Finish the tour and have a lovely lunch in Galway…

Such a coincidence I sat next to an adorable young woman on my flight to Dublin.  She told me she lived in Galway and that she had spent the summer in Canada.  She was a nursing student and was in her third year.  Natasha.  She was full of life and energy and seemed happy to …

Breathtaking (literally), The Cliffs of Moher…

The Cliffs of Moher I am not sure what I expected.  I had seen these cliffs in movies, online, in pictures and on tourist sites.  To say I was excited to come and see these cliffs was an understatement.  Ireland is amazing.  The people, the island, the wild Atlantic way.   Taking a tour the first …

Dublin Castle… Not what you think it is…

Dublin Castle So here I am, lovers of castles and old things and much to my surprise, Dublin Castle is not the “old castle” that I just assumed.  We Americans just assume the word castle means old as dirt and tons of battles must have had here and dungeons, blood, guts and wenching.  Possibly royalty …

The Book of Kells was on Iona? Trinity College and the Book of Kells…

Ahh, the Book of Kells The Book of Kells.  It must be a book written by a monk order of the Kells?  Monks, yes, Kells, no.  My tour guide Brian was highly knowledgeable about this question and many other questions and he provided some great information.  The internet is amazing when looking stuff up and …

Making my way to Dublin…

Ireland Ireland envokes the visions of the Emerald Isle, St. Patrick, leprechauns and four-leaf clovers. I can answer one of these thus far, it is an Emerald Isle. So green it was while flying over the isle, beautiful water in the Irish Sea as we approached Dublin Airport. The weather was perfect and for me, …

Why you should visit Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum

Palatine Hill If reading Roman mythology, Palatine Hill was the where the cave that Lupa the she-wolf found Romulus and Remus.  The cave was known as the Lupercal.  Romulus and Remus were twin brothers born to Rhea Silvia, daughter of Numitor, king of Alba Longa. Whatever the true story is and how Romulus killed his brother Remus …

Roman Colosseum or Flavian Amphitheater.. either way it is amazing

Gladiators Ah Gladiators!  Just thinking of my rendition of what a gladiator is brings to my mind, strength, grit and tirelessly fighting the “bad guy”.  Ok, ok, now that the movie version is out of my head, I was lucky enough to go with Whitney to the original Roman Colosseum to learn what really went …

The Incredible Villa Borghese

The incredible Villa Borghese What a beautiful day we picked to visit the Villa Borghese!  We came here after the very busy morning at the Vatican Museum and considering how many people were at the Vatican and the Museum, the almost tranquil atmosphere at the park and the Villa was so very welcome.   Click here …

2 really cool things to do in Rome after dark…

Bone Chapel Take the a tour of this amazing site here and at the Catacombs.  This is the tour company that we used.  Great tour company.  Whitney suggested this and if you have not figured out yet, Whitney was pretty amazing at her suggestions i.e., San Marino, Polignano A Mare etc… I wish we could have …