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A visit to the Irish National Stud Farm & Japanese Gardens

March 17, 2014 Europe
Bench overlooking lake at Tully, Ireland

Ireland, a country known for it’s scenic beauty, may well be the friendliest place on Earth.  After all, where else are you greeted with Céad míle fáilte, a hundred thousand welcomes? It was Ireland’s scenic vistas that drew me to this welcoming country, and after some time spent in Dublin, my friends and I decided […]

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Walking through Brooklyn with Context Travel

March 3, 2014 Features
Image of Brooklyn house

Although I’ve lived in New Jersey for most of my life, I’d never visited Brooklyn before as a tourist.  Then Context Travel, a travel company known for it’s “Scholar-led Walking Tours of the World’s Cultural Capitals,” contacted me about their New York City walking tours.  I’d recently taken their fabulous walking tour in Barcelona that […]

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Castle Vacations – What do you need to know?

December 15, 2013 Castles
Cabra Castle Hotel room entrance

Image:  Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt, Co Cavan, Ireland Who has not been captivated by tales of knights and dragons, of medieval feuds, battles and betrayals? Serving as the backdrop for each of these stories is a castle. Visiting a castle can provide a playground for the imagination, allowing the mind to revel in legend and […]

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Passports with Purpose: Do some good and win great prizes!

November 25, 2013 Voluntourism
Passports With Purpose

Photo credit:  buildOn I’m happy to announce that Journeys Near and Far  is participating in Passports with Purpose this year.  I believe it’s a good thing for travelers to give back to the places and people they visit and I really like the way Passports with Purpose enables this to happen! In case you haven’t […]

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10 reasons to cruise Hawaii with Norwegian Cruise Lines

November 18, 2013 Cruising
Norwegian Pride

Image credit:  Norwegian Cruise Lines Why cruise Hawaii with Norwegian?  There are at least ten good reasons! 1. Norwegian visits four islands and five ports and spends nearly 100 hours in port, and more than double the amount of time in port than the other cruise lines.  It’s a convenient way to travel between the […]

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Medieval Irish Dunluce Castle: Inspiration for Cair Paravel?

November 17, 2013 Castles
Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland

Image credit:  Pierre Leclerc, Shutterstock It is said that Northern Ireland’s Dunluce Castle may have been the inspiration for Cair Paravel in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.    True or not,  the location of the four thrones of High Kings Peter the Magnificent and Edmund the Just, High Queens […]

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A little bit about… Spain

November 3, 2013 A little bit about...
Casa Batllo by Gaudi', in Barcelona via Flickr by Moyan Brenn

Images:  Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona/Credit:  Moyan Brenn via Flickr Worldwide, Spain ranks as the number two tourism destination. In the early 1950′s German, French and British tourists discovered the inexpensive and lovely beaches of Spain. The rest of Europe soon followed, along with Americans. Many opt for self-drive vacations, facilitated by excellent road infrastructure. Spain’s […]

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A little bit about… the French Countryside

November 2, 2013 A little bit about...
French wine bottle and glass

Image credit:  Emdee/Creative Commons Wine tours are synonymous with trips to France. With a vacation through the countryside, there are more options than there could ever be time to see them all. Bordeaux, with its world-famous grapes that produce a popular variety of wine, is laden with vineyards just ready to be explored. The Loire […]

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A little bit about… Scotland

October 29, 2013 A little bit about...
Inveraray Castle, Inveraray, Scotland

Image: Edinburgh Castle with view from Blackford HillImage/Credit:  Neil Roger via Flickr The Romans stopped at York — Scotland. Gaelic language survives in the more remote areas of the country even today. The landscape is dotted with mystical pagan ruins and the people remain as independent as they are friendly. Traveling to Scotland is travelling […]

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