It is a truth universally acknowledged that whenever we have a public holiday the weather is almost legally obliged to be awful! May Day or the May Bank holiday for many of us is a much anticipated long weekend, we plan days out, barbecues, schedule time on our gardens or DIY projects….and all too often end up sulking on the sofa with the heating on watching re-runs of James Bond as the rain pours down outside!
So this bank holiday avoid the thwarted DIY projects- let’s face it you didn’t actually want to paint the fence anyway, the standing miserably under your umbrella desparately trying to get the sausages to cook while the rest of the family glare hungrily at you from the warmth of the house, the enforced jollity of dragging the kids round a theme park where you get to queue for an hour and then stand shivering in the cold while they go on the same ride for the fifth time all for the equivalent cost of the national debt of a small country…. This spring holiday, avoid the urge to shout May Day May Day at the top of your voice while stuck in traffic on the highway and actually wishing it was time to go back to work already and take a short break instead! Head off to sunnier climes or simply do something different, believe me, that garden fence will still be there when you get back and there will be plenty more opportunities for barbecues in the rain this summer!
The low cost airlines have some great flight deals right now to all our destinations, we’ve checked it out for you and there are flights to Kerry (for Dingle) from Eur0 16.99 from the UK or Euro 26.99 from Germany, flights to Paphos (Cyprus) from Euro 72.00 from the UK and Euro 67.00 from Sweden and, flights to Nice from Euro 40.00- less than the cost of that day out at the theme park!
To make it even easier to get away, we’re offering you some great deals on short breaks this May Day weekend and we’ve got some ideas for you to make the most of your time away.
In Dingle 28th April to 2nd May is time for the annual Féile na Bealtaine, possibly the most highly anticipated event in the local calendar. There is a packed schedule of events with exhibitions, concerts, readings, lectures, films, street theatre and a whole lot more. As you can imagine, this being Dingle it is also the perfect excuse for a massive party!
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In Cyprus the Orthodox Easter falls between 29th April to 2nd May this year so this is a great opportunity to join in the festivities. The weather in Cyprus at this time of year is almost guaranteed to be sunny with temperatures reaching 30C which is probably temptation enough! Easter is the most important festival in the Orthodox calendar and is very much a time for families and feasting! If you are lucky enough to spend Easter in Cyprus, do go along to the midnight mass on Easter Saturday which is a big event, go to a small village church if you can. The solemn service is followed by bonfires and fireworks and the locals then have a midnight feast of thick soup to break their 50-day Lentern fast. The Sunday is all about food with every courtyard in the country seeing the men-folk stoking up the barbecue and spit-roasting large quantities of fragrant lamb- bit of a change from those soggy sausages!
One of my favourite Easter games was to spot the decorations that are found on every roundabout and in front of important buildings- giant eggs, enormous bunnies and sinister-looking chickens! See how many you can find…
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Nice, ahh Nice.. is any excuse really needed for a spontaneous trip to the French Riviera? Actually I don’t think so, just a couple of hours by plane and you can exchange the grey skies at home from the colours of the Côte d’Azur (excuse me while I get packed now…). But actually there is plenty going on all year round and the May holiday weekend is no exception. On 30th April head over to St Jean-Cap-Ferrat for the fête des roses, a day long celebration of flowers. On the 1st May the first Spring Festival takes place in the Jardins de Cimiez in Nice, traditional music, dancing and general spring frolicking around! The weather should be a pleasant 20-something degrees, so still comfortable for wandering around the old town and perfect for sitting in sun-filled square and enjoy a glass of rosé
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