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There’s no place like home: County Waterford, Ireland.

There’s no place like home right? The last few weeks have been pretty busy preparing for a long-overdue summer trip home. Aside from catching up with friends and a million errands, I’m most looking forward to spending time with the family of course and driving around the Déise in Co Waterford, revisiting some favourite sites. Copper Coast Drive Waterford’s Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark extends along the county’s stunning coastline. Explore its length to uncover cliffs, hidden coves and sea stacks. Pic @irishskies […]

5 Unmissable places to visit in Ireland

This is an incredibly hard list to write. I mean incredibly. So I’m cheating a little and adding some together. Look it’s my list so I can ok? Some of these are pretty touristy but then again there’s a reason for so many people going there. The Islands A post shared by Discovery Gallery (@discovery.gallery) on Nov 16, 2017 at 7:18am PST This is totally cheating but the Blaskets, the Skelligs or the Aran Islands will all blow you away, […]

Iceland: Glacier Walks and Ice Caves

Two things on my Icelandic bucket list were to walk on a glacier and to visit an ice cave. Ice caves can be really stunning with amazing shades of blue and sweeping arcs of ice, and well, who doesn’t want to walk on a glacier? After asking Katherina, my friend who works as a tourist guide and has been basically everywhere in Iceland, I settled on the caves at Jökulsárlón and booked a trip with Extreme Iceland, as this is not the […]

Things to do in Iceland: Winter Lights Festival

The Winter Lights festival, or Vetrarhátíð, brightens up a dreary and cold February in Iceland. Celebrating the lengthening days, the festival is a combination of cultural events, light installations and many museums are free which is a great bonus. Many museums put on special guided tours or events, there’s art everywhere, language classes, storytelling, there was a cycle race up Skólavörðustígur, last year a huge erupting volcano was projected onto Hallgrímskirkja and the town is full of people, especially families walking around with a really nice […]

Some things I do to stay sane: Sports and mental health

I hate meditation. It’s impossible for me to empty my brain. Yoga does nothing for me. I can’t get the hang of it and I just end up thinking about food. But, like a lot of people, I really need to clear my head, to focus and forget about life and it’s worries. And as much as we know physical exercise is beneficial to mental health, I never found one I liked. I’m not a great runner, I don’t like […]

10 Unmissable pubs to visit in Dublin’s city centre

“Good puzzle would be to cross Dublin without passing a pub”, mused Leopold Bloom in James Joyce’s Ulysses. Yes (and it’s been solved), but why on earth would you want to?When I started, this list was 3 Unmissable pubs to visit in Dublin, then became five, then ten, then limited to the city centre – it’s just going to have to be a series I think… which may be no bad thing either. Just as a disclaimer, my preference is for old […]

Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Iceland

Despite appearances, I do like Christmas. Just not when the hype starts in September. But now that’s it’s December I can get into the Christmas spirit and there’s a few differences here in Iceland that I’m enjoying learning about. Here Christmas is called Jól, which we know as Yule, an ancient pre-Christian feast. Icelanders go for decoration in a big way and Christmas lights have been up on every possible structure for weeks. All thirteen days of Christmas from 24 December […]

Books to read while travelling in Scotland, Norway, Iceland and Ireland

Sometimes people joke that I travel just so I can read in peace and quiet. In fact, when we set off on the Northwest Passage I packed over thirty books. It’s not completely true but I can’t set off without books to read and I especially love reading something set in the country I’m visiting. It’s also the middle of Jólabókaflóðið, or the Icelandic book flood, where most of the books are published before Christmas. With all that in mind, here is part […]

5 Reasons to visit Iceland in the winter

5 Reasons to visit Iceland in winter

There’s no such thing as the low season in Iceland anymore, but there are lots of reasons to visit Iceland in the winter, and not just because there are fewer tourists (though with visitor numbers expected to reach 3 million in the next few years it’s a good place to start!). 1. You can see the Aurora Borealis Ok the skies are not on fire every single night but one of the things you need to see the aurora (one of the main […]

The Pearl of Reykjavík: Perlan

The Pearl of Reykjavík: Perlan

If you visit Reykjavík you’ll probably notice a large glass dome building perched up on top of a hill Öskjuhlíð. Well that’s Perlan, a former water reservoir and now cafe, natural sciences museum and viewpoint, and it’s well worth a stop. Built in 1988 and designed by Ingimundur Sveinsson, Perlan was originally just a hot water reservoir, designed to hold 1 million gallons of geothermal hot water and in 1991 the glass dome was added. Recently I stopped by to check out the new Glaciers and […]

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