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Sightseeing the Emerald Isle’s rugged coastline

Sightseeing the Emerald Isle’s rugged coastline

From the Inishowen Peninsula in the north to the port of Kinsale down south, ­Ireland measures only about 400 kilometres long. But the Wild Atlantic Way, the scenic network of roads connecting those two points, stretches some 2,500 kilometres, hugging the country’s jagged western coastline for its entire length. Locals recommend spending one month to

Check into NYC’s hippest hood

Check into NYC’s hippest hood

Move over Brooklyn! New York’s Meatpacking District is on its way to becoming the coolest neighbourhood in the city. To feel the pulse of New York City there is no better place to be right now than in the historic Meatpacking District (MPD). Also known as the “Far West Village,” this neighbourhood is a dynamic

Where to find Singapore’s tastiest street eats

Where to find Singapore’s tastiest street eats

Street food in Singapore has been a culinary cornucopia for centuries. Delicious local food can be enjoyed without blowing your budget at the many hawker (vendor) centres found throughout the city-state. 1. Porky delights Keong Saik Road on the outskirts of Chinatown is dotted with interesting restaurants, both Chinese and international. The most famous is

Sleep tight in these Nordic design hotels

Sleep tight in these Nordic design hotels

Blue WIngs visited four Finnish hotels that are attuned to the needs of the millennial traveler – thirsty not for the minibar, but for new experiences: “Always the explorer, never a tourist” is their new creed. Gimme a big hygge Dream Hotel is a boutique guesthouse run by Ville and Eveliina Virkki in the university

How to explore the eclectic Lavapiés neighbourhood

How to explore the eclectic Lavapiés neighbourhood

Madrid’s Lavapiés is the Spanish capital’s hot and pop neighbourhood – a feat it pulls off without being overly hipsterish or tediously trendy. The name Lavapiés is a historical reference literally meaning “wash feet”. According to popular legend, the Jewish community who lived in Lavapiés until the 15th century used to wash their feet in

Spice up your life with a Chongqing hotpot

Spice up your life with a Chongqing hotpot

Hotpots are to Chongqing what Beijing duck is to the Chinese capital. In fact, for residents of southwest China’s largest metropolis, this spice-laden dish is more than a cornerstone of local cuisine – it’s a way of life. According to the Chongqing Hotpot Association, more than 50,000 hotpot eateries supply Chongqingers with their regular spicy

Follow the Moomin trail in Finland

Follow the Moomin trail in Finland

Here are five must-visit places around Finland to get your Moomin fix. The new Moomin Museum opens on June 17 in Tampere Hall. Maintained by the Tampere Art Museum, the new premises display a unique collection of Tove Jansson’s original Moomin artwork including hundreds of her beloved illustrations and striking three-dimensional tableaux by her partner

Learn the Okinawan’s secret to staying young at heart

Learn the Okinawan’s secret to staying young at heart

Want to live to the age of 100? Take lessons from the people of Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost prefecture. We live in a world that worships youth and we spend billions every year trying to look and feel younger. But when was the last time you heard of somebody who wanted to turn forward the hands

Take a stroll down Brussels’ comics lane

Take a stroll down Brussels’ comics lane

Brussels, the birthplace of Tintin creator Georges Remi (Hergé) and Smurfs creator Pierre Culliford (Peyo), prides itself as the capital city of the comic strip (bandes dessinée) art form. Its Comic Book Route stretches across the city, with more than 50 massive murals featuring bandes dessinée frames from Tintin and Asterix as well as lesser-known

Top 5 places to escape the rat race in London

Top 5 places to escape the rat race in London

The busy streets of the British capital can be frazzling. We share our pick of soothing spots to unwind and recharge. 1. Covent Garden hideout Only a five-minute walk from Covent Garden tube station, the colourfully quirky courtyard of Neal’s Yard has remained one of London’s best-kept secrets. This formerly dodgy backyard was transformed into