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Northern Ireland: Seamus Heaney HomePlace

Posted by on Mar 27, 2018

Anyone who wants to learn more about Seamus Heaney’s poetic insights on Ireland’s past and present should not miss the exhibits at Seamus Heaney HomePlace.

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Texas Hill Country

Posted by on Feb 26, 2018

Texas Hill Country is a scenic area of farms, ranches, and wineries where urbanites go to to get away from it all.  Vacationers head here to enjoy the great outdoors and small town charm.

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Derry-Londonderry: The Walled City

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018

Called Derry or Londonderry, depending on political persuasion, this was where Ireland’s last walled city was built.

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San Antonio: The Tourism Capital of Texas

Posted by on Jan 23, 2018

As you might expect, people were taking selfies in front of the Alamo when we visited San Antonio in December. But something was a little different from usual.

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Northern Ireland: The Giant’s Causeway

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018

Over 40,000 exposed vertical hexagonal basalt columns soar as high as 200’ above sea level at the Giant’s Causeway. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and nominee for the Eighth Wonder of the World.

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Carrick-a-Rede: crossing the mouth of a 60 million year old volcano 

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018

The Carrick-a-Rede Bridge is one of the top attractions along Northern Ireland’s Coastal Causeway. It crosses over the 60’ chasm formed by the mouth of a 60 million year old volcano.  Waves rage 100′ beneath the bridge and break against the rocks. The stronger the wind the more the bridge swings and sways.

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St. Augustine, Florida: a step back to grandeur of the Gilded Age and Downton Abbey

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017

Sunbirds and vacationers heading south have a unique opportunity to step back to the Gilded Age in St. Augustine, Florida. 

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The Black Point Inn: a classic oceanfront resort at its best

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017

Even a leisurely dinner feels like a getaway at the Black Point Inn, a classic and historic oceanfront resort. This landmark on Prouts Neck is just outside Portland, Maine but feels worlds away.

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The M/V Sophie C: the mail boat on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017

Drive to Weir’s Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee for a 2-hour ride aboard the mail boat M/V Sophie C., a full service floating U. S. Post Office complete with stamps and supplies.

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Reflections on Golden Pond: the best of Squam Lake

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017

This stucco and shingle estate was completed in 1907 as a summer residence for wealthy businessman Isaac Van Horn and his debutante wife, Madeline. The Van Horns employed over 100 craftsmen from around the world to build a place to relax and entertain their Boston society friends.

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Glenarm Castle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017

Glenarm Castle is the ancestral home of the MacDonnells, who have been Earls of Antrim for 400 years.

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Breakfast at Ballygally Castle: farm to table at its finest

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017

A wee book on the breakfast table tells the tales of other local fare like the White’s Porridge Oats served with Waggle Dance honey and Bushmills Whiskey, yogurt from the Marchioness of Dufferin’s estate, and Guinness Wholegrain Bread.

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Belfast cuisine: pub grub to 5-star

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017

Belfast’s culinary scene has runs the gamut from pub grub to five-star dining. And it can often be enjoyed in a grand historic building that dates to Belfast  industries like linen production and ship building were the best in the world. 

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Belfast, Northern Ireland: A Titanic Adventure

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017

Belfast’s culture and heritage is seen and enjoyed in its world-class architecture, treasured traditions, abundance and range of dining options, and vibrant music and arts scene.

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The Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina: a Vanderbilt Legacy

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017

George Washington Vanderbilt, grandson of steamship, railroad and shipping magnate Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt, built a country retreat in Asheville that is the largest house in America

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Asheville, North Carolina

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017

Visit Asheville and you will discover many of the reasons people like George Washington Vanderbilt were drawn to this mountain region in western North Carolina.

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New London, Connecticut: fish and ships and so much more

Posted by on May 2, 2017

New London, Connecticut’s location just off Route 95 makes “The Whaling City” a convenient place to visit, whether for a few hours, a weekend getaway, or for a stay long enough to take in the best of the area’s maritime attractions and rich heritage.

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The Hudson River School of Art: landscapes and the national parks

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017

The landscapes of the Hudson River Valley’s Thomas Cole and his followers gave a new nation international recognition. The Hudson River School of Art sparked an interest in America’s open spaces that eventually led to the National parks system.

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Badrutt’s Palace in St. Moritz: On Top of the World

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017

Awaken at sunrise at Badrutt’s Palace in St. Moritz and you will discover how it feels to be on “Top of the World.”

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Enrichment vacations: Viking Ocean Cruises launches new resident historian program

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017

A select faculty of historians will be onboard Viking’s ocean cruise ships to provide a new level of enrichment for guests.

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