Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Ireland's Inspirational Landscape 5 Natural Attractions to Add to Your Itinerary

The Emerald Isle has given the world so much, from masterful artists to exciting culture. But the one thing it kept for itself was its amazing scenery--craggy cliffs, wild mountains, peaceful valleys, and abundant wildlife. To experience the true spirit of this magical land, take time to immerse yourself in Ireland’s beauty as part of your Ireland vacation.

1. Cliffs of Moher

Towering above the wild waters of the Atlantic, the Cliffs of Moher are a trademark sight of the Irish west coast and one of the country’s prime natural attractions. Rising more than 200 m (700 ft) above the ocean, the cliffs provide breathtaking views and offer a true haven for hikers. With large colonies of puffins and other species, this is also a top destination for bird watchers. As you draw inspiration from the unique surroundings, take the time to capture the landscape in a photo or painting.

2. Killarney National Park

Ireland’s oldest protected natural area, Killarney National Park provides a stunning outdoor setting marked by untouched scenery and historical heritage. From hiking and cycling to boating and kayaking, the park offers a large selection of things to do. You can watch wildlife here, including the island’s only herd of red deer. Muckross House, a perfectly preserved Victorian manor, together with its lush gardens and a traditional farm, stands as one of the park’s most notable attractions. It’s a must-see destination to include on Ireland itinerary for any history buff.

3. Wicklow Mountains National Park

Just a short drive from the bustle of Dublin, you’ll find yourself surrounded by unspoiled nature at Wicklow Mountains National Park. One of the park’s unique attractions and a definite place to visit is the ruins of Glendalough, a monastic settlement dating back to the 6th century. You can hike or swim in the park, watch for wildlife, or do some rock-climbing if you feel adventurous. If you’re short on time, drive through the park via its scenic roads and make a few stops to soak in the views.

4. Powerscourt Waterfall

One of the most famous features of Ireland’s landscape, Powerscourt Waterfall stands 121 m (398 ft) high, making it the tallest waterfall in the country. The waterfall is a part of the Powerscourt Estate which includes several other attractions, such as landscaped gardens and several historic manors. The lush valley at the bottom offers an ideal spot for admiring the cascading waters, having a picnic, or strolling through nature. Among other species of native trees, this is one of the rare places outside the United States where you can see giant redwoods.

5. Gap of Dunloe

Glaciers once ruled Ireland. As they retreated, one of them left behind a natural jewel known as the Gap of Dunloe. The mountain pass is just 11 km (7 mi) long (making the road through it too narrow for most motor vehicles), but it supports five different lakes. This makes the gap perfect for hikers and cyclists, and you can also ride a pony or grab a place in a horse-drawn vehicle. The cliffs overlooking the pass are among the country’s most popular rock-climbing destinations. Take time to plan your trip and make a wish as you cross the old Wishing Bridge, because legend says that wishes made here always come true.
By Nikola Mihaelj

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Triple J's Hottest 100 2012 - Countdown and Live List

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

New site launched

Visiting the battlefields and the war museums of Europe stoked my interest in collecting these amazing machines of war. After years of researching and learning about these machines I have decided to launch an online site making them available for a low price as well as links to other WW2 replicas and RC vehicles.

You can visit the site by going to

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

First-time Visitor Guide to Tampa, FL

Tampa, Florida, is a favorite vacation spot for tourists from around the world because it offers a perfect combination of relaxing beaches, stimulating cultural attractions and vibrant nightlife. The city, with is situated on the Gulf of Mexico, is proximate to Clearwater Beach, Indian Rocks Beach and St. Pete Beach. Visitors favor the beaches near Tampa because they are known for having calmer water and whiter sand than the beaches on the Atlantic side of Florida.

