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Ancient History in Naples: Blast from the Past

Ancient History in Naples

Continuing on my blast from the past series is a trip exploring the ancient history in Naples back in 2011. Naples itself didn’t really impress me too much but there can be no denying that it is a great base to explore the surrounding area. Herculaneum, Pompeii, Sorrento, the islands of Ischia and Capri are all within a short trip from Naples. Plus of course there is the slightly further trip to Rome. If you like your ancient history and…

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Cyprus in October: Blast from the Past

Cyprus in October

The 3rd post in my blast from the past series is on my visit to Cyprus in October 2009. After flying into Larnaca, I transferred to Paphos on the west coast of the island. It was very hot at that time of the year, about 32 degrees. Considering I left Belfast in 6 degrees, it was a bit of a change.   Tomb of the Kings If you enjoy places like Pompeii, then you will like the Tomb of the Kings…

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Destinations Europe France

Paris in Spring: Blast from the Past

Paris in Spring

Paris in Spring The second in my series of blast from the past posts will be on Paris. I first visited Paris in Spring in February 2008, partly to see Ireland play France in rugby. I made it back to Paris, again for a rugby match, in March 2014 and also celebrated St Patrick’s Day with my couchsurfing host. On both of these trips I was able to enjoy fantastic weather, especially in 2014 when it was over 20 degrees! “It’s…

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Venice in December: Blast from the Past

The Grand Canal, Venice in December

Venice in December Before I created this blog, I travelled a little around Europe. I have a lot of photos from these trips and rather than not use them, I have decided to do a series of “Blast from the Past” posts starting with Venice! I was in Venice in December 2006 (time really does fly!) and actually got engaged there (it didn’t last). Anyway on with the photos…………       Gondola Ride One of the obvious tourist things…

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Destinations Europe Ireland

The Oldest Whiskey Distillery in the World

The oldest whiskey distillery in the world?

What is the oldest whiskey distillery in the world? What is the oldest whiskey distillery in the world? It seems like such an easy question to answer. Sadly, however, it is not. Doing a quick google search tends to show Bushmills in Northern Ireland, with a year of 1608, as the oldest. As with most things to do with numbers, this year is open to interpretation. This is not the year that the distillery was established, but the year in which a…

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Destinations Europe Iceland

One night out in Reykjavik, Iceland

Christmas tree covered in snow from my One night out in Reykjavik, Iceland

This time last year I was in Iceland for work. I arrived on a Monday evening and was working from 2PM on Tuesday until 6AM on Wednesday and then again from midday on Wednesday until 8PM. It was going well clearly! I was supposed to finish work by lunchtime on the Thursday, but didn’t finish until 5PM. I had a flight home on Friday morning so I had to go out and enjoy my one night out in Reykjavik, Iceland….…

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Destinations Europe Ukraine

Visiting the Carpathians from Lviv

River passing through Skole

Getting to the Carpathians by train Going to the Carpathian Mountains is one of the most popular tourist activities in Ukraine. Getting to the mountains is easy if you have a car but if you are on a budget or have limited time, then it is a little bit harder. In this post, I will show you how visiting the Carpathians from Lviv on a day trip is easy to do. On my visit to Ukraine earlier this year I…

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Experiencing a Banya in Ukraine

Banya

Experiencing a Banya in Ukraine I arrived into Kyiv after a long bus journey from Warsaw which involved multiple toilet and cigarette breaks on the way. Oh and also being kicked awake by Polish or Ukrainian border police. I’m not sure which. It was an absolutely filthy afternoon with the rain just pouring down from all sides. I had no money on me and had to find my way to where I was staying. I eventually made it to an…

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Destinations Europe Ukraine

Understanding a Ukrainian Train Ticket

Ukrainian Train Ticket

Understanding a Ukrainian Train Ticket On my previous post here, I showed how easy it is to buy a Ukrainian train ticket online. Today I will show you how to understand the ticket. When you complete payment for the train ticket, you will receive an email link to your ticket which you can print out. This print out will allow you to get straight onto the train, no need to queue up at ticket booths!     So here is…

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Destinations Europe Ukraine

How to Buy a Train Ticket In Ukraine

Searching for trains

How to Buy a Train Ticket In Ukraine Buying a train ticket online in Ukraine is, perhaps surprisingly, very simple and easy. Train tickets can be booked up to 100 days in advance and there’s an English version of the site to use for those not fluent in Ukrainian. The site for booking tickets is http://booking.uz.gov.ua/en/.   Searching for a Train Ticket The first thing to do is to select where you are going from and your destination. When entering your choices, you…

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