Cyprus truly is a melting pot of new and old. Because of its strategic location between Europe and the Middle East it was conquered countless times and influenced by numerous different cultures. The island is known as a beach destination but with ancient history going back 10,000 years, beautiful hills and mountains and delicious cuisine combining European and Middle Eastern flavours there are so many more reasons to visit. A modern road network makes exploring easy and because it was a British colony until 1960 most people speak English so finding your way around is a cinch!
We spent our time in the Greek Cypriot republic, the southern part of the island, which is where Nick is from. The northern third is a self-proclaimed republic occupied by Turkey since 1974 and the capital Nicosia is split into two at the so-called ‘green line’. Nicosia is the last divided capital in the world but these days it’s easy to cross to the Turkish side through a checkpoint.
My morning in Dublin begins sitting at a table for 1 in the terrace of Wilde Restaurant at The Westbury, overlooking the quaint streets of Dublin. The chatter of other diners is filling the air with accents from all over the world and I start to feel like an extra in a foreign film. Its overcast with light droplets of rain, a perfect autumn’s morning - the scene has been set.
Unsure of what this city will show me, I was fooled by thinking it would just be a live streaming history book. There is so much to this beautiful city. Grafton Street’s buskers had me shopping with a spring in my step, the buildings brought out the wannabe photographer in me and the food well, that gave me my Eat quest I always wanted after reading Eat, Pray, Love.
However, the further out of Dublin you venture the more character you find. The Landscape is truly breathtaking. I am not the most well-travelled but I know beauty when I see it and Ireland will not disappoint. I merely had a taste of this part of t...
"When a man is tired of London" said Samuel Johnson, "he is tired of life." And that was back in 1777 - there's even more to see and do these days! But sometimes, despite all of the tourist attractions, the visitor still wants to get away for a quick excursion to other parts of the UK.
45 minutes by express train from London's Kings Cross, Cambridge makes an ideal day trip. People have lived in the area since prehistory, and Cambridge has at various times been settled by the Romans, Saxons and Vikings
Some of the locals seem to be vegetarian nudists who prefer the outdoors and are not in too much of a hurry.
Meanwhile swans float idly along the River Cam that flows through Cambridge.
And a few ducks and people do too.
The area is packed with historic churches and museums. Kings College Chapel is perhaps the most famous building (they do charge admission to get inside).
Bicycles are everywhere, like a smaller Amsterdam. Locals, students, teachers and tourists on rented bikes all whiz...