All the “Posh” places

Jaap Buitendijk/Courtesy Focus Features So the buzz on the street is the newish  Downton Abbey movie !! Are you a fan ?? I'm definitely a fan.    I really miss the TV series and I'm sure I know lots of people who feel the same. There's something wonderful about going back in time to those days of Royalty and pomp & ceremony.   Even back in those days, you can see the feisty women characters like Lady Mary and of [...]

Guided Vacations Yay or Nay ??

                   (Photo cred Travel Weekly, TCC Corp &  Insight Vacations) What are your thoughts about guided vacations ?? In the history of travel, and before I got into the travel business, personally, I associated guided vacations with busloads of older tourists at top attractions with cameras & plaid pants.(I'm talking Ireland in the 80's :)) No more - these days, guided vacations are immersive, exciting, challenging, incorporating local hosts, cooking experiences and lots more.  Today's [...]

Beannachtai na Feile Padraig (Happy St. Patricks Day)

St .Patrick’s day is known all over the world and celebrated on March 17th in observance of the death of St. Patrick who brought Christianity to Ireland and died in the Fifth Century.  What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green. Here's some expressions in Gaelic St. Patrick’s Day:  La Fheile Padraig / law [...]

Top Travel Picks for 2019

During the holidays is a great time to start thinking about where you want to travel to next year. Usually families get together and it's easier to solidify plans when everyone's there. Every year, the top travel publications come up with the hottest and upcoming trends for the following year. We've picked just a few of the top European destinations as well as some of the top cities for you, including Scotland, Romania, Italy and France .....    Matera - [...]

Have you been dreaming of Croatia ?

Croatia is becoming one of the top European destinations to visit. Travelers are looking for something different and so many of the more popular European destinations have become overrun with Tourists. Croatia is an Eastern European country with a long coastline on the Adriatic Sea. Encompassing more than a thousand islands, it's also crossed by the Dinaric Alps. The hot spots to visit are Dubrovnik, Plitvice National park, Istria and of course the Islands (there are more than 1,000) Dubrovnik: [...]

What’s next ???

Have you had a travel bucket list for a while ? Where have you been dreaming about ? Now's the time to tick something off your list. But how do you pick which destination to go to ?? Try this neat little quiz from The Travel Channel that might help you along. Can't wait to hear what you got -  WooHoo I got PARIS !!!          Here's some tips that might help you when planning your next vacation: Full article [...]

Ireland 2.0

Among the amazing experiences in Ireland was my visit to the Armagh area in N.Ireland.    Visit Armagh which consists of the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Councils are really putting this area on the map. Ghilian Campbell was my brilliant host & tour guide and I can't thank her enough. In addition, I also participated in a walking tour of Armagh itself and learned so much.  Visit their site (link here) to see the array of great tours, food treats, bespoke [...]

I had an “EPIC” time in Ireland

A Dublin highlight during my recent trip was my visit to EPIC Ireland museum in Dublin City. A big Thank You to David Cleary for hosting me. Video link here: Here's a couple of images below.            Did you know that 35 Million Americans claim Irish Ancestry ???  "EPIC tells the moving and unforgettable stories of those who left the island of Ireland, and how they influenced and shaped the world. EPIC embraces the past and [...]

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 [...]

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