An alternative, budget guide to Amsterdam, with tips and ideas for those who prefer a less touristy vacation in one of Europe's most relaxed cities.
If you're considering a vacation in the Emerald Isle, why not take a virtual preview tour on Street View and be back by dinner? In this guide we visit the Cliffs of Moher, Kilkenny medieval city, Killarney National Park and more.
The Cathedral of Seville is one of the world’s great cathedrals, combining Moorish elements from its days as a mosque with its current Gothic design. It is the largest cathedral in the world and forms the heart and soul of historic Seville.
An overview of eight English Heritage sites in the County of Norfolk - Neolithic flint mines and Medieval castles, priories, churches and bridges - all visited over just two days in May
Welcome to Paris! For the first time visitor there is so much to see and do. For a short list of the top sites of Paris and some tips on making the most of your time check out my top ten of Paris.
The Royal Stables of Cordoba provide visitors with the rare opportunity to experience the amazing Andalusian horses. Whether attending the nightly show or the daily practice session, I think you will be in awe of these majestic creatures.
Lake Como, a place of truly breathtaking beauty in Northern Italy, is not just a haven for the rich and famous. Lake Como welcomes everyone to visit her beautiful shores.
Wondering when the best time to travel to Italy is? Learn about the different seasons, how best to avoid the crowds, and still enjoy great weather.
Whether you're planning your honeymoon or heading to Venice for a solo vacation, don't miss the city's romantic mainstay—the Venetian gondola ride. While planning a gondola ride in Venice, one of Italy's most enduring and popular tourist sites, can be intimidating, it's oh so worth it! Here's how.
Nestled on the slopes of Mt Subasio, Assisi—the birthplace of St Francis—remains the spiritual home of the Franciscan order. It is impossible to walk the medieval streets without feeling his presence.
The Pantheon is one of the oldest and most recognized monuments in all of Italy. No visit to Rome is complete without a visit to this engineering marvel. Here are some facts and tips for your visit.
Mykonos is one of those Greek Islands that most people visit as part of a cruise. So with just one day to spend on this beautiful, sunny island what's one to do? Read on for our One Day in Mykonos.
Tips for saving money on transportation, accommodation, food, and sightseeing. It is possible to have your dream vacation in Italy without breaking the bank!
A rundown of the top 10 most important buildings in England that have defined the face of the country.
Are you thinking about embarking a backpacking adventure in Europe but feel unsure about how to do it on a budget? This article includes tips on how to plan your trip, the cheapest way to travel, where to stay, and other important tips for backpacking.
Whether you're a tourist or a traveller, this article will help you discover fascinating things about Bulgaria you may not have known. From wolves and bears to ancient gold treasures, this country has a rich and varied culture.
Olvera is in Cadiz, an area of Andulasia in Spain. Forming a triangle between Malaga and Seville, many retire to Olvera for its inexpensive properties, gracious living, and spectacular views. Pruna is nearby.
Cordoba is an easy day trip from Seville and is home to one of the world’s greatest examples of religious diversity and tolerance—the incredible Mezquita. But there's more to the town than that. Join me on a tour of the best that Cordoba has to offer.
Taking a trip through Austria? A visit to Hallstatt and Obertraun wouldn't be complete without stops at the following destinations.
The Roman Colosseum is undoubtedly one of the world's most iconic symbols. Learn everything you need to know for a visit to one of Rome's most popular sites.
This article offers an introduction to the scenic Lake Bled in the small Central European country of Slovenia. Based on my own personal experience I offer practical tips and advice on travelling to Lake Bled, including where it's located, how to get there, where to stay and what to see and do.
This comprehensive guide to the attractions of Peschiera del Garda will outline things to do in this beautiful Italian town on Lake Garda, from sights, hotels, restaurants and bars to shops and supermarkets.
This article provides a description of some of the main festivals by month and location in the Abruzzo region of Italy.
A guide to the hidden secrets of Britain. I walk you through Lud's Church, the Shell Grotto, Exbury Gardens, and the wonderful Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland.
Learn more about things to do in Budva on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro. Sandy beaches, historic buildings and a vibrant nightlife await you.
Here is my guide on how to avoid the dreaded gondola lift queue when visiting Bansko, Bulgaria. If you're skiing or snowboarding in Bansko, this is how to save time and get up the mountain quickly.
