2 Days in Belfast, Northern Ireland

The city of Belfast lies in the province of Ulster and is the second largest city on the Isle of Eire. The city was founded by the Celts, who named the city after the sandbanks that formed around the mouth of the river Farset. The Vikings attacked, raided and settled all along the coast, bequeathing…

6 spookiest places on earth

All Hallows Eve is a celebration observed in a number of places around the world, a Christianised festival of a pagan Celtic harvest rite, or Samhain. Originally a celebration to remember the dead, including saints and matyrs, these days Halloween is a far more commercialised and secular affair. People in costumes party, children go trick-or-treating…

European Beauties Along the Rhine River

Europe is a continent full of rich culture, history, architectural wonders, and plenty of cities and towns of interest. What make towns and cities just that much more interesting is the natural flow of a beautiful, serene, and at the same time mighty river that snakes its way through them. The Rhine River is just…

Top 10: Paris, France

Few cities have quite as much to live up to as Paris. Known as the city of light and of love, the romance of Paris is a siren call to about 28 million visitors a year, all eager for a dose of that famous French savour faire. On my first visit to Paris, I was…

Top 5 Attractions in Copenhagen, Denmark

A city of light and water, Copenhagen is criss crossed by canals, and dotted with green, verdant parks. The Nordic sensibility of practical aesthetics dominate here, from the chic designs in fashion and homewares, to the architecture and layout of this 11th century city, very similar to Stockholm, another city of light water. There’s a…

3 days in Berlin, Germany

Buzzy, vibrant, gritty, grown up – Berlin is all of these and much more besides. A polarised, dissected, ravaged city, Berlin has seen her fair share of recent 20th century history and still she rises, still she stands. If you have the time, a week or two in Germany’s capital is perfect; failing that, this…

Amsterdam Top Six Moments

My trip to Amsterdam was filled with light and water, lined with somber red bricked buildings topped with unique gables, the whir of bicycle tyres and the wind in my hair. This canalside city has many charms, but here are my favourite Amsterdam top six moments. 1. Walking along the Jordaan canals in early morning light…