8 Best Highlights of Kilkenny, Ireland

Kilkenny Castle is one of Ireland’s premier castles

What makes Ireland such a superb travel destination besides the epic coastlines, quaint countryside and world-renowned pub life are its cities and towns. From Dublin on the east coast to Galway on the west coast, from Belfast (let’s include Northern Ireland too, as it’s part of the same island after all) in the north to Cork in the south, Ireland’s cities are places that should by no means be ... Read Full Article

What You Need to Know About Icelandic Cuisine

Braised lamb, part of Icelandic cuisine

When most tourists think of Icelandic cuisine, they tend to picture the country’s slightly less appetizing foods. There’s the rotten shark, which Anthony Bourdain claimed was one of the worst things he’d ever eaten, as well as boiled sheep's head, and Brennivin, a liquor affectionately nicknamed the “black death.” Hungry yet? While these traditional foods make the travel shows, there’s much more ... Read Full Article

Exploring Iceland in a Camper-van

Kuku campers are great for camping in Iceland

Iceland is known as a great road-trip destination, thanks to an abundance of beautiful landscapes and an easy-to-follow route, the Ring Road, that circles the island. For those who want to make the most of their time on the road, but aren’t quite ready to rough it in a tent, exploring Iceland in a camper-van rental is a great way to go. Here’s what you need to know. Exploring Iceland in a ... Read Full Article

Tracking Down Prehistoric Dolmens in Wales

Pentre Ifan has a capstone that rests on the tips of three standing stones

Some of the world's most impressive ancient burial chambers, or dolmens, stand in the green fields and copses of Wales. On a recent trip, my husband John and I tracked down several of these prehistoric sites, and each time I felt the eery sense of an ancient past brought into the present. The dolmens, which date from Neolithic times, have been thoroughly investigated and are protected as national ... Read Full Article

Connemara: Ireland at its Most Remote

Scenic road in the hills of Connemara

Grey clouds float across a gloomy sky, preventing the sun's rays to peak through. Below on the ground, a herd of sheep tries desperately to find shelter from the approaching rain in a barren, treeless landscape of rocky hills, bogs and still lakes. No sounds other than that of the first raindrops and the wind pierce through the deafening silence that characterizes this seemingly uninviting region ... Read Full Article

Seven of the Best Beaches in Europe

Praia da Marinha beach in Portugal, one of the best beaches in Europe

With spring finally here, and summer on the doorstep, beach season is ramping up again in the northern hemisphere. It’s a welcome turn for lovers of European surf, sun and sand-between-the-toes frivolity. After all, Europe is home to some of the most stunning and spectacular beaches on earth. Here’s a quick taste of some of the best beaches in Europe; you really ought to consider visiting at least ... Read Full Article

Hiking Ireland’s Scenic Gap of Dunloe

The Wishing Bridge spans the river running by the Gap of Dunloe road.

The Gap of Dunloe is a  narrow, scenic mountain pass in County Kerry, a perfect seven-mile walk for those who want a close-up look at western Ireland's green beauty. It's nothing short of entrancing, and I'm grateful to our Irish friend Dan for arranging an outing through Gap of Dunloe Tours. My husband John and I had visited Ireland, but this was our first time at the Gap, which lies between ... Read Full Article

Wild Westfjords: Iceland at the Edge of the Arctic Circle

Church in Breidavik , Westfijords

Isolated, obscure, rugged and wind-shorn: These are qualities that easily define the Westfjords in Iceland. But this lonely peninsula also harbors an unfathomable yet pristine beauty borne of severe weather, intense natural forces, and an unforgiving geography. This is the oldest and wildest part of Iceland, forged over 16 million years ago of molten lava. Though the Westfjords jut out into the ... Read Full Article

The Scandals and Tales of Tredegar House in Wales

The ornate Edney Gates at Tredegar House

It was the mention of the famous pirate Capt. Henry Morgan that first sparked my interest when my cousin Nicola suggested we visit Tredegar House in Wales. Although Capt. Morgan, for whom the famous rum was named, was a distant grandson of the original owner of this 17th century Charles II era country house, it somehow made the visit more intriguing. Tredegar House, near Newport Wales, was ... Read Full Article

Three of Ireland’s Best Hotels

Adare Manor's Library Room.

Three of Ireland's best hotels have just one thing in common: superb hospitality. Otherwise, they're as different as chalk and cheese, as the saying goes. These are upscale lodgings with highly individual character. Ireland's Best Hotels The Falls Hotel and Spa The Falls Hotel and Spa just outside the village of Ennistymon in west Ireland's County Clare, stands on 50 wooded acres above ... Read Full Article