Out the northside of London's Paddington Station you'll find a floating oasis often unnoticed by usual visitors to the Big Smoke. Where conventional lines of existence are colorfully blurred, where one can calmly drift amid a turbulent urban sea and the slow bohemian lifestyle is holding on despite the new millennium of technology and convenience and… Continue reading Word On The Water
Although Mother Nature wreaks occasional havoc over this land, she also extends an apology by providing Icelander's a special retreat in the form of hot pots. Bathing has become an important part of the Icelandic culture over the centuries, first in natural hots springs for basic health and hygiene and now in modern days for… Continue reading Hot Pots In A Cold Land
When the vikings first arrived in Iceland back in the 9th century, they discovered a coarse yet manageable new world ripe for the picking, uninhabited but for a few Gaelic monks on the southern coast. This strange, rugged land was worthy of conquering and survival over their scandinavian homeland stricken with civil strife and running… Continue reading Iceland’s Ancient Ways…. Shelter
Dramatic: from the endless scenic landscapes, to the ancient tales of it's early Viking settler's, to the turbulent natural forces lying in wait... The first word of association when I think Iceland is dramatic. From the moment the plane entered the airspace above, i could tell this place was special. At midnight, the sun still… Continue reading Awe Inspiring Iceland
Over the past year and a half i've never worried much where i would lay my head, sleep coming easy to me and fate always finding me in a safe spot. My mother used to say id be asleep before we crossed the tracks (we had a rail line running through town you had to… Continue reading Some of the best beds….
Off the path, and i mean that on so many levels. After a few, exhausting days of solitary hiking along the Via Francigena ,I found myself in Florence Italy. Arriving late into the city, I aimlessly strolled across the piazza and discovered a fellow a American lone-wolf traveler. An interesting character in a cocked LA… Continue reading Florence….The Drive-By Tour
(This is my unedited version of an article i guest contributed for the hugely popular and hip Paris based site MessyNessyChic on Dec 10, 2013) In Missouri, the old timers say 'the roads were cut from following the path of a drunken Indian', curvy narrow ways winding over and around the rolling hills through dense hollows,… Continue reading Curvy Roads & Forgotten Treasures
The most asked question since i've been home is, "What was your most memorable moment this year?"....not an easy one to answer. Some of the best moments were only a blink of time and just never made it into one of my postings, so here are a few highlights (and less-than-highlights) of my first of… Continue reading 2013: Highlights Of An Amazing Year !
A little over a month I've been "home", hugging my man-son, sharing too many bottles of wine and endless laughs with friends and rediscovering all the wonderful-ness that can be found in this often over looked state of Missouri. Returning in the autumn was my idea time, when the Ozark foothills become spectacular displays of… Continue reading A Taste of Home
In one of the Soho Literary Festival Panels i attended the question was presented, "Have foodies taken the fun out of restaurants ?" ...Suddenly i found myself cringing a bit at my current persona, and contemplating what my role as a foodie / a chef / a community "ring-leader" has been and the example i… Continue reading Foodie Making Moments
Granted my main focus for going to Paris was to meet up with 6 of the most wonderful friends ever for a proper week of girl chat, wine consumption & sight seeing but of course it was to include some of the best food on the planet. I had done plenty of studying up on… Continue reading Paris Overload – Getting Lost The Right Way
I didn't have a definite plan of action when arriving in London last week. I had walked the streets before, a few years back hitting most of the tourist highlights on that visit. This time I just wanted to wander and see what surfaced. I usually started my day with some sort of goal in… Continue reading In Search of Eel Pie
Wandering the streets of Dingle Ireland, I happened upon a shop window reminiscent of an antique/junk shop in America, upon entry I was pleasantly surprised to find a pub. An almost magical pub called Dick Mac's. A space forgotten to time, known for its Guinness on tap on one side and leather goods and shoe… Continue reading A Sip Back In Time
You never know where one conversation might lead you. This one lead me to the beauty found and the legacy being built from the art of Irish Crystal. I arrived in Dingle Ireland on a late Monday afternoon and was conducting my initial wander about (as I do on any new stop along the way)… Continue reading Visiting With A Master
The scenic beauty of Kerry Co. Ireland presented its lovely welcome just on the other side of Tralee, where the wetlands stretched out into the bay and the Slieve Mish Mountains rose majestically, guiding my way out the peninsula to Dingle. Dingle is a remote part of Ireland and despite the hoards of tourists that… Continue reading Dingle for a Day – Not Long Enough
Despite the short, cloudy days - Ireland this winter is wonderfully mild and perfect for outdoor exploring. Yesterday I was treated to a road trip compliments of my pal Freddie, to awaken the senses and shake off the damp. We ventured north to Carlingford Ireland which lies just across Carlingford Lough (actually a huge estuary) on… Continue reading Waking the Senses in Carlingford Ireland
Much happiness and good fortune to family I love, old friends I hold dear, and strangers soon to meet. In the New Year may your hand always be stretched out in friendship and never in want.....
Venturing the back roads on a rainy, windy day I traveled to Fore Ireland. Home to an enchanting Benedictine Abbey site with a scenic and mysterious bog like location, various ruins and buildings still existing and the lore of it's "7 Wonders of Fore" to boot! A beautiful place with a spooky peacefulness found there.… Continue reading Enchanting Fore Abbey
The day after Christmas back home in Missouri includes waking up to a house strewn about with new toys, spending the day indulging on Mom's Christmas dinner leftovers, and 60% off sales at all major department stores. In Ireland the day after Christmas is so much more!! December 26 is… Continue reading Stoneing, Fox Hunting, & Hot Whisky Does a Holiday Make!
I awoke yesterday morning to fog like none other I had seen and despite it was my second day of driving in Ireland, that even at noon roads could have spots of black ice (temps were only at 42 f) and that I had no map, I was going to explore Loughcrew Cairns. There is… Continue reading Forgotten Hills of Mystery
A gracious friend road tripped me up through Louth County today to find a fisherman. So near to where I have been staying and unbelievable I had yet to see. The Mountains of Mourne greeted us as we capped over the hill upon entering Clogherhead. There lied the Irish Sea. The fishing village of Clogherhead, forming… Continue reading A Day By The Sea
Here, pilgrim, stop; rest on yonder monumental slab, beneath the shadow of that tall, ivy-mantled tower, the belfry of the cathedral....it once was gorgeous with the shrines of Fathers, and illumed by many a flickering taper, though now the hemlock fills its aisles, and the purple foxglove waves it's lonely banneret. The ground whereon we… Continue reading Hill of Slane
24 hours of transportation in virtually every conveyance short of donkey carts has found me safely ensconced in Slane, County Meath, Ireland. After a tearful family goodbye at the airport and an event free TSA encounter, happenstance found me seated next to a chatty vacationer from Phoenix for the trans-Atlantic flight. We shared my contraband… Continue reading Dia duit hEirinn – Hello Ireland !