What to See When You Visit Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park is technically part of the famous Ring of Kerry, but really you can easily spend a day just here.  It is a national park for a reason, the scenery is stunning.  You have gorgeous lakes and dramatic mountains like you would expect at a national park.  In addition, there are also historic sites that you should not miss.

We stayed at the Carrilgea House, which is a charming bed and breakfast conveniently located right across the street from the park.  One morning before breakfast, we walked over to one of the lakes and enjoyed the sunrise.  It was definitely worth getting up early for!

This is a sunrise worth getting up for. - "What to See When You Visit Killarney National Park" - Two Traveling Texans
This is a sunrise worth getting up for!

The park is huge so its probably wise to drive there.  You can find parking lots at the major attractions that are free.  If you would like to try a more traditional form of transportation you can hire a jaunting cart, which is a type of horse drawn carriage. (more…)

The Best Options for Traveling Between Manhattan and Newark Airport (EWR)

Since people really appreciated our tips on how to get to JFK airport, I thought I should also share some my thoughts on the options for traveling between Manhattan and Newark Airport (EWR).  Sometimes the best flight options involve travel from EWR.  However, getting to EWR is more difficult and more expensive than going to JFK, so you should take that into consideration when selecting your flight.  Traffic across the Hudson River regardless of what crossing you use can be a bit unpredictable, so always leave extra time.

A rainy sunset as seen from a plane at Newark Airport. - "The Best Options for Traveling Between Manhattan and Newark Airport (EWR)" - Two Traveling Texans
A rainy sunset as seen from a plane at Newark Airport.

The best way to get to EWR is going to depend on your situation.  Are you pressed for time? Are you trying to save money? Do you have a lot of bags?  What terminal are you going to? Will you be traveling to EWR during rush hour (7-9 am or 4-7pm)? You could choose from New Jersey Transit Train, bus, taxi, and uber/car service.  I thought it might be helpful if I shared the pros and cons of each option. (more…)

Why You Must Do the Ring of Kerry at Least Once in Your Lifetime

The Ring of Kerry in Ireland is probably one of the most famous scenic drives there is, so I was excited to finally get the chance to experience it for myself.  The area is just beautiful and there really is a lot to see.  We had a lot of trouble planning our day there though, because we couldn’t really find detailed information.  Since we only spent a day there, I am not an expert, but wanted to share what I learned.  I really enjoyed it, and I definitely want to come back.

So many stunning views along the Ring of Kerry! - "Why You Must Do the Ring of Kerry at Least Once in Your Lifetime" - Two Traveling Texans
So many stunning views along the Ring of Kerry!

The first thing you learn when researching the Ring of Kerry is that you are supposed to drive counter clockwise around the route.  We went at the very tail end of the season (1st weekend in October) so there wasn’t much traffic, but I have heard this is not the case in the summer, so be prepared.   (more…)

Don’t Miss Victoria Peak When You Visit Hong Kong

I don’t think you can say you have visited Hong Kong if you have not gone to Victoria Peak.  Not only is there the iconic tram but you will also find some of the best views in Hong Kong.  I went on my first trip to Hong Kong about 10 years ago, and since I enjoyed it so much I wanted to take my friend Courtney there on our trip.  Next time, I plan on going again, but this time I will allocate at least a half a day so that I can explore more.

I love the mix of nature and the city skyline.- "Don't Miss Victoria Peak When Visiting Hong Kong" - Two Traveling Texans
I love the mix of nature and the city skyline.

Victoria Peak stands at 1811 feet above sea level making it the tallest mountain on Hong Kong Island.  The Tram has been taking people to the top for over 120 years! In the mid 18th century,  Victoria Peak was a exclusive area where many of the upper class lived.  It was not easy to get to those residences though.  Then in 1873, a hotel opened and in order to increase business a better form of transportation to the top was needed.  In 1888, the Victoria Peak Tram began service as the first cable funicular in Asia. (more…)

Why I Fell in Love With Gaudi in Barcelona

I only spent two days in Barcelona but it didn’t even take me that long to learn that Antoni Gaudi is a genius.  Gaudi was a Spanish architect who lived from 1852 to 1926.  He had a really vivid imagination and it shows in his designs.  It is clear he was well ahead of his time.  It may sound like I am exaggerating as I describe some of the places, but honestly I was thoroughly impressed.  I am not the only one who thinks this, many of his projects have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

La Sagrada Familia is a basilica designed by Gaudi, still currently under construction.  After more than 130 years, it is scheduled for completion in 2026.  I have been to many amazing churches across the world (St. Patrick’s, St. Peter’s, St. Paul’s and more) but in my mind La Sagrada Familia tops them all.

La Sagrada Familia under construction for the last 130 years! - "Why I Fell in Love With Gaudi in Barcelona" - Two Traveling Texans
La Sagrada Familia under construction for the last 130 years!

If you plan on visiting La Sagrada Familia while you’re in Barcelona (and you really must) you should get your tickets in advance!  There are several different ticket options but all are timed entry.  The cheapest option is to just buy entry into the cathedral for 15€ each.  We decided to splurge and go for the most expensive option.  For 29€ per person, you get access to the cathedral, an audio guide, and you get to go to the top of the towers on one of the cathedral facades. (more…)

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