The Paris of Joyce, romantic birds of prey and a serene Spain

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Emily in Paris may be cliche after cliche, but the French capital serves up delicious dollops of Ooh Là Là. There’s even the term ‘Paris syndrome’, believed to plague visitors who can’t quite recover from the experience of being there. Join them (without the ill effects) on February 2 at the Irish Cultural Center on, where else? Rue des Irlandais, launches a festive season. It is the centenary of the Irish state and of the famous expatriate James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses. So enjoy exhibitions, movies, Joycean walking tour, lectures and much more. The exhibitions are freely accessible, centreculturelirlandais.com. Stay at the very charming Hotel Henriette, a short walk from the centre, which is everything a chic little boutique hotel in Paris should be, with double rooms from €169, but if you’ve got some extra loot to splash out on, their small suites are nothing but magnificent .hotelhenriette.com

Hotel Henriette, Paris hotelhenriette.com

Rest assured

Traveling, hopefully, is one thing, but these days return anxiety is nothing to sneeze at, especially if sneezing is a symptom of the dreaded Covid-19. The Spanish government has the answer: by promising that if a visitor tests positive, they and their accompanying family members can stay for free for up to 30 days. What a relief. Sunway is offering seven nights in Lanzarote, departing from Dublin on February 4, from €309 pp in a two-star apartment, rising to €649 pp B&B in a five-star hotel. sunway.fr

La Graciosa Lanzarote

La Graciosa Lanzarote

Marine Waterford Hotel, waterfordmarinahotel.com

Marine Waterford Hotel, waterfordmarinahotel.com

Wonderful Waterford

Winner of the Irish Times Best Places to Live last year, Waterford is also fun to visit. From cycling the Greenway to exploring the Viking Triangle and its museums, including the fascinating Museum of Time – which is all about clocks rather than meditations on eternity, waterfordtreasures.com. You can also see the colorful traces left by Waterford Walls, the brilliant street art festival now entering its eighth year. The festival itself takes place in August, but they have just launched a patronage program, to support the festival, which gives you behind the scenes information and updates usually from €3 per month, patreon.com /waterfordwalls. Stay riverside with the Waterford Marina Hotel’s Wrap Up winter getaway. €129 pp midweek gets you dinner, bed and breakfast and a free bottle of wine. waterfordmarinahotel.com

Waterford Walls

Waterford Walls

Dromoland Castle in County Clare, dromoland.ie

Dromoland Castle in County Clare, dromoland.ie

The price of love

Is it too early to start thinking about Valentine’s Day? Truly loved ones may not need the extra bells and whistles, but a little lavish luxury doesn’t have to go astray. Dromoland Castle offers to fan the flames of desire with a five-star romance package that includes champagne, chocolate, a falcon ride (there’s nothing like a swooping bird of prey to whet lustful appetites) or a spa treatment. at the spa, two nights B&B and afternoon tea, from €1,270 for two in shared accommodation. dromoland.ie

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