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

The remote Irish county of 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 perfect itinerary for a 2 week roadtrip in Iceland

“You’re going to Iceland for two whole weeks!? What will you do there?” a colleague of mine asked. Still considered a cold and tiny island “somewhere in the sea”, few people are aware of its sheer size. You see, Iceland is not like any other country, where the main cities are connected by motorways and driving is pure bliss. No, in Iceland, prepare yourself for gravel roads, weather conditions that slow you down and the beauty of the place that will make you want to stop literally at Continue Reading

Ten things you should know before going to Iceland

Iceland is the new hype in travel-land! Thanks to cheaper flights and free stop-overs the country has known a real boom in tourism! I couldn’t stay indifferent either to the gorgeous pics of jaw-dropping waterfalls, photogenic puffins and empty roads, so off I went on a 2-week adventure to the land of fire and ice! I read up a lot beforehand, but there were a few things I didn’t quite expect.  To better prepare YOUR trip, here are: Ten invaluable travel tips for Iceland! 1.Rent a car Yes, 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

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

A visit to Galilee, a place where Bible stories come alive

On a sunny Sunday morning, I leave the skyscrapers of Tel Aviv behind  and head for the north of Israel, to a place that is home to a huge number of Bible Stories, to the homeland of Jesus Christ himself: Galilee. I was raised a Catholic and although I’m no longer religious, I do look forward to seeing the places I heard so much about during my childhood! The motorway and skyscrapers soon give way to the verdant hills and the vineyards of the Rothshild family and after a two hours drive Continue Reading

The five most stunning white villages of Andalucia

Andalucia: a place where the sounds of guitar and flamenco still resonate, a region where the corrida (bull fighting) agitates the spirits and where the numerous religious fiestas create a never ending vibrant atmosphere. But behind these clichés lies a lesser known Andalucia. Deep within the valleys or high perched on a mountain top lie the numerous white villages of Andalucia, hidden from the madness of the coast! This is the Andalucia I love, the place I return to over and over again! This 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