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7 ‘Must-Do’ In Ireland

Ireland has some of the most beautiful & unique landscapes I the world and therefore, it has been the location for some of the most-watched movies and series, including the Game of Thrones & Harry Potter! My list of ‘must-do’ doesn’t cover many of the slights that you find in other such list about Ireland, but this is the list of ‘must-do’ that makes Ireland remarkably unique!

Be awestruck by the magnificent Cliffs of Moher

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Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are located on the west coast of Ireland & named after ruined fort of ‘Mothar’. The cliff stretch for about 8km & is 702 feet at their highest point. This cliff is not only beautiful by itself but from here you can see Aran Islands, Twelve Pins, Maum Turk mountains, etc. Click the link for more details about Moher Cliffs.

Visit Ring of Kerry

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Ring of Kerry @ Irish Carrentals

Ring of Kerry is actually a route that will take you through dramatic scenery with centuries old history scattered all around it! You will be taken deep into forests, mesmerising waterfalls & untamed Atlantic. You may also encounter wild stags! Scroll through theringofkerry.com for extensive details about this unique route, where to stay, what to eat, etc!

Browse through millions of books in Trinity College Library

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Trinity College Library @ vmireinteresnogo.com

If you are a book lover then a visit to Trinity Library is a must! Even if you are not a book lover you will love this grand structures which has about 5 million printed volumes, comprising of  journals, manuscripts, maps and music reflecting more than 400 years of academic development, etc. The most famous of its manuscripts are the Book of Kells and the Book of Durrow. Other special collections are the Ussher Collection  of 1661 and the Fagel Collection of 1802. For further details click  Trinity College Library

Sleep in a Castle!

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Castle Stay @ ireland.com

If your are in Ireland you will come across hundreds of castles, some in ruins and some still holding on to its splendour. You must stay for at least one night in a castle! Check out luxury hotels in Northern Ireland for more details s to where you can stay. If can also check out these link for more details about castle accommodation.

Go whale watching in West Cork

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Whale Watching in Ireland @ baltimoreseasafari.ie

Ireland West Cork is a great location for doing Whale Watching as the water is just right for their habitation. The best time would be visiting in the summer months (between September to November). You can take boat trips from both Baltimore and Union Hall. baltimoreseasafari.ie has some great whale watching safaris. Do check it out!

Meet Mr.Puffins on Skellig Michael

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Mr. Puffin at Skellig Michel! @ georgekarbusphotography.com

Skellig Michel is a rocky island of the coast of Kerry and has world’s 2nd highest colony of Puffins! It also has a 6th century monastery. 

Watch Northern Lights at Ireland!

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Northern Lights in Ireland @ telegraph.co.uk

For last few years northern lights have started showing up in the the Northern parts of Ireland! Check out the website Donegal Skies, for further details. For updates about its next visibility check  Astronomy Ireland.

Before parting with this blogpost I want to mention why I choose ‘7’ instead of the standard ‘5’, ’10’, ’30’ etc! Well, some the most significant things happens in combination of ‘7’! 7 days of the week, 7 colours of rainbow, etc… So, why not the 7 ‘must-do’ in Ireland?! Hope you enjoyed the post & I promise to come back with a few more posts about Ireland so that your next visit to Ireland is the most fun one! Till then… have fun!

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5 Top-Things To Do In & Around Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh is Scotland’s hilly capital with a medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town. It is famous for its landscape, beautiful gardens and classic buildings. Edinburg is surrounded by some of the most breathtaking landscapes and places to visit. Whether you visit Edinburg for a day or more, this list is going to keep you very, very busy in the most happy way!

No.5 – Checkout the Scottish Crown Jewels at Edinburgh Castle!

The Edinburgh Castle looms large over the city of Edinburgh and a marvelous architecture on its own. However, I want you to visit this castle not for its history or architecture but to see the the Scottish Crown Jewels, which are too striking to be considered ‘another royal jewellery’. Don’t forget to look at the famous ‘Stone of Destiny’, which was used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. For further details on the crown jewels and about Edinburgh Castle read edinburghcastle.gov.uk &

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Scottish Crown Jewel @ gemologytidbits.com

No.4 – Visit the Kelpies

The Kelpies are 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures which has become famous for their uniqueness & exquisite craftsmanship. It is in The Helix & 54 mins drive from Edinburg.

