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Erin Connelly

Erin Connelly travels frequently in the UK and Europe. She particularly enjoys outdoor excursions, points of historical interest, and experiencing new cultures.

Discover The Last Chained Libraries in England

Chained Libraries in England It took a large investment of time, labor, and funding to produce books before the development of the printing press. Locking books in chests, housing them in private collections, and protecting with supernatural curses written into the book were some of the many methods of theft protection in the Middle Ages. …

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Top Things To Do in Nottingham – Explore the Home of Robin Hood

Top Things To Do in Nottingham Nottingham is sometimes known as the ‘capital of the Midlands’ because it’s located in the East Midlands of England. Of course, it is a literary hub, a place of legend, and has a long history as a center of industry. It sits on the edge of the Peak District …

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The Nottingham Robin Hood Trail: Follow in the Footsteps of the Famous Outlaw

The Nottingham Robin Hood Trail Many sites in Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire, ranging from the historical to the legendary, are associated with the adventures of Robin Hood and his band of merry men. There are various interpretations of what to see on the Nottingham Robin Hood Trail, which includes dozens of locations and covers a 100-mile …

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Croagh Patrick: Climbing Ireland’s Holy Mountain

The Holy Mountain of Ireland: Croagh Patrick Croagh Patrick, one of the highest peaks in western Ireland, rises above the village of Murrisk about 8km (5 miles) from Westport in County Mayo, Ireland. Tradition says the mountain is ‘the holiest mountain in Ireland’ due to its connection with St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron, and the many …

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Ora et Labora: The Vineyard Monastery of Eberbach, Germany

  Eberbach Monastery (Kloster Eberbach) is a former Cistercian monastery near Eltville in the Rheingau Valley of Hesse, Germany (famous for its Riesling wine). In addition to being a world heritage site, the monastery provided the interior scenes for the 1980s film, The Name of the Rose. It is also the site of the Rheingau Musik Festival, and …

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Visit Ancient Marksburg Castle in Braubach, Germany

  In his novel, Hyperion, which follows the adventures of an American traveler in Germany, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow states, “beneath me flows the Rhine and, like the stream of time, it flows amid the ruins of the past.” There is a section of the Rhine River that flows through the wine-growing region of Germany in …

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A Walking Tour of Two Mainz Churches

  Located on the Rhine River outside the major metropolitan district of Frankfurt, the German city of Mainz is a sight to behold. The fanciful buildings of the Mainz plaza (sparkling with Christmas lights in the winter), the historic surrounding district, and the adjacent sandstone cathedrals, make this a unique destination. Mainz is best enjoyed on foot …

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Sláinte! A Visit to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin

Guinness and Ireland are inextricably linked and no visit to Dublin is complete without a tour of the famous brewery on St James’s Gate. Only a twenty minute walk from the city center, this historic factory has been brewing Guinness on the site since 1759; though, the origin of the current building is much more recent. …

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Glendalough Valley in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland

The monastic settlement of the Glendalough Valley in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains is one of the most beautiful and haunting places in Ireland. And, it’s a bit surprising that this isolated area is not far from Dublin, one of Europe’s busiest metropolises. The untouched wilderness of the Glendalough Valley, with its ancient stone buildings, down to earth …

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