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Word On The Water

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 … Continue reading

August 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Hot Pots In A Cold Land

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 … Continue reading

July 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Iceland’s Ancient Ways…. Shelter

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 … Continue reading

July 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Awe Inspiring Iceland … Part 1

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 … Continue reading

July 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Some of the best beds….

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 … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Florence….The Drive-By Tour

Off the path, and i mean that on so many levels, but doing a quick “drive-by” of Florence Italy. Met a fellow a American lone-wolf traveler and we spent a … Continue reading

March 28, 2014 · 6 Comments

Curvy Roads & Forgotten Treasures

(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 … Continue reading

January 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

2013: Highlights Of An Amazing Year !

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 … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · 5 Comments

A Sip Back In Time

Originally posted on Rucksack Foodie:
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…

December 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

A Taste of Home

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 … Continue reading

November 13, 2013 · 6 Comments

Foodie Making Moments

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 … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · 4 Comments

Paris Overload – Getting Lost The Right Way

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 & … Continue reading

April 23, 2013 · 3 Comments

In Search of Eel Pie

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 … Continue reading

April 14, 2013 · 1 Comment

A Sip Back In Time

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 … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

Visiting With A Master

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 … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · 3 Comments

Dingle for a Day…Not Long Enough!

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 … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · 8 Comments

Waking the Senses in Carlingford Ireland

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, … Continue reading

January 7, 2013 · 6 Comments

….and of course a Hapy New Year to you!

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 … Continue reading

January 1, 2013 · 5 Comments

Enchanting Fore Abbey

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 … Continue reading

December 30, 2012 · 1 Comment

Stoneing, Fox Hunting, & Hot Whisky Does a Holiday Make!

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% … Continue reading

December 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

Loughcrew Megalithic Site…Amazing!

(A bit longer post than usual, but worth the read and definitely worth a visit if you wander to Ireland…. For you non-readers lots of pics and video at the … Continue reading

December 19, 2012 · 8 Comments

A Day By The Sea

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. … Continue reading

December 11, 2012 · 9 Comments

On the road to Drogheda…

November 18, 2012 · 2 Comments

Hill of Slane

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 … Continue reading

November 15, 2012 · 2 Comments

Dia duit hEirinn – Hello Ireland !

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 … Continue reading

November 8, 2012 · 3 Comments

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