Soaking up the Yeats Experience in Sligo

The Lake Isle of Innisfree on Lough Gill. The setting for, perhaps, Yeats' most famous poem. And it's right outside the window at Damien Brennan and Paula Gilvarry's home. More than 35 years [...]

By |2015-05-14T14:39:47+00:00May 14, 2015|Categories: Eat Drink Stay, Europe, Ireland|Tags: , , |16 Comments

Discovering European Capitals of Culture

Museum of Alchemy in Prague, a European Capital of Culture in 2000 Since 1985, the European Commission has been designating one or two cities per year as European Capitals of Culture (ECOC). That’s [...]

2013 in 50 Photographs

Kris and I visited 13 foreign countries this year. In order: Spain, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Canada, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Japan, back to Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, and Hungary. Our travels within the US [...]

Advice for Driving in the UK and Ireland

I can talk about this now, and I’ll start by saying Tom is a very good driver. And I am a very good navigator. I can read a map, have a good sense of direction, and am good at planning routes, scenic or otherwise. But things are different here in the UK and in the Republic of Ireland, and I’m not just talking about driving on the left. For both driver and passenger, I offer these true stories and tidbits of advice.

By |2017-07-27T21:34:22+00:00August 2, 2013|Categories: England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Our Travel Life, Travel Tips|Tags: |10 Comments

Site Blocked, and Other Little Surprises in the UK and Ireland

The message read, "This site has been blocked as potentially politically controversial. If you think this message has appeared in error, please see your network administrator," or something like that. Had I accidentally Googled my way into a terrorist site? No, as a matter of fact, I was trying to look up UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ireland. I was in my room at Bewley's Hotel in the Ballsbridge neighborhood of Dublin, a fairly nice place, the nicest place I'd been in for quite a while.

By |2015-01-09T05:15:50+00:00August 1, 2013|Categories: England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Our Travel Life|Tags: , |3 Comments

The Dark Hedges, near Ballymoney, Northern Ireland

I'm told that fans of Game of Thrones will recognize this scene from Northern Ireland, where much of Game of Thrones is filmed, evidently. Sorry, but I've only seen snippets of Game of Thrones. I [...]

By |2013-07-24T17:27:35+00:00July 9, 2013|Categories: Europe, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Photo of the Day|Tags: |6 Comments

Building a Bonfire, Belfast, Northern Ireland

As we were walking through the center of Belfast we saw this future bonfire at the edge of a parking lot. On the night of July 11 every year, the Protestant loyalists have huge bonfires [...]

By |2013-07-24T17:28:05+00:00July 9, 2013|Categories: Europe, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Photo of the Day|Tags: |6 Comments

Graffiti Artist, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Just after finishing a spray paint portrait of Margaret Thatcher, a graffiti artist sprayed a white rectangle next to Maggie to prepare his next canvas. We stopped a bit and talked to him and his [...]

By |2013-07-24T17:28:31+00:00July 8, 2013|Categories: Europe, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Photo of the Day|Tags: |2 Comments