Northern Ireland’s “Food “Heartland”

As you know, I have been traveling in Northern Ireland last week - one of the most pleasant experiences I have had has been the array of gourmet food. "With award-wining restaurants, gastro pubs and cafés and some of the finest artisan producers on the island of Ireland, plus two of Northern Ireland’s three PGIs (Protected Geographical Indicators) in Bramley apples and Lough Neagh eels, it’s no exaggeration to describe Armagh as the beating heart of Northern Ireland’s burgeoning food [...]

Beautiful Northern Ireland

          Above: View from Culloden, Belfast City Skyline & Belfast City Hall This week I've been traveling in the beautiful Northern Ireland.  Some of the stops along the way have been Culloden Estate just outside Belfast, also visiting Belfast City, Armagh, Banbridge, Carlingford Lough just to name a few.   Some of the top takeaways for me have been:  Hospitality, Gourmet Food, bespoke and VIP experiences.  The interactions I have had with the local people have been second [...]

2019 TRAVEL TRENDS

        It's never too early to start thinking about your International trip - it's also good to know what the upcoming trends are. Here are some of the trends for 2019: Eco Tourism or Green Tourism is really popular now. Sustainable and Eco travel to destinations like Wild Life refuges, and parks and natural areas outside of big cities. People are more aware of their Carbon Footprint and especially in Europe, a lot of the properties are [...]

Castles Castles everywhere…..

         Did you know that there are over 3,000 castles dotted throughout Ireland ? Not all of them are accessible or open to the Public and some may be just ruins but here are just a few of the top ones that are open and well worth the visit. (full article here) Dunluce Castle : Perched on the ridge of a cliff up in Co.Antrim, this castle is full of history. Legend says the castle kitchen fell off [...]

A little slice of Paradise closer to home.

           What a great break we had up in Lake George area upstate NY right in the Adirondack mountain region. We met friends and stayed at a family resort with cabins & cottages. It really reminded me of the movie "Dirty Dancing". The lakes are beautiful, clean crisp water, lots of fishing and water sports. Only 1.5 hour flight from Atlanta to Albany then a short drive which also brings you through Saratoga Springs where we [...]

Bonnie Wee Scotland

       SCOTLAND - is such a very popular destination now with over 10% growth in tourism each year. We have had several clients visit and there is a vast array of different experiences there.   Another great advantage of visiting Scotland is that it is a very safe destination away from the hustle and bustle of other European countries. Scotland has mountain wildernesses such as the Cairngorms and Northwest Highlands, interspersed with glacial glens (valleys) and lochs (lakes). Historic sites like Culloden [...]

“Cool” for the Holidays

"Cool" for the Holidays                    A Holiday trip is a great treat and gets you away from the hustle and bustle of the busy time. Here are some great locations to go for the Holidays even for just a break: full article HERE Malaga Spain: Located in Southern Spain, it offers beautiful lights along the Calle Larios street along with Christmas markets, nativity scenes, and wonderful Tapas restaurants. There is also a music festival with [...]

Vacation ✅Christmas shopping ✅

Sometimes it's great to get away during off times or even during the Holidays right ?? Keeping on the track of the European Christmas Markets, you can get your fabulous European vacation in while getting your Holiday shopping done at the same time. The European Christmas Market cruises offer the best of both Worlds. Here's a list of some of the specialties you can pick up at these markets - your friends and family will LOVE these unique treasures that [...]

Christmas in June ??

Christmas in June ??  Every year from early December through Christmas Eve, cities in Austria, Germany, and nearby countries (France, England, Czech Republic, Italy, Belgium), light up their ancient town squares for the holidays and set up festive stalls. A perfect way to visit some of these holiday markets in one trip is to opt for a European Christmas market river cruise. !! These cruises are so popular and especially along the Danube river, you can hit plenty of the most popular [...]

Take a “Mental” Break

                 Travel is a time to disconnect from the daily grind and stress. It's a time to try new flavors, cultures and experiences. Traveling has been proven to have positive psychological benefits in addition to improving our relationships and wellbeing. Research supports this. Traveling improves our mood and wellbeing. It reduces burnout, makes us feel happier and relaxed and better able to handle our life stresses when we return. It's also been proven to [...]