A Tour of Irish WWI Sites in Flanders

Last May, I was invited to represent Ireland in the Peaceville initiative organised by Visit Flanders. To commemorate the centenary of World War I, I joined travel bloggers from around the world in Belgium to explore some of the most significant sites from the Great War. For me, the highlight of the trip was a specially organised tour of the places where the Irish fought, died and found peace with each other. Controversial Overshadowed by…
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Bringing History Home: In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres

This year marks the 100th anniversary of World War I. Between the years 1914 to 1918, soldiers travelled from five continents and over fifty different countries to the West Flemish region of Belgium. Sadly, the naive sense of adventure that led many of these young recruits here was a million miles from what was to confront them. Over 600,000 died during battle in Belgium. Today, in the ‘Peace City’ of Ypres, they have not been…
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Summer Reading: Under A Croatian Sun

“The bay was bathed in sunshine, seagulls wheeled above me like risen souls and from over the water came the faint chug of fishing boats. It was all so far away from my usual frantic start to the day – bolting my breakfast and then scrambling to work like a wartime air-squadron pilot. I stood on the terrace marvelling at the world around me. There was such a special feeling to this early morning life…
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Amsterdam’s Hottest Tickets this Autumn

Embrace the Dutch tradition of ‘Gezelligheid‘ with these cosy pursuits in the city of Amsterdam this autumn. The Rijksmuseum After a 10 year absence from Amsterdam’s cultural trail, the Rijksmuseum is back and is looking all the better for its €375 million make-over. The new look museum is highly interactive and takes you on a journey through the history of the Netherlands via a wonderfully curated selection of art and artifacts. Highlights include the Gallery…
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The Fashion Edit: 2013’s Summer Music Fest Fashions

From the mountains of Tennessee to the countryside of Somerset, the summer is full of musical events that’ll have music lovers of all genres ready to rock out. Although the line-ups are the major draw to summer’s hottest music festivals, fashion also plays a prominent role in the festival scene. From pieces reminiscent of the 60’s “flower power” movement to new looks with an edge, this summer’s fashion trends are going to be a big…
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