Eat, Pray, Repeat

A week in Bali for October holiday There’s something to be said for a holiday where the most difficult choices I have to make are pool vs. beach and this cafe or that cafe. We were wondering if this holiday was going to happen, as the tumultuous Mount Agung was roaring to life in the…

Some really old books and a few foamy pints

In Dublin’s fair city – Days 7 & 8 – Dublin Castle, Chester Beatty Library & Guinness Storehouse Visits to Dublin Castle and the Chester A. Beatty Library were also in order – like I said in a previous post, there is no rest for the weary when I’m in charge of a trip. We will…

Foxy friars, dented knights, and a sermon about sleeping in church

In Dublin’s fair city – Days 5 & 7 – Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patricks Cathedral Christ Church Cathedral was difficult to miss. Halfway between the west part of Dublin at the Liberties and the city centre of Temple Bar, it dominated the skyline from the main road and key city bus lines. Upon booking…

Ah, put a Cork in it.

In Dublin’s Fair City – Day 6 – Blarney Castle, Rock of Cashel, and Cork An now for something completely different from my last post – something a lot lighter in tone. It was another day and another early morning start to catch a tour bus out of the city. We had to meet at 6:30…

A terrible beauty is born

In Dublin’s fair city – Days 3 and 4 – Kilmainham Gaol and going in search of history “If you strike us down now we shall rise again and renew the fight. You cannot conquer Ireland; you cannot extinguish the Irish passion for freedom. If our deed has not been sufficient to win freedom then…

The jewels of the Emerald Isle

In Dublin’s fair city – Day 2 – a trip to Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, and Glendalough  We were in Dublin for a day when we had a side-trip planned – this time out to Kilkenny, Wicklow, and the ancient monastery at Glendalough. At Kilkenny, we piled out of the bus at the castle – where…

In Dublin’s fair city

“In Dublin’s fair city Where the girls are so pretty I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone As she wheeled her wheelbarrow Through the streets broad and narrow Crying “cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh” Alive, alive, oh Alive, alive, oh Crying “cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh” – “Molly Malone” In Dublin’s…

What to do if you think you’ve seen it all (in London)

London Redux – 1 week in the capital – Things to do that are not the Tower, Big Ben, or a museum With my family off to see the Tower of London, I embarked on a mystery photography tour of London’s old city conducted by Hairy Goat Photography Tours and Adventure. As a buddy digital…

Imparting a love of the dreaming spires

London Redux – 1 week in the capital – A train trip to Oxford If anything, I had to help my family understand why I loved Oxford. We took a train from Paddington Station out to the City of Dreaming Spires, and I started our tour with a walk through Cornmarket Street to St. Aldate’s and…

You spin me right Ronda, baby, right round

Un viaje en España – Day 5 – From Seville to Ronda to Granada  Ronda We left the heat of Seville and headed up into the mountains near Ronda, Spain, to see the beautiful El Tajo Gorge and the Puente Nuevo (New Bridge), which replaced Puente Viejo (Old Bridge) in 1793, when it was completed…

Cordoban patios and the Mezquita

Un viaje en España – Day 2 – Patios of Cordoba and the Mezquita After a glorious hotel breakfast, we started our short day in Cordoba with one of its considerable gems – the patios. Although these patios were part of private residences in the historical section of town, some patios were open year round to…

A voice in the darkness

Will travel for tulips – Day 8 – Anne Frank Huis I read The Diary of Anne Frank for the first time, like many people, as an eighth grade student. It was required for my social studies class. I encountered Anne Frank again as I became a language arts teacher, requiring it as a reading assignment for…