With storms and rain lashing this part of the world, it may surprise you to discover that this is the time of year when thousands of visitors actually flock to Ireland to spend the winter here. If you are not a Brent goose, however, you may have your sights set on the sky for different reasons, so this week our links have an airborne theme.
Get November off to a great start with a cheap flight to a sunny and interesting destination. Aer Lingus is offering flights to Faro from Dublin for as little as €54.99. Read about what to do when you get there:
If you want to leave winter behind completely, you’ll need to travel to the southern hemisphere. Find out how to preserve your sanity (and your health) on a long-haul flight.
Yes, that’s possibly the biggest child’s face you’ve ever seen. Passengers taking off from George Best Belfast City Airport recently enjoyed the best view possible of the largest land art portrait ever made in the UK, an 11-acre image of a Belfast child entitled Wish and created by Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada using only natural materials and satellite technology.
Bad weather at this time of year often means your plane is going nowhere. Find out what your rights are if your flight is grounded.
Love planes so much you’d live in one? See what happened when one woman commissioned architect David Hertz to turn an abandoned 747 into a Malibu home.
The ultimate frontier for any flight enthusiast has to be space. Discover more about what lies beyond our planet at First Fridays at the Castle, an exciting open evening at Blackrock Castle Observatory in Cork on the first Friday of every month. Free half-hour family friendly workshops take place from 6pm to 8pm with Frances, the in-house teacher and astronomer, with a lecture on Celestial Navigation from Cormac Gebruers at 8pm.
Long before we were taking to the air, starlings were doing it in style. This display will take your breath away.
If you have even the slightest interest in flying, airlines, or the general business of getting airborne, you’ll love The Cranky Flyer. Read his blog here:
And if all this talk of flying high is giving you vertigo, you might prefer an entirely wind-powered cruise across the Mediterranean or the Caribbean aboard the exclusive Sea Cloud, a sailing ship that takes only 60 passengers at a time – and sticks firmly to the water.