DON’T MISS | Glasgow | Citizen M Hotel | 12 April 2014

Citizen M_ Glasgow_Scotland

Across the North Atlantic from Ireland, in Glasgow, Scotland, I stumbled upon a groovy new breed of hotel called Citizen M.

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DON’T MISS | Dublin | The Fumbally | 31 March 2014

The Fumbally_Dublin_Ireland

On the corner of New South Street and Fumbally Lane in Dublin is a large, modern apartment building.  Follow your nose into the door at its corner, and step into the cavernous, cozy, warm, welcoming café that is The Fumbally.

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DON’T MISS | County Galway, Ireland | The Quay House | 25 March 2014

[While we're in Ireland, we might as well revisit this charming bed and breakfast . . . ]

A fortuitous change of plans led my sister and I to a memorable stay at The Quay House, the remarkable, welcoming country home of Julia and Paddy Foyle.

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EYE ON DESIGN | Tales of an Irish Country House | 19 March 2014

[Fond memories of Ireland, brought back by my "pub crawl" post, have inspired me to repost some of my past stories from this wonderful country. This Georgian house was uniquely frozen in time.  Check it out.]

There’s no sign and it’s not on any map or in any GPS.  After driving in circles and, finally, asking a shopkeeper, we found the little dirt lane with grass growing down the middle that led to Balinderry Park.

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STORIES | Pub Crawl | 17 March 2014

[A repeat post for St. Patrick's Day]

It was my first day in Dublin, and I had covered a lot of ground – but when I wandered into the Temple Bar neighborhood, and heard the music coming out of each and every pub, I really felt like I was in Ireland.

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STYLE MOMENTS | Basilica of the Holy Blood, Bruges | 15 March 2014

Basilica of the Holy Blood_ Bruges_Belgium

“Not only do we travel to different places, but most of all, we travel to different states of our soul.”

Werner Bergengruen (1892 – 1964) German novelist

STORIES | In Bruges | 12 March 2014

[Enjoy this repeat post about one of my favorite European cities.]

I’m in Bruges. Like the movie. Except without the shooting.

What can I say about a city that smells like chocolate, has houses that look like lace, and where the soundtrack is the clip-clop of horses pulling carriages and the (almost constant) melody of forty-seven bells reverberating from the medieval bell tower that soars above it all?

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STORIES | The Joy of Cooking | 3 March 2014

Passing by Ristorante Buca di Bacco in Positano one day, I noticed a raucous group of tourists with aprons on, and wine glasses in hand, in the kitchen.  It looked like a party, but upon further inspection, I discovered that it was a cooking class. 

I signed up immediately.

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DON’T MISS | Italy | Portofino | Ristorante Puny | 24 February 2014

Check out this view…and that’s not even the best part of this restaurant.  The fresh seafood and homemade pasta are out of this world. 

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STYLE MOMENTS | Chiavari, Italy | 23 February 2014

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.”

María Rosalía Rita de Castro (1837-1885) Spanish poet