Ljubljana: A city to love in Slovenia

Ljubljana is an old city in a very young country. It has a laid-back ambience complete with a car-free Old Town and tourist boats lazily puttering up and down the Sava River. Outdoor cafes line the riverwalk. In addition to a thriving tourist industry, Ljubljana is home to University of Ljubljana with a thriving student … Continue reading Ljubljana: A city to love in Slovenia

Zagreb: A Quirky Place with a Difficult History

We were advised not to visit Zagreb by the Croatian cousin of my friend, Sherri, when we were making our travel plans earlier this year. It would be too hot in August, he told us, and, besides, there’s not much to see there. He recommended Split and Dubrovnik, which are places we are also going. … Continue reading Zagreb: A Quirky Place with a Difficult History

Lake Bled, Slovenia: More than just another pretty place

The beautiful Lake Bled was a late add to our travel itinerary and what a wonderful addition it was. Lots of people have seen the lovely pictures of the little church on the island in the middle of the blue waters of Lake Bled, with alps in the background. What else did the area have … Continue reading Lake Bled, Slovenia: More than just another pretty place

Amazing things in Ireland: Giant’s Causeway, Newgrange, and Knowth

Travelling from Derry on our way out of Ireland, we stopped at Giant’s Causeway, an incredible landscape of interlocking stone columns, then stayed overnight in Trim to visit the 5,000-year-old passage tombs, Newgrange and Knowth. The Giant’s Causeway The rock formations in the Giant’s Causeway are so beautiful and unusual. They resemble organ pipes and … Continue reading Amazing things in Ireland: Giant’s Causeway, Newgrange, and Knowth

Londonderry or Derry? Either Way, it’s Legend-Derry

If this sounds like it came from a Tourist Information PR department, that’s because it did! One of the first things that one learns in Derry, Ireland is that there is some sensitivity around its name. The city, whose history goes back to the 6th century, was initially named Derry, but was later changed to … Continue reading Londonderry or Derry? Either Way, it’s Legend-Derry

Ireland part 2: Galway and Inishmore

Driving from Dingle up to Galway, we decided to make a stop at the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland’s most popular tourist destination. Of course, we knew that this would likely entail lots of people but, just the same, it wasn’t far out of the way and we didn’t want to miss it. We arrived at … Continue reading Ireland part 2: Galway and Inishmore