The Historic Places of County Kerry

The Historic Places of County Kerry

Ireland may be modern and vibrant, with a lively social scene, but it is also an ancient country. The first people arrived almost 10,000 years ago, travelling by boat from the continent of Europe. They soon began to leave their mark and today you will find evidence of...

My Top Five Reasons to Love Killarney and County Kerry

My Top Five Reasons to Love Killarney and County Kerry

One reason I enjoy TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) is that it lures me to destinations I might not otherwise have considered. Like the recent conference in Killarney, a part of Ireland I’d never visited before. It didn’t take long to be seduced by the place: it has...

Ancient Burial Sites on the Isle of Man

Ancient Burial Sites on the Isle of Man

I recently wrote about the Celtic and Norse heritage of the Isle of Man. But I was surprised to discover that the island also has lots of prehistoric sites, including one of the largest neolithic sites in the British Isles. And, in keeping with the mysterious history...

Books to Read Before You Visit Ireland

Books to Read Before You Visit Ireland

I’ve just booked my trip to Killarney in October, and I’ve been thinking about what books I’d recommend to anyone visiting Ireland for the first time. It’s not an easy task. Ireland’s long and sometimes troubled history, combined with a rich folklore, has provided...

Exploring Tarnów, a Day Trip from Kraków

Exploring Tarnów, a Day Trip from Kraków

To visit a new country and only see one town would be a bit like going to a wine-tasting and only sampling one wine. So, although I only had a few days in Kraków, I was keen to take a day trip, to travel through the countryside and explore a different place. There...

In Search of the Kraków Defence Walls

In Search of the Kraków Defence Walls

Why do I enjoy walled towns so much? Perhaps because they tend to be old and mired in history. Or because walking around town walls gives me the opportunity to imagine what the town was like in the past, at a time when walls were a vital defence rather than a...

Exploring the History of Pembroke Castle, Wales

Exploring the History of Pembroke Castle, Wales

I visited lots of medieval castles on my recent trip to Wales. However, the one that made the biggest impression on me was Pembroke Castle. Privately owned and imaginatively managed, Pembroke Castle has an enviable location, with a long history stretching right back...

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