Tampa has a long menu of theme parks for visitors to choose from, by my personal recommendation for first-time visitors is Busch Gardens. This classic American theme park brings together the best of two worlds: the zoo and the amusement park. Families and couples are both are guaranteed a good time because the park offers activities to suit every taste. Animal-lovers and thrill-seekers alike will be awed by the Serengeti Safari, which takes visitors on a 30-minute ride through a re-created African plain. Brave souls who exceed 54" in height won't want to miss the one-of-a-kind SheiKra roller coaster, and for visitors looking for a tamer experience, Busch Gardens features 4-D theater shows.

Animal attractions are definitely a recurring theme in Tampa. Other popular Tampa sightseeing destinations include the Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center, Big Cat Rescue, the Lowry Park Zoo and the Florida Aquarium, which is my personal favorite. This aquarium takes visitors "behind the glass" and allows them to actually interact with the animals. Sample experiences include a SCUBA reef adventure, a behind-the-scenes shark-feeding tour and even a "meet-the-penguins" tour.

If you plan ahead, getting to Tampa can be just as relaxing as the vacation itself. Tourists who choose to drive enjoy the beautiful Florida scenery, but cheap flights to Tampa Bay on discount airlines are readily available. Spirit Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest and AirTran all offer reasonably-priced flights to Tampa Bay International Airport from major U.S. cities. If you're an international visitor, flights to Tampa are plentiful as well. British Airways offers flights to Tampa from London, with prices peaking during the popular summer travel month of July.

Once you're on the ground, you'll find myriad transportation options available. Lots of rental car services have desks at Tampa Bay International Airport, including Avis, Alamo, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, Enterprise, National and Thrifty. If you're not planning to rent a car, though, SuperShuttle provides a convenient and affordable way to get to your hotel. If you're willing to wait a few minutes for the next bus to arrive, you'll save quite a bit over a taxi, and you can also book your return shuttle trip at the same time.

Many visitors stay in the Clearwater Beach area in order to be as close as possible to the ocean, but staying in downtown Tampa will place you closer to the city's sightseeing attractions. If you're looking for luxury, the Hyatt Regency, Sheraton, Marriott and The Westin all have locations in downtown Tampa. Wherever you call home, you're sure to have a great time in Tampa.

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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Las Vegas Holidays!

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Honeymoon Phuket - Thailand

We had an absolutely fantastic time in Thailand, we stayed at Marina Phuket Resort in Karon. It was about a 15 min drive from the airport, they picked us up for free. We travelled Air Asia and the trip was about $600 return each from the Gold Coast which is great value.

The hotel was one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of staying at. It was half price as well because it was the rainy season (not that we saw much rain). The hotel is located in an old coconut plantation which is now a lush rainforest backing onto the beach.

The hotel food was amazing, a free American breakfast with a staggering array of fresh fruit. There was also French pastry and Thai food each morning.

The local baby elephant visited every day and we enjoyed the $8 hour long massages available on the beach or the local parlor. The local food was also great value and really hit the spot. Local beers also went down a treat, Chang being my favourite. We also sampled cocktails down by the pool.

I'll be posting some more blogs of our day trips and adventures soon!

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Great books while on the road

When travelling it's a fantastic time to get stuck into some great books. I have found audio books great on the train, plane or bus when relaxing and it might be difficult to read a physical copy.

For the last year I have been entering in what I have read on weRead and thought the blog would be a great place to share some of my favourites with you. Feel free to comment with any recommendations or reviews.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Northern NSW

We recently holidayed in Yamba and visted Balina, Evans Heads and Lennox Head. We had a fantastic time and got to see a lot of beautiful places especially Angourie. We stayed at Yamba Waters caravan park and the rates were great and the staff very friendly. We will definitely be coming back.

We are heading to Thailand in a few weeks so come back soon for further updates!

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Gold Coast War Museum

After visiting numerous military museums in Europe I wasn't expected much from this local one but I was very surprised with the quality and variety of the collection. There was vast amounts of memorabilia from past conflicts including vehicles, aircrafts, weapons, uniforms and equipment. There was plent of WW2 era memorabilia and a great collection of australian posters which I hadn't seen before, the "Avenge our Nurses" poster was very poignant.

I would definitely recommend checking it out. ou can view how to get there from here.

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