Ireland – the land of rich culture, amazing nature and happy people

Emerald isle” become synonym for Ireland long time ago because of inspiring and breathtaking green landscapes. Wherever you look its a huge green field with leprikons running around ( I’m joking, there is no leprikons ). You probably wonder where to go and what to see in Ireland. Well, if your only location is Dublin I’m afraid that you will miss so many great places. Dublin is excellent place to be but this green island have so much more to offer. So, this is my list of best things you can see and do.

DUBLIN

Yes, I know that I said it’s not a only place to go but you must visit Dublin because it is the capital and largest city in Ireland. I would recommend Guinness house, St. Patrick cathedral and Dublin castle. I like Dublin because of its bridges and even though it’s big city it feels small and cozy. The best thing to do is hanging out in pubs and drinking a traditional pint of beer.

 

GALWAY

Galway is artistic and bohemian town which lies on river Corrib.  Galway will be European Capital of Culture in 2020, alongside Rijeka, Croatia.

At any time any day you can see a lot of musician, dancers and artists. Galway is special place because people here are unreal nice and everyone is so chatty and friendly.  My favorite place here is Spanish Arch, there is always something going on and a lot of young people are having picnic or just enjoying a day. You can also visit market in the Eyre square where you can find a lot unique jewelry or artistic paintings. So many festivals are in Galway, such as Art festival, Seafood festival and Galway races.

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CLIFFS OF MOHER

The Cliffs of Moher are located in County Clare and they rise 120 meters (390 ft) above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag’s Head, and eight kilometers to the north, reach their maximum height of 214 meters (702 ft) just north of O’Brien’s tower which is a round stone tower near the midpoint of the cliffs that was built in 1835 by Sir Cornelius O’Brien. So, you are probably wondering how to get there. It is really simple, you can go on your own from Dublin or Galway with bus or you can go with agency if you want organized transport and someone to guide you all the way there.

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GIANT’S CAUSEWAY

The Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is located in County Antrim on the north coast of Northern Ireland, about three miles (4.8 km) northeast of the town of Bushmills.

According to legend, the columns are the remains of a causeway built by a giant. True story or not, it’s definitely worth of visit.

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ARAN ISLANDS

The Aran Islands are located just off Galway on the west coast. Local people speak Irish and English as well, so you can experience true Irish culture here. You can came here from Galway by bus then ferry on daily trip or stay longer. Best way to explore Aran island is on bike because it’s so peaceful and charming to ride by the coast. If you are fan of camping there is a lot of great spot to relax. Also, they have “glamping” area there, if you would like to feel more comfortable.

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CONNEMARA NATIONAL PARK

Situated in the West of Ireland in County Galway, Connemara National Park covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park’s mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range. Connemara National Park was established and opened to the public in 1980. I would highly recommend for hiking and camping.

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Amsterdam vibes

“Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.”

Amsterdam is my favorite city, not only because of beautiful canals, bridges and amazing buildings, it has special energy. One of best option to see Amsterdam is boat cruise through canals or on bike. I prefer canals cruise, it’s so much safer then on bike, especially if you are not local.

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There is a lot of museums to visit, most famous are Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum, Anne Frank  house and more. They even have Hash marihuana & Hemp museum if you like that more than “normal” museums. Most famous tourist attraction is Amsterdam sign, it is usually crowded. They sometimes change location so check it online before you go.

 

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Amsterdam counts about 250 coffee shops and most of them are located in the Red Light District.  The most famous is The Bulldog, but if you decide to go there prepare yourself for long waiting because it’s always full. And don’t even try to take photos in the Red Light District, it’s strictly forbidden to do so.

I have great time on Dam square which is heart of Amsterdam, there is a lot of good restaurant and everything is close from Dam square. Also visit Vondelpark, it’s charming  and romantic. Don’t miss out the flower market ( Bloemenmarkt ) !

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One of best things to do in Amsterdam is the Xtra Cold Icebar. They will give you thermal coat and gloves to keep you warm so you can enjoy your drinks.

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Try some local cuisine like bitterballen, poffertjes, raw herring and of course cheese. 😊

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Why you should visit Croatia

So, I wake up this morning and it’s raining again. If you live in UK or Ireland you will know what I’m talking about.  Feeling little bit nostalgic and sentimental I was so inspired to write this post.  I grew up in small town on Adriatic coast and I can’t wait to go on holiday there soon. Here is a list of some highlights what you can do on coast.

Let’s started with my favorites 😊

  1. Beaches

Maybe it’s just me but i couldn’t imagine my life without sea, sun and beaches. If you want to spend your holiday sunbathing on warm sand and swimming in gorgeous sea then you must visit Adriatic coast. You can go basically everywhere on coast because every small town has it’s own charm. It’s magical feeling to wake up in cute small town, smell the sea and feel the breeze.

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  1. Music festivals

What is a summer without music festivals? I highly recommend Ultra festival in Split, Garden festival in Tisno and Zrće beach ( famous as Croatian Ibiza ) on island Pag. If you are more for relax holiday there is always movie festival in Motovun.

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  1. Food

When you are in Croatia don’t eat fast food because you will miss such an important part of culture.  Try as much as you can seafood, cheeses, wine, prosciutto  and everything else on menu. If someone from Croatia call you on dinner at home say YES, you won’t regret it! 😊

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  1. Nature

One of best things in Croatia is beautiful weather and even more beautiful nature. I’m not really sporty girl but when it’s time to go hiking or discovering new places I won’t say no. Visit at least one national park, go scuba diving or go hiking in mountains. Trust me, you will feel like in paradise.

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  1. Historical culture

There is so many historical places in Croatia. One of most famous are Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik, Pula, Šibenik, Rijeka, Zagreb, Varaždin and many more. Every town has it’s own story and special vibe.

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Hello :)

Hi, my name is Nina. I’m from beautiful Croatia but I’m currently based in Galway, Ireland. So, why am I writing this blog? First reason is because I LOVE traveling and writing. Second reason is that I would like to share with you some experience and help you with planning next adventure.

Why Nina in Wonderland? Well, because “we are all mad here”.