Chasing rainbows in County Donegal
Destinations / Europe / Ireland

Chasing rainbows in County Donegal

On a map, Ireland’s northwestern corner appears as if a giant stepped on it, splaying the land into fingers webbed by a raggedy-edged coastline. Wind-scoured headlands cradle swaths of sand, forested valleys shelter shimmery ponds, and heath-clad mountains overlord barren peat bogs. It’s expansive yet intimate, tame yet wild. In spring, like much of the … Continue reading

Aston Martin DB9 + James Bond + Isle of Eriska = luxury escape
Destinations / Dispatches / Europe / Experiences / Scotland / Touring

Aston Martin DB9 + James Bond + Isle of Eriska = luxury escape

Be Bond, James Bond: Put yourself behind the wheel of an Aston Martin and tour some of the iconic locations featured in The Spy Who Loved Me, From Russia with Love, and Skyfall. On the Luxury Ashton Martin 007 package, you’ll drive an Aston Martin DB9; stay two nights at Isle of five-star Isle of … Continue reading

When Galaxies collide: Eating through Paris with my Facebook cybertwin
Destinations / Europe / France

When Galaxies collide: Eating through Paris with my Facebook cybertwin

Despite all-but confirming it to memory, I glanced once more at the message on my screen as the Eurostar, the high-speed train from London, docked in Paris’ Gare du Nord station. “I have managed to get all days off while you are here,” my doppelganger had written. “Did I mention how excited I am! Feel … Continue reading

Arts & Culture / Destinations / Europe / Experiences / Scotland

Edinburgh’s Writers’ Museum chronicles Scotland’s literary giants

Detour off The Royal Mile down Lady Stair’s Close, one of Edinburgh’s medieval pedestrian alleys, and step into Scotland’s literary heritage. The Writers’ Museum, housed in the early 17th-century Lady Stair’s House, immerses visitors in the lives of Robert Burns (1759-1796), Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), and Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894). In addition to manuscripts, original … Continue reading

London’s Courtauld Gallery is a treasure within a treasure
Arts & Culture / Destinations / England / Europe / Experiences

London’s Courtauld Gallery is a treasure within a treasure

I was more than content to admire masterpiece after masterpiece displayed in The Courtauld Gallery, a small, university museum on London’s Museum Mile. Then, cued by the upward gaze of another visitor, I glanced—then gawked—at the lavishly augmented and painted ceiling. The Courtauld Gallery is housed in Somerset House, designed by Sir William Chambers, built … Continue reading

The Land Whisperer: Walking through Irish history in The Burren
Destinations / Europe / Experiences / Hikes & walks / Ireland

The Land Whisperer: Walking through Irish history in The Burren

“Where are we?” asked Shane Connolly. I glanced around the small parking pullout, with ledges descending to Galway Bay on one side and a hill rising on the other. There was no “You Are Here” marker in sight. Shane reeled off the answer, the words flowing together and punctuated by a thick brogue. “The town … Continue reading