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Happy St Patrick’s Day! What’s it Mean, Anyway?

st patricks day

Happy St Patrick’s Day! March 17, the day the patron saint of Ireland died, commemorates St Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. So, who is this Saint Patrick guy, exactly? Like many Americans, I grew up celebrating this festive holiday alongside the large U.S. Irish diaspora, not knowing much about the historical significance […]

An African Leprechaun in Zimbabwe?

African leprechaun

With St. Paddy’s day fast approaching.. I thought I’d share a little tale about a tiny, supernatural, leprechaun-like creature that resides in Africa.* A Tale of the African Leprechaun Once upon a time in a rural village in Zimbabwe….. A bunch of Western tourists sat in a mud hut, huddled around an 81-year-old almost naked […]

Travel Bloggers Share Their Most Romantic Destinations for Valentine’s Day

most romantic getaways

In the spirit of celebrating love this week, I asked some of my friends in the travel blogging community to share their most romantic destinations. Without further ado, here are some of the best places to canoodle with your significant other. I’ve divided them in to warm weather and cold weather categories. Warm and Romantic […]

Ireland’s Ring of Kerry and Kenmare

Ring of Kerry

Finishing up the Ireland road trip series, the last stop on our itinerary was The Ring of Kerry, with an overnight in the darling town of Kenmare. Kenmare – the jewel of the Ring of Kerry Ireland is one long scenic drive, and the infamous Ring of Kerry is the most prized portion of that drive. Creating […]

Killarney National Park, Ireland

Killarney National Park is the gateway to the Ring of Kerry. Having the advantage of super-naturally long summer days, we were able to explore both the Dingle Peninsula and Killarney National Park, starting our Ring of Kerry experience, all in one day (with daylight to spare!). Muckross Estate Upon arrival, we spent some time ogling […]

Halloween Edition

Halloween

Happy Halloween! Today is one of my favorite days of the year, and it ties for second favorite “holiday” (while not a technical -i.e. government- holiday, I consider any day that involves costumes, parties and candy worthy of the title). A great (Irish) cultural tradition Interestingly, Halloween’s origins are Irish. How perfect is this interlude to […]

Mingle in the Dingle

Dingle

National Geographic once touted the Dingle Peninsula as the most beautiful place on earth… and it was voted one of the top 100 destinations in the world on Trip Advisor. The western-most point in Europe, the Dingle Peninsula juts, fierce and rugged, into the Atlantic. I believe the saying goes something like, “next Parrish, America.” (Get […]

Apologies….and back to Ireland

Ireland

So, I guess I shouldn’t make promises unless I fully intend to keep them! Last Friday, an entire week ago, I asked you to guess where the next stop of our Ireland road-trip was (perhaps to sip on Irish coffees?) and left you with a little message to “Check back on Monday!” Psych! I meant […]

Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland’s most visited natural attraction, draws up to one million visitors each year. Rising over 700 feet from the Atlantic, like a spring green puzzle piece, the stubby outcrops stretch five miles along the Western coast of Ireland. The jewel of County Claire, this was our next stop after cruising around […]

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