English Market Cork: What to Expect

No trip to Ireland’s 3rd largest city and arguably its culinary capital is complete without a trip to its famed English Market. The market has a huge selection of delicious fresh made items including fantastic grilled sausages, paninis, authentic Italian style spaghetti, wonderful artisan breads and amazing Italian and Spanish salamis and cured hams to…

An Anniversary at the Tinakilly Manor House in Wicklow, Ireland

This past March, Bell and I celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary at the lovely Tinakilly Manor House in Wicklow, Ireland. The beautifully preserved Victorian mansion is a stark contrast from today’s cookie cutter hotels, while still providing a luxurious stay at a surprisingly affordable price. Their offseason rate of €80 ($90 US) per night, including…

Monuments and Political Murals of Belfast

I recently had the great pleasure to visit Belfast with my father. It was an unforgettable and unique experience, not only because trips like these can be wonderful for bonding with parents (hopefully!), but also because of Belfast’s unique history. When the Republic of Ireland gained independence from the British in 1922, after centuries of English rule,…