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Safe travels: Viking Orion in Bermuda

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We were headed for Bermuda’s capital, Hamilton, and the Viking Orion. This was our first trip since the pandemic began…

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Travel: Are we ready yet?

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Exploring St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum, touring London with Blue Badge guides and delving into the Byzantine wonders of Istanbul are hardly what one might expect to be doing throughout a worldwide pandemic. But I have done all that and more.

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Northern Ireland’s Coastal Causeway: one of the world’s most scenic road trips

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The 120 mile winding and roadway known as the Coastal Causeway hugs the coast between Belfast and Londonderry with panoramas that change with each bend in the road.

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Northern Ireland: Seamus Heaney HomePlace

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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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Derry-Londonderry: The Walled City

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

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Northern Ireland: The Giant’s Causeway

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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 

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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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Glenarm Castle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

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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

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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

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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

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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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Oxford, England: from grotesques to the sublime

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We traced the footsteps of Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, Presidents, Kings, and a Pope along the medieval lanes of this fascinating city.

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London for the holidays

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With our family members scattered across the globe, we wondered how we would gather our three generations for the holidays.

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