Ok, you just found that the hills really were
alive with the sound of music. You spent your day tip-toeing through
the tulips with a Dutch windmill as your backdrop, catching the
big one on a Mexican Rivera fishing adventure, or skipping stones
on a palm-lined pristine white sand beach, without another person
in view. This is the vacation where all your wildest dreams really
did come true.
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Our Irish Vacation
woke up to the smell of rich morning coffee. It was to be part
of our breakfast on this first trip to Ireland, a dream in itself.
It has been said that all Irish homes become a bed and breakfast
during the summer, and this cottage with one spare room was no
exception. The owners fussed over us at the table as we enjoyed
eggs, bacon, sausages, black pudding, fried potatoes and home
made rolls with marmalade. They told us of the areas attractions
and educated us on famine history. We followed their instructions
and found a genuine famine pot in the middle of a forest, where
locals placed food for the displaced victims.
We headed down the road to County Sligo for a
pilgrimage to the gravesite of WB Yeats, and soon found ourselves
stuck in the car, avoiding a heavy downpour. We didnt mind---we
read Yeats and gazed in awe at the green green surroundings. We
stumbled upon a neolithic burial site, complete with massive stone
markers. To this day no one knows who these people were and how
they were able to move such mammoth rocks. We both could feel
the power of the setting and something came over us---before we
knew it we were renewing our wedding vows. After a Sunday pub
meal of lamb, potatoes and Guinness we found another B&B
where (once again) we were the only guests. We wanted to take
the owner home with us, and to this day remain in contact.
The next day, it was a drive through the sweeping
Connemara a place that Dickens described as a place of
'terrible beauty.' We pulled off the road to study a famine trail
a site where 80 or so famine victims trekked to a manors
house in the hopes of food, only to be turned away. As we departed
down the road, we both commented that we had not seen a single
car for over half an hour. A second later there was a rumbling
on the road. We had a flat not unusual on these rock-strewn
Irish roads. Faced with having to unpack our little rental just
to find the spare tire and equipment was a daunting thought. Before
we knew it, two cars, each arriving from the opposite direction,
appeared out of nowhere. The drivers both hopped out and quickly
changed our tire. They barely stuck around for a handshake. It
was dark when we arrived at our next B&B. We awoke the next
morning to find ourselves in the middle of a fjord. It was the
town of Liane , where the film The Field was made. Eventually
we made it down to the musical town of Doolin. This for us was
an adult Disneyland. Three pubs specialized in Irish session music
each night. We hung with locals and like-minded tourists, had
big pub meals of lamb and potatoes or bacon and cabbage, then
nursed glorious pint after pint of Guinness as we listened to
reels, jigs and haunting ballads. Our daytimes were spent on trips
to the Aran Islands, the Cliffs of Moher, a Dolomite burial site
and local castles. We carry the memories with us wherever we go.
Erin Go Bragh!
Linda and John Hildahl Saratoga, CA
Paris in 1982
So what if it was taken in 1982. It still is our
favorite photo from our favorite vacation. In fact we dont
know the name of the nice young man who took it. We just
handed him the camera and he took it.
Louis & Carol Bogny - Kent, WA
As a travel journalist I am constantly asked what are
some of my favorite travel experiences. The list is endless. But there is
one destination that seems to raise the most eyebrows. That destination
is a cruise to Antarctica. Sadly, that cruise line I was on is no more,
but today there is a plethora of cruise lines that offer similar packages.
Here's a look back at my Antarctica cruise.
Journey to the Bottom of the Globe: Exploring the
White Continent of Antarctica
Treasures of Ireland: The Quiet Man
The Palladian Traveler follows in the footsteps
of some Hollywood icons as he goes "on location" in Cong to
pay his respects to his all-time fave movie.
