In Pictures – County Antrim’s Stunning Causeway Coastal Route

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Northern Ireland, Photo Journeys, UK Staycation, Worldwide Vacation

Carrick-a-Rede Coast

Carrick-a-Rede Coast

Think of Ireland and you’ll probably think of Guinness, green scenery –  and the Giant’s Causeway. But the famous Unesco World Heritage Site isn’t the only natural wonder this stretch of Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast has to offer.

So come along on a scenic Winter drive through County Antrim’s stunning sights, from frozen vanishing lakes to Shetland ponies, and see if you can spy Scotland in the distance …

How To Do Christmas, Belfast Style

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Europe, Food, Northern Ireland, Shopping

Christmas in Belfast

Christmas in Belfast

When I booked my flight to Belfast I was looking forward to a pre-Christmas weekend of shopping at the Continental Market and drinking Gluhwein and Guinness in equal measure whilst discovering the Yuletide side of the Northern Irish Capital.

I had no idea that my trip would fall on the most contentious weekend Belfast has seen in years. But despite the city being in the news for all the wrong reasons recently I loved my short break to the bright lights of County Antrim and I’m now well-versed in how to celebrate Christmas, Belfast style…

6 Stylish Things To Do Near Paphos, Cyprus

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Cyprus, Europe, Opinion, Spa Stopover, Worldwide Vacation

Beyond the beach in the Pafos area of Cyprus

Beyond the beach in the Paphos area of Cyprus

You’ve probably written off Cyprus as a pure sun, sea and sand destination – full of Brits wanting to see the view from a sun lounger, the inside of a few bars and little else.

That’s what I imagined  - and why despite being a short flight away from its year-round sun I’d eschewed Cyprus for years in favour of more upmarket, fashionable and enticing destinations. 

But on a recent trip to the island I set out to prove that there is a stylish side to Cyprus. Read my list of 6 stylish things to do near Paphos and see if I can change your mind too…

Turin’s Light Bulb Moment

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Europe, Italy, Photo Journeys, Worldwide Vacation

Luci d'Artista in Turin

Flying Carpet by Daniel Buren

Paris may be known as the City of Light, but Turin is making a bid to be the City of Lights, as its avenues and squares, its Roman walls, and even its public bicycles are adorned with light installations for the Winter.

But these are no mere gaudy Christmas baubles, they’re an all-encompassing city-wide endeavour to make Torino a living, breathing, illuminated contemporary art project.

Come along on a photo journey to see the lights that symbolise Turin’s big idea..

10 Things To Do In King’s Cross

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, England, London

London King's Cross

There’s far more to the regeneration of King’s Cross than Eurostars and Champagne Bars – the station complex is just the tip of the renovation iceberg. Dip your metaphorical toe into the coolest canalside area in London with this list of 10 things to do in King’s Cross – try them out one by one or join them all up to make a full weekend itinerary.

Maybe we don’t need NYC when we have N1C?

The View From The Shard (and the secret view from the Shard)

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, England, Europe, London, News, Photo Journeys

The View From The Shard

View from the Shard

It’s been nearly four years in the making, is nearly twice as high as any other London viewpoint, and allows you to see the greatest city on earth in all its 360-degree glory. Here’s my report on The View From The Shard – plus I’ll show you the secret viewpoint that paying visitors will never get to see, and explain why…