Europe Archive

Exploring Northern Spain: Hiking Urkiola

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Disclosure: This post contains Affiliate Links. Hikers look for parks and natural spaces to explore wherever they go – and we are no exception. Pulling out the map, we spied Urkiola Natural Park, in the heart of Basque Country just south of Durango in northern Spain. A quick internet search unearthed hiking

Exploring Northern Spain: The Painted Caves of Cantabria

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Disclosure: This post contains Affiliate Links. Cave paintings – they are history, art and exploration all rolled into one sweet package. How could we come to northern Spain and not check out some of their painted caves? First up, the star of northern Spain’s painted caves – Altamira.   The Cave

Exploring Northern Spain: Fuente De

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Disclosure: This post contains Affiliate Links. Zipping up close to 700 metres (2300 feet) without breaking a sweat sounds like heaven. Indeed, the cable car at Fuente Dé is a little slice of bliss. Exploring the hiking trails of Picos de Europa in Northern Spain just got a whole lot easier!

Exploring Northern Spain: Cares Gorge

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Disclosure: This post contains Affiliate Links. More than 500 workers carved over 70 tunnels to carry water from Cain to Poncebos for a hydroelectric project. The project started in 1915 and was finished in 1921. Eleven workers died. Of course we didn’t know any of this when we started out. All

Picos de Europa: Spain’s First National Park

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Disclosure: This post contains Affiliate Links. For me, the thought of travel to northern Spain was always about hiking the Camino de Santiago. That was always the goal. While it’s good to have a goal, some trips have a way of morphing from an original idea to something even better than

Ireland’s Hill of Tara

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Ireland’s Hill of Tara. For the life of me, I don’t know where I first heard about it. It could have been mentioned in a book or covered in a documentary. All I know is that while visiting Dublin, I wanted to learn more. What better place to start than a museum

Drawn to the Burren

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP What’s in a name? Why do some place names call so loud and so far that you just have to get there? Why does the Burren resonate in my soul? Stone Legacy The Burren takes its name from the Irish word ‘bhoireann’. It literally means “a rocky place.” Approximately 260 square

Towers and Forts: An Irish Treasure Hunt

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP We often travel a route with the map in hand and randomly choose short historic side trips to investigate while on the way to our actual destination. Sometimes, it’s a wild goose chase. Other times, it’s a treasure hunt that leads to such beauties as the Ring of Kerry’s Staigue Fort

Ireland’s Skellig Michael: A Storied Past

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Somewhere between the 6th and 8th centuries, a group of monks sought an isolated locale to practice their religion. They found Skellig Michael. Skellig come from Sceillic, which means steep rock. Over the next 500 years these Christian monks would develop a precipitous monastic complex that boggles the mind. Perched on a

Ireland’s Trim Castle

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Trim – the word sounds precise, with little excess. Trim Castle – on the River Boyne – is just the opposite. It is the largest Normandy castle in Ireland. Historic stone structures always draw my attention and Trim was no exception. We had to stop and take a look. Arriving too late in the