Category Archives: Culture

Need a New Book for Your Next Trip?

One of the many pleasures of traveling is the hours of guilt-free reading time it allows you to have. I don’t particularly enjoy being crammed into a middle seat in coach, but the consolation prize is being able to read for long … Continue reading

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Barcelona Luxury Without the Sticker Shock

After countless hours poring through websites and agonizing about location, price, and amenities, I finally decided on the Soho Hotel in Barcelona for our trip in the fall of last year. I won’t even bother posting pictures of the room … Continue reading

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From Killarney to Cork

The last destination on our journey through Ireland was Cork City in County Cork, which is the second largest city in Ireland. Here you’ll find a little bit of everything: lively city life, great food, lots of shopping, and plenty … Continue reading

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First Novel Published!

With that disclaimer/fair warning aside, I’m thrilled to announce that my first, full-length novel is available on paperback at Amazon.com under my pen name, Mikayla Olsson. This book is the culmination of several years of writing, editing, and procrastinating my … Continue reading

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Worthwhile Sights in Killarney

After a long day of touring either the Ring of Dingle or the Ring of Kerry, you may want to do some more leisurely sightseeing. We chose to visit Ross Castle, which is close by and still quite well-preserved despite … Continue reading

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Killarney – Gateway to the Ring of Dingle

If you’ve chosen to see Ireland by car, as we did, one of the many worthwhile sights in the Killarney area is the Ring of Dingle. It’s not as well-known as its famous counterpart, the Ring of Kerry, but the … Continue reading

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From Galway to Killarney

You won’t lack for things to do in Galway… we happened to be there during the Galway Arts Festival week, which takes place every year in July. It features artists from around the world in every field of art–theater, dance, music, … Continue reading

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The g Hotel: Luxury That Won’t Break the Bank

The g Hotel in Galway was our absolute favorite of the five luxury hotels we stayed in. They proved their commitment to service even before we got there, when I discovered a mistake I’d made in my booking the week before the … Continue reading

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Thinking About a Trip to Ireland?

Of all the places I have visited over the years, Ireland is without question one of my absolute favorites. It’s every bit as gorgeous as postcards and movies portray, and although its reputation for constant rain is fairly accurate, the common perception that Irish food is bland and unappetizing … Continue reading

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Let the Amateurs Photograph Your Pets, Not Your Wedding

WARNING: if you enjoy perusing photo albums filled with shots of family members standing together in rows and looking desperately uncomfortable, this post is NOT for you. Granted, we all want (and should have) pictures with our loved ones at … Continue reading

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