Seemingly super-glued to a sheer cliff face high above the dense forests of the Pontic Mountains, Sumela Monastery is a little known hidden gem in North Eastern Turkey. Built by Greek Orthodox priests 1,600 years ago, this Byzantium masterpiece with its ornate frescos and secret cave dwellings has survived through…

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The recent restoration of the Scottish Borders Railway has opened up this serine part of Scotland to visitors. It is part of Scotland often neglected by visitors, but one major draw is Melrose Abbey. Historically known as St. Mary’s, it is located 40 miles south of Edinburgh and today is easily accessible…

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August in Edinburgh is busy, so I should have known better when I planned a visit to Edinburgh Castle, which rises above the hustle and bustle of the city. I immediately thought “Screw This”, as the throngs of tourists poured out of their tour buses and through the gate of the…

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The futuristic DeLorean aka the Back to the Future Car, was built in Belfast in the early 1980’s before the company collapsed. “Time circuits on… Flux Capacitor… fluxing… flllluxxxxiiinnngggg…. Engine running… All right!!!” “You what!! Are you out of your mind?! Jesus Christ you could have been killed!!!” – The…

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[mapsmarker marker=”9″] The East Lancashire Railway in Bury, north of Manchester, is probably the best preserved heritage railway in the UK. It runs vintage steam train services throughout the year and appeals to visitors of all ages. For many steam train excursions in the UK, the cost can be upwards…

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