The Cinque Terre region of Italy is undoubtedly one of the most scenic coastal areas of Italy. A visit to this beautiful area is sure to leave you with lasting memories of colorful landscapes, quaint villages, and wonderful seafood.
Home of the Sistine Chapel and one of the largest art collections in the world, the Vatican should be your first stop in Rome. Find detailed information and tips on how to prepare for your visit.
Turkey is a beautiful place, full of cultural richness that has made it a mecca for travelers for many centuries. But there plenty of ways to get caught in tourist traps—here are my tricks to avoid them!
Getting around in Venice can be a fun, yet challenging, adventure. With a little knowledge about the vaporetto system, you can traverse the canals of Venice with ease and without worry.
Seville has quietly become one of the top destinations in the world due to its wonderful architecture, fascinating history, and host of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From its massive cathedral to the colorful art of Flamenco, there is something here for everyone.
Have you ever thought about moving to Scotland? Here's a guide to some of the many positives about life in Scotland, from the Scottish landscapes to the rich history and lively culture.
Finding the main tourist attractions in Budapest is easy, but where do the locals like to go? Read on to discover this city's top ten hidden gems and where to find them.
A wonderful day trip from Seville is a visit to the famed White Villages of Andalusia. These small communities provide an authentic experience and offer a glimpse into the laid-back lifestyle of southern Spain.
Fine wine and high-class shopping on the shores of Lake Garda are just two of the many things to do in Bardolino. I hope you will enjoy my detailed, informative, and humorous travelogue of this town.
Wondering what to do on your trip to Lisbon, Portugal? This article provides a list of 10 things to do that a local would recommend.
I've just spent the last 3 days haring around Somerset with a camera. When you read through the list below please don't expect to manage it in 3 days - I am the fastest thing on 2 legs with a camera and I have the sore feet and various pains to...
The Palace of Versailles, once home of the Sun King Louis XIV, covers 2000 acres and includes chapels, an opera house, fifty fountains, and some of the most opulent interiors in the world.
Things to do on the beautiful Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland for families, couples, groups, and solo travelers.
If you are traveling to Rome, then you will certainly want to set aside a day or two to visit Vatican City. Check out my list of the top 10 things to see when visiting the Holy City.
Wales contains some of the UK's most beautiful scenery. Its also a country that has had a turbulent past. Find out some interesting facts about the "land of song".
Rome is like no other city in the world. It's one big on-going archeological dig mixed in with amazing ruins, beautiful monuments, history, culture, great food and crazy traffic. Throw it all together and you get one of the most unique cities in the world.
Reykjavik has many unique and unusual things to enjoy as a tourist. Here is a list compiled by a local of some of the more interesting experiences this vibrant city has to offer.
Why spend your time wading through crowds when you could be visiting Venice's less-famous attractions and beauties instead? In this article, you will find the top nine non-touristy things to do in Venice.
Are you heading to Spain this holiday? Do you want to be prepared if Mr. or Ms. Right comes along? Look no further than these ten lines in Spanish which are sure to get you heading on the right track.
This article seeks to help you feel more like a local and less like a tourist on your next visit to Italy.
Venice is amazing, unique and wonderful, but can be very expensive. This article gives lots of tips about how to have a long weekend visit from the UK reasonably economically.
If you are staying in Granada for a week or more, it's worth visiting other incredible places in Andalusia.
One of the more interesting things you can do when visiting the Vatican is to take the Scavi Tour of the Necropolis below St. Peter's Basilica. Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Visiting Monaco, that small stretch of Mediterranean coastline, can be a whirlwind, but if you bear these tips in mind when planning a visit, you can make better use of your trip.
Visit the Benedictine Cathedral at Montserrat, set high on the Catalonia mountain after which it is named. There you will find the shrine dedicated to Santa Maria de Montserrat, the Black Virgin
If you know anything about Granada, you are probably aware that it's the city of the Alhambra. But did you know about these eight unique places?
Interested in visiting Scotland? Start with the best places to visit in Scotland and who knows where you'll end up—but it will be a great experience.
Thinking about moving to Ireland to work or retire? Find out what to expect, including first hand tips and advice to make your move successful.
A seven-day vacation in Ireland is a chance to enjoy the island's natural beauty, explore great castles and get lost on its famously challenging roads.
