Already the first glimpses of the Irish coast from a plane's perspective promise new and varied impressions for the upcoming days. I never thought that my first short trip to the province of Ulster would be so profound for me that I would fall in love with this island already during my first stay.In the meantime I have made many trips across the green island and met many inspiring people and places. But ... let's start here...
Via London, it is easy to reach Dublin or Belfast International Airport with British Airways or an other carrier. In only 20 minutes it is possible to either take a taxi or, like me, a shuttle bus ("Airlink 747 or 757") to the city centre of Dublin, or from Belfast George Best Airport with Translink Bus 600 to the city center of Belfast. The busses are comfy and there is no better way to get in touch with the friendly Irish people as on a bus or train ride.
In Ireland numerous bed & breakfasts, holiday flats and hotels are waiting for their guests. Especially in the summer months, a room reservation in advance is recommended as Ireland offers various festivals and is also visited by numerous American tourists who walk in the footsteps of their ancestors.
One of my favorite destinations in Northern Ireland is Derry (Londonderry), "The walled City", openhearted friendly people with a sense of humor are living here.
Visit the Guildhall or Tower Museum, walk along the 1.5km long city wall from the 17th century, cross the legendary Peace Bridge or attend one of the famous festivals such as the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival in May or the Foyle Maritim Festival in July.
Gourmets will also find plenty of restaurants in Derry, or the "Legendary Food Festival" in Derry and Strabane.
The Walled City Brewery in Ebrington Square in Derry is a multi award winning brewhouse where you get a taste of the Irish North West - try 10 different fresh brewed beers or learn how to homebrew your own Irish beer.
Feel at home in the Shipquay Hotel in Derry - Overlooking the City Walls and close to the famous Guildhall, Shipquay Hotel is a cosy boutique hotel with 21 modern bedrooms in the heart of Derry. The building is a 5 storey Italianate-style listed heritage building. which date back to 1895 when it was originally constructed for the Provincial Bank of Ireland.
In Derry City's brilliant dining scene enjoy a delicious traditional menu with a contemporary twist in the Shipquay Restaurant one of the most exciting places to eat in Derry.
Marvelous fresh food, an interesting wine list, adventurous cocktails, regional beer and a professional and friendly service while appearing casual that's The Shipquay.
If you are enthusiastic about excellent food and you would like to get to know the Irish cuisine and its diversity I recommend a visit to the LegenDerry Street Food Festival in July.
Derry is one of Irelands vibrant hotspot for exclusive fashion and style, the best quality of pure Irish linen make it an ideal material in today’s market, as we all strive to address global warming.
Get some inspirations and have a look to the Fashion & Textile Design Center here you will find wonderful scarves from Designers like Alan Creswell who worked together with the Costume department of Game of Thrones, sustainable hand made garments from Bridie Mullin, celebrating the history of Irish linen or a lot of other Designers.
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