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The Kelpies @ dailymail.co.uk

No.3 – Experience Authentic Scotch Whiskey 😉

Hah! Can’t be in your list if your are a kid or don’t drink… but for everyone else downing a good dose of authentic scotch should be a priority! Even if you don’t drink do visit a distillery just to see how it is done and the huge varieties available. You can check out Diageo Claive Vidiz Scotch Whisky Collection, the world’s largest collection of Scotch Whiskies. For further details click the link.

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Experience Scotch Whiskey @ visitscotland.com

No.2 – Walk The Ancients Castles & Cathedrals!

Scotland has some of the most intriguing and majestic castles & cathedrals in the world & with  centuries of history behind it you are bound to find the most intriguing stories being told as you visit this magnificent structures with its stone walls,tall turrets and acres of ground. Mind you, Edinburgh and its neighbouring areas is a treasure trove for castle visitors!

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St. Andrews Cathedral @ scotlandnow.dailyrecord.co.uk

No.1 – Marvel The Scottish Highlands

Top in your list should be a visit to the Scottish Highlands. If you are in Scotland and have not visited the Scottish highlands then… what the hell were you doing?!! MUST!

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Scottish Highlands @ bloomberg.com

Thats all for today folks! I will follow-up in details in my subsequents posts, so keep visiting!

Copyright: The thoughts are my own, the knowledge is universal and the photos are from different sources & due credit given. If anyone wishes to use the content, you are most welcome, however, do place a link to this page with acknowledgment. This is not only an internet courtesy but also a legal requirement. Regards.

 

 

 

5 Top Things To-Do In Manchester (UK)

 

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Manchester is an important city in England having its history embedded in the industrial  revolution. Manchester’s location makes it a suitable place put your beddings down if you intend to visit the upper part of England, Scotland & Ireland. Furthermore, it has a fully functional airport which reachable by much cheaper air tickets then tho Heathrow. Manchester do have some interesting things to do and see, which are listed here in below

No.1 Crystal Maze

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The Crystal Maze @ Timeout

This is my no.1 must-do thing as I have grown up watching the game show “Crystal Maze”! It is fun place to be in and have a gala time. If your are with children then this is a MUST-DO for you! Check it out in the webpage of Crystal Maze.

No.2 Manchester Ship Canal Cruises

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Canal Cruise @ Mersey Ferries

You can take a canal cruise through the 35-mile stretch of canal.Mersey Ferries has a amazing cruise through this canal and lasts about 6 hours cruises which takes you through mind-blowing scenery. Many of the cruises include a 2 ½ hour stopover at the end point.

3. Climb the Clock Tower of Manchester Town Hall

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Manchester Town Hall @ thetownhallmcr.co.uk

Right in the centre of the city is the Victorian-era building which happens to be the ‘Town Hall’. What I suggest is that other than taking a tour of the Hall, you a must see as the architecture is stunning both inside and out. You can join a guided tour that you climb the clock tower and after paying a nominal fee stand behind the giant clock face and get a panoramic view of the city!

No.4 The Old Wellington

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The Old Wellington @ Wikimedia

This would be no.1 ‘Things To-Do’ for a pub-lover 😀 The Old Wellington is a old British pub housed in a very old building built in 1552! You can have amazing warm foods here. Its gives you a genuine ‘old world’ vibe that is so refreshing!

5. Heaton Park

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Heaton Park’s Tram @ geoffspages.co.uk
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Heaton Park @ newcastlephotos.blogspot.in

Located at Manchester, this beautiful park is one of the largest municipal park in Europe. It has an animal farm, a old manor house, boating lake, golf course, etc This is a good place to stroll around and revitalise. It also has a cute tram that you can travel around in!

Thats all for today friends! I will be back with a post on ‘Day Trips from Manchester’! See you around!

 

10 ‘Must-See’ Places In Norway

Norway is a Scandinavian nation famous for its unparalleled natural beauty, intriguing Celtic history, mysterious northern lights, amongst others. Coming up with a limited ’10’ must-see places in Norway has been a very tough job as how can you choose between one wonder over the other?! So, I listed the Top-10 things I can’t dream of missing in Norway! Do remember that I am a absolute northern light fan, and as usual, watching the northern lights falls within this list too! Do remember that the numbering is simply for the sake of putting a chronology & as far as I am concerned each of this places are #1!

