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Daily Pampering: Trace your lineage at The Lodge at Doonbeg

Daily Pampering: Trace your lineage at The Lodge at Doonbeg Got a bit of Irish in you? Visitors to The Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare, Ireland can now trace their roots through an innovative program that partners guests with Dolores Murrihy and Paddy Waldron, the hotel's geneaology experts. Not sure about the exact nature of...

European cheeses: holiday entertaining with the taste of travel

European cheeses: holiday entertaining with the taste of travel I work part-time in a cheese shop, and I'm also a contributing editor at culture, a consumer cheese magazine. I can't help noticing that, despite a still-sluggish economy, people don't want to do without their cheese. Especially if they've fallen for a specific type during...

Surfers ride massive 50-foot waves off Ireland

Surfers ride massive 50-foot waves off Ireland Many surfers are willing to travel vast distances to find the perfect wave, following the currents in search of the endless summer. But last week a few adventurous souls ventured out into the turbulent waters off the coast of Ireland hoping to find a once in a lifetime ride,...

Radio presenter caught masturbating in-flight blames booze and painkillers

Radio presenter caught masturbating in-flight blames booze and painkillers A famous Irish radio presenter has taken to his own radio show to apologize for allegedly exposing himself to a female passenger and flight attendant, then masturbating in front of them. His actions took place on an Aer Lingus flight back in October flying from London...

Top ten overrated international travel destinations

Top ten overrated international travel destinations Laurel brought us the US's top ten overrated travel destinations, and we thought it was time to go global. Here are ten international sites, in no particular order, that just aren't worth a two-hour wait in line, fighting the crowds, or covering long distances to get there:...

Top five cities for taxi drivers (and the bottom end, too)

Top five cities for taxi drivers (and the bottom end, too) When you step into a cab, you never know what you're going to find. The driver could be knowledgeable, helpful, pleasant and safe. Or, he could lead you into a fender-bender in minutes. It's a real roll of the dice, of course, though some cities' cabbies are certainly better...

Five stunning stone circles (besides Stonehenge)

Five stunning stone circles (besides Stonehenge) Every year thousands of tourists flock to Stonehenge, the iconic stone circle on Salisbury Plain, England. While so much attention is focused on this site, especially with the recent discovery of another monument near Stonehenge, people often forget there's more than a...

Top 10 souvenir hats from around the world

Top 10 souvenir hats from around the world Ever notice how every airport, tourist trap, and hotel gift shop is trying to sell you some kind of hat? That's because a hat is local. In a globalized world where McDonald's is universal and Duty Free in Dubai sells the exact same sunglasses and chocolate as Duty Free in...

Israeli mayor suggests Gaza flotilla become hotel

Israeli mayor suggests Gaza flotilla become hotel After the deadly May flotilla raid off the Gaza coast in Israel, the Turkish Mavi Marmara vessel has been docked and held in the city of Haifa, where it awaits an internal investigation. While Turkish authorities are demanding the return of the ship, Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav...

New UNESCO World Heritage Sites for Ireland?

New UNESCO World Heritage Sites for Ireland? The Republic of Ireland has a well-deserved reputation for beautiful landscapes and ancient monuments, so you might be surprised to learn that it has only two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They are the Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne, which includes...

Blogger Meg Nesterov

Blogger Meg Nesterov Where was your photo taken: On a plane bound for Tokyo from JFK, taken to join the elite ranks of Heather Poole's laviators. Where do you live now: Istanbul, Turkey. I arrived here in May to accompany my husband who is consulting on a project with Turkish company. We...

Travel Recommendations for The Office

Travel Recommendations for The Office Back in the olden days, long before the Internet was born, there was this thing called a travel agent--typically semi-self-aware, middle-aged ladies who helped you pick out a nice vacation destination, find a hotel that was "so you" and then book your plane tickets printed...

Preferred Hotels Makes Your Golf Addiction Social

Preferred Hotels Makes Your Golf Addiction Social Do you prefer to improve your golf game? Yeah, anyone who swings a club is always desperate to do it better. So, if your handicap is your swing but you still have a jones for all things golf, check out the new Preferred Golf website from Preferred Hotels Group. It includes a...

Weekend travel media's top five

Weekend travel media's top five Here are some keepers from this past weekend's English-language newspaper travel sections. 1. In the Financial Times, Philip Horne writes a fascinating North Dakota pilgrimage story that traces Theodore Roosevelt's tenure in the Peace Garden State. 2. In the Guardian,...

Photo of the Day (05.24.10)

Photo of the Day (05.24.10) There's nothing worse than forgetting where you parked your rental car. Well, perhaps worse is when you forget what kind of rental car you had in the first place. How do you find a car when you don't even know what car you're trying to find? I'm pretty sure this guy...

Heathrow, Gatwick, and other airports disrupted

Heathrow, Gatwick, and other airports disrupted A large cloud of ash from Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano is sweeping across the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, shutting down airports all across the islands. Heathrow and Gatwick were closed until 7am local time and have been operating on a limited...

Here comes the ash again!

Here comes the ash again! Airports in parts of Northern Ireland have shut down due to the latest ash cloud from Iceland's infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. The main airport affected is Belfast, which will remain closed until at least 1pm local time. Ronaldsway airport on the Isle of Man is also...

Europe breathes sigh of relief as ash cloud moves west

Europe breathes sigh of relief as ash cloud moves west Shifting weather patterns brought good news to northwest Europe this morning as a new ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull blew west out into the Northern Atlantic. The new eruption had produced a cloud of ash that caused temporary airport closures...

More flight cancellations in Ireland and Scotland

More flight cancellations in Ireland and Scotland Those hoping that yesterday's closure of airports in Ireland and parts of Scotland would only be a one-day affair were disappointed when the ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull came back with renewed strength. Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin,...

Icelandic volcano disrupts flights again

Icelandic volcano disrupts flights again Irish airline operators had a bad case of déjà-vu this morning when a cloud of ash from the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull swept over the Emerald Isle and grounded all flights. The Outer Hebrides islands of Scotland were also affected. Flights in the...

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