Having a Blast in Bunratty

Nelly’s Blessing May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand. In a previous post I wrote about being conscious of the “moments” that happen in any given year. While some moments are the culmination of hard work and planning, like crossing the finish line of a marathon, some are complete surprise. Our night in Bunratty, Ireland was very, very unplanned. As Joanna… Read more


Very Quick Limerick

There once were two girls from New York, Who went to Limerick from Cork. They found coffee and beer, Friendly people and cheer, And some yummies to eat with a fork. Greyhound-like Tour After visiting the English Market in Cork we hopped the bus on to Limerick. We had purchased fresh bread and cheese at the market, and so enjoyed a little picnic as we used the free bus wifi to search for what to see and do at our next stop. We arrived under grey skies and were greeted with more of a city-feel than I think either of us was expecting…. Read more


Chowing Down in Cork City

When I met up with Jo in Dublin just before New Year’s Eve, I wasn’t sure if she would like the city and want to see other parts of Ireland. It was my third trip to the Emerald Isle and I knew all of the reasons I loved the country, but you never know how someone is going react. One of the things I like best about Ireland is the food, which surprises a lot of people. When I went for the first time in 2009, I was shocked myself at how many good meals I had. In retrospect it… Read more


Finding Fabulous Food in Dublin

As soon as I got off the bus in the Dublin center I felt comfortable. It was 5am. There were very few people about, yet those that were, were friendly. The street sweeper even offered up a “good morning” and a comment on the weather with a smile and charming lilt. I was tired from 24hours of travel – spending the night on the floors of the ferry station and boat – and Jen wasn’t do in for another hour or so but even so I was rather content as I searched for coffee and maybe some comfort food. I wandered… Read more


Best Gelato in Florence

If you are going to indulge for Fat Girl Friday or Because-it-is-a-vacation-day-that-ends-in-y Day, you want to make sure those calories are worth it right? After spending the last 10 months living in fair Firenze, I have a pretty good handle on the gelato situation (even with my semi-vegan ways). For those uninitiated, gelato is like ice cream but creamier and something something with the fat and air content and stuff. All you really need to know is it is delicious when done right. I will say that just like food in general and travel food in particular, there is no… Read more


Winding Down the Whisky Trail in Scotland

  “The light music of whiskey falling into a glass – an agreeable interlude” – James Joyce   I’ve turned a few heads at cocktail parties or just saddling up to a local bar when I order a whisky neat. You can almost see it in their eyes – don’t you want a pinot grigio, or maybe a cosmopolitan? I started drinking whisky a few years ago when I was trying not to blow my calorie budget on a few strong IPAs or mango margaritas. I like to drink socially, but I hate the idea of taking in liquid calories…. Read more


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