Howth, Ireland is suburb of Dublin that is accesible via the DART rail system. If you are in Dublin it is well worth checking out! Located on the Howth Head peninsula, the village is located 9.3 miles/15 km from Dublin City Center. Take a walk around the harbor and then hike some of the many paths in Howth Head conservation area. There are a number of peaks and the views are sweet.
In this weeks' installment of See the World, we feature the biggest city in Belgium from an administrative and legal sense, Antwerp. Internationally known for diamonds, fashion and art, Antwerp is a wonderful combination of heritage and modernity. With good food, great living, and the most pubs per capita in the world, Antwerp is definitely worth a visit. Located centrally in Europe, Antwerp is easily accessed by foot, car, bike, train or plane and is only 133 km/ 88 miles from Amsterdam or 7,449 km/ 4,630 miles from Miami.
Once the richest city in Europe, Antwerp accounted for 40% of world trade at the beginning of the 16th century. Today, Antwerp is the second biggest port in Europe after Rotterdam.
The Roman Catholic gothic style Cathedral of Our Lady, Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal, was started in 1352 and consecrated in 1521. Reaching a height of 123 meters/ 404 ft, the Unesco World Heritage site dominates the skyline around Groenplaats and Grote Markt.
With the most pubs per capita in the world, drinking and eating are a delight in Antwerp at all times of day. Order yourself a Bolleke (De Koninck) and sit back and relax!
Antwerp is home to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten van Antwerpen, which has produced notable students such as Vincent Van Gogh and Dries Van Noten among many others.
If you are not yet convinced on your visit to Antwerp consider these facts. 1.) Antwerp hosted the the 1920 Summer Olympics and 2.) More than 70% of the worlds diamonds are traded in Antwerp.
Sources: wikipedia.org, visit.antwerpen.be
Welcome to the first post of our 'See the World' journal entries! In 'See the World' we will feature a new destination every week. We hope the images and write up about these locales will get you excited for your next adventure or maybe even inspire your next trip. If you've been somewhere awesome, send us some pictures and a note and we would love to post about it! With Euro 2012 taking place in the Ukraine this summer what better first stop than Kiev.
If you don't speak Ukrainian or Russian, Kiev is always exciting as everything is in Cyrillic and not many locals speak English.
The architecture ranges from beautiful gold domed churches to Stalinist blocks to modern. We stayed in the vicinity of the central Kiev Square, Maidan Nezalezhnosti which translates to Independence Square. This is the center of public activity and where the Orange Revolution took place in 2004. There were concerts every night when we were there and a skating rink.
From our base, our main plan was to visit the Motherland Statue.
On the way there, we stopped at the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, also know as the Kiev Monastery of the Caves, an Orthodox Christian Monastery that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We checked out the bell towers and cathedrals and toured the underground cave system which had living quarters, chapels and catacombs. Definitely worth the tour!
Just beyond the monastery and also in the Pechersk district is the National Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War (of 1941-1945).
The memorial complex is on the bank of the Dnieper River and is centered around the 62 meter tall Motherland Statue which weights 560 tons!
Walking around, you can find lots of local places to eat with no english menus, luckily you can always find a place with a buffet to point and pick food! Did we mention it's a great night out as well? Book your flight for the Euro now!