The Mystery in the Bayeux Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry in Bayeux, France manages to make the Battle of Hastings in 1066 an adventuresome mystery. Photo credit: V. Laino

Share!It’s Not Just about 1066 and the Battle of Hastings It having been a very long time since I learned about William the Conqueror, the Battle of Hastings, and the importance of the year 1066 to British history, it is…

The Book of Kells: Worth a Visit?

Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in the Long Room at Trinity College, Dublin. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Share!Seeing “The Most Beautiful Book in the World” New Yorkers used to visiting the Morgan Library for their share of antique books might be tempted to skip a visit to Dublin’s Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the Gospel…

Staying Centered at the Dublin Central Inn

A room at the Dublin Central Inn on Talbot Street. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Share!Friendliness and Convenience in Ireland’s Capital Groggy tourists that we are, the Brawny Sherpa and I manage to drive right past the Dublin Central Inn on our first drive up Talbot Street. Having taken an overnight flight from Newark, N.J.,…

Dining in Dublin at Le Bon Crubeen

If you need to eat in Dublin, you need to eat at Le Bon Crubeen on Talbot Street. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Share!A Taste of Ireland for Carnivores and Herbivores Our first night in Ireland, the Brawny Sherpa and I stumble upon Le Bon Crubeen at the recommendation of the front-desk attendants at our nearby hotel. I was skeptical of their recommendation,…

Driving in Ireland

Even the signs in Ireland can get complicated. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Share!Getting Around on the Wrong Side of the Road Driving on the right side of the car on the left side of the road turned out to be more challenging than I thought it would be on a recent trip…