Hagia Sophia – The Essence of Istanbul

Hagia Sophia – The Essence of Istanbul

Aya Sofya, Hagia Sophia or, in English, the Church of the Divine Wisdom, is a mighty structure defining the heart and soul of Istanbul, melding the characteristics of a city that crosses time, continent and culture. If you only have time to visit one sight in Istanbul this is it.

Hagia Sofia, Istanbul

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Istanbul and the Beauty of the Blue Mosque

Istanbul and the Beauty of the Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, or to give it its official name Sultan Ahmet Camii, is both a place of worship and a major tourist attraction receiving four to five million visitors every year. Facing the Hippodrome in the centre of Old Istanbul, its grey cascading domes and six minarets are one of Istanbul’s iconic views, the interior is just as stunning.

 

The Blue Mosque, IstanbulThe Blue Mosque, Istanbul

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Seven Sisters Cliff Walk and Country Park

Seven Sisters Cliff Walk and Country Park

Seven Sisters Country Park is a beautiful East Sussex beauty spot The iconic coastguard cottages, Cuckmere Haven and the cliff walk to Birling Gap make for an epic day out.

Seven Sisters Cliffs in East Sussex viewed from Seaford HeadView of Seven Sisters, East Sussex

Updated 21 June 2021

The towering Seven Sisters cliffs, near Brighton, in East Sussex are part of England’s South Downs National Park. The cliffs stretch along the Sussex Heritage coast from Cuckmere Haven to Birling Gap in the East Sussex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Seven Sisters cliff walk is one that every hiker should do at least once.

The South Downs roll along one side of the cliffs and the English Channel reaches into the horizon on the other. If you love stunning coastal views, meandering rivers and dramatic chalk cliffs then you should spend a day at Seven Sisters Country Park, in East Sussex.

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Amsterdam – Sex, Drugs and Pedalos?

Amsterdam – Sex, Drugs and Pedalos?

We packed a lot into our three days in Amsterdam; boat trips through the historical canal district, museum visits, sight-seeing and, of course, plenty of gable-spotting. But I can’t leave without mentioning Amsterdam’s more infamous attractions; the Red Light District and the cannabis-selling coffee shops. We didn’t encounter any rock and roll during our trip but pedalos were prevalent and it sort of rhymed…

 

Oude Kerk, Amsterdam

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What to See for Free in Amsterdam

What to See for Free in Amsterdam

I Amsterdam Sign

Amsterdam on a Budget

Amsterdam comes packed with museums, galleries and attractions but it all comes at a price. If you’re visiting Amsterdam on a budget by the time you’ve added travel to and around the city, accommodation and meals into your itinerary you’ll have made quite a dent in your wallet.  I’ve compiled a handy list of what to see for free in Amsterdam with a handy sightseeing map to help balance the bottom line of your Amsterdam budget and get just a little more bang for your buck.

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