Kylemore Abbey, Connemara ~ A Doomed Romance

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It all began with a romantic honeymoon visit to the beautiful lakeside at Connemara in Ireland in 1850. This area of natural outstanding beauty captured the hearts of Mitchel Henry and his new bride Margaret Vaughan. Margaret fell in love with place and so Henry, in an incredibly romantic gesture, purchased the 15,000 acre estate as gift for her and went on to create one of the Republic of Ireland’s most treasured and iconic castles in her honor.

The couple went on to have an impressive nine children and enjoyed a carefree, charmed existence in their amazing home. Unfortunately tragedy stuck on a holiday to Egypt in 1874 when Margaret contracted dysentery on a train journey to Cairo. She died a mere 16 days later, having never reached her holiday destination.

Margaret’s body was returned to the castle in Connemara and entombed in a specially built mausoleum, which still stands in the castle grounds. An impressive Neo–Gothic Church described as “a cathedral in miniature” was built on the state by Henry as a heartfelt, lasting memorial to his beloved wife.

Kylemore Abbey is currently home to a community of Benedictine nuns who arrived after the destruction of their own Abbey in Ypres, Belgium, which was destroyed in WW1. The Benedictine Community opened a boarding school for girls and began restoration work on the Abbey, Neo-Gothic Church and stunning formal gardens, which have been beautifully restored and are currently open to visitors.

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European Lakes & Mountains

There are few exotic destinations which combine luxury, beauty, relaxation and wild adventure quite as comprehensively as the top lakes and mountain destinations in Europe. Although they are often underestimated as being suitable for only winter skiing, a lakes and mountain holiday has a lot more to offer than just sport. The mountains of Europe are a magnet for poetry lovers as well as those who wish to surround themselves with the unsurpassed beauty of nature. Whatever your particular travel requirement, here is a unique selection of Europes’ most exciting and also most relaxing, lakes and mountains exotic travel destinations.

KITZBÜHEL, AUSTRIA
Kitzbühel is a small medieval town of the Tyrol, which is situated in the Kitzbühel Alps on the Kitzbüheler Ache river. Its valley location and charming cobbled streets offer an impressive selection of exclusive shops and cafes as well as a casino. Kitzbühel is a ski resort of international renown; one of the largest in Austria with 168 kilometers of slopes, as well as 40 kilometers of groomed cross-country skiing tracks. There is also the relatively new 3S Cable Car, which has the highest above ground span in the world. Kitzbühel is an extremely exclusive resort, which caters for the most discerning of travellers, and is popular with celebrities and the jet set. The town is vibrant during in the summer, with tennis championships as well as boating activities on the stunning lake Schwarzsee…Read More