Europe

Ireland | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Europe, on 16 July 2021, by , 0 Comments

Have you been to Ireland? Perhaps you were supposed to visit last year? Well, the good news is, Ireland is opening to US travelers again next week, July 19th!

You’ve put off visiting the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney National Park, and Blarney Castle long enough. It’s finally time to take that trip to Ireland! We applaud that decision, but before you book that brewery tour or get too excited about visiting Dublin’s Grafton Street, here are a few tips to make for a more enjoyable trip.

Consider Car Travel

The best sites in the Emerald Isle are seen via public transportation or tour buses, but renting a car is not a bad idea to get to those obscure sites. Be sure the vehicle you rent is a small one, as rural roads in Ireland are narrow. Oh, and the Irish drive on the left side of the road and pass on the right.

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river cruising | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Europe, Golf, Groups, River Cruising, Theme Vacations, on 25 June 2021, by , 0 Comments

Ocean cruises have been a popular way to vacation for decades, and for good reason. They’re affordable, convenient, and offer travelers peace of mind knowing that everything they need for a fantastic getaway is all in one place. What could be better than that? Well, consider a river cruise.

You might think that the words “inland” and “cruise” are incompatible. Well, let me show you on AmaWaterways just how superbly well they go together. AmaWaterways river cruises combine all the comfort and convenience of an ocean cruise with the excitement of European excursions at each port of call.

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South of France | Provence | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Europe, on 28 May 2021, by , 0 Comments

Nice is in the south of France. The Queen of the French Riviera, which the French call ” la Cote d’Azur” (Azure Coast or Blue Coast). It is a wonderful city with lots of charm and character; a mixture of French and Italian cultures where the people are easy-going and friendly even if you don’t speak French.

Although you might think it is a summer resort, you can visit Nice at any time of the year and still have a good time. If you happen to go in the winter, you will be surprised to see flowers in their numerous parks and gardens. Nice has a Mediterranean winter, so the temperature stays around 40 to 50 degrees during the coldest months but if you like skiing, ski resorts such as Valberg and Isola 2000 can be reached by car in one or two hours. If you go in the summer, get ready to share the city with lots of tourists. The popular streets where most restaurants and cafes are, can get crowded, but they can be a lot of fun if you enjoy people watching; and since most of the streets are closed to traffic, it is not hard to just walk around and enjoy the upbeat atmosphere.

Nice has a major airport and its close location to the city makes getting there a cinch.

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Posted in Europe, on 30 April 2021, by , 0 Comments

When one speaks of Bordeaux, what immediately comes to mind are the scenic countryside and its sprawling vineyards, elegant wine cellars, and lovely chateaus of this beautiful part of France.

Even if you do not care for any of these and would prefer a destination with a bubbly art, music, and culture scene, you will be pleasantly surprised that the city of Bordeaux is still a perfect fit for you. You don’t have to tour the wineries to enjoy your stay in the area. All you have to do is to stay within the city center and you can be sure to have a great time exploring the stylish metropolitan atmosphere.

It is easy to visit Bordeaux from various parts of France. Direct flights are available but trains and buses are more practical and provide a more scenic journey to the city. Those who are coming from the romantic City of Lights (Paris), can just hop on a train and be there in just about three hours. You also do not have to worry about scheduling your trip because you can just catch any of the 25 daily trains leaving Paris for Bordeaux’s Gare Saint Jean main train station.

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Croatia | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Europe, Family Travel, Groups, Travel, on 16 April 2021, by , 0 Comments

Nicknamed the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik is certainly a treasure of picturesque and stunning scenery in the country of Croatia. The entire city is a wonderful sight to see, but its walled Old Town remains as the city’s crowning glory. There is no better way to explore this old fortress than to follow the direction of your own two feet.

You can begin your exploration from several other gates of the Old Town, but my personal favorite is from the ever-busy Pile Gate. Upon entry, it immediately sweeps you off your feet to a dizzying but exciting array of intriguing sights to see.

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Ireland Castle | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Europe, Family Travel, Girlfriend Getaways, Groups, Ireland, Luxury, on 5 February 2021, by , 0 Comments

Most people dream of one day living in the regal and whimsical castles they read about from childhood in storybooks. Now that many castles are opening their doors to the general public, you can live out your fantasy in the grandest fashion. Here are three of the best castles you can stay at in Ireland:

Ireland Castle | Ingenious Travel

Photo from Lough Eske Castle, County Donegal

Lough Eske Castle, County Donegal

The Lough Eske Castle has, over the years, witnessed conquest, defeat, destruction, and restoration. Its long and vibrant history has established it as a symbol of warm Donegal hospitality, attracting international guests for over 150 years. The castle has earned a long list of awards and accreditations during this time, and rightfully so!

