Tag: M. Ciavardini

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

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 the…

‘We Represent the Fritter-Makers’ Guild’

Sweets in Venice. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A Painting in Venice Gives Chief Pancake Flippers Some Credibility What makes me notice the sign of the fritter-makers guild is not the unionization of pastry makers centuries ago but the food itself. Overwhelmed by so much religious art on…

Sign of the Day: Inner Relief Road

Do otherworldly forces guide tourists on Inner Relief Road, which was opened in 2000 by a minister of the environment and local governance? Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Killarney, Ireland’s Street with Promise   So many things can be hoped for on a road named Inner Relief; surely a tourist who finds this spot in Killarney, Ireland is on the right path. —Lori Tripoli ~Advertisement~ ~Advertisement~ Planning a…

Romance at the Dromhall Hotel

A grand sweeping staircase pretty much guarantees a traveler will enjoy her stay. Here, the lobby of the Dromhall Hotel in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A Bit of Old-Fashioned Bliss in Killarney Every now and then, a place actually looks like it might, like the vision you might have in your head: This is Ireland. This is Killarney. This most definitely is the Dromhall Hotel.…

The Book of Kells: Worth a Visit?

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

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…