Archives for April 2012

Louisville’s Brown Hotel – Home Of The Kentucky Hot Brown

Ornate Ceiling - Brown Hotel Lobby - Louisville

Louisville’s historic Brown Hotel will become home to many tourists visiting our city this week for the famous Kentucky Derby.  Revered as the finest hotel in the city its opulent two-story lobby is truly breathtaking. To celebrate Derby Week I thought I might dedicate my posts to my new hometown and state.  So why not […]

Georgia On My Mind

In today’s post we skip down the tracks for a short photo tour of Georgia from my mind’s eye. Georgia means breathtaking vistas framed by mountain pines. Historic old towns in the shadow of tall water towers. Quaint stores inviting passers-by to stop in for a chat. Inspiring murals! Historical railroads! Shady benches to escape […]

Irish Sheep And Lambs

A hillside ramble or a drive on the winding roads of Ireland’s west coast will inevitably result in a sheep encounter.  Ireland is home to over 2 million sheep and spotting them on the wild and rugged terrain of the western shore, makes the landscape even more spectacular.  Image Credit This ram is definitely King […]

Banana Nut Wholewheat Muffins With Weetabix

Banana Nut Whole Wheat Muffins - Image

Weetabix in a muffin!!!!  That’s my secret ingredient for delicious wholewheat banana nut muffins.  A little taste of Ireland and England, crumbled into the baking mix adds extra whole grains and fiber. Muffins were a new concept for me when I first moved to America over twenty years ago.  Sweet breakfast treats were not on […]

Weetabix – A Favorite Breakfast Cereal In Ireland

Weetabix In Bowl

As an Irish child porridge or oatmeal served as winter breakfast, but once spring came Weetabix filled that breakfast cereal role.  Wholegrain biscuits with minimal sugar, we loved to pour ice-cold milk over them and sprinkle a little sugar on top. Image Credit My kids love Weetabix and thankfully I can find this wholesome breakfast […]

The American Curiosity Shop

Best Kept Secret In Town

Sunny afternoons are perfect for browsing around quaint little curiosity shops.  Small American towns boast some of the most fantastic gift shops in the world.  I love wandering around charming old streets and stores, taking in a little piece of America.   I love the term Curiosity Shop, probably because of  Charles Dicken’s novel The […]

Lighthouses Of Ireland

Howth Lighthouse

Ireland’s many lighthouses are located in some of the most magnificent, unspoiled, and scenic places on earth.  The earliest beacons were simply bonfires built on cliffs to warn passing ships. Today Ireland’s coastline is guarded by numerous 19th century lighthouses. Today I plan to share a compilation of lighthouse pictures from the Emerald Isle, whose […]

County Donegal – The Beautiful Northwest

Mount Errigal

Located in the northwest corner of the Emerald Isle, Donegal is home to some of the most picturesque scenery in all of Ireland. Beautiful bays and deserted sandy beaches indent the rugged coastline.  Magnificent mountains create a natural wilderness and haven for deer, fox and other wildlife. Image Credit County Donegal is Ireland’s most northerly […]

Spring Break – An American Rite Of Passage

Spring break is a very American tradition, when the nation celebrates the end of another winter.  Families with kids seize the opportunity to get out of town, heading south looking for a laid back vacation, lured by the promise of Florida sun and golden sands.  Image Credit In Ireland we call our annual two-weeks out […]

Easter Monday In Ireland – A Day At The Races

Easter in Ireland is a time to reflect on renewal, resurrection, family and horses.  Yes, I did say horses.  Easter Monday is a national holiday and a great day for horse racing in Ireland.  Image Credit As a child we took our annual trip to Fairyhouse Race Course in Co. Meath on Easter Monday.  As […]

The Celtic Cross

The Celtic Cross is a beloved symbol of Ireland.  These stone crosses, with a characteristic ring surrounding the central intersection, can be found abundantly in Irish graveyards, but also dotted around the Irish countryside, sometimes in the most unexpected places. Image Credit Often intricately decorated with interlacing motifs, some early examples date back to the […]