New Zealand Sheep

What You Find on the Hills Around the World #FriFotos

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This week’s FriFotos theme is “Hills”.  Of course, the first thing that came to mind was the song “The hills are alive with the Sound of Music…” (yes, showing my age).  While I’ve done the Sound of Music tour when I visited Salzburg, it was before the digital camera (again showing my age) and have […]

Solo Dining Dublin: Farm Restaurant

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The solo dining series goes to Ireland for Solo Dining Dublin at Farm Restaurant.  To those new to the blog, I travel solo and thought I would highlight a few dining experiences from my solo travels.  Each review/report will be preceded with the following and attempt to follow a similar format: Solo dining is either […]

The Westin Dublin Review: The Cozy Writer’s Room Suite

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While not normally staying at more than one hotel on a city vacation, my visit to Dublin had me at three hotels and five rooms (yes, I know the math doesn’t work so see this post for the three rooms in one stay).  I started out at the very stylish boutique hotel, The Morrison, moved […]

Birds on rocks along the South Coast of Dublin

The South Coast of Dublin photo tour

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Looking at the options for conference attendees, I was excited to sign up for the Dublin photo tour of the South Coast with Dawn 2 Dusk.  A photography tour would ensure that I didn’t need to run ahead of the group for my photo and I didn’t need to hurry up either to get back to […]

Sailing in Hobart, Tasmania on water with blue skies and puffy clouds

Two Months – Three trips, 16 flights, 43,000 miles and I’m exhausted

Posted on 9 CommentsPosted in Australia, Boston, Dublin, Flights, Itineraries, Paris, Travel

I knew it was wrong but I couldn’t stop myself, my body was craving chocolate at 9 a.m., so  there I was eating pretzel M&Ms with my breakfast. My body had no clue what time zone it was in and how long we were staying here as for almost two months, I was on a […]

The Jameson Irish Whiskey Experience in Dublin

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Watching the movie  “The Angels’  Share” (posted here) provided a bit of insight into Scottish whisky. Prior to that my only knowledge of whiskey was drinking whiskey sours.  With my visit to Dublin, I was curious to learn more about whiskey with a visit to the Jameson Irish Whiskey Distillery in Dublin. Similiar to the Guinness […]

Cemetary at Glendalough

The Wild Wicklow Tour in Dublin

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It takes a fantastic guide with personality, a good mix of tourists and a sense of humor to turn a really lousy weather day into a good experience.  Choosing the Wild Wicklow Tour as one of my conference options (provided free to attendees, normally 28 Euro), I was excited to get out of the city […]

Dublin at Night - Convention Center colors reflected on the Liffey River

Dublin at Night – the photography tour

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A photo tour may not be something you ever thought of adding to your “must do” vacation list but you should definitely add it.  While some photo tours are instructional and require special cameras and tripods as you learn technique, other tours are educational and fun.  Dublin at Night with Dawn2Dusk tours is the latter […]

Fall colors in Dublin's park

See Dublin by Bike – the Taste of Dublin tour

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Attending the TBEX Conference in Dublin, attendees were offered complimentary tours/experiences during our stay.  Keeping with my new “see the city by bike tour” credo, I signed up for a bike tour (The Taste of Dublin) with See Dublin by Bike.  It had rained for most of the week in Dublin so I was thrilled […]

Guinness Brewery

Dublin – The Guinness Storehouse Tour & Tasting Room as a Non Drinker

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On my first visit to Dublin, more than fifteen years ago, my friend and I did the Guinness tour.  Christine was thrilled to have a pint in Ireland, me, not so much as I didn’t drink beer then (yes, I know, Guinness is not beer – Guinness is in it’s own category).  As a non-drinker, […]