Cong Beyond The Quiet Man

The Quiet Man Museum in Cong celebrates the John Wayne movie of the same name. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Share! If you are not into the film, should you bother visiting Cong? As robust as one’s Netflix account might be, some of us just are not big fans of The Quiet Man, the John Ford-John Wayne-Maureen O’Hara film about…

The Mysticism of Ross Errilly Friary

Driving from Cong to Galway, two visitors spot what looks like a castle in the distance, one that does not appear in any of their guidebooks. They decide to investigate. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Share! Finding Ireland in a Frolic and Detour Returning to Galway from a day trip to Cong (where The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne, was filmed), we cannot help but notice in the distance what appears to be a very…

Puparazzi in Pursuit

Paparazzi Dogs in Greenwich Village, New York City. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Share! New York City Street Art Makes the Viewer its Focus Sculptures of photographers doggedly pursuing their subject—so much so that they have developed snouts and floppy ears—are positioned at the intersection of West Eighth Street, Avenue of the Americas,…

Cruising Killarney

If you can, leave the rental car in the parking lot when visiting Killarney. It is a very walkable town. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Share! A Walkable Way to Understand Ireland It takes a while for us to figure out that the way to enjoy Ireland is to wander it. Set out with a destination in mind, sure, but allow time to meander when…

Overnight at the Hotel Azura

The Hotel Azura in Santa Rosa, Calif. has the feel of an old-fashioned motor hotel--but with a contemporary twist. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Share! Convenience in a Boutique Hotel in Santa Rosa   Long having implemented a one-night-luxe, one-night-budget approach to travel, the Brawny Sherpa and I find ourselves briefly in Santa Rosa, Calif. for an overnight that is going to be on…