Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

Fanad Peninsula

I stepped off our coach bus unsure of what to expect out of our first stop in County Donegal along the Wild Atlantic Way, a coastal route of about 2,500 kilometers stretching from southern County Cork to the northwestern corner of Ireland. The weather was noticeably cooler than the hot September afternoons I had been experiencing back in Cleveland. Here, the winds were strong and the air as fresh ... Read Full Article

Visiting Stockholm for the First Time: an Unexpected Adventure


Scandinavia: that little bit further up, that little bit more mysterious, that road slightly less travelled. For those who summon the gumption to venture north to more intemperate climes, Sweden is a must. Its rewards lay out in abundance: one of its chief selling points, its capital: Stockholm. It’s often remarked that the best trips are the ones with which little expectation is placed. Such was ... Read Full Article

The Holy Isle of Iona: A Historical Pilgrimage

iona abbey

Like the first monks and today’s travelers, I first glimpse the holy Isle of Iona in the Scottish Hebrides from the sea. This birthplace of Celtic Christianity has attracted the faithful for nearly 1500 years and I wonder how Iona has drawn so many pilgrims and tourists to such a remote spot. Its enormous appeal is quite out of proportion to its size. The converted trawler, Glen Tarsan, of ... Read Full Article

A Hike on Hadrian’s Wall Path

The Hadrian Wall trail

Hadrian’s Wall is one of northern Europe’s greatest remnants of the Roman Empire. It was effectively the northernmost border of the entire empire, which in its heyday extended into three continents. Construction of the wall was initiated by Emperor Hadrian in 122 AD—the wall was more or less complete no more than six years later, a feat so impressive that it could only be done by the Romans. I ... Read Full Article

The Unspoiled Isles of the Scottish Outer Hebrides

wild Heather

Since I was a child, I’ve dreamed of time-travel— never into the future, always to the past — but the closest I can achieve without magic is traveling amongst history. The Outer Hebrides of Scotland, the Western Isles, proved one of the best destinations to feed my dreams. . They are empty of soaring Gothic cathedrals and have no teeming cities, but I relished experiencing the unchanged locations ... Read Full Article

My Love Affair with Great British Food

Stargazey Pie

I love British food. When people ask me what I love about the United Kingdom, what keeps me coming back, I often blurt out “food!” Some people laugh. Most think I’m joking. Britain, they note, is not exactly known for its cuisine. But I beg to differ. Perhaps it’s because I’m a Minnesotan. Midwesterners, Northerners, we like our meat and potatoes and we like them covered in gravy so thick ... Read Full Article

My Barradise: The Scottish Isle of Barra

Kismul Castle from the Castlebay Hotel

The Twin Otter banks hard and within seconds is skimming low over the sea. The fat tires bounce on hard, still-wet sand, and I breathe again. I step onto the biggest runway I’ve ever seen — the Cockle Strand — and my romance with the Outer Hebrides Isle of Barra, Scotland begins.  The airport on the Isle of Barra is the only one in the world with regular flights that follow a schedule ... Read Full Article

Best Restaurants for Late-night Dining in London

Balans, one of the best restaurants in Soho

New York might be the city that never sleeps, but London follows pretty close behind. At least that’s true when it comes to its late night dining options. Now you can enjoy a meal at some of the best restaurants in London... 24 hours a day! This wasn't always the case, of course. Historically, if you were hungry after a night out, you'd have to rely on private member's casinos, kebab vans or hotel ... Read Full Article

Visit These Top 5 Cities in the Emerald isle

Dublin's Temple Bar

Céad míle fáilte! The Irish saying that means ‘a hundred thousand welcomes’ is something that you’ll hear plenty of times when traveling around Ireland. It’s the unofficial slogan of the Emerald Isle, often considered to be one of the friendliest places on earth and renowned around the world for its iconic symbols: clover leafs, leprechauns, St. Patrick, whiskey and Guinness. Ireland’s ... Read Full Article

Best Wine Bars in London

pouring wine at the Vinoteca in Kings Cross

Where are the best wine bars in London? London, for wine lovers, is a true Aladdin's cave. It's a city that embraces all wine from all regions and leaves none behind. Indeed, there are few other places in the world where you can find both traditional wines made in Georgian Qveris and shiraz from New Latitude regions, such as Thailand. Here's a Short Guide to the Best Wine Bars in London The ... Read Full Article