Ireland’s going crazy ….. for good food

What is Irish food ?? When we think about food in Ireland, we tend to think about the traditional dishes, but as the tourist industry has grown, so too have the food options. Ireland is now considered one of the most cosmopolitan countries in the EU. We have an array of Michelin * restaurants (15 new ones since 2011), we boast some of the most delicious fish/seafood options, and our dairy is second to none !!! The larger cities in [...]

Visit the Seven Kingdoms beyond The Great Wall…….

Did you know that the Game of Thrones series filming sites are located in Europe, from Spain to Iceland, Morocco, Scotland, Malta, Croatia and Northern Ireland. When you want to tap into your inner Khaleesi, visit Itzurun Beach in Spain, and walk in the “footsteps of Daenerys Targaryen as she retakes her first steps into the Seven Kingdoms.” House Tyrell's home of Highgarden and the Water Gardens of the Palace of Dorne are also located in Seville, Spain.      You can [...]

Heads Up – new ID requirements for 2018 air travel

If you live in these 9 States, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma,Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington, your ID requirements for air travel ANYWHERE are changing in 2018. Starting at the beginning of next year, residents in nine states will need to have passports in order to take any kind of flight, whether it is international or domestic. TSA will only accept state-issued driver’s licenses or identification cards if they are issued bya REAL ID compliant state or a non-compliant state with an extension. As [...]

Wine with a twist ??

Wine with a twist anyone ??? Wine lovers can be easily pleased right ? We have wine to drink, new vintages to try, vineyards and regions to visit, tastings to savor, we can pair wine with most wonderful flavors like chocolate and spices………  lots of ways to enjoy. Here are some even more spectacular ways to broaden our horizons with wine…… All aboard….. Napa Valley Wine Train.         video:, and The Napa Valley Wine Train is one of the [...]

Happy Birthday Harry Potter

Happy Birthday Harry Potter !! For all you Muggles !!!  Harry Potter turns 20. video: The first Harry Potter book (The Sorcerers Stone) was published on June 26, 1997 in the United Kingdom making Harry Potter 20 years old.  Can you believe that ??!!!  What a gift the Harry Potter series has been and will continue to be. Author JK Rowling made many attempts to publish her first Harry Potter book with lots of rejections until finally she got [...]

Where is everyone ???

We have clients traveling this week in these various parts of Europe  Below are some of their photos from different cities: London, Rome, Paris, Scotland, England & Ireland. (Photo credits: The Tiptons, Dan&Stefanie Sullivan, Gary&Sarah Drake, Erika&Steven McFaden, Dawn Breslin, John Trostel, )                                  Eiffel Tower                                Palace of Verseilles                                      [...]

Tips to make International travel easier

Here are some tips make your overseas journey easier.  (courtesy of Travel & Leisure) Hotel business cards. Take a business card from the front desk when you check in, that way, if you ever get lost, you have the name and address of the hotel in the local language. Having something in a local language that can be shown to locals and taxi drivers is an extra bit of insurance.   The six-month passport rule.  The U.S. lets you use your [...]

Unesco World Heritage sites – Europe

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Europe. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated 131 World Heritage Sites in Western Europe. These sites are located in 9 countries (also called "state parties"); France and Germany are home to the most with 37, while Liechtenstein and Monaco have no sites. There are ten sites which are shared between state parties both in and out of Western Europe. The first site from the region to be included on the [...]

Laptop Travel Ban – updates

What you need to know and how you can prepare for the laptop travel ban - Please note - THIS IS NOT IN EFFECT YET- Here is the fact sheet for Dept. of Homeland Security. (Courtesy: The (DHS) is expected to expand the laptop ban to include flights coming into the U.S. from Europe. Less than two months after the first ban required that fliers arriving from several Middle East countries pack their laptops, tablets, game consoles, digital [...]

European Christmas markets

Europe’s Christmas Markets - During our River Cruise down the Danube last November, we were fortunate to be there right at the start of the Christmas market season and got to visit these wonderful local events in Prague,Vienna and Budapest.  What a treat. (Emer) I was not very familiar with the European Christmas markets prior to the river cruise and once I started talking about it, was surprised by the amount of people who were raving about them. I was [...]

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