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

You don’t want no bad mojo: Spirited travel in Arizona’s Navajo lands
Arizona / Arts & Culture / Destinations / Touring / United States

You don’t want no bad mojo: Spirited travel in Arizona’s Navajo lands

Few places move the spirit or stir the soul as do northern Arizona’s Navajo lands. I keep returning to this mesmerizing landscape of red sandstone, deep canyons, intriguing land formations, and grassy mesas, and each time I visit, I’m awed by the beauty and humbled by the simplicity. It’s a place that exposes that the … 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