Stepping Back In Time at the Irish National Heritage Park



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a Crannog on a man-made island at Irish National Heritage Park, Ireland

Stepping Back In Time at the Irish National Heritage Park

thatched huts at Irish National Heritage Park, Ireland

The Irish National Heritage Park near Ferrycarig, County Wexford, Ireland, is an open-air museum that explores the world of Ireland’s cultural history in a beautiful natural setting.  As Bob and I traveled across Ireland, we were constantly reminded of its more recent past in the ruins and castles that we saw, but for an understanding of history dating back to prehistoric times, we had come to this 35-acre Park. Read more

Birding in Cerro de San Juan Ecological Reserve near Tepic, Mexico

a mountainview near Tepic, Mexico

The hills near Cerro de San Juan Ecological Reserve near Tepic, Mexico.

the main entrance to Hotel Garza Canela in San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico

When staying at Hotel Garza Canela, a great birding base in San Blas, Mexico, we found the hotel staff and other birders quite willing to give helpful tips on where to go looking for birds.  One recommended area was Cerro de San Juan Ecological Reserve near Tepic.  A trip to this area required a 1 1/2 hour drive to get there. Read more

A Harrowing Drive through Swaziland

Distant hills in Swaziland, Africa.

border entrance sign into Swaziland

A harrowing drive through Swaziland was the result of a planned shortcut through that country in order to eliminate 2-3 hours of driving time in South Africa on a road that gives a wide berth around Swaziland’s borders.  We left Kruger National Park at 7 a.m. expecting to arrive at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve on the coast in about 7 hours.  What we did not expect was the condition of a 50-kilometre stretch of mountain logging roads and how it would impact our schedule. Read more

150 Stories – An Ode to Life in Ontario as Canada Celebrates its Sesquicentennial

150 Stories – An Ode to Life in Ontario as Canada Celebrates its Sesquicentennial

an image of the book of 150 Stories to commemorate Canada's sesquicentennail

An initiative by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday resulted in this marvelous compilation of 150 stories that examine what it means to be Canadian living in Ontario.  Each story is paired with a relevant photograph. Read more

Traveling Down Memory Lane – Salisbury Cathedral in England

Traveling Down Memory Lane – Salisbury Cathedral in England

Salisbury Cathedral in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

It was with notions of mystery and intrigue, memories of historical facts and a sense of spiritual respect that Bob, our son and I headed to Salisbury Cathedral.  After recently reading Sarum and Pillars of the Earth, we could hardly wait to set eyes upon this magnificent cathedral whose spire has dominated the Wiltshire skyline in rural England since 1320.  We were in awe! Read more

San Gimignano the town “with a thousand towers” in Italy

San Gimignano the town “with a thousand towers” in Italy

Image of San Gimignano in Italy

San Gimignano is a well-preserved medieval hill town in the Italian province of Siena that is famous as the town “with a thousand towers”.  Dominating the horizon from its perch, San Gimignano creates an unforgettable skyline complete with its encircling stone walls and towers.  No wonder it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Read more

Travelling down memory lane: Our Walking Tour of London

Travelling down memory lane: Our Walking Tour of London

An image of Prince Albert Hall in London, England.

Arriving in London, England, after traveling all night had Bob, me and our son in need of a bit of down time before setting off to explore the city.  With lunch and a short nap under our belts, we felt rejuvenated and wanted to begin our walking tour of some of London’s many sights.   We began with a stroll through nearby Hyde Park to Kensington Gardens.  Read more

In the Footsteps of Vikings at L’Anse aux Meadows

In the Footsteps of Vikings at L’Anse aux Meadows

An image of the Viking settlement re-created at l'anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, Canada.

Recognized as the first location in North America visited and settled by Vikings from Greenland, l’Anse aux Meadows in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Read more

St. John’s, Newfoundland is a Feast for the Eyes

St. John’s, Newfoundland is a Feast for the Eyes

an image of a ship docked in St. John's harbour, Newfoundland, Canada

Maritime weather might be foggy and rainy, more likely freezing with severe Nor’westers and dastardly blizzards in winter, but everyone agrees that St. John’s, Newfoundland is a feast for the eyes despite the climactic conditions.  Colourful facades light up any day no matter the time of year. Read more

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