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G Spots! How much would you pay for a G&T?

I recently celebrated a special anniversary so enjoyed a few drinks in Belfast’s new Grand Central Hotel. A lot has been said about its 360 degree panoramic view from the Observatory (which you can see is amazing), but after spending an eye-watering £16 on a G&T it got me thinking how much is too much to spend on a glass of mother’s ruin? A study by Bolsover Cruise Club looked into the price of a single-measure of gin and tonic in bars and restaurants across 30 of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations and found that the average cost of a G&T...

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G Spots! Can Travel Change Your Life?

According to a recent TIME Magazine report, many of us have the fantasy of quitting our jobs and heading off travelling. Well for Violaine Malié (28) this fantasy became a reality when she left her home in France and travelled around 30 countries before settling down in North Belfast with her partner Pedro and her 6-week-old son Hector. “My travelling began when I left France in 2009 for studying. I spent several months on the island of Reunion off Madagascar for an internship in a beautiful 4-star hotel, working as an assistant spa manager. I also did several internships and university exchange...

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G Spots! The Perfect Holiday ‘Boast Card’

When’s the last time you send a postcard? I can honestly say it’s not something that even comes on my radar. I think the last one I remember sending was to my granny when I was 17 and working in Ibiza – before you ask, it was of a Spanish sunset and not some mad raver!  But it seems like I am not alone, as new research by cruise line, Royal Caribbean International has revealed that the humble postcard is all but obsolete as 70% of people from the UK admit to not having sent one in the past year, with...

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G Spots! 7 Common Myths About Cruises

Ahoy matey! Having just come back from a lovely cruise around Croatia, Greece and Montenegro I’m still in an upbeat holiday mood. I know the the post-holiday blues are coming, but rather than moaning about it, I wanted to share my cruise experiences as it seems many of you want to try one! Cruises are just for old people: Not true! The age range can depend on which cruise line you go on and from which European city you leave from, but I’ve always found there is a good mix. Granted the average age on our last ship was around 50,...

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G Spots! Craic & Ceol Trail of Belfast

The Belfast Traditional Music Trail is a unique way to experience Irish music and in my opinion a brilliant way to enjoy a few hours on a Saturday afternoon. The tour, in partnership with An Droichead starts in the Cathedral Quarter and visits three bars – The Dirty Onion, The Duke of York and McHughes Bar and spends a bit of time in each one for a bit of craic and ceol (fun & music) to those not in the know! Kicking off at 4pm around the fire in The Dirty Onion is a great place to start anything! Our tour was guided by two...

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