uadalajara is Mexico's third-largest city, loaded with fountains, ringed by mountains, steeped in churches and crowded with markets.

Yet, one of the most popular attractions is brand-new, open 24 hours a day and costs but a few pesos to enjoy.

Even far from home and in foreign ports, this logo is easy to identify. Right there in city central is that orange and purple Dunkin' Donuts logo and the familiar counters, cups, napkins, pastries and employee uniforms that go with it.

The Mexican wall menu lists cafe Americano (original and decaf), tea and jugo de naranja (orange juice).

Coffee is coffee the world over -- only the price is foreign.Insider did a double take at the prices next to each item -- $11.50 seemed awfully steep, even for a grande cup of coffee.

Turns out that's the peso price, which translates to about $1.20 U.S.

Insider was quite happy that the powdered jelly doughnuts make just as much of a mess and tastes just as yummy in Guadalajara as in New York.

International incident

On a recent trip to Bermuda, Insider was told an amusing anecdote from an event that had occured that day.

A group of travel agents from the U.S. and a group of agents from the U.K. were visiting the town of Hamilton.

Apparently one of the U.S. agents asked one of the U.K. agents in a sarcastic manner, "Are you here to eat the beef?"

Well, needless to say, the agent from the U.K. was not amused and a minor disagreement resulted.

King of castles

Insider had the great fortune to stay a few days at Luttrellstown Castle, outside Dublin, Ireland.

It's a beautiful property that can be chartered for meetings, weddings, corporate gatherings and such.

This antique tub must be among the first shower massages on record. Among its many antiques were two truly unique items.

One was a bathtub/shower combination that looks the epitome of Victorian grandeur.

Guests can use the tub or stand toward the front, where the porcelain tub rises and curves.

In addition to the showerhead, copper pipes spew water from the sides, too, making for what must have been the first Victorian shower massage.

The other fun item was a gong used to summon guests to dinner.

The castle is large, but no matter where you were, there was no mistaking the dinner bell.

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