Port Isaac is best known, internationally, as the place where Doc Martin was filmed, but there's more to Port Isaac than one television programme
If you want to kiss an elk or moose, visit Gårdsjö Moose Park, Uppsala, near Stockholm for a unique experience.
If you are planning a visit to Rome, consider hiring a guide when visiting many of its sites. Guides in Rome must be certified, and can provide you with a unique perspective on the history of these amazing historical treasures.
Scottish people may have a bleak outlook on life but their jokes are funny and their sayings are even funnier. Discover Scottish humor here!
If you're headed to Spain this summer, you may want to get off the beaten path and opt for an escapade to Extremadura's northern province of Cáceres (KAH-thur-ace)—an ideal place to have an authentic Spanish experience.
A virtual tour around one of the great Italian Lakes with things to do in Lake Garda. Detailed, informal and humorous, it summarises the best resorts and attractions.
This park is like no other. If you like sculpture and art and you love rolling green countryside, you'll not want to leave this part of Yorkshire. In this article, I will share how to get to the YSP and what to expect when you visit.
A comprehensive budget travel guide to traveling in Italy with tips and advice on things to do, see, ways to save money, top attractions and experiences.
A visit to the islands of Malta—with their rich culture, hospitable people and incredible landscapes—will create unforgettable memories, ensuring you return time and again.
Visiting all the must-see spots in Oslo can be costly - but the Oslo Pass gives you entry to the attractions, free public transport and discounts on some restaurants. Read my review.
Considered one of the most scenic stretches of coastline in the world, Cinque Terre has become a must see destination with abundant hiking trails, excellent local cuisine, and an old world charm.
Cornwall is best known its for sun, sea and sand, but if you venture away from the beautiful beaches, many lesser-known sites of interest await exploration as well! Here are five of the coolest places to visit in Cornwall, UK.
The Swiss Alps are a magical place in early summer when the meadows and mountains bloom with alpine flowers. Discover some of the many wonderful flower species you can see in Switzerland and the Alps.
If you plan on shopping while in Barcelona, there are a few things you should know about one of their biggest department stores in the world.
Fit for royalty, but occupied by lesser men, this 400-year-old castle was built when a young wife cheated on her husband. It became famous for its kennels and for hiding the Mona Lisa during WWII.
Thinking about taking that trip of a lifetime to Italy? Well it's time to stop thinking and start planning. If you're looking for a reason to go, read on for my ten really good reasons to visit Italy.
Looking to explore Prague from a river perspective? This article highlights the most eye-catching sights of the Czech capital along the River Vltava. Whether on foot or by water, experience the sights of four different areas of this stunning city and make the most of your visit to Prague.
For a refreshing change of pace on your visit to Sicily discover the beautiful Alcantara Gorge. Formed by Mount Etna thousands of years ago this beautiful slice of Sicily is the perfect retreat.
The Medieval city of Prague will astound you in more ways than one. Gothic architecture, winding streets, vibrant culture, some of the best beer in the world, and a crazy night life will keep bringing you back to Prague!
No city in the world can compare to Venice. My top 10 list of sights in Venice will take you off the beaten path as well as to all of the must see attractions. Check it out and get your walking shoes on.
The Cinque Terre are not the only beautiful villages on the Ligurian Coast. Porto Venere is every bit as stunning but much less busy.
I moved from Ireland to Portugal almost 3 years ago and this is what I’ve noticed about the lifestyle differences between the 2 countries.
This article explores highlights of Denia and the surrounding coastal region on Spain's Costa Blanca as far north as Valencia and as far south as Alicante. Use this article to plan your visit to the area and learn what makes this a year-round holiday destination for many northern-European tourists.
A Blarney Castle tour is a chance to kiss the famous Blarney stone, a legendary tradition in Ireland for more than two centuries. Here is what happened when we went to give it a smooch.
A must see on any visit to Taormina is the ancient Teatro Greco or Greek Theatre. This archaeological wonder is located in one of the most beautiful settings and is remarkably well preserved.
Located on the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta is one of the grandest cathedrals in Europe and one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture. Welcome to St John's Co-Cathedral.
The popular Gran Canarian resort of Maspalomas lies on the edge of one of the most spectacular, yet easily accessible, sand dune formations in the world. This page is all about the Maspalomas dunes.
Heading to the Island of Capri? Check out my guide for an easy and stress-free trip to one of the most beautiful islands in the world.
