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St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin | Discovering Ireland

Over my travels and education, I have come to find that cathedrals and churches play a great role in Europe's architectural, art, cultural, and political history. St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin is no exception to that rule. For over 800 years this church has been the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland, and today… Continue reading St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin | Discovering Ireland

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Dublin Castle | Discovering Ireland

Dublin Castle is located in the center of the city, and is considered one of the most important structures of Ireland's history. It dates back over 800 years when it was built in 1204 as a major defensive work, on the orders of King John of England. After a Norman invasion of Ireland in 1169,… Continue reading Dublin Castle | Discovering Ireland

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Dublin’s Kilmainham Gaol | Discovering Ireland

Main Hall When I toured Kilmainham Gaol, walked its gloomy corridors, and peered into the grim cells through its peep holes, I could feel its sadness within its walls. Although this former Dublin prison is now empty, one could only imagine the anguish it once held; all the men, women, and children (as young as… Continue reading Dublin’s Kilmainham Gaol | Discovering Ireland

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St. Michan’s Mummies | Discovering Dublin, Ireland

I will admit that the main reason I stopped by St. Michan's church in Dublin was to visit the below level crypt, and see their mummies. Yes, there are legitimate mummy's in Dublin and I did get the opportunity to not only see them, but to touch a mummy finger. I have seen a few… Continue reading St. Michan’s Mummies | Discovering Dublin, Ireland

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Eden Camp Modern History Museum | Discovering England

During my travels I have visited all sorts of museums including Eden Camp Modern History Museum, located in Malton, North Yorkshire, which was unlike other museums that I have been to. This is a family owned property that originated as a WWII prisoner of war camp, and for over 30 years has been a history… Continue reading Eden Camp Modern History Museum | Discovering England

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Cliffe Castle Museum and Gallery | Discovering England

Cliffe Castle located in Keighley, West Yorkshire is a fascinating place to visit; not only for their interesting exhibitions and collections, but for the Victorian Neo-Gothic home that they are housed in. The building and interiors are stunning, and have been through several transformations since it was first built. It is considered a Grade II… Continue reading Cliffe Castle Museum and Gallery | Discovering England

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Ilkley Toy Museum | Discovering England

I have been to many museums during my travels, but none as sweet and cheerful as the Ilkley Toy Museum in West Yorkshire, England. For over two decades this museum has housed a private collection of dolls, teddies, games, toys, and much more. This charming museum contains one of the best toy collections in England,… Continue reading Ilkley Toy Museum | Discovering England

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East Riddlesden Hall – National Trust | Discovering England

East Riddlesden Hall Enterance Visiting a manor house in England is just another lovely way to spend time learning about this country's architecture and lifestyle of centuries past. I am all about exploring older homes and locations, seeing the craftmanship of furnishings and decoratives, as well as feeding my curiosity of how other people lived.… Continue reading East Riddlesden Hall – National Trust | Discovering England

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Skipton’s Medieval Castle | Discovering England

Skipton Castle located in North Yorkshire is a fine example of an English medieval fortified castle, with over 900 years of history. It was originally built in 1090 by a Norman Baron, Robert de Romile, as a motte and baily type castle, and was later rebuilt in stone to withstand Scottish attacks. Skipton Castle is… Continue reading Skipton’s Medieval Castle | Discovering England

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Wadi Rum ‘Valley of the Moon’ – Jordan | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Exploring Wadi Rum Wadi Rum in Jordan is beautifully referred to as the "Valley of the Moon". That name came to life for me when I visited this sandstone desert in the Middle East. I had spent the day exploring the sands of Wadi Rum, which led to quietly watching the evening sunset, and finishing… Continue reading Wadi Rum ‘Valley of the Moon’ – Jordan | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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The Marvelous City of Milan | Discovering Italy

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Milan is just one of those cities that stir up grandiose fantasies of chic high-end fashion, and sophisticated retail therapy. Shopping certainly is one of Milan's high points, but there is a lot more to this marvelous city. Leonardo da Vinci monument Milan is the capital of Lombardy, and for centuries… Continue reading The Marvelous City of Milan | Discovering Italy

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Duomo di Milano – Milan Cathedral | Discovering Italy

The Duomo of Milan was a labor of love and faith, since it had taken over six centuries to construct. This stunning Gothic style and Renaissance cathedral broke ground in 1386, and was finally completed last century in 1965. The Duomo di Milano is a work of art in its construction, architecture, engineering, and down… Continue reading Duomo di Milano – Milan Cathedral | Discovering Italy

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Historic Centre of Prague – A UNESCO World Heritage Site – Exploring the Czech Republic

The city of Prague has been on the radar of travelers since the fall of communism in the Czech Republic thirty years ago. This city is unlike any other in the world with its unique culture, centuries of history, renowned Czech restaurants, and of course its fairy-tale architecture. I do love Prague, I have been… Continue reading Historic Centre of Prague – A UNESCO World Heritage Site – Exploring the Czech Republic

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Welcome to Albania! | Traveling Solo in Tirana – A Memoir

"Nice lady, think. You need to ask yourself, why do people not come to Albania?" I was sitting in a loud outdoor cafe with a lit American Spirit cigarette in hand, while looking directly into the eyes of my server. He had just set down a silver bowl of ice cream and a glass of… Continue reading Welcome to Albania! | Traveling Solo in Tirana – A Memoir

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Historic Centre of Riga, Latvia – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

There are so many reasons to love Riga, and every place I visited within the city just added to my "Love List". The restaurant scene, Bastejklana Park, the Art Nouveau neighborhoods, the markets, the city's vibe, and its historic centre- just to name a few. Hello from Riga! 'Old Town' in Riga is a charmer,… Continue reading Historic Centre of Riga, Latvia – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Pristina – Europe’s Youngest Capital | Discovering Kosovo

Visiting Europe's youngest capital, Pristina, in Kosovo was in the lack of a better word- interesting. It was not a weird or an unpleasant experience, nor was it stunning or a breathtaking destination. It was Kosovo, and unless you have family who live there or emigrating into the country, this location will not be on… Continue reading Pristina – Europe’s Youngest Capital | Discovering Kosovo

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Riga’s Bastejkalna Park & Canal Cruise | Discovering Latvia

Bastejkalns Park There is so much to love about Riga, and spending as much time as possible in this enchanting city is a must. I had visited Riga during the summertime in June, when the weather was at its best. The sun was shining, the temperature was quite warm, and everything was in bloom at… Continue reading Riga’s Bastejkalna Park & Canal Cruise | Discovering Latvia

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Historic Centre of Warsaw, Poland – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The city of Warsaw was my first introduction to Poland, a country that I would come to love, and had since revisited. My very first encounter with Warsaw was in 2015, and although much has changed, the vibrant historic center has stayed the same. The colorful buildings, cobble stone streets, and medieval city planning of… Continue reading Historic Centre of Warsaw, Poland – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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A Trip to Weimar | Discovering Germany

The city of Weimar in central Germany may be overlooked by many visitors who come for holiday to this country. The city itself has a population of about 65,000 people, and is a three hour drive south of Berlin. Although most people have not heard of Weimar, it is a well known city due to… Continue reading A Trip to Weimar | Discovering Germany