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Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coastal Route

Hitting the open road, passing little villages, breathing in the coastal air and being absorbed by the rolling countryside; a driving holiday may sound like something a pair of past-it parents might plan, but there’s really no better way to see a destination to its fullest. The UK & Ireland boast so many picturesque driving routes but Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast is truly one of the most breathtaking.

Two days on the open road from Derry City/Londonderry to Belfast city brings you along the Co. Antrim coast taking in castles, temples and natural wonders, not to mention incredible food and drink.

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Dublin One | A District To Rediscover

We grew up on commuter towns in the extreme suburbs of the ‘Northside’ as it’s known (Dublin is generally split into north, south and west), so it’s only natural that we’ve always gravitated towards the north of the Liffey but it’s odd to even think – with the benefit of hindsight – that one of us used to live just a street or two away from Dublin’s grand, central boulevard of O’Connell Street during university.

When university rolled around, it was pure luck and chance that a house big enough for a group of four friends – located down a sleepy terrace within earshot of Croke Park’s chanting crowds – was available at the perfect time; and so that spot became home for three years, five minutes’ walk from the Spire, Dublin’s literal pin-pointed heart.

To the untrained eye, Dublin 1 – the postcode marking the north inner city centre – might not seem like it has a lot to offer in terms of modern cafes, exceptional restaurants, long-standing, esteemed retailers and  time-honoured watering holes, but let us be the first to dispel that sentiment.Roughly its confines run along Capel Street northwards from the Liffey, up Bolton Street to meet the North Circular Road and then tracing the canal, finally encompassing all of the IFSC and north docklands area; anywhere within that shape sits in Dublin 1. Dublin 1 is absolutely worth its weight, and here’s why.

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Recipe | Organic Courgette Fritters for Breakfast [SP]

We’re gonna preface this recipe and state that we don’t think anything should need to be labelled ‘organic’.

To us, non-organic ingredients and produce should be the very stuff that needs to be labelled and singled out! It shouldn’t have to be the case that you search eagle-eyed through supermarket shelves, specialist stores and navigating local suppliers trying to find the best produce available, it should always be at the forefront.

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Borough Market | The Jewel in London’s Crown

“Borough Market”, two words we’ll utter instantly, without fail, when asked for tips on a London visit.

It’s top of the list, every single time. It’s a tourist destination for so many reasons and naturally it’s right up there on our London Bucket List postbut the beauty is that for Londoners Borough Market doubles up as their local grocer, butcher, baker and candlestick maker (we may need to check up on that one!) Heck, for hoards of people lucky enough to work close by it’s the lunch spot dreams are made of with street food aplenty and a buzzy atmosphere from midday ’til around 3pm daily. Here’s why we love Borough Market.

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48 Hours In… Kyiv!

Every year before Eurovision rolls around we like to compile a useful guide to the host city for visiting music fans and 2017 was no different as we discovered the wonderful capital of Ukraine, Kyiv.

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This year we couldn’t make it to Kyiv for a recce trip before Eurovision itself so we enlisted the help of two local bloggers and tour guides Amy of The Wayfarer’s Book and Sviatoslava of Kyiv Friendly Tours. Combined with our own experiences, we’ve got all the information you’ll need to know about visiting Kyiv on a 48 hour trip – where to eat, what to see and do, and how to get around!

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48 Hours In… Galway

Ireland is not city-rich like the United Kingdom is. We’ve got two capitals – Dublin, first city of the Republic of Ireland, and Belfast, Northern Ireland’s first. Zoning in on the Republic, Cork in the southwest is our second city but the accolade of third city would naturally be Galway – though Limerick, Waterford or Kilkenny might take offence to that statement!

Galway has a decidedly different vibe to any other Irish city or large town. Known as the City of Tribes, culture beats at its heart; art, song and dance skip through the streets as a brisk Atlantic wind does; and food and drink fuel the belly of this city along the Connemara coast.

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If you find yourself going West, naturally Galway is a must-stop. Whether for the craic agus ceol inthe tigh tabhairne (pubs), the finest West of Ireland produce punctuates menu at top restaurants or the unique energy in this vibrant, artistic city, here’s how we would spend 48 hours in the capital of the province of Connaught, Galway city.

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An Announcement…

We’ve been trying to figure out the best way to do this.

A video, a picture on Instagram, or a thread on Twitter, perhaps, but doing it this way on the blog seems to be the best move – since this is where it all began, really.

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