As she came around the corner we could not believe
how big she was. Massive, and yet incredibly beautiful almost elegant
in fact. Her lines were so symmetrical she seemed to blend into a classic
example of astonishing good looks. The other fact that amazed all of us
was how quiet she was. We felt sure that with the obvious overwhelming power
she evidenced, she'd be extra loud. It's a cliché, but she was as
quiet as a church mouse or "as quiet as dreaming trees."
Would You Believe She Can Carry 800 (Yes, 800!)
In the 1840s, the population of California was only
14,000, but by 1850 more than 100,000 settlers and adventurers had arrived
from all over the world and they came for one reason: gold. James
Marshall had discovered the first gold nugget at Sutters Mill in El
Dorado County, creating the largest gold rush in history.
Highway 49 Revisited: Exploring California's
The Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras in Lake Charles,
the second largest in Louisiana, does not need parents there to avert their
childrens eyes. This is family entertainment and children are very
much part of it. The main office of the Lake Charles CVB has costumes from
last years Mardi Gras but it also has figures to fascinate little
ones from country boys fishing for their dinner to alligators who have already
fed and are rubbing their stomachs.
Lake Charles Family-Size Low-Key Mardi Gras
Having recently received a misguided shout-out from
the president during Black History Month Frederick Douglass has done
an amazing job... it seems a good time to revisit the cultural icon's
legitimate place in history. And a visit to his home in Washington, DC
surely a place the current president might want to consider visiting himself
would be a good place to start.
Cedar Hill: Frederick Douglass' Home is as Imposing
as the Man who Lived There
Discovering Art, Culture and Cuisine in Lancaster
Lancaster has always been one of those cities that I pass
through on the way to some other destination. But last week was different.
I finally took the time to explore the place and wow, was I surprised!
I discovered a downtown full of charm, culture, cuisine and community
spirit. My recent getaway began when a friend and I drove about 60 miles
north of Los Angeles toward the Mojave Desert and checked into the Towneplace
Richard Gere and Joseph Cedar Discuss "The Moderate
Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer"
Richard Gere is one of America's acting treasures. He
has an uncanny knack for selecting scripts with the most interesting characters.
Included in some of his vast body of films are "American Gigolo,
"An Officer and a Gentleman," "The Cotton Club," "Internal
Affairs," "Pretty Woman," "Primal Fear," "Unfaithful,"
and "Chicago." Joseph Cedar, writer and director of the critically
acclaimed "The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer,"
was born in New York City but when he was five, his family moved to Israel
where he was raised.
Tahiti and Her Islands
Just their names (pronounce each vowel!) conjure up romantic
images: Tahiti Nui, Moorea, Bora Bora, Huahine, Ra'iatea, Taha'a. Her
people are gentle; the air, tiare-perfumed. Warm lagoons, majestic peaks,
tropical fruits from the land and bounty from the sea all tantalize the
senses. Paradise! As near as can be found on planet earth. And, in my
experience, the finest way to explore her is on a ship designed for that
It all makes sense now. Gay marriage and marijuana
was legalized in the last election. Leviticus 20:13 states
Sent by Tom of Pasadena,
"If a man lays with another man, he should be stoned..." We've
been interpreting it wrong all these years!
After a three-month adventure seeking beauty in the
world, many thoughts race through your mind, especially when you have quit
your job, run out of money, and have no clue what comes next. However, a
philosophical discussion on the meaning of life with a perfect stranger
is not one of them.
Travelís Triumph over Terrorism
Costa Rica's Green
Sitting at an umbrella table in downtown San Jose overlooking
the Plaza de la Cultura is like a page out of Hemingway's "The
Sun Also Rises." The plaza is laid out in a maze of stalls where
passive vendors sell sparkling silver jewelry by the trayfull, hand-carved
clay masks, colorful Guatemalan belts, area rugs, and hammocks perfect
for a midday siesta. Three men play an old wood marimba over the buzz
of the crowd while a steaming plate of Gallo Pinto (rice and beans) is
served to an elegant lady who was performing with her guitar and who is
chummy with everyone from the shoeshine man to the waitresses..