1. Stroll through Bryggen

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Bryggen is a old wharf of Bergen & is famous in photographs for its characteristic wooden houses which reminds us of the ancient wooden structures. Bryggen is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

2. Kjerag

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Kjerag @ A Infinite Step

It is a tall mountain in Norway with one side being a straight vertical fall into the Lysefjorden! Another attraction here is the Kjeragbolten, a 5-cubic-metre stone wedged between two rocks is located on the mountain.

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The Rock @ neilchughes.com

Kjeragfossen waterfall is another attraction here, which happens to be one of the tallest waterfalls in the world!

3. Lofoten Island

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Lofoten Island @ A Infinite Step

A visit to to fluffy clouds & pictures-postcard Lofoten island of Norway is a must! You can drive through Road E10 which connects the Lofoten Islands to mainland Norway with an impressive series of bridges and tunnels. You may also take water services from Bodo or planes from Oslo.

4.Heddal Stave Church & Other traditional Churches of Norway

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Heddal Stave Church @ ultima0thule.blogspot.in

Norway is famous for its intriguing churches, not for its fate or preaching but for their unique structure, architectures & beauty. Some are painted black, some are colourful, etc. Very intriguing…

5. Viking Ship Museum

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Viking Museum @ khm.uio.no

If you have come to the land of the vikings and haven’t visited the Viking Museum then you have not seen Norway at its core! The museum has added ‘The Vikings Alive’, which is a unique visual journey into the Viking Age. The museum is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Adults pay NOK 100 & children under 18 goes free. There are group ticket options too. Museum timing is as follows –

  • 1 May – 30 September 09:00 – 18:00
  • 1 October – 30 April 10:00 – 16:00

Click the link for further details.

6. Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

 

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Open-air Exhibit @ Open-air Exhibit @ norskfolkemuseum.no

Norsk Folkemuseum is located at Oslo and has an Open-Air Museum with 160 historic buildings. It has several in-door exhibits featuring Norwegian costumes, folk art, church art and Sami culture. There are several audience programs and activities for children, including meeting Norwegian animals, baking traditional food, etc. Its open throughout the year except on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day and its open between Christmas and New Year from 11:00 am – 3:00pm. The normal timings is as follows –

  • May 15 – September 14:  Every day 10:00 – 18:00
  • September 15 – May 14:  Weekdays 11:00 – 15:00,  Sat and Sun 11:00 – 16:00

7. Tromsø

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Tromso @ visitnorway.com

Tromsø is called “Gateway to the Arctic” and ideal for seeing the northern lights. It is located 350 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle and from September to March many people come to Tromsø to see the northern lights. From 20 May to 20 July the midnight sun is as its full glory here. Tromsø has a relatively mild climate considering its arctic location because its seaside. Other then northern light sighting, you can also go for hiking, fishing, kayaking, dog sledding and whale safaris.

8. Train Journey Between Oslo & Bergen

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Inside of the train @ travel-tour-guide.com

Ok… this is not really a ‘must-see’ places but is a ‘must-feel’ experience when in Norway. This is one of the most scenic journey in the whole of Europe & will definitely fall within the Top-3 best train journeys in the world! (Hmmm….. thats sounds like a nice blog topic!)

9. A Journey With Flåm Railway

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Flam @ visitflam.com

Another must-do train journey is between Flåm and Myrdal. It is approximately 2 hours  train journey through some of Norway’s best landscape. You will cross lush fjord landscapes, mightly snow-covered mountains & spectacular waterfalls and  mountains. Check the link for further details.

10 Safest Country To Visit In 2017!

With the world going crazy with innumerable number of crime, terrorist attacks, and general chaos all around, it has become impossible to decide where to travel to! So, I decided to rely on the Global Peace Index (GPI), which attempts to measure the relative position of nations’ and regions’ peacefulness. Based on their peacefulness I deem it would be appropriate to call them safe to travel? So friends, here are the 10 safest countries to visit in 2017!

