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An Afternoon at Tobar Phádraig

This small adventure was taken pre-COVID19 folling the advice of a local in Clonmel, Ireland. It wouldn't make the "Ireland's top tourist destinations" and, in all likelihood, neither would Clonmel. Perhaps that's the beauty of it. Somewhere, near the village of Clonmel, tucked between the rolling fields and lanes of Co. Tipperary Ireland, stands an …

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Thanks for the “Outstanding Blogger Award” Nomination

Thanks a million to The Travel Architect who kindly nominated me for the "Outstanding Blogger Award." And thanks for making us laugh with your CS3NiT2TWS disease. What I like about this blogging award, and why I chose to participate, is because, in a time of seemingly endless quarantines and restricted travel, it brings people together …

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Folk on Foot – Music, Conversation, & Nature

In my memory, it always starts the same.  A voice — deep, and Scottish — rolling out across the empty space, "Out here, there is no time…. Time is our imagination." Then, comes the violin.  It lingers, and lilts, filling the spaces where the words have once been.  I hang every sound; follow them across time …

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Has COVID-19 Changed You More Than You Thought?

The mountain laurel are blooming, and I find myself taking more time to stop and admire them.  Did I do this pre-COVID?  Did I pause to admire the delicate cup-like shape of their whitish-pink flowers?  Or wonder if the heavy rains helped them bloom more profusely this year? I also find myself noticing more bird …

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These Things Shouldn’t Happen…But They Do

I was walking through the small, Scottish village on my way to a trail that would take me up through the bracken and into the hills where the pines of the eastern Cairngorms still stand tall. He was painting a house.  His drop-cloths were spread out, a ladder was propped against the cute, two-story building, …

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“Exploring” Your World Without Leaving Quarantine

Coronavirus quarantine has put a stop in our travel plans…. In fact, it has put a hold on all our plans.  We function day by day, even hour by hour.  Our daily life has changed drastically.  For some, the challenge is food, bills, childcare, and/or the overpowering reality that you no longer have a job. …

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Exactly How Long Is A Portuguese Lunch Break?

It took me four days in Porto, Portugal before I could order a coffee properly — with the right tonal inflections — and get the resulted I wanted:  The tiny cup of black espresso. Now, I could finally sit like a local, soaking in the time and sunshine at the café's outdoor table; my tiny cup sitting …

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