Wednesday 29 January 2020

Global Village: Jessica plays mum, and Lisdoonvarna's Willie plays matchmaker

Diet faddist Jessica Alba on the red carpet in Los Angeles. Getty Images
Diet faddist Jessica Alba on the red carpet in Los Angeles. Getty Images

Anna Coogan

Stunning screen star Jessica Alba recently hit the beach in Cancun, Mexico, with her family. The Sin City actress was pictured having fun with hubby Cash Warren and eldest daughter Honor (6).

Also on the family holiday with Jessica was the couple's two-year-old daughter, Haven.

Cancun is situated on the south-east coast of Mexico in the state of Quintana Roo in the Yucatan Peninsula. It's known for its warm white powdery sand beaches, turquoise crystal clear waters and famous Mexican hospitality.

Cancun boasts year-round sunshine making it ideal for a vacation at any time of year. The temperature ranges from 20° to 30° C (68° to 86° F) from October through to March, and from 22° to 33° C (75° to 91° F) from April to September.

An aura of mystery and majesty still lingers around the Mayan archaeological sites such as Chichen Itza, Tulum and Coba.

Wild at heart but with great hotels

The Wild Atlantic Way - stretching 1,500 miles from Donegal's Inishowen Peninsula to the quaint fishing village of Kinsale in Co. Cork -is the latest project from Ireland Tourism. To help you plan your trip, has come up with ten hotels along the route - from rustic Irish retreats to chic cosmopolitan hotels.

Hotels they recommend are: An Chúirt Hotel, Gweedore, Co Donegal; Solis Lough Eske Castle, Donegal; The Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo; Belleek Castle, Ballina, Co Mayo; Renvyle House Hotel, Connemara, Co Galway; Hotel Doolin, Doolin, Co. Clare; Gormans Clifftop House, Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry; Park Hotel, Kenmare, Co. Kerry; The Maritime Hotel, Bantry, Co. Cork; Trident Hotel, Kinsale, Co. Cork.

Love is in the air in Lisdoonvarna

Matchmaking is one of Ireland's oldest traditions, and for the last couple of hundred years, a good deal of it has taken place in Lisdoonvarna in Co Clare, from late August until early October.

The festival's leading matchmaker Willie Daly, along with his precious notebook of love-seeking profiles, can be found in his 'office' (aka the snug of The Matchmaker bar).

You'll find a line of hopeful singles of all ages and nationalities queueing up in his office, while crossing their fingers that the man in charge will be able to find them a mate.

Lisdoonvarna has evolved into Europe's largest single's event, and this year runs from Friday August 29 to Sunday October 5.

Looking forward Japanese-style

Japan has come up with a solution to the perennial problem of finding a forward-facing seat on a train - by having rotating train seats.

So when trains reach their last stop, the seats simply reset and turn around, ready for the next journey.

Also, the seats on Shinkansen - Japan's high speed bullet trains - can be manually rotated to six seat and four seat configurations, meaning families or groups of friends can always sit together.

Rotating technology isn't limited to train seats. Sapphoro Dome stadium in Sapporo, has rotating surfaces for sports events.

So is it time our technology turned Japanese, so we never look back again?

Sunday Independent

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