Category Archives: Travel

Into the West

Back in May, in celebration of the first annual Tolkien Burren Festival, we took a look at how author J.R.R. Tolkien’s love for Ireland – especially the Burren – may have influenced The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW On Celtic Tides

Duff, Chris. (1999). On Celtic Tides: One Man’s Journey around Ireland by Sea Kayak. New York: St. Martin’s Press. I’ve always been a boat person. Ever since I can remember, water has been an irresistible magnet. Maybe it’s the sea … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW The Road Wet, The Wind Close

As the weather grows cooler in northern climes and the days more blustery, thoughts turn to curling up with a good book.  And here’s a good one…the second in my travelogue series. Roy, James Charles.  (1993). The Road Wet, the … Continue reading

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Speed Bumps

It happens every summer in northern climes — dreaded orange construction signs crop up on highways and main streets, multiplying overnight.  My favorites are the ones that graciously tell you how long your torment will last – Construction next 15 miles.  … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW Ancient Ireland: An Explorer’s Guide

Since autumn is an excellent time to visit Ireland – the summer crowds have gone, airfare and accommodations are cheaper – I thought I’d start a series of book reviews and share some of my favorite Irish travel books.  Whether … Continue reading

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