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

Northern Sweden: Out and Around the ‘Riverina of Norrland’

the Pite River at the mouth of the Storforsen falls in Northern Sweden

Does it get much more spectacular than Northern Sweden? Boasting a wilderness of vast natural wonder, ultra clean air and a year-round bounty of outdoor-driven delights, Northern Sweden can't be beat. Here, the Aurora Borealis dances over night skies like emerald lava, and the 24-7 Midnight Sun takes center stage in the summertime. As the third largest country in Europe, there’s a lot of ... Read Full Article

Where to Find Scandinavia’s Unique Hotels

The warm lit igloos of Kakslauttanen, one of Scandanavia's most unique hotels

Lets take a look at a few of Scandinavia's unique hotels. Accommodation across the world has come a long way in recent decades: with the rise of poshtels, flashpackers and Air B’nBs; the diversity of accommodations for travellers has never been greater. Sure, the commonplace hotel continues to provide, but others have embraced the shifting industry by transforming their product and carving out ... Read Full Article

A Waterfall Walk in Wales

Sgŵd Ddwli Isaf, the Lower Gushing Falls, photo by Carrie Uffindell

Waterfall Country in Fforest Fawr Geopark and Brecon Beacons National Park is one of South Wales’s natural gems, a collection of deep valleys, rocky gorges, ancient woodlands and over 16 stunning waterfalls connected by some 25 miles of walking trails. While visiting the park this summer, my family and I had a wonderful time exploring one of Waterfall Country’s most accessible walks, the Elidir ... Read Full Article

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

Fanad Peninsula on the wild atlantic way

I stepped off our coach bus unsure of what to expect out of our first stop in County Donegal along the Wild Atlantic Way, a coastal route of about 2,500 kilometers stretching from southern County Cork to the northwestern corner of Ireland. The weather was noticeably cooler than the hot September afternoons I had been experiencing back in Cleveland. Here, the winds were strong and the air as fresh ... Read Full Article

Visiting Stockholm for the First Time: an Unexpected Adventure

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Scandinavia: that little bit further up, that little bit more mysterious, that road slightly less travelled. For those who summon the gumption to venture north to more intemperate climes, Sweden is a must. Its rewards lay out in abundance: one of its chief selling points, its capital: Stockholm. It’s often remarked that the best trips are the ones with which little expectation is placed. Such was ... Read Full Article