Europe (55)

MESSAGE: Rural Ireland *Video*

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

The Irish are the nicest people –I’m sure you’ve heard that before. And it’s true! Within minutes, my friends’ friends became my friends. And I’m sure this had nothing to do with my name being “Erin” (which means Ireland in …

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MESSAGE: Edinburgh *Video*

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Edinburgh is divided into old and new. The old city dates from 1124 and is really well preserved. The castle dominates the skyline, sitting atop a granite outcrop. From here the city’s High Street creates a cobble-stoned spine, with steep …

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MESSAGE: Scottish Highlands *Videos*

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

The Highlands is both a geographical term, depicting the area north and west of the Highland Boundary Fault, and a cultural distinction that distinguishes the northern “place of the Gaels” where Scottish Gaelic is spoken, from the rest of Scotland, …

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MESSAGE: Scotland’s Orkney Islands *Video*

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

The Orkney Islands are a well-kept secret — even for Scots! Since few of my Scottish pals have been, I consider myself lucky to have visited these little gems situated in the North Sea.

The Orkneys are actually an archipelago …

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MESSAGE: English Countryside

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

I know the English are renowned for their gardens, and yet I was surprised to see wildflowers covering the English countryside. Daisies and lupines and foxgloves – oh my!

In fact, the whole of the English countryside is absolutely charming …

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The Church(es) of England *Video*

Monday, July 9th, 2012

I’m not a religious person, but that doesn’t stop me from admiring a beautiful church – the domed roofs, the wood carvings, the stained glass. One of the ways I’ve found to best experience a church while in England is …

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The Scoop on Stone Circles *Video*

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Standing stones are solitary stones set vertically in the ground and come in lots of varieties. They appear singularly, in small groups and in circles. They can also appear in ovals and horseshoe shapes. Of course, it’s not what they …

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MESSAGE: London *Video*

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

London (“the City”) was hopping when I was there – celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, gearing up for Wimbledon and anticipating hosting the Olympics = What a summer!

While I’ve been to London once before, this time I stayed for …

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MESSAGE – Croatia *Video*

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Dubrovnik Kayakers

Zdravo! Hello in Croatian!

TV advertisements for Croatia describe it as “Europe as it used to be,” which is pretty accurate. This incredibly beautiful country has an amazingly rugged coastline, picturesque islands in the clear Adriatic waters, and medieval walled …

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MESSAGE – Rome *Video*

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Piazza Novano

Rome has been described as a “charming but exasperating lover.” How true! With a treasure-trove of relics and a population of 4 million (but more than 10 times that with tourists), Rome will surely test your endurance and your patience.…

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