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Stephanie Abrams’ Concept of “Castle Hopping” is Theme of Travel TV on April 8th

Travel Expert Stephanie Abrams at Blarney Castle

Today’s “Travel TV WITH Stephanie Abrams” will broadcast coast to coast and in Hawaii on TV syndicaed  by Biz TV. You can see it archived at our YouTube channel as well! And, I just learned that my shows are also available on

Amazon Fire Stick and Roku! Today’s show, Episode 8, is called “Castle Hopping!”

When you wake up in the morning in Ireland, have a hearty full-Irish breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausages, baked beans, grilled mushroom, roasted tomatoes, roasted potatoes, Irish soda bread and maybe enjoy munching your way through the cold buffet table covered with fresh Irish creamery yogurt, fruit, cereals, freshly baked breads and pastries first, and you stop at a few castles, one mid-morning, like Blarney Castle (ab0ve) in Co. Cork , one midday, like Bunratty Castle in Co. Clare. . .

and then stop in the afternoon  at Limerick’s King John Castle before your sightseeing day comes to an end. . .

. . . you just might get the feeling, as I did,  of getting hit with snow after leaving a sauna if you check into a chic and trendy contemporary hotel like ‘the g’ hotel in Galway!

Hotels like ‘the g’ in Galway Town, pictured above, are among some of the trendy and marvelously contemporary hotels in Ireland that I love. In that group of my favorites are The Beacon, in Sandyford, Co. Dublin, The Morgan in Temple Bar in Dublin Town, currently closed for massive renovation but re-opening in June this year,  ‘the twelve’ in Barna (Bearn in Irish), Co. Galway, and the Trident in Kinsale which is more serene in its sea foam atmosphere sitting as close to the Atlantic as you can get in Kinsale, Co. Cork.

But when I”ve been visiting castles, like King John’s Castle in Limerick whose foundation was built by the Normans, and Bunratty Castle built in 1425, it is jarring at the end of a day to walk into the 21st century without a transitional period! To me, it’s like have won-ton soup followed by Nachos Supreme. The experience jars the body and spirit. . .at least I found out  that that is my reaction!

So I devised a plan that works for me! When I’m doing things like going to arts festivals, going to the races, visiting museums of art, experiencing live performances of music, dance, and plays, wonderful contemporary hotels fit in magically. But when I’m Castle Hopping, visiting historic castles by day, I love to stay in the genre by staying at castle and manor house historic hotels and mansions reflective of comfort,  style, and romantic gilded age focus on the concept of living richly.

The first time the term “Castle Hopping” came into  being was about a dozen years ago during the eight year period that I was a sponsor of the NYTimes  Travel Show at the Javitts Center in NYC. I was planning one of the two travel seminars that I gave at each show and decided to explore the idea of talking about stepping in the era of castles and staying in that period by day and night visiting museum castle during the day and staying at castle hotels at night. While I coined this term, and gave ‘Castle Hopping’ seminars yearly during that period  that were highly publicized by the NYTimes related to the NYTimes Travel Show, I’ve noticed that others involved in creating information about travel have done what one calls in the military “Midnight Requisitioning” an have hijacked the term for description of their own tours and guides to travel. Regrettably, no one has credited me with inventing the term and I”m actually quite flattered that they latched on to it . . .with my gracious approval. . . as it’s a concept worth promoting. But when you see “Castle Hopping” used somewhere, think of me!

And especially think of me as you enjoy Season 1 Episode 8 of Travel TV WITH Stephanie Abrams tonight at 5pmET (count backwards across America coast to coast in your time zone including in Hawaii!) titled “Castle Hopping!” Check your local listings and, if you’re in a market we are not reaching on TV, know that you can watch it live at BizTV if you join BizClub (they’ll give you 30 days free to try it out!) Also, we post all shows, commercial-free, at YouTube and you can subscribe FREE to our YouTube channel.

Today’s show visits: Ireland’s Clontarf Castle, Fitzpatrick Castle, Powerscourt House & Gardens,Kilronan Castle, Bunratty Castle,  Birr Castle, and we’ll visit Ashford Castle by way of learning about the making of the film, “The Quiet Man,” and taking a cruise on Lough Corrib to see Ashford from the back which can’t be seen well unless you’re on the lake! Come enjoy the journey with me. . .Slan! (go look that up! It may be your first lesson in Irish!).

--Gotta Fly Now!sm
Your Personal Travel Expert
Nationally syndiated radio show host
Stephanie Abrams

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