Europe

Top 10 Places to Visit in Ireland

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Poets call it the Emerald Isle, antiquarians opt for Hibernia (meaning “winter’s land”), and natives prefer Éire, the Irish equivalent of the trident-wielding Britannia. But what everyone can agree on is that Ireland possesses ebullience,…

Versailles

An Insider’s Guide to Versailles

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The famed Palace of Versailles had a comparatively modest beginning as a hunting lodge built by Louis XIV in 1624. It would evolve, of course, into an emblem of the absolute rule of the Ancien Régime…

A Night Of Robert Burns

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A local account by Insight Tour Director Mike Doughty Off for a night out to celebrate the life and works of Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet.  It’s strict dress code this evening so for me…

Treasures of Ireland: In search of The Quiet Man

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During a prolific career that spanned nearly 60 years, the late John Ford, the iconic Irish-American film director who helmed 137 features, brought one of his projects “home” to Ireland for location shooting: The Quiet…

Manarola

Manarola: A Glimpse of Old Italy

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Celebrated in the paintings of Antonio Discovolo in the 20th century, Manarola, and the Italian Riviera that encompasses it, are special places even to the Italians. Here we take a look at what makes this…

Ashford Castle

Inside Ashford Castle in Ireland

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Named the World’s Best Hotel 2015 by luxury travel network Virtuoso, Ashford Castle is certainly turning heads. And with unrivalled opulence, a stellar setting in an area of outstanding natural beauty and endorsement from some…

The Unexpected Living Treasures of Ireland

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Close your eyes and think of Ireland: what do you see? Is it rolling hills of ethereal green and the Ring of Kerry, or perhaps tall, stark, jagged precipices descending into crashing waves, like the…

Vatican

Italy Unlocked: An Interview with Insight Vacations Travel Director Bradford McEwen

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Italy is often peddled in predictable packages as a raven-haired vision of pasta, machismo and melodrama. Insight Vacations’ Travel Director Brad McEwen sets the record straight and outlines a more complicated country that blends light…

Still Focused on Ireland

Still Focused on Ireland

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It’s not very often that my mind is still in a place I visited two months ago. But it is. My mind has been in Ireland since my visit in October on a trip via…