Things to Do Ards Peninsula – 1 Day Itinerary

view from Ballyquintin Point across fields toward the Mournes

The Ards Peninsula protrudes from the County Down mainland on the east coast of Northern Ireland and protects Strangford Lough from the Irish Sea. It offers mind-bending discoveries such as neolithic remains older than the pyramids of Egypt or Sudan and a plethora of historic windmills earning its former nickname of ‘Little Holland’. This low-lying …

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Exarcheia Athens Greece – Flashpoint of Anarchy or Community Activism?

graffitit of fish monster head with four eyes and whiskers in exarcheia athens

Mention Exarcheia to Athenians and you’ll get a quizzical eyebrow in return. Its beautiful yet ramshackle, neo-classical buildings, oversized graffiti and reputation for riots entice nervy photo-journalists. But, do its hip restaurants, thriving markets, burgeoning AirBnB industry, and assured man-bun cafe culture call the casual visitor? Exarcheia Athens in Greece is the location of a …

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The Carrie Kells – Foodie Review

afternoon tea in a perspex dome at the carrie restaurant in kells

The Carrie Kells opens with an airy entrance graced with confident Shaker-style furniture, shabby chic touches and welcoming bouquets of fresh flowers. Inside, a smoky fireplace calls hungry regulars in the know. The food on offer is chef-inspired and designer as heck – but delivered in hearty, country-sized portions. The Carrie restaurant in Kells sits …

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TrekNI Discount Codes – Ambassador Programme

trekni discount codes

TrekNI Discount Codes get you 10% off any purchase on the TrekNI shop. I’m an adventurer and traveller who loves to book a flight and get on a plane to see the world. But, my first adventures started right here in Northern Ireland. So, you’ll see lots of blog posts about walking in NI, accommodation, …

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Kallidromiou Farmers Market – Exarchia, Athens

market stall with lemons, limes, grapes and fruit juice

Kallidromiou Farmers Market is situated all the way along Kallidromiou street in central Athens. It is also known as Laiki Farmers Market, or Exarchia Farmers Market since it sits on a slope just above the Exarchia District, known for its lively graffiti scene, and just before you reach Strefi Hill. In the Exarchia District leading …

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Kolonaki Athens – Neighbourhood of Opulence and Style

kolonaki athens

Kolonaki Athens neighbourhood is where stylish coffee lovers share artisan patisseries over a double espresso or local favourite, espresso freddo. Art lovers browse minimalist galleries with concrete walls and subtle spotlights, while those weary of shopping relax in a hamman next door. Delis with shelves of cured meats are dotted along the streets in between …

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Red Kites in Ireland – Retreat & Feeding Station

red kites in ireland

Red Kites in Ireland were hunted almost to extinction and used to be a rare sighting. Reintroduction and conservation efforts restarted in 2008 in Wicklow and Castlewellan were followed by upgraded protections in the Wildlife and Natural Environment (NI) Act 2011. Now, professionals and enthusiasts are bringing both thrilling experiences and awareness to the public …

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The French Rooms Bushmills – Foodie Review

the french rooms bushmills

Aged pottery and elaborately carved mirrors are set against a dark grey, painted tongue-in-groove backdrop. Voluptuous dining vignettes in the Gallery window and the tall Library hallway with its oversized stone fireplace form the expansive entrance to The French Rooms in Bushmills. While I love dining in new places of all styles as part of …

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Ardtara Country House Upperlands – Foodie Review

Views from Maghera out toward Slieve Commedagh and Slieve Donnard

Ardtara Country House was built in 1876 by Harry Clark and it remained a family home until 1970s. It was repurchased in 1990 and converted into a hotel in 1994. The estate on which the property sits is insulated from the modern world in a noise-cancelling cocoon of towering, mature trees on the outskirts of …

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Les Halles St Honoré Düsseldorf – Foodie Review of French Restaurant & Birthday Surprise

les halles st honoré düsseldorf

Les Halles St Honoré Düsseldorf opens with an enticing deli counter tempting diners to venture further to expectant bistro tables set in a warm, embracing atmosphere. We were brightly greeted at the entrance by a charming French waitress. Attentive serveurs, sommeliers and chefs, each one enticed us to join their intoxicating ménage à trois – …

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