We are just leaving Paris and heading to Normandy. As we reflect on our travels so far, we can't help but think about food. Though I joke about having a daily sightseeing "to do" list, in reality our day is planned around two simple thoughts: When are we going to eat? Where are we going … Continue reading Vittles!
What can anyone say about Paris that hasn't already been said? It is a lovely city with fascinating history, world class museums, quaint neighborhoods, and people oozing with style. We hit the ground running on our first three days. Good thing I'm married to John, the energizer bunny, who doesn't mind starting each day with … Continue reading First days in Paris
Three Christian communities have called the Iona Abbey their spiritual home--first were the followers of St. Columba going back to the year 563. Columba fled Ireland after starting a battle in which many people died. He felt deeply remorseful and sailed north to this desolate island wanting to make amends. He thought that by starting … Continue reading A Thin Place: Iona
We have both been amazed at how much we are enjoying Scotland. We spent a day and a half in Edinburgh and I was really trying to convince Jill to go to St. Andrews. We saw the major sites in Edinburgh but we both knew there was a lot more there to see. Nevertheless, Jill … Continue reading Old School, Old Course – St. Andrews
We should be updating you on Edinburgh and St. Andrews, where we spent a few wonderful days, but instead the Queen takes precedence. More on the other cities tomorrow. After a 3 hour drive through the Scottish Highlands, we arrived at the Braemar Gathering, the largest Highland games of the year, held on the first … Continue reading The Queen!
We've talked about rest, we've talked about sights, but after a good night's sleep, we have come to think that the posts do not fully capture the charms of the Dingle Peninsula. Here's a random list of things that stole our hearts or at least caused us to chuckle: • Eggs so fresh that the … Continue reading Dingle Peninsula Extra Thoughts
As John described in the previous post, we spent most of our time on the Dingle Peninsula "way out west" in magical Dunquin, enjoying the beauty, tranquility and glacial pace of life. But occasionally we roused ourselves to do more. We drove 25 minutes into Dingle Town, one of Rick Steves' favorite places. Dingle is … Continue reading Dingle Peninsula sights
I'd almost forgotten how good it is to just breathe. Our time in Dunquin (the furtherest point west in Ireland, on the Dingle peninsula) has been a time to catch our breath and to really breathe. No pollution in the air, no sirens, no phone calls, no wifi/internet/text messages/emails--in fact the only sounds we hear … Continue reading Breathe: Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
It's Jill here with a quick update on two fabulous days in Dublin. We did the typical "touristy" things. When we first arrived in town we went straight to the corner pub for a Guinness. We toured Trinity College, seeing the Book of Kells and the Old Library (our favorite library ever!). We visited St. … Continue reading Dublin Charms
The first two weeks of our sabbatical has taken Jill and me in two slightly different directions--Jill went to Denmark and Sweden with her parents. I took my three children to Iceland and Norway. We've both been ensconced in the lands of Vikings, trolls, and Nordic scenery. My time with my three kids was stupendous. … Continue reading Vikings, Values, and Family