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11 most popular Instagrams in June 2015

This month’s most popular Instagrams are from Northern Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Germany and Sweden, and include three World Heritage sites. Here we go: 11. Until last month, I hadn’t been in Antwerp in more than 20 years. What a wonderful city! One of its many features is the fabulous doors found around town. This one […]

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11 most popular Instagrams in May 2015

Here, better late than never, is our monthly Instagram feature.  As usual, I’ve linked to the photo on Instagram in the numbers. No less than five World Heritage sites are included this month, so let’s get on with it. Here are the 11 most popular ‘grams on Sophie’s World in May 2015. 11. This snapshot is from the Sunday […]

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Mysterious Newgrange

You’ve heard about Stonehenge, of course, but are you familiar with Newgrange? Just across the water, in Ireland, Newgrange is a temple even older than the mysterious stones at Salisbury Plain. 97 standing stones surround the megalithic tomb. You’ll be with a guide; can’t wander about on your own in here; small groups are let […]

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Silent Sunday: Celtic Monasterboice, a 5th century Christian settlement in Ireland

Muiredach’s High Cross, at Celtic Monasterboice, a 5th century Christian settlement in Ireland

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Dublin after dark – mobile theatre

Tired of hanging in Dublin’s pubs? Of course you aren’t. But if for a few hours you want a cool alternative, give the Dublin Ghost Bus Tour a go, a deliciously kitschy journey through Dublin’s dark history. At 9.30 pm on a rainy October evening, I enter the purple double-decker, weaving my way through cobwebs […]

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Exploring Ireland’s Ballyhoura with kids

Today, travel blogger and Ireland enthusiast Jody Halsted of irelandwithkids.com shares her experiences on travelling with children in Ballyhoura. After reading this, my youngest has already decided zorbing, zip lining, donkeys and horse riding in this Irish region is a must for the summer holidays. You’ll not find the Ballyhoura Region of Ireland on a […]

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Kids and Dublin traffic – momentary musings

Why haven’t I noticed the busy Dublin traffic on previous trips? Walking the streets of Dublin with an active 5-year-old is a bit stressful.

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