Planning to visit Italy during less expensive periods can save you a lot of money. Tips on how to save money during a trip to Italy and what periods of the year are best to visit each region.
Here is a detailed plan for a full day in Kensington Gardens and South Kensington, including maps and photos. Find recommendations for affordable restaurants, museums, and beautiful walking routes.
Welcome to Sorrento. This beautiful seaside community makes a great base for visiting the Amalfi Coast, Capri, and of course Pompeii. It also has so much to offer in its own right.
Rock of Cashel is a stunning monument to Ireland’s past that has mostly survived weather and time. See photos, map, and what to expect.
Most who visit the city of Venice for more than one day will stay in a hotel on the main island. But there are alternatives, and one is to stay in accommodation on the neighbouring island of Murano
Considered one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Santorini certainly lives up to its lofty reputation. Come along for a tour of this stunning Mediterranean Island and I think you'll agree.
London's modern buildings have attracted criticism and praise in equal measure, as well as nicknames, assigned to them in true British humour.
We only had one night to explore Rome, yet walking her streets by moonlight threw a new air over the Eternal City. Even as darkness fell, there was much to be discovered, including Rome's best coffee.
Guide for the budget travellers on a budget on visiting Vienna on a shoestring. How to save money travelling from the airport, getting around the city, and visiting attractions.
Planning a trip to Venice? Before you leave make sure you know your options for getting from Marco Polo Airport to Venice. The options are many and the cost varies depending on your mode of transportation. A little homework can save you a lot of money.
Luxurious Chambord is the Big Daddy of the Loire Valley châteaux, built by King Francis I as a grand hunting lodge. It took 28 years to construct, but the king died of syphilis before completing it.
Learn about the top 10 places to visit in Crete from a local! From ancient palaces to charming islands, this destination has it all.
Planning a Scottish vacation should ideally involve more than deciding upon your destinations and travel plans. This page looks at some important factors which you are likely to encounter in Scotland today, each having some bearing on your vacation, and helps you plan in advance for factors you may not otherwise have considered.
Based on our experiences in this delightful city, we've compiled a list of the top 12 sights worth seeing in Porto.
Wondering how you're going to get around in Rome? Don't fret, this guide will give you all the options you need to help you traverse the city with ease.
Italy is a virtual treasure trove of fascinating destinations for the first-time visitor. The most difficult decision you’ll be faced with is what to see and where to visit. Here are 13 of the best destinations in Italy to consider to help make your vacation an unforgettable experience.
If your travels are taking you to Normandy to see the D-Day beaches, consider spending a few nights in charming Bayeux. It’s the perfect place to base yourself to experience all that Normandy has to offer.
The island of Murano is famous all over the world for its amazing Murano glass. Visitors to this small island in the Venetian Lagoon can watch as artists perform this centuries-old craft.
Check out some really helpful tips if you are planning to travel to Santorini on your next vacation.
Visiting Basel and don't know what to do? Living in Basel and bored? Hopefully I can excite you with some activities in and around Basel for you and your family or friends to enjoy.
Granada is blessed with a long, rich history that makes it one of Spain’s most coveted destinations. Famous for the iconic Alhambra, there is much to see in this jewel of southern Spain.
Bruges, Brugge, Venice of the North - whatever you call her, Belgium's medieval town Bruges is a delight. Wander the cobblestone streets, visit the art museums, cruise the canals - and eat chocolate!
Budapest is chock-full of fun activities, places to see, and things to do. This is the ultimate guide to Budapest. Have a blast in this city with this list of must-see Budapest locales.
London doesn't have the monopoly on unusual historic pubs. Join me on a crawl around five of Bristol's finest old pubs.
No visit to Paris is complete without a visit to the grand Cathedral of Notre Dame. This Gothic masterpiece of French architecture is one of the worlds great cathedrals and is a must see in Paris.
If you are visiting Rhodes for just a day be sure to visit the Palace of the Grand Master. Located within Medieval Old Rhodes Town, the palace is a stunning tribute to the history of this Greek Island.
A trip to Provence would be incomplete without exploring Roman history in Arles and the wetlands of La Camargue. For the the first time visitor, here are the top 5 things to do while in Arles.
The European Alps are home to a diverse range of animals. Discover some of the alpine fauna, from the marmot to the dormouse, the ibex and chamois, the magnificent eagle owl and the beautiful lynx.
