It was our third day in Ireland. The trip to Connemara including the visit to Kylemore Abbey cost extra. I decided to book it together with the trip to Ring of Kerry which commenced  on the 5th day. If you book it all together, it cost 99.00 Euros. I have no choice because I want to see more places during that 7-day trip to Ireland. I did not regret booking it because I love what I witnessed and experienced to those areas. Connemara is truly  lovely and full of  amazing and breathtaking landscapes.

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The beautiful location of Kylemore Abbey. In front of it is a lake.

One of the sights we visited was Kylemore Abbey. The story of this castle was very romantic but at the same time, also very sad. Our tour guide named Kristine, who has a lot of knowledge about Ireland told us how the building of this castle started. It was all love by a man given to his wife, why Kylemore Castle was built. The story  of  Mitchell Henry and his wife Margaret was truly one of a kind. Read more… »

Turkey is included in my bucketlist to see. I found a very cheap trip  there last 2011, the reason why we were able to visit it.  I did not  wait too long and immediately booked that 10-day trip to Turkey. We also visited a lot of places in this country. One of  it is Istanbul. I can’t believed   that this city has a lot  to see in terms of historical sights.

One of the sights we visited was the  Dolmabahçe Palace.  It is located in the Besiktas district of Istanbul on the European coastline of the Bosphorus Strait. It served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1922, apart from a 22-year interval (1887–1909) in which Yıldız Palace was used. It was built  between the years 1843 and 1856   under the order of Abdülmecid I, the Empire’s 31st Sultan.

We had a tour inside the palace. I was  saddened after knowing  that taking photos  inside the premises is not allowed.   I was amazed by the interior of this palace. I  just   wished that I was allowed to take pictures inside. But sorry it is forbidden. So just be patient seeing these snapshots I took during our visit last September 2011.

The entrance to the Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul, Turkey during our 10 days vacation in this country.

The entrance to the Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul, Turkey during our 10 days vacation in this country. © www.europetravelpad.com

A  fountain  at  Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul, Turkey during our 10 days vacation in this country last 2011.
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The entrance gate  to the Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul, Turkey during our 10 days vacation in this country.© www.europetravelpad.com

The entrance gate to the Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul, Turkey during our 10 days vacation in this country.
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Traveling has always been her passion. Ruby wants to share her travels, adventures and personal experiences in Europe and maybe from around the world. The reason why Europe Travel Pad was created. Discover Europe virtually through this blog and travel with her as the journey goes on.

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