Tag Archives: Ireland

Lessons from Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail


Many of us are familiar with Boston’s Freedom Trail – a walking tour that takes one to famous sights ranging from Paul Revere’s home to the Old North Church to the Boston Massacre site to Bunker Hill. Virtually anyone growing … Continue reading

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Let’s go take a hike!


As an avid recreational and commuting bicyclist, I have often preferred exercise by two wheels over two feet. That does not mean I didn’t hike, but it was not purposeful on a fitness or health level. Instead, hiking was principally … Continue reading

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Dublin’s astounding coastal cliff hikes


During our recent weeklong Ireland adventure, we decided to bypass most of the traditional tourist-oriented sight-seeing of Dublin and instead concentrated two half-day cliff hikes (Greystones to Bray and Howth Head). Were we ever glad we did! Not that Dublin … Continue reading

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More images of Ireland


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Postal pedal power!


Observing the custom of postal delivery by bicycle-mounted carriers for An Post in two different Ireland cities last week (Ennis and Killarney) had me wondering why in the world this is not a more common method of delivery here in … Continue reading

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Images of Ireland


Here are a few favorite photos from our trip to Ireland last week. Kathy and I both absolutely loved Ireland and look forward to returning very soon. Thank you to all of our new Irish friends for being so very … Continue reading

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Some thoughts from E’ireann


As Kathy and I wrap up our weeklong trip the emerald island, I had some thoughts to pass along. If you have the opportunity to visit Ireland, absolutely do it! What a wonderful and friendly nation. The people are extremely … Continue reading

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Guest post – “Countryside” vs. “backside”


Why is it that while I am looking at the most beautiful countryside in the world, all I want to do is take pictures of Ireland’s toilets. Has jet lag morphed me into acting like a 12-year-old boy? I have … Continue reading

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The loss of urban innocence


There are many finely crafted songs and complete records that have been written about cities and towns, both specific to a particular community and in general. Some may note the dynamic vibrancy of the city, such as “New York, New … Continue reading

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Pleasant large city names


I realize that attractive or appealing large city names are subject to individual tastes and the opinion of the beholder, but I thought I would list some of my favorites to gauge the reaction of those reading this post. Often, … Continue reading

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