Blarney Castle: More Than Just a Kissing Stone

Blarney Castle: More Than Just a Kissing Stone

Why do more than 400,000 people a year visit Blarney Castle, in the south-west of Ireland? I’d always assumed that they all went to kiss the famous Blarney Stone, and not much more. Certainly that’s what I did, on a long ago visit to the nearby town of Cork. But I had...
A Trip Around Glamorgan’s Ghostly Vale

A Trip Around Glamorgan’s Ghostly Vale

One of the perks of a travel blogging conference is the opportunity to explore a new area. So I was happy that this year’s Traverse conference was in the Welsh capital of Cardiff, a place I had only visited briefly in the past. I soon discovered that Cardiff was a...
Villa Valmanara ai Nani and the Legend of the Dwarves

Villa Valmanara ai Nani and the Legend of the Dwarves

High on the slopes of Monte Berico, just outside Vicenza, stands the 17th century Villa Valmanara ai Nani. The first thing you will notice when you approach the villa is the stone dwarves (nani) lined up on the walls outside. And of course there is a legend associated...
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