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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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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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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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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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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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Château de Caen – Caen Castle | Discovering France

Exploring castles throughout Europe has been a fascination of mine for over a decade, simply due to their interesting history and fortified construction. They are visual remnants and reminders of an era in history where the need for a fortified stronghold (both offensive and defensive) were important forms of land security, as well as a… Continue reading Château de Caen – Caen Castle | Discovering France

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The Magic of Mont Saint-Michel | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

I believe it would be fair to express that viewing images of Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France are stirring and magical. It evokes feelings of wonderment and enchantment, and for some possible moments of breathlessness. Mont Saint-Michel (Pexel) Mont Saint-Michel was that for me, from the moment I first saw photos when I was young,… Continue reading The Magic of Mont Saint-Michel | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Doing Dublin | Discovering Ireland

Greetings from Dublin I first visited Dublin over a decade ago, and have returned a few times since. I without a doubt love this city, and had a lot of fun times here. It is lively, friendly, full of culture, and history. There are museums, beautiful parks, places to party, delicious restaurants, and historical landmarks-… Continue reading Doing Dublin | Discovering Ireland

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Edinburgh Old & New Town – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring Scotland

On the way to Old Town Edinburgh was everything that I was hoping it would be and more. I enjoyed my first round so much that I came back again a couple years later. Much of my love for this city was the majestic Old Town neighborhood, and the Royal Mile. Although New Town Edinburgh… Continue reading Edinburgh Old & New Town – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring Scotland

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Palacio Real de Madrid – The Royal Palace of Madrid | Discovering Spain

During my travels, I have always found myself exploring castles, old fortress, and palaces; I suppose it is one of my travel obsessions. I have been to so many that I lost count a few years ago, but then again I was never counting. In my own mad way, visiting former royal residences has always… Continue reading Palacio Real de Madrid – The Royal Palace of Madrid | Discovering Spain

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Welcome to York | Discovering England

York Minster Welcome to York! This vibrant city in northern England has been a favorite of mine while traveling throughout the United Kingdom. The times that I had visited were always filled with fun and funny moments; from climbing the tower of York Minster, to a ghostly episode inside the city's most haunted pub. There… Continue reading Welcome to York | Discovering England

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Loches -The Most Beautiful Detour | Discovering France

Loches is lovely. I will always remember walking through its ever so charming streets, and thinking how it felt- like stepping into a book of French Impressionist paintings. The canals running through the sweet neighborhoods, the floating lily pads, the Weeping Willow trees, and the old castle that overlooked the town; it all felt familiar… Continue reading Loches -The Most Beautiful Detour | Discovering France

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The Extraordinary Edinburgh Castle | Discovering Scotland

Edinburgh Castle is by far my most favorite in the United Kingdom. I have been to numerous fortified castle structures throughout Europe and the UK, and this one has always stood out. It was just not the castle alone, but the encompassing of old town Edinburgh, the Royal Mile, and the castle that created a… Continue reading The Extraordinary Edinburgh Castle | Discovering Scotland

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Old Town Bratislava | Discovering Slovakia

"Do you know if there is a train coming in soon?" - "Oh yes, very soon, they are building it now" That humorous scene from the movie Euro Trip, how it depicted Bratislava as being deplorable, and a backwards city was very far from the truth. The scene was funnier than hell though. I am… Continue reading Old Town Bratislava | Discovering Slovakia

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Prague’s Castle District | Discovering the Czech Republic

Visiting a European castle has been one my travel obsessions for awhile, and I have been to my fair share of them. I have found that there are good castles and there are great ones, and Prague Castle is one of the great ones. I enjoyed it so much that I have been twice, but… Continue reading Prague’s Castle District | Discovering the Czech Republic

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Fougères – A Little Gem in Brittany | Discovering France

Visiting small towns such as Fougères, has always held a special place in my heart while traveling through Europe. They are simple, charming, and less traveled. Fougères is all of that, and on a warm summer day when the sky is clear a stroll through the old town, and castle can make for a glorious… Continue reading Fougères – A Little Gem in Brittany | Discovering France

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King John’s Castle in Limerick | Discovering Ireland

The first time I viewed King John's Castle was several years back while I was in Limerick, and on my way to the Cliffs of Moher. We were briefly in the city, and I was standing at the River Shannon when an old stone fortified structure was pointed out. It was the castle that belonged… Continue reading King John’s Castle in Limerick | Discovering Ireland

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Top Museums of PARIS | Discovering France

Paris is one of the world's most famous cities for art and culture, and is one of my favorite locations for museum hopping. From Picasso to Monet; archaeology to architecture; Renaissance paintings to modern sculptures - it can all be found in the museums of Paris. Cluny Museum Throughout my trips to Paris, I have… Continue reading Top Museums of PARIS | Discovering France

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The Palace of Versailles – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Discovering France

The Palace of Versailles was just so very! The culture, history and politics of France are woven right into this palace; from the glorious gardens, the extravagant Royal Apartments, to its famous Hall of Mirrors. There are centuries of historical moments and various incarnations of the Palace of Versailles, each one intriguing in its own… Continue reading The Palace of Versailles – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Discovering France

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Beautiful Budapest – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring Hungary

The Queen of the Danube, the beautiful city of Budapest lives up to that noble title. Once upon a time this city was two separate towns, Buda and Pest, with Buda being the royal capital and Pest the commercial side. Both sides being divided by the grand Danube River. It was not until 1837 when… Continue reading Beautiful Budapest – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring Hungary