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  • GPS location: 53° -32' -5.09"N 9° 17' 5.52"W

If you live stateside, you may be familiar with the term “across the pond.” You might be wondering what’s happening over here from your side of the Atlantic, and want to check it out. Whether you’re looking to hole up in a castle, go for a pub crawl, admire the architecture, or all of the above, then luckily for you, Europe has a whole lot to offer.

Ashford Castle

County May, Ireland

If you’re looking for a royal treatment, then Ashford Castle in County May, Ireland should be your destination of choice. Featuring rich and layered interiors, top notch hospitality, a view with a breeze, spa treatment, and centuries upon centuries of history, Ashford Castle boasts suites brimming with antique furniture, the finest fabrics, and many unique features to the 350 acre resort that simply cannot be duplicated. In so many words, you can be king for a day. Or queen. Or whatever royalty you find appropriate!


Ashford Castle by @ashfordcastle
Ashford Castle by @ashfordcastle

Here you can work on your golf game, discover the ancient art of falconry, cruise on the lake, or glide past your surroundings while zip-lining. If you’re looking for more of a low-key experience, you always have the option of checking out one of the many bars and restaurants on the property, head on down to the cigar lounge, or head to one of the pool halls. Think about having your very own bar crawl while within the walls of this magnificent castle. Or you can do a combination of both. Maybe you want to check out the rolling hills and your surroundings, and come back in the evening to rest on your laurels in style. 


With rooms like royalty, and so many features and experiences within your reach, it’s only a matter of time before you book your flight to experience this modern marvel for yourself.

Ashford Castle by @ashfordcastle
Ashford Castle by @ashfordcastle

Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet's Paris

Paris, France


If you want to get out of the country and into the city, then Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet's Paris might be more your taste. Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet's Paris offers the same level of luxury, but under a different canopy… the city of lights. They say location is everything, and you will find yourself right in the middle of Champs-Elysées. Sometimes it’s nice to remove yourself to somewhere remote, but other times you want to be where the action is. You’ll find yourself exploring luxury boutiques for days. A healthy connection is great from time to time, but let’s not forget the power of connection, and getting out into the hustle and bustle of a new locale.

Barrière Le Fouquet's Room by © Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet
Barrière Le Fouquet's Room by © Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet

As for the “hanging up your hat” part, the rooms and suites are second to none. With packages that vary from “extremely comfortable and accommodating,” to “holy WOW! I never want to leave this room!” Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet's Paris has all of the modern amenities, contemporary design, and convenience that are almost too much of a good thing. You’re in the middle of the city after all, so a supremely comfortable room might be hard to leave! 


No great day of exploring the city of lights is complete without cocktails on the rooftop. Le Rooftop Marta is the place to be in the summer. Sometimes the best thing to explore while traveling is the food and drink offerings. At the end of the day, that’s what brings us together. Sharing plates with your travel companion, and experiencing a unique pairing with innovative cocktails designed to bring out the best of your senses.

Marta Rooftop bar by © Globe Infinite
Marta Rooftop bar by © Globe Infinite

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