Essaouira is one of those small towns in Morocco you hear people say how much they loved, yet you don’t get to know much about it. That is until you get there. And once there, you see why people love it!
Step into the villages of the Atlas Mountains and you’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time as you are immersed in the Morocco of the past, where traditional Berber homes are dotted across the landscape and mules are one of the main modes of transport. The scenery here is breathtaking, with snow dusting the mountain peaks in winter, wildflowers covering the valley floors in spring and incredible views in every direction.
In a country rich with history and culture, Marrakech is a city with unbelievable diversity, vibrancy, culture and a hint of Medina madness. This medieval city is filled with exotic sights, sounds and smells and if this is your first visit to Marrakech, then I want to give you some words of advice so that you too can enjoy the sights and rhythm of this 1000-year-old city much more hassle-free.
Our highlight of the day was to be Ireland’s famous Cliffs of Moher but on the way we decided to take a detour around the Ring of Dingle. You talk to anyone that’s been and they’ll likely describe Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula as one of the most stunning pieces of scenery in the world.
The Ring of Kerry is arguably one of the best drives in Ireland. It’s such a scenic area and there are so many interesting places to explore. There is really nothing like breathing in the fresh Kerry air as you drink up the incredible views around you.
Stretching 2,500km it sure is long but aside from its length, the Wild Atlantic Way is without doubt one of the most epic road trips I’ve ever done. Along the way, I was simply entranced by green rolling hills for which Ireland is famous, impressive mountains and tranquil lakes, daunting cliffs with its pounding surf, colourful towns, historic castles and abbeys, and rugged islands.
Granted, it’s not the Amalfi Coastal drive and it’s not the Wild Atlantic Way. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t backdrops of mountains and forests and waterfalls and castles to explore. If you have time on your hands, this otherwise straightforward drive can be turned into a cultural treasure chest.
I had been planning to visit Ireland for over a year but Covid put those plans on the back burner until finally, in September 2021, my dream came true. My original plan was to travel solo to Ireland but, almost at the last minute, was joined by three fantastic ladies for a truly memorable one-week road trip around the Emerald Isle.
I’ve always been intrigued by the large number of coffee shops that one can find in one of Europe’s smallest capital cities. So basically, my little experiment consisted of ordering a cappuccino at a different coffee shop each time and comparing taste, ambience, price, customer service and, of course, value for money.
Nature has been proven, time and time again, to reduce depression, anxiety, stress, and anger, as well as generally boost psychological wellbeing. Nature can help make you feel happier and more content as a person, which can improve many areas of your life. This is why I always try to immerse myself in nature when travelling, even when in a big city.