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  • Leon 3:25 pm on September 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: croatia, dubrovnik, hvar, wedding abroad   

    Croatia – Hvar Trip 

    Just a little recount for posterity of our first holiday abroad in 7 years!

    The main reason for the visit to Croatia was to attend the wedding of my cousin Stephen who had proposed to his girlfriend Emma on the Croatian island of Hvar while watching the sunset one evening. They decided to go back to get married in a civil ceremony and avoid the usual church/hotel type affair. Good call guys! Long way to go for a wedding but we needed the break and nearly all of the extended family were going so I dipped into cash reserves and made it happen.

    The plane flew from Dublin to Dubrovnik and traveled along the Croatian/Dalmatian coast for the last leg of the journey. That was our first clue that Croatia was no ordinary country. I’ve never seen anything like it personally. Looking out the plane window I seen miles and miles of rocky, limestone mountains and probably thousands of  islands. A very fractured and oddly shaped country but very beautiful and striking.

    We landed and got off the plane directly onto the tarmac to feel our first proper sunshine in a long, long time! About 28 degrees it was. Unfortunately, the first experiences we had weren’t great, apart from the fabulous weather. Our coach driver for the journey to Hvar island got interrogated for about 30 mins at the airport then proceeded to bring us on a route he wasn’t supposed to, although it turned out to be probably the best way in the end. It took about 4 hours by road along the coast then a 1 hour ferry trip. We were convinced he was trying to screw us in some way and we would never get were we were going and indeed we came close enough to missing our ferry to the island because of him but it all worked out in the end.

    Hvar island and town is a quaint little place with a lovely rustic, old fashioned feel. Crystal clear sea waters, cobbled streets and wild heather abound but it has a kind of upmarket feel to it too, probably why Prince Harry was there just before us! The food, buildings  and culture were distinctly Italian themed and I found most of the restaurant menus to be a bit short on choice and lacking real Croatian food (whatever that is) so I was reduced to eating pizza all week! Not much fish on menus either considering we were on an island. We did have a great Croatian, bbq meal in the ‘Blidinje’ rooftop restaurant in Dubrovnik harbour on our last night though.

    The Adriatic sea seemed especially salty and buoyant – ideal for floating tan sessions! There were some incredibly expensive looking boats moored in the harbour and prices probably a little more expensive than Ireland although outside the resort in supermarkets etc, prices were much lower. We couldnt be arsed cooking though…

    After much of the the usual lounging around, tanning, sea swimming, hotel pool invading, al fresco dining and beer drinking, it was time to get on with the main event, the wedding. The civil service was held in the gardens of St Mark’s church. Very hot but lovely venue and ceremony. The wedding party then walked cobbled streets to a lovely restaurant overlooking the sea for a champagne drinks reception followed by a lovely 4 course dinner in another open air, balconied restaurant close by. We rounded off the day with a few beers and some skinny dipping down on the beach…as you do!

    I personally got back to my apartment at about 6am after guiding a very drunk bride and groom to their rooms then got up at 8am for an 8 hour ferry trip (on a battered old ship with no comforts) back to Dubrovnik for the plane home. Not wise!

    A short but memorable trip and a highly recommended destination in Hvar but try fly to Split to avoid extensive road and sea travel…unless you want to see a lot of the scenery! Buy beach shoes too as there’s no sand, just stones and rocks. And don’t expect decent internet..I found it very hard to come across free or decent wifi spots, even in Dubrovnik. Croatia is a tad behind the times..

    Here’s some pics!

    Leon

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  • Leon 2:49 pm on August 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cats in the cradle, harry chapin, karaoke   

    Cats in The Cradle 

    My cover of the Harry Chapin song. I remember fucking this up badly with 2 mates in my first ever Karaoke attempt years ago. Hope this makes amends! Acoustic guitar, Bass, main and backing Vocals.

     
  • Leon 8:50 pm on August 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: neil young, the needle and the damage done   

    Needle and the Damage Done 

    My favorite song of Neil Young’s. Main plus dissonant backing vocal with acoustic guitar and bass. Bit more than usual!

     
  • Leon 7:49 pm on August 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: john lennon, working class hero   

    Working Class Hero 

    My quick, live version of the foul-mouthed classic from John Lennon. Just vocal and guitar.

     
  • Leon 1:32 pm on July 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adele, , to make you feel my love   

    To Make You Feel My Love 

    Just a quick and simple live cover of the Bob Dylan/Adele song I knocked up through Cubase just now!

     
    • Judy Salmonds 12:27 am on March 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Leon – wow, I love your poem, and the lyrics to make you feel my love
      Thank you. I’m Judy Salmonds and live in Canada – Ontario. I have lived here most of my life and I’m just coming into loving poetry and people who are able to write. Your heart is right into it, very in tune with the Universe and unconditional love.
      Thank you again – love Judy

    • jeen 4:43 am on March 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      love the song never heard it before and the singing is good also great job

  • Leon 1:04 pm on February 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    A Poem for my Love 

    If I were a Sculptor, it’s you I would shape.
    If I were a Painter, it’s you I would paint.
    If I were a Singer, to you I would sing,
    Of the feelings inside me, that your love brings.

    If I were a Doctor, it’s you I would heal.
    If I were a Robber, it’s you I would steal.
    If I were a Poet, to you I would write.
    But words won’t explain, what you mean in my life.

    If I were a Christian, it’s God I would thank.
    For your love overcomes me, as a river bursts bank.
    If I were a Dove, to you I would fly,
    One love – together, never to die…

    For Eimear on Valentines Day..

     
  • Leon 12:55 pm on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: elaine kantola, , ow ow   

    Ow Ow 

    A song I recorded around 2004 written by a Canadian friend Elaine Kantola to which I put some music. Mandi on backing Vocals.

    Bit weird! Let me know what ye think..

     
  • Leon 10:58 pm on January 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dirty old town, reggae,   

    Dirty Old Town Reggae Style! 

    Me and Karl from The End, playing in my sitting room in Leitrim!

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