones, or so I’ve been informed. I’m one of those people who has never seen the show but please don’t hold that against me. One of the highlights of my trip was a day excursion to Montenegro – a country full of culture and heart despite its small size. Tourism is an integral part of Montenegro’s economy but the people couldn’t have been more welcoming or appreciative of our custom. It reminded me a lot of Ireland, but with nicer weather!
For the rest of the summer, I’m planning some weekend trips to Waterford, Kerry and Galway. I’m hoping to even fit in a trip to Manchester to see my beloved Man United.