Derry, Londonderry, the Maiden City, the Walled City, Stroke City, LegenDerry: there are a lot of different names for the 2nd biggest city in Northern Ireland!
Whatever you call it, if you come to Northern Ireland you owe it to yourself to pay a visit.… Continue reading
Pristine beaches, photogenic castles and areas of outstanding beauty: this is in a nutshell the Northern Irish “Causeway Coastal Route”! In 2018, Lonely Planet has chosen the area as the number one region to visit, so that is saying something!
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.… Continue reading
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 its famous 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!… Continue reading
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”.… Continue reading
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.… Continue reading
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?… Continue reading