Want to go faster than a speeding bullet? Zip World Penrhyn Quarry in Bethesda, Wales, takes ziplining to a new level – a heart-stopping one. The fastest zipline in the world, the Zip World Velocity Zipline sails over the quarry at speeds that can exceed 100 mph (160 km). If I can do it, so can […]
Europe Travel - who can resist it?
What is it about Europe that gets the travel excitement buzzing through your veins? The baguettes in Paris (not to mention the champagne)? The Tuscan hills? The shopping in Milan? All of the above and more, of course.
From historical towns to alpine hiking, there are so many things to do in Europe it causes a hailstorm of travel excitement just thinking about it. It can also be overwhelming. Do you choose the out of the way island in Croatia or the tried-and-true tours of top sights in London and Paris? The Europe travel blog posts below will help you sort out where to go, where to stay and what to do there.
And don't miss my Top European Destinations post for a helpful overview of great places in Europe to visit.
Wouldn’t you like to visit one of the most historical and mythical places in Ireland? Then think about visiting the Hill of Tara, the ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland. Here’s my eye-opening experience at Tara’s top sights. For travel tips, scroll down. Visiting the Hill of Tara Looking out over the Mountains of […]
If you’re a GOT fan, I’m sure you’ll agree Winterfell is one of the coolest settings of all. If you’re interested in Game of Thrones Ireland film locations, you can easily do a Winterfell tour at Castle Ward for yourself. It’s just 40 minutes from Belfast, so read on to learn about my experience and […]
If you’ve ever dreamed of staying in an Ireland castle hotel, the eccentric Castle Leslie in County Monaghan, 80 minutes north of Dublin, has a history of rock stars, war heroes, secret passages, and equestrians – and an aristocratic heritage that is anything but stuffy. But don’t despair. It’s surprisingly affordable. Castle Leslie, County Monaghan It’s […]
Looking for an action-packed excursion in Wales? Check out coasteering, an outdoor adventure sport that follows a rocky coastline, both in the water and out. It’s a crazy mix of swimming, scrambling, leaping and caving – and Wales is the birthplace of the sport. Here’s my review of coasteering in Snowdonia, North Wales. Yikes! Coasteering […]
Planning a Swiss holiday? Wondering where the celebrities go? Check out these top luxury destinations in Switzerland. Luxury destinations in Switzerland When you picture Switzerland, what do you see? Spectacular mountain scenery? Trains that run on time? Chocolate? Maybe you should start thinking glamour, extravagance and impeccable service, because when it comes to top tier travel, […]
Conwy Castle in North Wales is an evocative place to visit. With a history that dates back to the 1200s, it’s one of Edward I’s Iron Ring of Castles, and a fascinating part of the history of the British Isles. Here’s your ultimate Conwy Castle guide. Edward I and Llywelyn ap Gruffydd – torn […]
If you like tales of enchanted eels, thwarted love, saintly devotion and vengeance, the history of St Dwynwen on Llanddwyn Island (Ynys Llanddwyn) in north Wales might interest you. To learn more about St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers, or if you want to visit this tiny island near Newborough Beach for yourself, read […]
Visiting Chateau d’Amboise, France, is a highlight of any Loire Valley tour. Known as the Royal Nursery, many future kings and queens were raised here, and Leonardo da Vinci worked here in 1516, but this popular French castle hides more than one tragic tale. Visiting Chateau d’Amboise, France The Chateau d’Amboise killed Charles VIII in […]
Tepla Monastery makes an intriguing day trip from Karlovy Vary, Marianske Lazne or even Prague. Located in the Czech province of Bohemia, this ancient monastery has a 12th-century church, a famous Neo-Baroque library and a heart-breaking past. Tepla Monastery: a day trip from Karlovy Vary, Marianske Lazne or Prague As the formidable female guide at […]