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
Johann Chrysostom Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
could read and compose music, plus play the violin and piano, when he was
five years old. Born into a musical family in Salzburg, Austria (then the
Holy Roman Empire), he had a unique ability for imitating music, which first
became evident when he recited a musical piece by simply observing his father
conducting a lesson to his older sister. This led to a childhood on the
road, where the young prodigy performed before many of the royal courts
Three Musical Pilgrimages: Mozart, Grieg and Hendrix
Treasures of Ireland: The Irish Goodbye (Dispatch
The Palladian Traveler brings to a close his 20-part
series on the Emerald Isle from an upscale restaurant in downtown Dublin
where he files his final dispatch and then quietly slips away.
The Han Grotto and Culzean Castle. As the name
of my Traveling Boy feature is "Travel With a Difference," it's
important to me to always bring you offbeat and unusual tourist places around
the world you may not know about. These two fit that category to a T, and
they're absolutely worth a visit. One's in Scotland and one's in Belgium.
Culzean (pronounced CULLANE) Castle is located near Maybole, Carrick, on
the Ayrshire coast of Scotland.
Two "MUST SEE" Truly Spectacular Places
in Europe. Here's Why.
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
So I heard that you could spend from dawn to dusk on
the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and never get bored and I thought,
"Okay, I'm up for that challenge." Well, maybe not the dawn part
I'm not a morning person so I had no problem leaving those
early hours to the joggers and those seeking an early start to catch their
red snapper for dinner.
Puerto Vallarta: Magic and Mayhem on the Malecon
Relaxing at The Inn at Laguna Beach
There is nothing like sleeping in an ocean-front room
and awakening to the sounds of waves crashing against the sand. It is
one of the finer things in life. And it is exactly what I experienced
recently on a memorable getaway to The Inn at Laguna Beach. The adventure
began when a friend I pulled off the 5 Freeway in Orange County and took
SR 133 south nine miles through winding lush hills and wilderness areas
to the ocean.
Tim Robbins On His Road To Stardom
Award-winning Tim Robbins began his career on episodic
television. Robbins' film work, however, is what catapulted him into becoming
a major movie star including "Bull Durham" and "Mystic
River" for which he won multiple awards. Equally at home behind the
camera, he directed the riveting "Dead Man Walking." He is Founder
and Artistic Director of The Actors' Gang, which he formed thirty-five
years ago and has directed multiple provocative productions.
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!
You would never guess that you didnt have to
leave the mainland USA to find an Island with lush gardens, oceanside views
and fabulous food all minutes away from downtown San Diego. I wondered what
exactly we were heading towards, an Island in the middle of a city? It sounded
slightly absurd, never-the-less, we drove onto the property of Paradise
Point Resort and Spa and were pleasantly surprised.
California Road Trip
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...