Tag Archives: Europe

Ireland luxury lodging. Photo and article by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Ireland Luxury Lodging: Where to Stay in Ireland

On our recent 24 day trip around Ireland, we stayed at a dozen different properties. Each place exhibits its own distinct luxury travel characteristics. These Ireland luxury lodging properties range from inns, to large hotels, to medieval castles. Ireland Luxury Lodging: Where to Stay in Ireland Killarney Park Hotel Ireland’s #1 luxury hotel rated by […]

8 Great Things to See in Newcastle, England

8 Great Things to See in Newcastle, England

Seems pretty evident but the name Newcastle is very literal. Newcastle means a new castle. Newcastle England has long been a strategic location for fortresses, dating back to the Romans in the 1st to 3rd century AD. In the 11th century, the Norman conquerors built a wooden castle on the site of the Roman ruins, the “new castle” providing […]

Castles and convents Viking River

Viking River Cruises Danube Waltz Highlights

From capital cities to small, historic towns, our Danube Waltz highlights give you a sneak peak at one popular European Viking River Cruises itinerary. We enjoyed this fabulous trip on the Viking Freya in April 2016, a few months after our Romantic Mediterranean trip with Viking Ocean Cruises. We looked forward to learning how the river and ocean cruises would differ as we explored beautiful […]

Budapest mosaic art

8 Great Budapest Sights

My wife and I recently visited Budapest, at the end of our Viking river cruise and then for four days afterward. It was nice to remain in one spot for a few days and experience these and other Budapest sights. Following are some Budapest sights we enjoyed, certainly not everything we saw, nor everything Budapest has to offer, […]

Rocha: Magical Algarve Beaches to See by Rebecca Brown

Dreamy Portugal: 6 Magical Algarve Beaches to See

Dreamy Portugal: Magical Algarve Beaches to See Looking for a good destination for your next vacation? If you have not been to Portugal yet, you are going to want to pause here and take notes. As one of the best options for people who want a relaxing, well-rounded trip, Portugal, and especially its southernmost region, […]

Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland

8 Great Places to Visit in Northern Ireland

8 Great Places to Visit in Northern Ireland   On a much too short family trip to Northern Ireland, we saw incredible scenery, historical locations, and even some personal family history. While we would love to return to this enchanting area of the world, the memories will last forever. This article has some of my favorite places […]


8 Great Things to Do in Andalusia

8 Great Things to Do in Andalusia, Spain Andalusia in the South of Spain is one of the most beautiful places in Europe. It is a sun-baked country with gorgeous landscapes, vibrant cities, and tons of flavour. Wonder what great things you can do in Andalusia? Here are eight suggestions! Visit the Bottom of the […]

places to visit in Costa Brava Spain: Eiffel bridge in Girona. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel

8 Great Cool Things to See in Costa Brava

Girona (Gerona) receives a lot of attention because it has many Game of Thrones filming locations but it is also a classic destination. Girona is the capital and largest city in Costa Brava with medieval buildings and a long Catalan history. We recently spent a few days exploring Girona and Costa Brava, hosted by Visit […]