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Next month — Oct. 26-28County Wicklow, Ireland: 40.64 pounds round trip

Fly Ryanair from London Stansted to Dublin.

Rent a car in Dublin and head out to explore the beautiful scenery of County Wicklow. As you drive along the mountains, wooded valleys, lakes and golden beaches, you will understand why County Wicklow is referred to as the garden of Ireland.

Right outside Dublin, stop at the Powerscourt House and Gardens, set on 14,000 acres near Enniskerry. There, visitors can stroll through Italian, Japanese and walled gardens, browse shops within the house, enjoy tea at the terrace cafe and peruse an exhibition about the estate.

A four-mile walk from the estate goes to the Powerscourt Waterfall in the Wicklow Mountains. At 400 feet, it is the highest waterfall in Britain and Ireland. Those wanting to avoid the trek can drive to a separate entrance.

The village of Avoca is in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains, where the Avonmore and Avonberg rivers meet to form the Avoca River. This traditional mining town is home to Ireland’s oldest woolen mill, Avoca Handweavers. Visitors can see traditional handweaving and shop for gifts or souvenirs in the mill’s store.

No trip to County Wicklow would be complete without a visit to Glendalough, the glen of two lakes. Here visitors can explore the remains of buildings built between the eighth and 12th centuries, see decorated crosses and an enter an intact cathedral. They also can see the 100-foot-high round tower built almost 1,000 years ago by local monks and still in nearly perfect condition.

Three months — Dec. 21-23Barcelona, Spain: 67.98 pounds round trip

Fly easyJet from London Luton to Barcelona.

Start your visit to Barcelona in the Cuitat Vella, or old city, where a number of attractions can be found. The Barri Gotic, or Gothic Quarter neighborhood, is the oldest section of the old city and has many austere buildings to be admired and specialty shops with everything from trendy menswear to brash and comical trinkets.

The Picasso Museum in five medieval mansions in the La Ribera district is home to a collection of Pablo Picasso’s work, including some paintings completed when he was 9 years old. Other areas within the old city to explore include the El Ravel neighborhood with many urban projects, and the Jewish Quarter.

Outside the old city is the L’Eixample district, Barcelona’s new town. There, visitors can visit the La Pedrera, a spectacular residence by architect Antoni Gaudi. The top floor holds the Gaudi museum, dedicated to his work, and a roof terrace, perfect for a rest and a drink. For more of Gaudi’s work, see the unfinished Church of the Holy Family with its grand towers and lavish adornment.

The Harborfront district has miles of beach leading to the Mediterranean Sea. Walk along the boardwalk to see the modern port, old fisherman’s district, Columbus Monument and Frank Gehry’s fish sculpture.

Not to be missed is a ride on the Tramvia Blau, or blue tram funicular, up Tibadabo Mountain for photoworthy views of the city and port.

Airfare prices include estimated taxes and are courtesy of the Web site www.skyscanner.net. Prices were verified as of Monday afternoon when Stripes UK went to press. Deals are not guaranteed to be available; restrictions may apply.


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