No.1 Iceland

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Midnight Sun In Iceland @ Iceland Travel

Iceland had been world’s most peaceful country for last 10 years, maybe because its an island nation and not influenced much?? Whatever be it, this is my favourite country and world’s no.1 safest country! For some great tips on travelling in Iceland visit Iceland Travel & also check our blog post on Top-5 ‘Must-Do’ Things In Iceland!

 

No.2 New Zealand

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Fiordland National Park (New Zealand) @ butterfield.com

New Zealand is one of the best destinations for anyone with any type of travel inspiration. it has awesome natural beauty, intriguing history, heart-pumping adventure & loads of fun thing to do. New Zealand has been in the top slots of GPI for decades at end. Butterfield.com has some great posts on New Zealand, do check up if you are intending to travel there. Check our blogpost on New Zealand travel.

No.3 Portugal

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Parque de Pena (Portugal) @ Salt of Portugal

Portugal has jumped from no.18 in 2014 to no.3 in 2017 in the GPI! This country is beautiful, rich in history & culture and the people are amazing! There are two blogs that I would suggest you to read, one is the Salt of Portugal with its stunning photos and great contents & the other one is Portugalist, whose photos mayn’t be ‘wow’ type but the content is very well written and well researched.

No.4 Austria

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Austrian Alps @ Holiday Guru

Austria is a beautiful country which reminds me of “Sounds of Music” overtime I visit this wonderful place. Like Denmark, its location makes it one of the best places to make as the hub point as you travel around Europe. Its wins extra marks for being regularly featured as peaceful nation! For best input on travelling in and around Austria nothing can beat their own tourist webpage Austria Info.

 

No.5 Denmark

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Denmark Canal @ Telegraph

Denmark has been regularly featured as among the happiest countries in the world & also one of the safest. It is so well-situated in the map that you can travel from and to Denmark from anywhere in Europe! For a take on the lifestyle and traveling and places to see in Denmark visit All About Denmark.

No.6 Czech Republic

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Prague (Czech Republic) @ Olirserve.com

Czech Republic was home to the Velvet Revolution &today it stands at being world’s no.6 most peaceful nation! How’s that for making “peace” sound wonderful & achievable?! I came across this really good post on Czech Republic, what to see, what to eat, where to stay, etc and though you might like it too. It also contains a 10-days itinerary, if you are interested! Click the link for further details – frommers.com.

No.7 Slovenia

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Slovenia @ slovenia.info

This is a small less-known country abundant with natural beauty & monuments. Interestingly, Slovenia made it to the top-10 most peaceful countries in the world!  It has higher than average police presence & therefore the crime rate is pretty low and makes people feel safer. miss tourist.com did a quick guide on Slovenia that you might find useful. Another useful link is slovenia.info which is very informative and exhaustive.

No.8 Canada

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Banff National Park (Canada) @ reddit.com

Canada is another country who hardly ripples the news for any type of crime being committed. whether it is because of less population density or govt. policy, not very easy to say, but it is definitely a country that you must try to visit! There are several blog and webpages on Canada travel, however I found ibackpackcanada.com very informative. You may check it too!

No.9 Switzerland

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Switzerland @ youtube

Switzerland being one of the safest country is a no-brainer because it is famous for its neutrality stand  & there is absolute absence of internal or external conflicts. Switzerland needs no introduction when it comes to its beauty, efficiency and ‘wow’ factor. However, if you still need a little motivation to visit then peep into myhammocktime.com. Watch this beautiful video in youtube called 10 Top Tourist Attractions in Switzerland.

No.10: Ireland & Japan

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Ireland Castle @ super-travels.com

The Republic of Ireland was 12th in last year’s GPI but has jumped to 10th position to share it with Japan!infiniteireland.com is definitely my ‘got-to’ guide when it comes to planning a trip for Ireland!

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Japan iexplore.com

On the other hand, Japan has been always considered as one of the most peaceful & safe countries because of their homicides incidences & lack of access to weapons. There are a few websites I would suggest, one being iexplore.com, another is willflyforfood.com which has quite an interesting take on the different cities of Japan, the third being another interesting page called japantravelmate.com

 

 

So, here is your list of Top-10 safest countries in the world for 2017! Pack your bags and drop into anyone of them for a beautiful memory! Psstt…. do get back to us with your experience! We would love to hear from you and recount your experience here! Have fun!