Are you curious about Portuguese-made products? Here's a list of 10 products that are made in Portugal that you should try!
Monet once called his gardens at Giverny his masterpiece. Learn more about the man behind the artwork and his valiant struggle with cataracts. Understand what made Impressionism so revolutionary.
Connected to Siracusa by three bridges, Ortygia is home to some of Sicily's greatest archaeological treasures. If you are planning a trip to Sicily a visit to Siracusa and Ortygia are a must see.
Since 1985, the Fête de la Lavande has been held on August 15 every year at the historic village of Sault in Provence. It is a fun, festive, and very FRAGRANT event for everyone to enjoy!
Ah, Venice. Every tourist will have their list of things to do, in far too short a time. Here are a few different suggestions for an itinerary, to help discover unseen delights in the heart of Venice.
The incredible outdoor lifestyle, friendly people, the fascinating culture and history, what’s not to love about Ireland? Discover 10 reasons why you should be planning your move to Ireland right now.
Is it possible to see the key attractions of Venice in a weekend? Yes! Here's the itinerary I used when I had the pleasure of visiting this beautiful city.
I live in England. I also live in Great Britain and the United Kingdom. However, this doesn't mean that the terms all mean the same thing, a common banana skin for many writers. Find out which to use!
Buried by Mount Vesuvius in 79AD, Pompeii stands today much as it did in the first century. This archaeological time capsule gives us a glimpse of early Roman life as it was almost two thousand years ago.
The Piazza del Campo is one of the greatest public squares in all of Italy. Located in the historic center of Siena, this medieval gathering place is the heart and soul of the city.
When you're in Edinburgh, you can't miss out on the Castle. It's a great half-day trip and a must-see spot in the city. I have no doubt that you'll thoroughly enjoy this beautiful, historical place.
The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most recognizable and celebrated monuments in Paris. Sitting atop the Champs-Elysees the Arc has stood witness to almost 200 years of French history.
A walk through beautiful Chania is the perfect way to spend a leisurely day while visiting Crete. It's possible to see the best that this lively and colorful harbor town has to offer in just one day.
Madrid’s modern vibe hides a city packed with history, culture, and art. With lively plazas, bustling markets, and a host of world-class museums there is much to experience in Spain’s vibrant capital.
A visit to the big guns at Mazarron, Cabo Tinoso, Castillitos, El Jorel, Atalayon and Loma Larga, Murcia, Spain and directions on how to get there.
Take a walk through medieval Florence, to places easily missed. Florence boasts a range of forgotten gems, some literary and others scientific, and places simply to sit and watch the world go by.
A summer holiday to Porto exceeded our expectations. We had no difficulty filling 12 days with visits around the local area. This is a description of what we discovered as we explored some of the nearby coastline.
Wondering how to make the most of the variety of transport types available in Porto to see as much as possible of the city and the Douro Valley? Here's a guide to being a savvy traveler in Porto based on what we learned during a 12-day trip there.
When in Florence it's all too easy to succumb to cultural overload. Here are a few practical tips for surviving a visit to Florence that can make a trip so much easier—and so much more enjoyable.
No visit to the Isle of Capri is complete without a trip to the top of Mount Solaro. For the best views of the island, take the ride on the Mount Solaro chair lift to the top of Capri.
Anyone who visits Venice on a vacation should spend some time touring the other islands in the lagoon. This page looks at just five of these islands - each worth a visit, and each with unique appeal
Park Güell, created by Antoni Gaudi, is a fantastic urban environment in Barcelona that was to have become a prototype. See photos and videos.
Planning a trip to Taormina? Discover all there is to see and do in this comprehensive guide to the jewel of Sicily. Taormina has something for everyone and is considered one of the most beautiful locations in all of Italy.
An introduction to the wine regions in Portugal, where to do wine tastings in each region, and accommodations in each region.
The Ramblas are Barcelona sightseeing at its best! This promenade area has it all, from tapas bars to street entertainment, and is a pedestrian paradise in the heart of the city.
An American couple tours their favorite literary haunts in the United Kingdom, including the homes of Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, William Wordsworth, William Shakespeare, and more.
A collection of photos and info on the most beautiful castles in France, including some of the top French chateaux.
Looking to travel somewhere in France this winter? Read on to see why Lyon should be at the top of your list!
