The Connemara region of Ireland is perhaps one of the most beautiful regions of the world. Honestly, I didn’t realize this until I saw it with my own eyes. In the midst of all of the big hills they have, is Kylemore Abbey. This castle is stunning. While I was researching some of the destinations we would cover during our trip to Ireland, I remember putting a star beside this one. While it isn’t quite like the castles you would see in Old Europe, it is still quite unique and definitely worth a visit. Continue reading
One of the things that I came to enjoy while visiting Germany was touring their castles and palaces. There are many of them and they are very grand and detailed. While we were in Munich we decided to spend a day visiting the Nymphenburg Palace. The grounds require a lot of walking if you want to see everything, so leave yourself lots of time and wear walking shoes.
Hatley Castle is a short drive from Victoria, BC and is on the campus of Royal Roads University. I must admit one of our main reasons for making this stop on our west coast visit was that I used to watch the TV show Smallville. Hatley Castle was Lex Luthor’s mansion in the TV show and being a huge fan of the show I had to stop by and see it first hand.
After taking the wrong train to leave Girona to Barcelona (an extra two hours), finally the train station. Outside the train station a couple offered us their hop on hop off bus tickets. Pure luck! If we hadn’t got on the wrong train we wouldn’t have got those free tickets. The tickets were good for the rest of the night. It took forever to walk to the hotel. TIP: Be sure to know the subway stop of your hotel. After check in, a hop onto the bus for a city tour. I highly recommend hop on hop off bus tours, it’s a great way to see the city.
The Columbus Monument
When you see the castle for the first time in person, you will understand the description “fairy tale”. It truly looks like a castle out of some of the fairy tale children’s books. Pictures online do not do it justice.