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Switzerland: Top of Europe

I’m sure most of you have read, or at least heard of, the famous Sherlock Holmes story where the famous detective takes on his nemesis, Moriarty, in a fight to the death at the Reichenbach Falls.I had the opportunity recently to visit the falls, and the Interlaken area, with around 80 members of the Sherlock Holmes Society.This...

Northern Ireland: Blessingbourne Estate

I would not be described as a keen cyclist. Indeed my own bicycle has been helping hold up my garden fence for the best part of three years.So it was with some surprise that I found myself trying out a professionally designed off-road mountain biking trail while on a weekend break at Blessingbourne Estate in Co Tyrone.Whilst...

Iceland: Reykjavik

Iceland is a country that has intrigued me for many years. It was always, however, slightly out of reach. My interest piqued again recently when I watched the Walter Mitty film which was largely filmed in the country. The scenery looked astounding.  Therefore news of direct flights from Belfast to Reykjavik had me packing my thermals quicker...

USA: Chicago

As a way of getting your bearings, standing 103 floors above a city in a glass-bottomed pod attached to one of the world’s tallest buildings is certainly an eye-opener.The sensible part of your brain is telling you “this is not normal, go back, go back”, while the adventurous part is telling you “look down, look down!”. That’s...

USA: Los Angeles

As my fiancée will testify, I am not a big movie buff. Invariably, she will say “have you seen…” and name a famous big-name film. My answer is invariably “no”.However, I must have watched enough movies to get that “deja-vu” feeling when I visited Los Angeles for the first time. That’s probably because there aren’t many places...

France: Strasbourg

My recent visit to Strasbourg was full of surprises, from the best airport to use (and it isn't even in France) to the food on offer, I spent four days in the city amazed at what I was discovering. Some describe Strasbourg as the ultimate European city, not only because it is the home of the European...

Northern Irish Roadtrip

When someone mentions Roadtrip, where springs to mind? Route 66 in the USA perhaps or Route 1 in Portugal. However, you might be surprised to learn one of the world’s most scenic drives is, literally, on our doorstep. The A2 hugs the coastline while it passes through four of the six northern counties. In parts it...

Germany: Cologne

Mention the word Cologne, what do you think of first? A good aftershave or a German city? Given I might have looked a bit odd spending two days in the Men's Toiletries section of my local pharmacy, I took a couple of days recently to visit the historic German city on the banks of the Rhine. As...

Northern Ireland adventures

If you are a parent of teenagers, you have probably thought long and hard about how to prise them away from their games console or TV over the summer months.  Long gone, of course, are the days when they could get hours of enjoyment out of a bucket and spade on a beach or taking them to an amusement...

USA: Meeting of the Great Rivers

For someone like me, who loves roadside attractions and Americana, it’s a bit of a playground

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