I love taking photographs when I travel, but I am selective about it because cameras can make you an outsider, an observer instead of a participant. One thing I like about having a camera is that, even if I don’t use it, I pay a little more attention to the details.
Clap clap clap! Dublin is very cool. I have never seen more pubs, cafes, restaurants, boutiques and churches in a couple of square miles anywhere. Visitors and locals seem happy, especially after a couple of pints and even after Ireland lost to France in the Euros. Continue reading
Hiking Northern Ireland’s North Coast
Ireland is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited and the Irish are taking good care of it. Once you get out of town, no billboards, no rusting cars, no corporate fast food.
Celtic Summer Camp At Slieve Aughty
Slieve Aughty is my idea of paradise. It’s a riding center east of Galway way out in the countryside. With happy horses and organic meals and vegetable gardens. And fields of cross country jumps and miles of riding trails through fields and forests. Did I just dream this? Continue reading
Galway and County Clare
I spent a few days in Galway on the west coast of Ireland, walking the coastal paths and eating my way through town. Musicians played on every corner and the city was jam packed with tourists. Galway is a party town, which means if your hotel is central (as mine was), you may have a hard time sleeping (as I did). Continue reading
Birds and Burial Mounds at Bru Na Boinne
This week, I visited the small town of Drogheda in the gorgeous Irish countryside about 40 miles north of Dublin. The town is near Bru Na Boinne, a UNESCO World Heritage site of mysterious and historically important neolithic burial mounds. And then I became a junior falconer! Continue reading
I just spent a few days in Belfast, Northern Ireland and I loved it — friendly people, wonderful architecture, good food and, of course, pubs. But first, a reminder that Northern Ireland is a part of Britain and the Republic of Ireland to the south is an independent nation. This is relevant to the fact that twenty years ago, visitors to Belfast were the same kind of people who today would visit Damascus….. Continue reading