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Talking About Belfast on The Amateur Traveler

I love talking about travel with friends, and recently Chris Christensen gave me the opportunity to talk about my trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland, with a lot of people as a guest on his podcast, Amateur Traveler. Take a listen. Amateur Traveler Episode 396 – Travel to Belfast, Northern Ireland Now, head on over to […]

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Northern Ireland: Malmaison Belfast Hotel

exterior of Malmaison Belfast

Malmaison Belfast Address: 34-38 Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland Rating:   Features:  Located in two old seed warehouses, the Malmaison Belfast has retained some of the original features, including iron pillars, beams, and carved stone gargoyles. The boutique hotel has 64 luxury rooms and two suites. The rooms feature mood lighting, flat screen plasma televisions, […]

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Postcard from St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast

Belfast Cathedral

The spire of hope, suspended above St . Anne ‘s Cathedral, illuminates the skyline of Belfast. Anne was the mother of Mary (for those unfamiliar with the list of saints).

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Postcard from Belfast City Hall

Belfast City Hall, Northern Ireland

This impressive stone governmental building is popular with visitors (free tours offered ) as well as the many photo ops.

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Finding Time to Visit Britain

Time is relative, proved Albert Einstein, but it is also relevant as visitors to Greenwich, a district of south London, are quick to discover. This district has achieved significance importance for lending its name to the standard used to regulate time and set clocks around the world — Greenwich Mean Time. If you’ve ever tried […]

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A Shopper’s Guide to York: Best Vintage Offerings

vintage shopping in York England

The reasons why people head for York (England) are extremely diverse – after all, this beautiful city offers so much, including a rich heritage, medieval cobbled streets, ghost stories and of course, the towering basilica that is York Minster. But what about the shopping opportunities? Sure, it has its fair share of high street stores, […]

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The Top 5 Family Attractions in Edinburgh

National Monument and Carlton Hill Edinburgh

Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh is a popular place year-round for travelers of all kinds, but especially families.  From the very atmospheric city streets, to the many tours and festivals that the kids will love, Scotland will leave the parents charmed and your children ready for their return trip. With so many attractions and venues, […]

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Balmoral: The Queen’s Scottish Residence

Balmoral Castle

  Located in the highlands of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Balmoral Castle is a large estate house best known as one of the residences of the Royal Family.  It was originally purchased by Queen Victoria, who razed the home and rebuilt it from the ground up, and has been owned by successive monarchs since that time.  The […]

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Kew Bridge Steam Museum: London’s Industrial History on Display

Kew Bridge Steam Museum, London

Fans of the offbeat, quirky museums, and industrial history, may enjoy London’s Kew Bridge Steam Museum, home to a collection of water pumping steam engines.  While it may sound a bit dull at first thought, Victorian era London produced some of the finest waterworks around, and it’s on display here.  Located on the River Thames […]

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Family Vacation in Wales

In springtime the Welsh countryside is surely one of the most beautiful in the world. There is a lush greenness unmatched anywhere in Europe and it’s very easy to see why the daffodil is the region’s official flower. They are everywhere, from the planted beds in suburban public parks to wild outcrops by the roadsides. […]

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It’s My Blog Anniversary!

On March 17, 2006, I wrote my first blog post ever on my travel blog then named Flyaway Cafe. You […]

Visiting the Ruins of Pompeii: From Tragedy to Tourism

The ruins of Pompeii are a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The ruins of Pompeii have become one of Italy’s most visited sites. On August 24th, 79 A.D., erupted in a […]

You’ll Never Want to Leave: Hilton Union Square, San Francisco

It seems like everyone thinks about romance in February, but once Valentine’s Day passes, romance gets short shrift. One way […]

You’ll Never Want to Leave: Pantai Inn, La Jolla

For much of the northern hemisphere, January is winter and with it, the cold – often brutally cold – rain, […]