20 Surprising Sights in Northern Ireland

Peace Murals

Throughout Belfast are a series of peace murals celebrating the peace accord signed between the Protestants and Catholics. If you look a little closer though, around the corner from many peace murals are darker images painted by former paramilitary groups honoring their fallen and reminding us how fragile peace can be.

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Paul J Martin / Shutterstock.com

Cathedral District Victorian Pubs

No trip to Northern Ireland is complete without a proper pub-crawl. The best place to do it is in Belfast’s Cathedral District. From Crown Liquor Saloon to Duke of York to John Hewitt Bar & Restaurant and a many other pubs in between, the options are endless for a swill or twelve of Guinness.

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Leonid Andronov / Shutterstock.com

Country Music

While you’re sipping a proper pint, don’t be surprised if the pub singer mixes in a fair bit of American country music alongside Irish classics. Some locals describe Belfast as Nashville’s sister city due to their love of country music. Roll with it and raise your glass and voice to “Wagon Wheel.”

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Christian Bertrand / Shutterstock.com



Extravagant Hotel Pools You Need to See

For a lot of us, the pool is the holiday and the holiday is the pool. The success or failure of a getaway in the sun is determined by just how good the pool is. Knowing this, many hotels have some truly absurd swimming pools. Absurd for their grandeur and extravagance, these pools alone would make an unforgettable holiday.

Total Relaxation: 10 Best Wellness Retreats

Depending on what kind of relaxation you are looking for, a wellness retreat can offer an extraordinary vacay away from daily distractions of life, while enjoying incredible cuisine, along with fun activities to keep your body moving. Whether you love the idea of some hiking, yoga, meditation, or massages, there are a variety of wellness retreats all across the globe that help you relax, find your inner self, and feel rejuvenated.

Mini Guide to Russia

Russia is the largest country in the world and has a population of nearly 150 million, though around 77 percent live in the western part of the country. It’s best known for being the first constitutionally socialist state and its role in World War II and the ensuing Cold War. The country has also many technological accomplishments, including sending the first human to space. Nowadays, it’s the world’s 12th largest economy by GDP, the biggest producers of natural gas and oil, and also a permanent member of the UN Council.