Many peoples’ visions of vacations in Spain are overwhelmed by crowded beaches, partying teenagers and being harassed on Las Ramblas in Barcelona. The Paradores hotels rewrite all these preconceptions – the group of truly unique properties scattered across Spain’s rural, unspoilt regions and towns introduce visitors to a history-rich Spain.
The gloomy weather was the perfect setting for a visit to this stone-walled fortress that William the Conqueror began to construct in the 1070s. After all, it is the scene of murder, mystery and beheadings. Yes, it also houses the Crown Jewels, but the stories of the people who lived, loved and died here can be much more interesting than valuable gems.
Paris is often called the City of Light, although the nickname has nothing to do with the city’s actual light. Instead, the name refers to intellects and artists who came to the city, making it a place of enlightenment.
It is said that Northern Ireland’s Dunluce Castle may have been the inspiration for Cair Paravel in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. True or not, the location of the four thrones of High Kings is nowhere to be seen. But with such a mystical setting, it’s easy to see why C.S. Lewis could have been inspired by the ruins of this castle.
The Irish National Stud Farm at Tully in Kildare, a popular draw for tourists, is a sprawling expanse of manicured lawns and cheerful flower blooms, where we learned about the horse-breeding process and the stud business.
After making big decisions on your wedding, the next choice you have to make is where you want to spend your honeymoon. This can be a difficult decision, with so many romantic destinations around the world that are not only luxurious, but beautiful and sometimes downright breathtaking. How do you ever choose? Here is a brief overview of ten of the world’s top honeymoon destinations.
There aren’t many places more romantic than the Scottish Highlands. While traveling north from the town of Kilmartin in the west of Scotland, you can stop to climb a hill to the ruins of Carnasserie Castle.