What if you only had one day day in Kilkenny and a local offered to show you around? We had the unique opportunity to be guests of Fáilte Ireland and Kilkenny Tourism. The tourist bureaus showed us a few things to do in Kilkenny that we might not have tried otherwise, and we fit them …
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Guimaraes. It rhymes with Gilgamesh, and to the Portuguese it’s just as historical. The city was founded in the 9th century, became the first capital of Portugal in the 12th century, and was even the birthplace of Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal. So we would spend a day in Guimaraes, our tour guide …
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Kissing the Blarney Stone is one of those iconic things every visitor to Ireland is expected to do, and that is precisely why I didn’t want to do it. Legend has it that the kiss gives you a little bit of blarney and you’ll become a smooth talker. Yeah, right. Truth be told, we only …
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Bohemian Switzerland is as far away from Prague life as you can imagine. It’s a fantasy world of leafy forests, deep river gorges, and oddly-shaped sandstone arches and towers.
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Bare and basic. Bed with sheets, pillow and blanket, maybe a place to hang clothes. Bare light bulbs in the ceiling. You will usually be living out of suitcase on the floor. That’s how one unfortunate man begins his description of a Brazilian pousada.
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When we began planning our “grand tour around the Czech Republic,” Olomouc (oh-la-MOOTZ) almost didn’t make the list. Okay, its Holy Trinity Column is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but why drive into the middle of a city just to see it and leave? That sounded like a huge waste of time. Shows you what …
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The ancient silver mining town of Kutna Hora is one of the Czech Republic’s most popular destinations. Only an hour from Prague, it makes a great day trip and an even better destination in its own right.
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While it may appear to be a rather unassuming town, Kutná Hora is a popular tourist destination, and its most sensational attraction is Sedlec Ossuary, the famous “bone church.” To be honest, we’re not fans of the ghoulish or macabre and usually avoid sensational spooky stuff, but in our opinion it would have been hard …
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