October 15, 2019

The October Bank Holiday (last Monday in October) marks the end of the “tourist season” in Ireland and is fast approaching.  So, now we are busily planning our own holiday to Germany. A new trip always excites us and reminds us that we have now been in Ireland for seve...

May 7, 2019

One of the terms you may hear or see while planning a visit to Ireland is “bank holiday”. Most of the bank holidays can be translated to “three day weekends” in US English…. These are the days defined by law in the Republic of Ireland when the banks are closed and most...

October 19, 2018

Believe it or not this is the number one question we are asked on tour! It may seem that the obvious answer is Guinness, but many people will have their initial celebratory pint of Guinness and then ask “what else can I drink”, while some will decide that the Guinness...

December 9, 2017

Many people who contact us for tours know they have Irish blood and would like to visit the county or town of their ancestors, but are not quite sure which generation immigrated to the U.S. or where exactly they came from. We’ve had some success in not only finding inf...

September 12, 2017

Many people have dietary restrictions that vary from being a vegetarian, to food sensitivities, to severe food allergies. Any of these make eating while traveling a BIG challenge. Fortunately, it is NOT a challenge in Ireland (at least most of the time).

Péarla na Mara...

August 12, 2016

After living in Ireland for a few years, we seamlessly switch between Irish-English and

American-English. OK, it’s almost seamless. Despite accompanying many of our guests, we’ve encountered a few times when they ask for one thing and get another, and listening to the...

January 22, 2016

Update: 20-May 2016

This blog is for those who believe trip preparation is as much fun as the trip. The subject is not about putting together an itinerary, hopefully my other blogs and travel websites help with that. I've assembled a list of things to better prepare you...

September 15, 2013

Original: 28-July 2013

Update: 17-August 2013

Over the years I have been asked about books to read before visiting a country, and I have been particularly asked this question about Ireland over the last 18 months. 

From my conversations, it appears there are 2 or 3 catego...

August 8, 2013

Since moving to Ireland we’ve had experiences that provided us with many fun stories, but getting our Irish Driving License has proved to be very fertile in this area.

The Road Safety Authority or RSA issues the driver licenses in Ireland. A little bit of background is...

April 27, 2013

So now that we are “legal” and have a job, checking account, a house, and a car; we are all set for “life” in Ireland. There is a saying in America that you can’t escape death and taxes. So far we have personally escaped death, but it is hard to miss it in Ireland. Als...

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