You Had me at Food

One of our favorite ways of getting acquainted with a new “home” during our travels is a walking tour. It may not cover as much territory as a motorized tour but we get to see a location up close, get some exercise, and learn more about local culture and history. On walking tours, we also […]

A New Scottish Clan

August 12, Scotland You have to love a group that chooses to go back and rescue a trapped lamb. After two weeks of living in Glasgow, Laurie and I decided to wrap up our Scottish adventure with a bus tour of some more remote areas. We opted to go with a local company named Rabbies […]

It’s the People

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Europe, Scotland, Travel Update | 5 Comments

August 2, Glasgow, Scotland Years ago Laurie and I were in Manhattan trying to locate the New York Public Library. We’d heard about the amazing architecture and reading rooms and wanted to check the place out. The library appears in films ranging from Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Ghostbusters. This was before the days when my […]

Climbing the Walls in Church

Climbing the Walls in Church

July 24, Glasgow, Scotland During our travels on the Camino and throughout Europe we’ve spent a lot of time in old churches, but on our first day in Scotland, had our most unusual experience yet in what was once a house of worship. We finished our five-week Irish adventure on Thursday. Our friend Mary, who […]

The Jedis of Ireland: Star Wars in County Kerry

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in Europe, Ireland, Just for Fun | No Comments

Ballyferriter, County Kerry, Ireland July 17, 2016 The final scene of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, takes place “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.” The actual set for that final moment is a stony island off the west coast of Ireland called  Skellig Michael. In that finale to the movie, […]

You Say You Want a Revolution

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Europe, Ireland, Travel Update | No Comments

July 4, 2016 Dublin, Ireland We picked a great time to stay in Ireland. The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland both played in the Euro 2016 football (what we Americans call soccer) tournament and each advanced into the round of 16 before being defeated. We even caught several games at local pubs.     […]

The Happy Couples Room

Posted by on Jun 26, 2016 in Europe, The Camino, Travel Update | No Comments

May 11, 2016 Fonfria, Spain Some of the best experiences are born out of disappointment. We were about a week away from Santiago. I was in pain from tendinitis and both of us were nursing blisters. The guidebook we relied on recommended staying in the small village of O’Cebreiro which contains a 9th century church—the […]

The Flying Bus

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Europe, Ireland, Travel Tips, Travel Update | No Comments
The Flying Bus

In the US we complain about the lack of amenities on low cost airlines like Southwest and Jet Blue—and yet, line up to buy tickets. But you haven’t seen lack of amenities until you’ve flown Ryanair. On Wednesday, we boarded a Ryanair 737-800 in Porto, Portugal bound for our new home near Dublin, Ireland. But before that […]

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