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Travel Notes


This column is " going Irish" this week. It's not unreasonable, after all. All Catholics ought to be interested in the life of the most Catholic country in Europe—and one of the loveliest.

The whole world knows Killarney's silvery lakes, but how many know Dingle and its lovely, lonely peninsula, where Irish is spoken freely? There's I really good little hotel at Dingle and a walk or a ride anywhere in the peninsula is a grand experi ence. Try climbing Brandon and a trip to the Blaskets—you'll never forget that. Inaccessible, is it? Of course. Why that's Dingle's great glory!

Clare is a county that's " different " somehow. Sad and lonely in parts, perhaps, but with a glamour all its own. Lisdoonvarna is a fine centre for North Clare. It's an up-to-date resort, but not tripperish. It's a very good centre, too, for the far-famed cliffs of Moher.

And in South Clare there's Kilkee, with some of the best bathing in Europe. Kilkec's a resort that is attracting more and more

visitors every year—and no wonder. It may be difficult to reach, but it's well worth the long journey.

Donegal But I was nearly forgetting Donegal . and that would be a crime, for the Donegal coast is among the most rugged and grandiose in Europe.

Here again you'll find Irish spoken in many a home. Indeed, there are so many fascinating little resorts the entire length of the Donegal coast that it would be invidious to make a choice. But there's Bundoran and Rosapenna for those who like the fleshpots, while Burtonport, Dunfanaghy and many another remain for those of simple tastes who know how to appreciate Donegal's matchless colourings and hills. And don't forget to pay a visit to Glen

Columbeille, most lovely perhaps of all Irish glens and full of its memories of St. Columba.

In reality there's hardly a hill or valley

in Ireland that isn't worth a visit. There are so many little places, nestling under hills or in coastal bays, that are a painter's paradise.

Ireland's hues and colourings, its misty shades and ever-changing hills are quite unique, and an Irish holiday will remove the toll of years and cares as no other remedy I knOw.

Replies to Correspondents ROMFDRD.—Have had the greatest difficulty in tracking Ilinterhichl, despite a good knowledge of the Tyrol. There are hundreds of similarly typical Tyrolese villages, each a joy in itself. Am making inquiries about the place and will write here again when further details are to hand: (It was a delightful film?) ERDINGTON.—Take a 45-day return tieket to Dieppe and then profit by the special 75 per cent. reduction (on fares anywhere in France) for visitors to the Paris Exhibition. thenceto Modane, the 'Italian frontier. Prom Modane get a 51) per cent. milked ticket to Rome I•ia Florence, branch off to Perugia and walk via Assisi and the other Umbrian hill towns (details on the spot) to ()rte. Whence train to Horne. (HIM' I envy 3-on!) Third class fare (approximate per head) Birmingham-Dieppe. .23 las.; Dieppe-Paris-Modane, .1:2 10s.; ModaneRome, .21 58.; total, £7 1ts. That leaves roughly ,e10. There aro nice little hotels and pensions fur 5s.-6s. per day, all in, throug,bout Italy. Fnr French details and exact fares apply French Railways, 5a. Haymarket, S.W.I, for Italian details to Italian Railways. 75, Regent Street, W.I. Good luck and don't hesitate to write again if you want tb.

HUNSTANTON.—Go South—it is delightful in May, particularly the climate. See the old cathedral towns—Albi, Toulouse, Foix, Carcassonne, Aix-en-Province are a few unusual and most interesting cities off the beaten track. For a slimmer resort I would advise La Haute or Pornichet (Brittany) or—bigger and gayer—Dina rd, Biarritz, St. Jean de Luz or Royals, all on the sea. In lovely mountain scenery, Brides-lesBaines (Savoy) or Gorardmer sVosges). Try the French Railways (56, Haymarket, S.W.1), for French families. '.Phu french Consulate (51, Bedford Square, W.C.1), will advise you as regards foreigners earning their living in France.

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