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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Iceland | Self Drive the Golden Circle

Tourism is booming right now in Iceland, notably due to Icelandic airlines like Icelandair and WOW Air offering extended stopovers on transatlantic flights at no extra cost. Tourists who never expected a trip to Iceland are now offered up to a week exploring the island before completing your journey. How cool? What’s more, following the country’s banking collapse, Iceland was a cheap destination to visit (strictly no longer the case, FYI!) and also it’s been marketed amazingly for the past decade creative a huge tourism boost for the little northwestern European island.

A must-do when you visit Iceland (which you really need to consider if you haven’t travelled there yet) is the route known as The Golden Circle.

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Iceland | The Blue Lagoon, A Bucket List Must!

We’re two very cynical people. Be they restaurants, bars, clubs, attractions, we’ll always take the hype with a pinch of salt. When you mention you’re visiting Iceland, the first thing so many people will ask is: “Are you going to The Blue Lagoon?”

A place that everyone and their mother visits isn’t normally imbedded in our itinerary, but we felt The Blue Lagoon was the exception, and we’d probably be refused boarding on the return flight if we hadn’t gone!

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Eurovision 2017 | Top 10 [Updated Post-ESC]

You can’t escape it. Don’t fight it. Embrace it. You know when you entertain us pair we’ll find a way to slot Eurovision in some place and – yes – it’s that wonderful time of year again, Eurovision Song Contest 2017 – it’s go time!

We’ve spent months following all the updates, getting to know each of the songs and performers and brushing up on what’s happening ahead of Kyiv, Ukraine hosting ESC 2017. So much so that you don’t have to – so nice, right? We’re here to dish on our Eurovision 2017 top ten acts: these are the ones we expect to do extremely well, sail into the Eurovision final on 13th May 2017 and quite possibly even win!

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Grand Central by Scandic, Stockholm

Whenever we search for hotels on our travels, we always want to find somewhere quirky and characterful.

Boutique hotels, designer hotels with just a touch of luxury and concept hotels are right up our street ’cause they make a trip to a destination all the more memorable. We love independently styled hotels and we really love ones that ooze unique character. We’re forever on the look out for beautiful spaces to rest our heads that’s a little out of the ordinary and which tempts us never to leave and after an overnight stay at the  Grand Central by Scandic in Stockholm, that’s exactly how we felt.

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