Ulster Museum – Belfast

The Ulster Museum  was the reward for walking from the Titanic Quarter through Belfast city centre, past the beautiful old building that is Queens University and into the Botanic Gardens. An unusual building it has to be said with a modern block as add on to a much older perhaps someone would say a more elegant building but […]

Eight tips for mature visitors to Belfast

Stay in the Titanic Quarter which is quiet for sleeping but still within easy walking distance of major attractions. Close to the best attraction (Titanic Museum), exhibition centre and the SSE Arena. Use taxis from the airport as they are cheap. £6 from George Best Airport to the Titanic Quarter. Save the Titanic Museum until it […]

Two more travel rants!

You know me I like to travel rant……… here are two things that have recently annoyed me……. Selfish iPad man –  whilst watching the changing of the guard in Athens , someone at the front held his iPad up to film the entire ceremony which meant about eight people behind him found it difficult to see. Breaking the rules -In The […]

Taking tea in old Shenyang

I was lucky enough to witness a traditional Chinese tea making ceremony whilst in Shenyang and went away thinking if only everyday tea drinking could be as elegant and ceremonious. This was what happened. Young girls dressed in traditional clothing sat demurely behind a raised draining tray with an array of pots, cups and jugs. […]

Reasons to stay in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast

I happened on the Titanic Quarter almost by accident when surfing the Airbnb site for potential places to stay for a long weekend in Belfast. Arc Apartments popped up and the location was a godsend. Being a traveller of a certain age I didn’t particularly want an area where I might be disturbed by the late night […]