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Staying Centered at the Dublin Central Inn

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

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.,…

Driving in Ireland

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

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…

On a Clear Day, You Can See Chicago

A sculpture in Chicago's Millennium Park. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Chicago is the sort of place you visit for a limited purpose, to see an exhibit at the Art Institute, to tag along on a companion’s business trip, to attend the Blues Festival, to shop the Magnificent Mile. In short,…

Madison Square Convenience

Venue Tourism: Selecting New York City's Stewart Hotel for its convenience to Madison Square Garden. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A Manhattan Hotel near the Garden Staying overnight in the city so the Brawny Sherpa and one of the youthful adventurers can attend a hockey game, we book a stay at the Stewart Hotel sheerly for its location. Sited less…

Spooning in Florence

An art installation called "I Eat Earth" by Simone D'Auria at the Lungarno Collection’s Gallery Hotel Art in Florence. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Discovering Contemporary Art in a City of Masterpieces Taking the scenic route from the Ponte Vecchio back to the Soggiorno Battistero in Florence, the Brawny Sherpa and I become a little lost. Wandering a bit aimlessly, we try to work…

Castles in Westchester: Caramoor

What will the history of the Rosen family teach visitors at Caramoor? Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Seeking the Rosens in a Villa in Katonah Going on a house tour is a bit of an odd pastime, being as a certain amount of snooping into other people’s personal lives is encouraged, yet go too far, and a…

Westchester Castles: Manhattanville

Castles close by: Reid Castle at Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Don’t let Reid Castle be wasted on co-eds   Try to find a reason to visit the campus of Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. just to visit what’s called ‘The Castle,’ and it indeed looks like one. Formally called Reid…

Hyannis Holiday Convenience

Murals, art, water, Hyannis. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A Road Trip to Cape Cod On a road trip to Hyannis, Mass., we almost pass our motel by —despite admonitions from our global positioning system—because it looks just a bit like a car dealership. We know we are in…

Is a Cape Cod Whale Watch Worthwhile?

How long before we see the whales? Cape Cod, Mass. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

The first time I sign up for whale watching, on a trip to San Diego, I somehow manage to book myself on a pretty small boat on what I consider to be a pretty choppy ocean, or maybe it only…