More than 35 years after our first visit, we returned to Sligo, the town and the county of Ireland made famous by the poetry of W.B. Yeats. We wanted to recall Yeats’ literary life, walk the area, and take photos. Both Kris and I feature ourselves as fans–if not scholars–of Yeats. Of course, over the […]
Since 1985, the European Commission has been designating one or two cities per year as European Capitals of Culture (ECOC). That’s thirty years of work, recognizing more than fifty cities, and resulting in thousands of events and special exhibitions. How did I miss this? For most of that time, I must have had my head […]
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 included trips to Napa, California and Hawaii, both new to us as well. Here are 50 photos I made along […]
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 […]
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 […]
From various high points in County Wicklow, you can see the sea both to the west and to the east. It’s just a faint blue line from here, so you have to mostly content yourself with the play of sun and shadow on the harsh grass and rolling mountains.
We took two days to do not much more than drive at random around the northeast coast of Ireland. A lot of focus on the natural beauty of Ireland is on the more rugged west coast, but the east coast, particularly the north and east coasts of Northern Ireland, also have their attractions. I’m no […]
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 understand it involves dragons and swords, and, it seems, eery trees.
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 all over Northern Ireland to commemorate the Protestant victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A few teenage, […]
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 two friends, who had all worked on the Thatcher. They were smiling and cordial and obviously proud of their work. […]