Falon's is a stand out gem in a city overloaded with an embarrassment of riches when it comes to pubs. This tiny bar hunkered in the shadow of St Pat's Cathedral in the centre of the city is the true soul of Dublin. A single room, with too few seats and a plethora of characters is ably served by charismatic bar staff. No music plays to disturb your chat or your drinking and the only television is buried in the corner. If you want a genuine Dublin pub you will not find a better example than this. Rumour has it that it is Shane McGowan's favourite bar too, so you're in good company.
New Row South,Dublin 8,
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The largest skiable area in the world, the last time I checked. Excellent for all levels of skiers and boarders. Three or four terrain parks for the more adveturous, and plenty of hikable off piste and backcountry. Each of the main resorts, Meribel, Couchevel, and Val thorens have "ski to" accommodation of varying price ranges and for those on a tighter budget there are the smaller resorts at the lower end of the valley.
This is truly the best ski area in the world. Without a shadow of a doubt. I chose Motterat in Meribel to highlight because it is slap bang in the middle of it all. The snow doesn't linger here as much as in Val Thorens but for ease of access to all three valleys you are on to a winner.
It really is time to forget about Chamonix, and its buses, and put the chaos of of Val d'Isere behind you. Les Trois Vallees is blazing ahead and leaving everyone waiting in the lift queue to follow its tracks.
We're here at the moment and although the Indian government pulled down the majority of beach huts in the palm groves, it is still the most idyllic beach on the Goan coastline. It is far more relaxed than the northern beaches.
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