How To Accidentally Visit Ireland’s Trim Castle River Walk and Ruins

Trim Ireland, the home of Trim Castle of Braveheart fame and many other ruins along the Trim Castle River Walk. | Priory of St. John the Baptist | Parish Church in Newtown-Clonbun | Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul | Trim Castle | Trim Castle History | St. John's Castle

We were supposed to be in Madrid.  Our group consisted of a Spanish teacher, four Spanish language students (one my daughter) and me, and the plan was for us to start our Spain exploration about now.  Instead, we were in a hotel in Trim, Ireland – a town I had never heard of before – … Continue reading How To Accidentally Visit Ireland’s Trim Castle River Walk and Ruins

San Francisco’s Stair Mural: Instagrammable Community Project

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The 16th Avenue tile stairs in San Francisco’s Sunset District went from utilitarian, if long, neighborhood steps to beautiful, instagrammable attraction, regularly drawing tourists to walk the length and photograph.  The sunset neighborhood tile stairs is actually one long stair mural, made up of layers of smaller stair murals in vibrant colors.  Creation of this … Continue reading San Francisco’s Stair Mural: Instagrammable Community Project

San Francisco Ferry Building History & Marketplace

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The San Francisco Ferry Building history is wrapped up in the history of the great city itself.  Today, tourists and locals alike flock to the building seeking the raved about San Francisco Ferry Building restaurants, the Farmers Market, or the yummy wares of the artisan shops that line central nave of the beautiful building.  By … Continue reading San Francisco Ferry Building History & Marketplace

Cenotes Near Cancun: Ruta de los Cenotes, Dos Ojos, & More

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One of our primary reasons for visiting the Yucatan peninsula was my younger daughter’s fascination with the area after studying it in Spanish class, and one of her top desires was to swim in cenotes. Cancun area was a draw for us though, because Dad loves his lay-by-the-pool-and-beach-time and waitstaff to bring him refreshing beverages … Continue reading Cenotes Near Cancun: Ruta de los Cenotes, Dos Ojos, & More

Isla Mujeres: Caribbean Street Art with a Message

Isla Mujeres is a colorful and quirky island, and this is demonstrated with mural after quirky mural as you explore the island.  At first as we drove around, I thought street art would be confined to the main populated area.  But, as we continued to explore Isla Mujeres, I learned that not only was it … Continue reading Isla Mujeres: Caribbean Street Art with a Message

Puerto Morelos Map of the Best Things To Do

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On the northern edge of the Riviera Maya there are a surprising wealth of things to do in Puerto Morelos, possibly the last authentic, quiet fishing town on the Mexican Caribbean coastline.  An easy trip from more highly trafficked areas, this small town has purposely restricted commercial growth, keeping an entirely different vibe from the … Continue reading Puerto Morelos Map of the Best Things To Do

Thorough JW Marriott Review: Where to Stay in Cancun

Where to Stay in Cancun: JW Marriott Cancun thorough review

If you are trying to decide where to stay in Cancun, hopefully this thorough review of JW Marriott Cancun review based on a two week stay over the Christmas holidays, will help you out!  Two weeks gave us ample time to put our room to the test, sample the restaurants, use amenities, interact with the staff … Continue reading Thorough JW Marriott Review: Where to Stay in Cancun