Ireland

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    Weekends on the move: 200 years of The Metalman in Tramore

    At the last moment, I am looking back at the trips this year. This time I’m taking you to Metalman in Tramore – an unofficial vantage point over the cliffs of the Celtic Sea. If you ever visit Waterford, the locals will surely tell you that you just have to go to Tramore. Tramore is a small town right by the Celtic Sea, where not only locals like to go. You will find a very nice view here, but mainly a large beach, along which you can walk or get wet in the sea. More about Tramore in one of my first articles. By the way, the so-called Metalman is…

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    Photo corner: Kilkenny town during a heatwave

    I’m just saving the photos here from last year’s visit to Kilkenny at the end of August. Some of them still look great even after one-ish year, so I’m glad they turned out so well, because the sun wasn’t really shy that day. You could see most of the photos on my Instagram, but if the algorithm didn’t show them to you… I wrote about Kilkenny two years ago, if you don’t know which town it is – the article is here. There is a mishmash of everything – from the castle, street photos, nature and even street art. Enjoy! We are starting with the castle of course… …then let’s…

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    Photo corner: Christmas in the Irish oldest city, Waterford

    Only this year I realized that I have never really showed you Christmas in Waterford and especially our Winterval festival. So let’s do it! I will have a few photos here from the past years, but also from this year, when I focused more on details and on new points of view (after all, how many times can one take a photo of the same building to make it interesting every time?). All photos are taken over the last 4 years with my DSLR camera. The first two years I shot with my 18-135mm, last year and this year it is a mix of the aforementioned lens and 50mm. Winterval…

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    Weekends on the move: Avondale Viewing Tower in Wicklow

    This might surprise you, but Ireland only got its first viewing tower last year. It is located in County Wicklow, just a short distance from the local mountain range. I went there with friends on the last Saturday in July (last year hihi). Wicklow is a county made up mostly of mountains. So where else to build a viewing tower than overlooking the mountains. So, to make it clear, the mountains are not that big (sorry, Irish people), but they are still very nice and nice to look at. We had a heatwave here last summer, but that particular day the sun wasn’t shining, it was cloudy and I even…

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    Weekends on the move: cliff walk in Dunmore East

    Dunmore East is a small harbor village just outside of Waterford. In addition to a popular beach, a large park and views of the neighboring county Wexford, it also offers a built nature trail along the cliffs. I somehow missed the cliff walk and learned about it about a year ago on Instagram from an account I follow. Of course I wanted to go there. But I had two problems – the weather and how to get from Waterford to the village by the sea (the infrastructure in Ireland is… not good). Fortunately, the latter was not the problem in the end. I found out that there is a fairly…

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    Weekends on the move: a quick one to Dungarvan

    I usually just pass through Dungarvan on my trips to Cork and it’s been a few years since I’ve been there. At the beginning of July, the friends decided that they wanted to visit this town. It was the second Sunday in July, the heat was ravaging Ireland (while the island suffered, Terez had a blast) and we were on our way to the west of County Waterford. First stop was Ring, a small village near Dungarvan where my fav Dutch artist Nina Valkhoff was painting a new painting for Waterford Walls at that time. I haven’t seen Nina in three years, so it was nice to see her again…

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    Weekends on the move: The last stop of Titanic, Cobh

    If the name Cobh rings a bell, you’re either a big fan of the history of the Titanic, or you’ve been reading my blog for a really long time (if the latter, then kudos to you!). I wrote about Cobh four years ago when V. and I visited this place. But at that time we weren’t very lucky about weather, so when the last Sunday in August last year the weather got heavenly, it was clear where we were going. Cobh is one of the places I’ve visited many times since I live in Ireland. Almost every time in really nice weather, however, every time we just parked for a…

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    Weekends on the move: one hot day in Howth

    Whenever you are I thought I could take you back in time with me to one of the hottest days we had last summer. Last weekend in August, after years of promising, I took my mum to Howth, peninsula on the north side of Dublin. Howth is a popular spot not only for tourists but also for locals. As soon as there’s a bit of sunshine in Dublin, they all jump onto Dart and ride right into the heart of Howth Harbor. Honestly, I was glad we visited at the end of August, I can’t imagine how crowded Dart and the peninsula must have been during the heatwave in July.…

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    Why you should add Waterford City to your Irish itinerary and what to see in Waterford

    As the oldest city in Ireland, Waterford has gone through a lot – from the founding of the Vikings through the economic crisis and total decline in 2008, or the construction of a special triangular roof in the middle of the city. In addition to a diverse history, it also offers art and beautiful nature. In this article, I will try to convince you to add the city of Waterford to your Irish itinerary. This article is not happening only because I live in Waterford and I want to (finally) introduce it to you, but also because we here in Ireland have not been able to travel more than 5…

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    Weekends on the move: The Vee view and volcanic Blackwater lake

    One sunny Saturday morning in June, we decided to visit the Knockmealdown Mountains and Blackwater Lake after a long time. If you read my other articles from time to time, these names probably tell you something, because I’ve mentioned them in the past – and now I’ll show you. The Knockmealdown Mountains are located on the border of County Wateford and Tipperary as well as the Comeragh Mountains – they are the only two large mountains in County Waterford. In both cases, the highest points of these mountains are located in Wateford, where Knockmealdown holds the lead in terms of height. Interestingly, both mountains have large lakes, just in the…