Tag: M. Ciavardini

Taking a NASCAR Daycation

Can someone not too familiar with stock cars still have fun at a NASCAR race? You bet! Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Racecars, A Roadtrip, and a Lot of Potential A great trip does not always have to be had by decamping to someplace exotic or romantic and far, far away.  I am introduced to a whole new world—just a couple of…

Ireland in a Week

Sheep graze outside Ross Errilly Friary, located between Cong and Galway, Ireland. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini.

Make a Plan and Get to the Must-Sees Long a do-it-yourselfer when it comes to traveling, I am a bit overwhelmed trying to put together an itinerary for a week-long stay in Ireland. So many castles, bluffs, beer tours. Sifting…

Old Sturbridge Village for Grownups

Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts provides the younger set with a glimpse of life in the 1800s, but will grownups be interested in what this living museum offers? Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Takeaways May Vary from When You Were 10 My memories of Old Sturbridge Village from a school field trip a number of years ago trend toward the role of women, how much time they spent in the kitchen back in…

Menu for the Last Supper, Chelsea Edition

The Last Supper menu: Is that a baked potato or a dinner roll? This image of the Last Supper is on display at Our Lady of Guadalupe at Saint Bermard Church on West 14 Street in New York City. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini. http://bashfuladventurer.com #BashfulAdventurer

What Did Jesus Eat? Almost as interesting as observing how Jesus Christ is depicted in art (some places, he’s a white guy who looks a bit like a hippie; sometimes he is a Viking; sometimes he is shorter and a…

The Best ‘No Soliciting’ Sign Ever

Seen on the Jonathan Archer house in Salem, Mass.: The best ‘no soliciting’ sign ever. It reads: “No soliciting; we are too broke to buy anything; we already know who we are voting for, we have found Jesus, seriously, unless you are selling thin mints, please go away!” Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Seen in Salem Found on an entry to a house built in Salem around 1710 by Jonathan Archer, cordwainer, is the best ‘no soliciting’ sign ever—unless you are selling thin mints, do not knock! For the curious, cordwainers made shoes.…

Seeing Salem in a Single Day

How to Make the Most of Limited Time in Witch City An extemporaneous trip to Salem gives us an adventure to look forward to—quickly—but it also means that we are too late to book a hotel in Salem itself. No…

Trim: Saint Patrick Was Here

Trim Castle in Ireland. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Big Castle, Big Saint, Big History On the last leg of our roadtrip in Ireland, driving from Galway back to Dublin, we take a slight detour north to see what is billed as the largest Anglo-Norman fortress in the country.…

Encountering the Titanic in Athlone

Passengers on the Titanic included a family headed by a single mom from Athlone.

Remembering Margaret Rice and Her Five Sons As ambivalent as I might feel about disaster tourism—is it really okay to go and look?—I am still drawn to all things Titanic. Of course, I loved the James Cameron movie, reenacted actor…