Nantucket lighthouse
The "New" Nantucket: Same As It Ever Was
Nantucket-bashing is much in vogue these days. Among island residents and property owners from a certain era, it has become increasingly popular to lament days gone by, when the island wasn’t so populated,...
Last UpdatedApril 22, 2019
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Getting Active in the Bahamas
Sure, the Bahamas conjures up images of doing nothing more taxing than sipping on tropical drinks under a palm tree on a talcum-powder white sand beach. But, they’re also an active vacationer’s paradise,...

The Galapagos: An Island Adventure Halfway Around the World
Don’t bother bringing your binoculars to the Galapagos.  These pristine islands 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador are no long-distance wildlife-watching trip.  On the contrary, the animals you’ll...
Last UpdatedApril 22, 2019
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Culture Cuts Through in LA
New Yorkers have a joke:  what’s the difference between yoghurt and Los Angeles?  Yoghurt has a culture. Boom Boom. The commonly held belief that LA’s culture can only be found in a forensic laboratory’s...

Fishermans Wharf, Monterey
Down in Monterey
In the summer of 1967, Monterey was the place to be. For three days in June, the Monterey Pop Festival was a seminal musical event that shaped the history of pop culture. Eric Burdon and The Animals sang...
Last UpdatedApril 26, 2019
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Santa Barbara, California
California's Mission Possible
Legendary battles between American cowboys and Native American Indians were still more than a century into the future when the Spanish began looking for ways to colonize and create safe passage along a...
Last UpdatedApril 22, 2019
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Sacramento, California
Way Out West in Sacramento
“That’s a mighty pretty dress ma’am.”  The unexpected compliment drips like maple syrup on America’s beloved breakfast pancakes and momentarily stops me in my tracks.  Standing on Sacramento’s...

Strange museums of Paris - Image Ronan O'Connell
The strange museums of Paris
Skip the busy museums to explore some fun and fascinating alternatives. Each year Paris attracts millions of tourists due, in no small part, to its bevvy of world-renowned art and history museums such...
Last UpdatedApril 21, 2019
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South Vietnam - Image Ronan O'Connell
South Vietnam - a guide
From a tourism perspective, South Vietnam is best known for the megacity of Ho Chi Minh City, which has become one of the most popular destinations in South-East Asia. While this metropolis has an exhaustive...
Last UpdatedApril 20, 2019
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Making sushi on Kyoto, Japan - Image Ronan O'Connell
Learning to make sushi in Kyoto
Coming to grips with all the ingredients for making a Japanese staple means an interesting history lesson with the tuition. I am woeful in the kitchen. For many years I was fiercely proud of my homemade...
Last UpdatedApril 20, 2019
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Kid-friendly museums - Image Ronan O'Connell
Europe's best kid-friendly museums
Some of the world’s finest collections and displays will appeal to most people - even kids. While many museums cater to a niche audience, and are particularly boring for children, no museums appeal to...

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First-timers guide to New York City
A late arrival into New York City proves to be an advantage. The touch down at J.F. Kennedy airport at 9.30pm and a fixed fare cab has me checking in with the welcoming Robert at the Beacon Hotel, in the...
Last UpdatedMarch 18, 2019
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