My inner princess never thought this was possible. My own country has a history of around 150 settled human years, so the magic of walking through thousands of years of history never quite loses the unique frisson of delight. Suits of armour that tell tales of bravery and hardship, kitchen hearths that fed hundreds of (in)famous dignatories and hard working servants, windows that saw enemy arches living up their longbows and sighing maidens dreaming of… View Post

Mount Stewart, Northern Ireland

Mount Stewart, Northern Ireland

Every blogger secretly wants to discover hidden gems right? I mean it’s practically in the job description: Chatterbox required for hours sat in front of a screen editing words and photos about unusual things. Must bring own mug and discover ‘hidden gems’. Mount Stewart isn’t a hidden gem, it is one of Northern Ireland’s diadem rocks, second to the actual rocks of the Giant’s Causeway. The opening hours were flexible (to say the least) on… View Post

10 reasons you should visit Belfast

10 reasons you should visit Belfast

Every couple of years Mr Kiwi and get ourselves organised enough to book a long weekend listening to tunes and eating great food with our favourite Belfast-based friends. We hop on a Friday night flight, stock up on a few bottles of beer, spin a few records (the sound quality is simply amazing – though I’m always amazed to be allowed into the man-cave) and bookmark a couple of activities in between the terrible jokes… View Post

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast, Northern Ireland

How and where do you start with a city like Belfast? Torn in two for generations over the rights of the English and the Irish to govern this rainy spot, peace seems to be gently settling on this troubled place. After travelling through the luscious Irish Country side, kissing the Blarney Stone, sipping on an ice-cold Guinness next to the Liffey, marvelling at the incredibly dramatic Cliffs of Moher, transversing Dublin’s ha’penny bridge, explored the… View Post

Northern Ireland #travelthursdays

Northern Ireland #travelthursdays

I rather enjoy Thursdays. Not quite as much as Fridays, or Saturdays, and Sundays, but there is something rather nice about having reached the back end of the week, and being able to start planning weekend shenanigans (not this month though it’s going to be a little ridiculous). Thursdays are also perfect for planning long weekends away.   One of the best things about living in England (other than the afternoon tea) is the vicinity… View Post