US-born but European in spirit, topics of interest include: travel, adventure, writing, hiking, books, photography, Europe, art, history, Ireland, France, Poland, Spain, England and the outdoors.
Discovering Ireland's foodie culture from cheese to seaweed to bread-baking and craft beer.
What is the Neolithic era?
Ireland’s Neolithic peoples built awesome monuments that have stood the test of time and culture. Learn more about the Neolithic period of prehistory, meaning the “New Stone Age”, when people moved from hunting to farming, which allowed them to settle from their nomadic life and build new communities and monuments.
The name Lindisfarne has become a household name, engraved into English history. But what makes this sleepy little island home to castles and monasteries something so special?
Lindisfarne, also called Holy Island, is a tidal island clinging to the coast of Northumberland on England’s northeast coast. Jutting out into the North Sea, Lindisfarne is a small, craggy island home to a handful of people and with a rich history.
Explore the ancient vestiges of Roman Britain along the Roman Empire’s northernmost frontiers. Hadrian’s Wall runs 80 Roman miles and is aged at just under 2,000 years old - 2022 will mark the second millennia since the start of its construction. This is perhaps one of England’s greatest heritage sites – all in a country that is full to bursting with beautiful heritage.
There are few places that surpass the breath-taking beauty of the Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
The Cliffs of Moher are located on the west coast of Ireland in County Clare. One of Ireland’s most beloved landmarks, the Cliffs of Moher are one of the most amazing points along the Wild Atlantic Way, a 2,500km route that follows Ireland’s west coast.
Nearly three times the height of the Cliffs of Moher, the massive Slieve League cliffs are still off most people’s tourism radars.
Located in the heart of Donegal – nicknamed Ireland’s Forgotten County for good reason! – the Slieve League cliffs are one of Ireland’s best kept gems.
Find out here the best way to experience the wilderness of the Slieve League cliffs.
The Causeway Coast, as well as Northern Ireland’s coastline, is a wild and beautiful place, varying between strange geology, emerald hills, charming coastal towns, and bustling metropolises.
1. The Causeway Coast and Belfast have been voted as the #1 Region to Visit by Lonely Planet in 2018.
Surpassing the likes of Alaskan wilderness and the gorgeous landscapes of the south of France, Lonely Planet has indeed chosen the Causeway Coast and Belfast as the #1 region to explore this year.
Located in northwest Ireland, this little-visited county is one of the Wild Atlantic Way’s best gems. Learn more about this quiet corner of Ireland.
1. Ireland’s national poet WB Yeats (as well as his brother and artist, Jack Yeats) is from Sligo, and most of WB Yeats’ poetry is about the Sligo region.
William Butler Yeats and his brother Jack were both born in Sligo, and the windswept landscapes, lush forests and quiet lakes had profound effect on Yeats’ work.
Ireland is where Halloween originated. Called Samhain (“saw-when”), it was a pagan festival celebrating the start of winter during which the Celtic peoples thought the door to the world of the dead was open.
Ireland is a country full of ruined abbeys and drowned villages, of terrible stories of famine, coffin ships and disaster, of gale winds and dark storms, of remote islands cut off from the mainland. It is a country abandoned by thousands in search of a better life, many never to return.