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Blarney Castle: A Magical Place in Ireland

Blarney Castle (Image: Pixabay) A Magical Place in Ireland | Blarney Castle There are probably few people in the western world who have not heard of the Blarney Stone. It has been for years a tourist pilgrimage for visitors to Ireland. They come in the droves, from ordinary folks [...]

Blarney Castle: A Magical Place in Ireland2020-05-08T18:35:59+00:00

Exploring Amsterdam

Image courtesy of pixabay. VENICE OF THE NORTH: AMSTERDAM Amsterdam and its CanalsFlying to Europe from North America often leads you to Amsterdam. If you cruise in northern European or take one of the popular river cruise vacations into the heart of Europe, you will likely cross paths with this [...]

Exploring Amsterdam2021-02-24T19:13:15+00:00

Transylvania Churches ~ Worth a Visit

When traveling in Europe, popular types of places to visit, besides museums and castles, are the churches and cathedrals. You’ll most often find these on the itineraries of guided tours and river cruise shore excursions. The cynical may comment the reason for this is that these buildings have free admission, but then the cynical are [...]

Transylvania Churches ~ Worth a Visit2016-12-29T16:42:31+00:00

The Western Isles

The Hebrides Many North Americans have connections to Scotland, and many of those connections are to the islands lying to the west of that country, the Hebrides. It is a pilgrimage, a curiosity and maybe even a calling that so many wish to retrace the footsteps of their ancestors in this remote section of the [...]

The Western Isles2016-12-29T16:42:31+00:00

Castles Along the Rhine

The Middle Rhine The Middle Rhine is between Mainz and Cologne (or Köln) but the section of maximum interest for river cruisers is between Koblenz and Rűdesheim. This section is where they keep some of Germany’s best kept medieval keeps - 20 of them, some ruins, some preserved, all surrounded by vineyards and with quaint [...]

Castles Along the Rhine2016-12-29T16:42:31+00:00

Avalon Tapestry 2011

From Budapest to Prague, July 2011 We were excited to arrive in Budapest, despite the late hour, and arriving at the Intercontinental Hotel on the banks of the Danube, it was wonderful to look across the river to see the Fisherman’s Bastion and Mattias church, so nicely framed in the glowing lights. Our cruise featured [...]

Avalon Tapestry 20112016-12-29T16:42:32+00:00
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