This impressive architectural wonder, with its tall steeples and majestic forests, has something to offer everyone! Its interior is intricately designed, with scintillating marble flooring, romantic fireplaces, spiral staircases, and brimming, unashamed extravagance.

If you manage to pull yourself away from the opulent interior, you will get to experience what many call the “walker’s paradise” as the International Appalachian Trail passes by the castle. There are also many amenities, such as an indoor swimming pool, fine dining with local cuisines, and a luxurious five-star spa. There are many activities to participate in like horse riding, archery, kayaking, and even surfing – if you’re willing to make the trip to Rossnowlagh or Bundoran.

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Prague Nickname | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Europe, on 21 January 2021, by , 0 Comments

The City of Light. The Bride of the Sea. The Eternal City. Have you ever wondered where your favorite cities and destinations earned their nicknames? From pop culture to architectural highlights, learn the origins of some of the world city nicknames! How many of these did you know?

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The Fair City – Dublin, Ireland

The Irish are known for their love of cheeky rhymes and ballads. That’s why it comes as no surprise that Ireland’s nickname actually stems from popular tune and Dublin’s unofficial anthem, Molly Mallone. “In Dublin’s fair city, where the girls are so pretty…”

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City of 100 Spires – Prague, Czech Republic

A panoramic view of the city is the only explanation needed for this nickname! A 19th century mathematician counted the number of spires and coined this nickname. Today, the spire count is closer to 500 but the “City of 500 Spires” just doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

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Germany | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Europe, on 13 November 2020, by , 0 Comments

When you think of European “big cities,” you think of Paris in France, Rome in Italy, and London in England. But what about Germany? This country is unique in that it doesn’t have just one big city – it has many! So, how will you decide which you want to visit first? Take a tour of Germany’s favorite cities to see which ones will make it onto your vacation’s itinerary.

Berlin Germany | Ingenious Travel

  1. Berlin

The capital city of Germany offers an enormous amount of things to see and do. The UNESCO World Heritage Site Museum Island offers five different museums ranging from art to history. Those into history should visit the Memorial of the Murdered Jews as well as Checkpoint Charlie. The Berlin Zoo is one of the most popular zoos in Europe with over 1500 different species to see. For relaxation, try one of the thousands of swimming lakes surrounding the city.

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Paczki | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Culinary, Europe, Food, Travel, on 30 October 2020, by , 0 Comments

When abroad, there are the iconic sights to see, events you may have traveled the globe to attend, and of course, food to try. The problem comes with picking out the best foods! You don’t want to play hit or miss when time is short, so check out some of the best foods to try the next time you’re in Poland.

Poland Placki ziemniaczane | Ingenious Travel

Placki Ziemniaczane

These delicious pancakes are similar to latkes, but instead of just potato and onion, they also have carrot, parsnips, and other vegetables. Kick off your meal with these savory spuds – either sprinkled with sugar or dipped in a dollop of sour cream.

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Belgium | Ingeious Travel

Posted in Europe, Culinary, River Cruising, on 18 September 2020, by , 0 Comments

The land of beer, waffles and chocolate has so much to offer, and we’re not just talking about the food! While small in size, I se packs a punch when it comes to its culture-rich cities, from the capital of Brussels to riverside Dinant. Brush up on your Dutch, German and French and dive into beautiful, bewitching Belgium.

Belgium | Ingenious Travel

Brussels

No trip to Belgium is complete without a stay in the country’s capital, Brussels! Home to the European Union headquarters, Brussels is an important political hub as well as a cultural one, with grand plazas, ornate buildings, richly-decorated palaces and museums filled with treasures. Grab a piping hot waffle from a street stall, stroll the Grand-Palace square and marvel at the architectural wonders of this bustling city.

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Bruges

Bruges steals the hearts of all who visit. The capital of West Flanders, the city is most famous for its string of romantic canals, cobbled streets and medieval architecture. You may have to fight off a few tourists in the summer months for the perfect Instagram photo, but touring this fairy tale city will most certainly be worth it.

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