A “Troubled” tour of Belfast

Belfast and The Troubles: they go hand in hand. Even more than 20 years after the Good Friday Agreement, the city’s past is still very much present behind the scenes and a lot of visitors are keen to understand what this dark period in history was about.But how do you go about learning about the Troubles in an ethical and unbiased way and what’s the best way to go on a Troubles tour of Belfast? First things first: what exactly are the Troubles? Entire books have been written Continue Reading

A visit to the LegenDerry city

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. Wonder why? By all means, read on! The history of Derry/Londonderry To fully appreciate a visit to Derry you need to understand a little bit about its troubled history. Thousands of pages have been written about the subject, but don’t Continue Reading

Maboneng: the trendiest neighbourhood of Johannesburg

Let’s face it, Johannesburg doesn’t have a brilliant reputation when it comes to safety.  Stories of crime, poverty, theft and murder are the main reasons visitors travel straight from OR Tambo Airport to safer and more secure places.  And yes, you definitely have to keep your wits about you, but if you want a complete picture of South Africa, you simply can’t bypass Johannesburg! I stayed 5 days in Jozi, paid the obligatory visit to the Apartheid museum, went on a cycling tour of Continue Reading

10 FREE things to do in Dubrovnik

Twenty euro to walk around the walls and another twenty to take the cable car up to Mount Srd?! You’d be forgiven for thinking that visiting Dubrovnik is an outright assault on your bank account! Or is it? If, like me, you’d rather spend that amount of money on a delicious meal of grilled squid and a couple of glasses of white wine, then read on and let me tell you about all the free things to do in Dubrovnik! 1.Walk up Mount Srd Saving 20 euro for not taking the cable car AND getting your Continue Reading

The best places to go on a pub crawl in Belfast

When sidling up to the bar, have you ever wondered what the story is behind the pub you’re in? In Belfast, you should! The city is home to several pubs that date back a few centuries and have plenty of original artefacts or interesting stories to tell. Let’s go on a pub crawl and discover the best traditional pubs in Belfast! The Crown Liquor Saloon The Crown Liquor Saloon is Belfast’s most famous pub! It’s in every tourist guide and you owe it to yourself to at least Continue Reading

Nice: where Italian charm meets French sophistication

I always had this mental image of Nice baking in sunshine, its squares filled with painters and the terraces full of local Provençal delicacies… When landing at Nice airport in February, on my way to check out some of the prettiest villages in Liguria, I figured that reality would be rather different… But you know what? It actually wasn’t! The timid winter sun made for pleasant strolling around the old town and with fewer people about, it turned out to be a perfect time to Continue Reading

Reykjavik, you little charmer!

So you just landed in Iceland ready to discover its spouting geysers, threatening volcanoes and thundering waterfalls? Great idea! But wait, what’s the rush? Spend a day or two in Reykjavik, one of the smallest European capitals and a city that might hide a lot more than you expect! Discover these cool things to do in Reykjavik: 1. Cool cafés If you are looking for a cosy atmosphere while enjoying your brew, then Reykjavik has got you covered! Take “Café Babalú” for example, it’s like Continue Reading

The most stunning palaces of old Marrakech

Marrakech means visiting the famous Djemaa el Fna square over and over again. It also means haggling your way around the souks, but did you know that the city is home to some of the most beautiful historical palaces and religious buildings of Morocco? Follow me as I discover the most stunning palaces in Marrakech! Medersa Ali Ben Youssef Situated in the middle of the medina, this will be one of the first historical buildings you’ll come across. The medersa Ali Ben Youssef is a theological Continue Reading

13 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 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! Check out this list of Continue Reading

Berlin: the Cold War in 10 stops

I was 13 when the Berlin Wall came down. While I was counting the minutes to the next break, my history teacher went on about “big changes” and “huge impacts”! 28 years later, I find myself at the the Brandenburg Gate, ready to go on my very own Cold War tour of Berlin! Care to join me? 1. Tränenpalast Right next to the Berlin Friedrichstrasse railway station lies what was one of the main border crossings from the GDR into West Berlin: the Tränenpalast or “Palace Continue Reading