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Machu Picchu’s Story in Stone

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Disclosure: This post may contain Affiliate Links. Sitting in the Vilcabamba mountain range of Peru, perched high above the Vilcanota River, is a sacred place. They call it Machu Picchu. Viewed from above it looks like a great bird – like a condor –  turning in full flight. Up close, it

The Wild Side of Machu Picchu

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Disclosure: This post may contain Affiliate Links. Machu Picchu – architectural wonder, Inca monument, historic gem. All are fitting descriptions for this fortress carved of stone, but I’m going to detour for a moment and take you along for a walk on Machu Picchu’s wild side. Discovering Machu Picchu’s Wild Things

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

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

The Stone Circles of Cork & Kerry, Ireland

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Think Celtic stone circle and what comes to mind? Most likely it’s Stonehenge – the granddaddy of all stone circles. Rings of standing stones are more common in the land of the Celts than you’d think. There are somewhere in the neighbourhood of 235 stone circles in Ireland. Almost half of these

Ireland’s Brú na Bóinne

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP It  means the palace or the mansion of the Boyne – and Brú na Bóinne is an Irish treasure. What’s in a Name? Brú na Bóinne is the Gaelic name given to an area in Ireland dominated by three immense prehistoric passage tombs – Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. Behind the Stones

Baja’s Cave Paintings: Cueva de las Flechas

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Deep in the heart of Arroyo de San Pablo lies – in our opinion – lies one of the most intriguing painted rock art panels in all of Baja’s Sierra de San Francisco’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cueva de las Flechas tops the list of must-sees when it comes to Baja’s cave