10 FREE things to do in Belfast

Belfast is slowly rising from its dark past. Wounds are starting to heal and over the last few years, more and more international travellers discover the charms of this often misunderstood Northern Irish city. Less crowded and definitely cheaper than Dublin, you can find just as much ‘craic’ in the pubs, just as many historic buildings in the streets and just as much rain… But the best thing about Belfast is that it doesn’t have to cost you a lot! Check out this list of ten free Continue Reading

Waterproof gear for walking in Ireland

I think I’m done with the sofa I think I’m done with the hall I think I’m done with the kitchen table, baby Let’s go outside (let’s go outside) In the sunshine I know you want to, but you can’t say yes Let’s go outside (let’s go outside) In the moonshine Take me to the places that I love best (Let’s Go Outside, George Michael) The days are getting longer, the rain is getting warmer, it’s time to go outside!!! I live in Ireland and refuse to let Continue Reading

10 cool and unique things to do in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland: a little piece of land that is officially part of the United Kingdom, while being geographically situated on the island of Ireland. No wonder it confuses people! It took a while before tourists ventured here after the conflicts of the ‘70’s-‘80’s, aka “The Troubles”. But with those times far behind us, Northern Ireland is now ready to show the world what it has to offer! Here are 10 unique and cool things to do in Northern Ireland: 1/ Swing on the Carrick-a-Rede Continue Reading

Welcome to remote Ireland, welcome to Donegal!

Welcome to Donegal, one of the prettiest counties of Ireland! And what’s more: it’s one of the most remote ones as well! Despite the Wild Atlantic Way ( a 2600km coastal route along the West of Ireland) running through it, most tourists still seem to leave this part of the country untouched. More space and less crowds for the few that do venture there! And by all means, go! Amazing beaches, traditional thatched cottages and of course the friendly locals are reasons enough to Continue Reading

The Causeway Coastal Route in 15 stops

Pristine beaches, photogenic castles and areas of outstanding beauty: this is in a nutshell the Northern Irish “Causeway Coastal Route”! It runs from Belfast to Lough Foyle and is officially 120 miles long. Most tourists drive it in one day. If you really want to do it justice, however,  I would recommend staying somewhere overnight. It’ll give you time to walk along the lovely beaches or cliffs, have a closer look at the photogenic castles and take time for a well deserved Continue Reading

Discover the hidden corners of Belfast, the city beyond the walls

“How many famous Irish people do you recognize?” Chris asks me. “Er, let’s see. Is that Sinead O’Connor over there? Oh and Bono! And George Best, the famous Northern Irish football player, of course!” “Yes, and have a look over here. See that plaque? That plaque shows you that this is one of the first pubs where Snow Patrol ever played”! I am on a Belfast walking tour with “Belfast Hidden Tours” and my guides Chris and Simon have plenty of inside information to share! They Continue Reading

The wild and rugged beauty of Connemara

The eerie dense fog is draped over the mountains and bog lands as I enter the tiny village of Roundstone, the start of my road trip in Connemara, western Ireland. A “Galway hooker”, a rather unsettling name for a traditional fishing boat, is waiting in vain for clientele in the little harbour. It’s mid-June and Connemara has obviously refused to welcome summer. Instead of sipping cocktails, people warm themselves on a cup of tea and a huge bowl of hearty seafood chowder. But not Continue Reading

Game of Thrones magic in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland was once a no-go zone where no sane traveler would venture. The beauty of its countryside was overshadowed by stories of troubles, bombs and sectarianism. And although all wounds aren’t completely healed yet, this little odd piece of the UK is nowadays more and more on the tourist radar! Northern Ireland has become a country of magic, history and fantasy thanks to one American television series that half the world seems to be watching: Game of Thrones! I am lucky enough to Continue Reading

Flying back to 1935: a scenic flight with KLM

“I am not going to show you how the oxygen masks work, cause there aren’t any; and if you see a little bit of oil leaking outside, don’t worry, this is totally normal.” On any other occasion, I would have left the plane right away, but this isn’t just any ordinary plane. This is the grandmother of all planes: the DC-3 Dakota! Built in 1935, this granny, called Prinses Amalia, is still gracefully cruising the big blue skies, showing the Boeings and Airbuses of our times how things were Continue Reading

In the footsteps of Saint Patrick: the man, the myth, the legend!

Saint Patrick: associated with Ireland and shamrocks, and responsible for green coloured rivers, buildings and pints every year on the 17th of March. But what do we really know about the world’s most celebrated Saint and what’s left of his legacy in Ireland? Making a selection was one of the hardest parts of going on a Saint Patrick’s tour of Ireland. There are literally hundreds of sites that claim to have some kind of connection with the saint! I decided to narrow it down Continue Reading