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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Snorkelling with the largest fish in the world would naturally be on every travellers bucket list, right? Wrong. Throughout my journey in the Philippines, I came across many a heated discussion about the Whale Shark swimming in Oslob. Opinions from both locals and travellers alike differed greatly, some supporting the enterprise…

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This morning I realised that dam, after writing about all these awesome places abroad, I should really post something about my hometown. Dún Laoghaire (please – go ahead and try to pronounce it) is a harbour town south of Dublin city centre. It takes it name from Laoghaire, a High King of…

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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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Last month I went on a brilliant hike through the Lake District. I had planned this for a quite a while, and to be honest I was getting cold feet when I looked at the dreary forecast for the weekend. Happily though, under glorious sunshine, I boarded the train from…

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