Europe is the most sought after destination for immigration. That's no surprise. With its economy surpassing that of America and China combined, it has a lot to offer.
When it comes to beautiful cathedrals, no one does it better than Italy. Step inside seven of its grandest cathedrals on our journey across the country.
Arriving at Rome's Fiumicino Airport for the first time can be a stressful experience. Learn what options are available for getting from the airport to the city and you'll be making this journey with ease and saving some money to boot.
Explore Bury St Edmunds, a small market town close to Cambridge, and a jewel in the crown of the rural county of Suffolk. Visitors make their way there to visit the magnificent cathedral, see the beautiful municipal gardens in the grounds of the ruined abbey, go shopping and much more.
With so many sites to see across Italy, is it worth the time and effort to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa? That is the question everyone wants an answer to—to visit or not to visit?
Venice has history, architecture and canals. Millions of tourists visit every year. They bring money and support employment, but there is a downside too.
Pubs in the United Kingdom have always had names, many of them based on patriotic or heraldic ideas; the origins for others are often puzzling.
Off the beaten path, Urbino, Italy offers travelers a low-cost, quiet retreat from the crowds of the major cities. Read on to learn about the history and attractions of this Renaissance city.
Milan may not be at the top of your list when visiting Italy, but it certainly has its share of sites, culture, and history.
Everything you need to know to make a day trip from Venice to the Dolomites. Don't miss an opportunity to experience some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the world and it's all just a short drive from Venice.
As the most visited and photographed chateau of the Loire Valley, the stunning Chateau Chenonceau is a treasure trove of French history. Perched over the River Cher, Chenonceau is a site to behold.
Famous for its brightly colored homes and handmade lace, Burano Island offers a welcome change from the hectic pace of Venice. There is oh so much to love about Burano.
A day exploring the Jewish Quarter is a must for any visitor to Prague. This guide on how to get the most out of your visit highlights the main sites in Josefov. Learn about the history and the tragedy of the Jewish people in Prague, and be inspired to plan your trip to this historic area.
One of Sicily's most famous archaeological sites is without a doubt the Valley of the Temples. Located just outside of Agrigento, this UNESCO World Heritage site is a must-see when visiting Sicily.
Watching new seal pups in their natural surroundings is a rare treat. Here are some tips to make the most of your visit to Horsey.
A practical guide to the popular statue in Lisbon. This article includes the history of the Christ Monument, how to get there, and beautiful views of Lisbon from the monument.
Everything you need to know about Italy's three active volcanoes: Etna, Stromboli, and Vesuvius. These geological wonders draw millions of visitors every year for the many adventurous outdoor activities that they offer.
Yes, Verona is the location of one of the world's most famous tragic love stories, but there is much more to this ancient city. Here are seven attractions not to be missed on your trip to Verona.
Romanesque church, Renaissance buildings, military fortress and maritime museum. An informal but detailed guide of things to do in Kotor in Montenegro. Discover the secrets within its great walls.
Fun and free attractions to fill your days in Glasgow. City breaks can be expensive, but these activities are great for all the family, all year round.
With just one day to spend in Athens we knew exactly what we wanted to see. Check out our full day in Athens visiting the Temples of the Ancient Acropolis and the stunning new Acropolis Museum.
Inchcolm Island in the Firth of Forth can be visited by ferry. It is an excellent place to explore for a few hours with a medieval abbey, world war fortifications, and wildlife.
Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance and is famous for its art, architecture, history and cultural heritage. Check out my top 10 sites to see while visiting beautiful Florence.
Better known as Mardi Gras or Carnival in other parts of the world, Fasching is Germany's version and is set apart from other pre-lenten festivals by the elaborately carved wooden masks that locals wear.
Windsor Castle is almost a thousand years old, the original fortifications made on the orders of William the Conqueror in circa 1070 AD. Windsor Castle today remains a Royal home but is open for the public to admire its magnificent architecture and many treasures.
These off-the-beaten-path medieval villages of Provence sit on top of mountain plateaus and hillside cliffs. The views alone will make you swoon!
The most important part of a day for Italians is the old custom, tradition and ritual that lies in the art of taking a walk. It is done every day and unites communities all across Italy. La Passeggiata is not be missed and experienced when in Italy.
Eversince I started learning and reading about Denmark I have been extremetly fascinated by everything the country has to offer from it's beautiful parks, beaches, fods, people, language and of course the places and events that make Denmrk one of...
