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Postcards from Dublin, Ireland

These are some of the photos I took in Dublin while on my Road Trip through Ireland. “What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against…

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What I learned from my Ireland Road Trip

Road Trips are a commitment, there’s no way around that. And once you’ve started, there’s absolutely no getting out of it. Well, I guess you could always hop out halfway and call for a cab, but that’s for quitters and it’s also slightly dangerous. Stay in the car. Going on a road trip Through Ireland,…

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Photo diary of Londonderry

The Wild Atlantic Way of Ireland took us through Derry, officially Londonderry, the second-largest city in Northern Ireland. This is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of Walled Cities in Europe. We walked the approximately 1.5km city walls around the inner city. This wall provided a unique…

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Memorial to Oscar Wilde’s life

I have only recently finished reading the Gothic novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, by the Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde. I loved the book so visiting his memorial sculpture in Merrion Square in Dublin, Ireland was quite exciting. Oscar Wilde was born in 1854 at no. 1 Merrion Square – just across the…

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Photo diary of Trinity College Dublin

Dublin’s Trinity College is recognised internationally as Ireland’s premier university and as one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities. You have to stay in school. You have to. You have to go to college. You have to get your degree. Because that’s the one thing people can’t take away from you is your education. And…

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The famous Temple bar district of Dublin

No visit to Dublin would be complete without a walk through the famous temple bar district. Temple Bar is a busy riverside neighbourhood located beside the Liffey, spread over cobbled pedestrian lanes. Approaching the district we crossed the Liffey on the Ha’penny Bridge to reach the Merchant’s Arch through which walk right into this riverside…

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Dublin Icon Walk

A small lane way that I randomly spotted on a walk through the city of Dublin ended up being one of my favourite parts of Dublin. This unexpected colourful lane is known as the Dublin Icon Walk. Located in the alleyways of the Temple Bar area, these informative panels and the beautiful art work illustrate…

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Churches of Ireland

May the road rise up to meet you. A popular Irish blessing (in Irish Gaelic: Go n-éirí an bóthar leat). One of the main characteristics of Celtic Christianity is the use of images of nature to show how God interacts with people. “May the road rise up to meet you/ May the wind be always at your…

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Pubs of Ireland

Sláinte! In an Irish pub, patrons toast each other sláinte (pronounced “slaan-sha”) as they clink glasses of Guinness. Derived from the Old Irish adjective slán (which means “safe“), sláinte literally translates as “health” and is used as a stand-in for the more time-consuming “I drink to your health!” Just some of the beautiful pubs we passed while driving the Wild Atlantic Route…

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Postcards from the UK countryside

I long for the countryside. That’s where I get my calm and tranquillity – from being able to come and find a spot of green. – Emilia Clarke There’s nothing like the peace of the countryside, the quiet and the lack of distraction. It helps you to focus your mind. – Jenny Nimmo

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Postcards from Greenwich, London

Greenwich is a borough in London, England, on the banks of the River Thames. Known for its maritime history, it’s home to the Cutty Sark, a restored 19th-century ship, the huge National Maritime Museum, and the classical buildings of the Old Royal Naval College. “The traveller’s rush that hits you upon arrival to a new…

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Leadenhall Market, the film location of Diagon Alley

Leadenhall Market is one of the oldest markets in London. This ornate 19th-century covered Victorian market is located in the historic center of London’s financial district, just around the corner from Bank station. Leadenhall Market is definitely one of London’s hidden gems. This market has sold meat and fish as far back as far as…

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A walk through West Acre Garden in Norfolk

I think that a walk through a beautiful flower filled garden has the same kind of therapy as a day off. While visiting my Parents in England I am getting to explore some of the beautiful gardens the countryside has to offer. The two of us spent a whole afternoon walking around West Acre Gardens…

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Some Random Bumblebee facts

Did you know…. 1. Bumble bees use their wings to cool down their nests. Since bumble bees can flap their wings 200 times per second, they are able to use their wings as fans to reduce the heat inside their nests. This technique is called fanning. 2. Bumble bees are picky about the flowers they collect…

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Bumblebees, those fat, fuzzy fliers.

I think that Bumblebees, those fat, fuzzy fliers are fascinating creatures. I love that I have come across them in almost every garden I have visited here in England this summer. I have spent some afternoons trying to capture these little creatures on film and believe me it is quite challenging as they do not…

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Disturbing Image from Vietnam

“I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.”  — Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. This is definitely one of the most disturbing things I have come across during my travels. What was your most…

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Would you drink snake wine?

With these bottles of unusual wine produced in Thailand, a tasty tipple comes with a potent bite. The venomous cobra snake is used to make the snake wine but the poison is cancelled out by the alcoholic content of the drink, meaning you’ll avoid a pounding hangover. Similarly, months of fermenting means the dead scorpion…

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Taste of Thailand

While in Thailand be sure to visit some of the local markets and food stalls. Street food in Thailand is not only convenient, and cheap but also delicious and it’s one of the best ways to get in touch with the local culture. The colours and smells of the different dishes can be a little…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Twisted Barbed Wire

Barbed Wire is definitely something twisted, something that doesn’t maintain a straight line. Between the old and beautiful buildings of South-Africa you can often find spikes and barbed wire, intended to keep people safe. It does look like some places go to extremes for safety but I guess it is necessary in some cases. In…

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Why Nature is Good for the Soul

Being out in nature is not only good for your physical health, it is also very beneficial for your mental health. Have you noticed how grumpy people get in winter compared to their mood during spring and summer? I think it is because we don’t always get out into nature during winter and that this…

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Bridge on the River Kwai

One of the most famous Bridges that I have visited was definitely the Bridge on the River Kwai.  During World War 2, the Japanese used Allied prisoners of war to build a railway from Thailand to Burma so they could supply their army without the dangers of sending supplies by sea.  Many prisoners died under…

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