Lake Como is one of the most beautiful regions in Italy and an easy day trip from Milan. Soaring mountains, charming lakeside villages, and stunning scenery make this a must-see when visiting Milan.
This magnificent monument that rises dramatically from the sea is one of France's most iconic images. One can only wonder at the long and storied history behind the fortified walls of Mont St-Michel.
Fast-paced and exciting, there is nothing quite like riding with the pack in the beautiful forests in the Pyhä-Luosto region of Finnish Lapland. Hold on to your hat!
Are you a fan of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck or classic films? If so, you'll have to stop by the best Roman Holiday film sights on your next trip to Rome.
An easy day trip from Rome, Orvieto is a beautiful city of gorgeous views, great food, and unique history. If you're looking to explore beyond Italy's big cities, Orvieto is my #1 recommendation.
Learn everything you need to know about Rome's most famous fountain. Toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain and you'll be guaranteed a return visit to the eternal city.
Everything you need to know to plan your visit to one of the finest archaeological sites in all of Sicily, possibly in all of Italy. For ticket information, hours, maps, tips and more check out this comprehensive guide to one of Siracusa’s most impressive tourist sites.
Cockney rhyming slang started in the east end of London. This beginners guide will help you understand its history and just how lemon squeezy it can be.
There are many things to know before moving to the Netherlands. Read some of my observations below about jobs, culture, and life in Holland as an American expat and what you can expect living there.
Looming high above Taormina is one of the most stunning medieval villages in all of Sicily. Castelmola is friendly and welcoming and just happens to have some of the most spectacular views anywhere.
Get away from the European main land and head to one of these 12 islands instead for your next vacation. Culture, beauty and a unique experience await.
From beautiful beaches and a picture perfect setting to the ancient cathedral built by the Normans, Cefalu is one of those undiscovered gems that should not be missed if you are visiting Sicily.
Britain's got thousands of great pubs, but a few are very special. Why? It's all in the name—the very odd name!
The birth of the violin, Mussolini's last redoubt, watersports and mountain walks. Things to do in Salò on Lake Garda. Learn what the town has to offer in this wonderful part of Italy.
Immerse yourself in the rich history of Newark-on-Trent, a Royalist stronghold besieged three times during English Civil Wars (1642-1651), a delightful small market town with a wealth of buildings of historic interest, and home to England's Civil War Centre.
If your travels are taking you to the Normandy coast of France, consider a stopover in beautiful Bayeux and Le Manoir Sainte Victoire. This charming B&B is the place to stay.
London is a wonderful city to visit, but the weather in the UK can be unpredictable. So what can you do on your holiday in London if it rains? Come and take a tour around one small area—Westminster and County Hall—and see what London attractions you can enjoy.
In a small hamlet just a few miles from Utah Beach in Normandy is a 12th century church that holds an amazing story of sacrifice and bravery. Meet Robert Wright and Kenneth Moore, the angels of mercy.
The mountains of Gran Canaria offer a great contrast to the beaches which attract tourists to this Canary Island. This page looks at the beautiful landscapes and cultural history to be discovered here
For amazing views and stunning scenery take a ride up the Lagazuoi Cable Car at Falzarego Pass in the heart of the Dolomites. Located just west of Cortina d'Ampezzo this area is rich in history.
Looking for a day-trip from Paris that you can do on your own? For a wonderful experience head to Giverny and Claude Monet's Home and Gardens. What Monet created here is simply amazing.
The Puglia region of Italy is one of the lesser-known Italian regions, but it is not to be missed. It was hard to limit myself to just 10 reasons to visit this area, as there are so many. Read on for my best of Puglia.
Here's a step-by-step guide on how to use public transportation to get to this fairytale castle in Bavaria, Germany, including guidance on the best value tickets to purchase.
Are you looking to travel to Belem from Lisbon? This article provides info about the top attractions including the Belem Tower, Jeronimos monastery, the monument to discoveries; how to get to from Lisbon to Belem; and where to stop for a snack.
Traveling to Italy in August can present some daunting issues, not the least of which is the weather, and the perception that Italy takes the entire month of August off.
Just to drink the coffee in Italy is reason enough to visit. With the type of coffee drunk often determined by the hour of the day, ordering coffee in an Italian cafe is a ritual in it itself.