A Garden Gate in Clifden, Connemara, Ireland

Clifden, Connemara, Ireland

          Galway was one of my favorite places in Ireland.  Not only is it a beautiful city, but there are some interesting sights nearby.  I took the bus to Clifden and fell in love with the spectacular scenery of the Connemara region on the West Coast of Ireland.  On my walk I passed this wonderful garden gate and ever since then have wondered what was on the other side.

A Garden Gate in Clifden, Connemara on the West Coast of Ireland

A Garden Gate in Clifden, Connemara on the West Coast of Ireland


Travel Cat

Cat in Cottage Window Dreams of Traveling the Globe, Sligo, Ireland

A Favorite Photo from Sligo, Ireland

I saw this beautiful cat sitting next to a globe in a cottage window in Sligo, Ireland and imagined that he was dreaming of traveling the world. This photo was taken near the grave of one of Ireland’s most revered poets, William Butler Yeats, near Ben Bulben, a . . . → Read More: Travel Cat

My Fifty-two Page U.S. Passport

52 Page US Passport

The New Fifty-two Page U.S. Passport

Several years ago when I had to renew my passport, I debated whether to get the standard 25 page passport or the new 52 page passport, both of which were the same price. Being a frequent traveler, my old passport was nearly full and I could definitely . . . → Read More: My Fifty-two Page U.S. Passport

Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Inside Kremlin at Nizhny Novgorod

A Beautiful City Just Outside the Golden Ring

The Sunday morning train ride from Vladimir to Nizhny Novgorod took a little over two hours and cost about $30. While this was only a small step eastward on the Trans-Siberian Railway, the short ride meant more time to explore this beautiful city. Nizhny Novgorod turned . . . → Read More: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Russia in Springtime

Hollyhocks in Bloom in Astrakhan

Russia in Springtime

Spring is a wonderful time to visit Russia. The Russian people are serious gardeners and cherish everything that has to do with nature. They seem to have a particular interest in cultivating flowers and as a sideline, beekeeping is quite popular there as well. One of the most spectacular displays of . . . → Read More: Russia in Springtime

Suzdal, Russia…a Gem in the Golden Ring

Suzdal, Russia

The Golden Ring

The Golden Ring is a collection of picturesque ancient towns northeast of Moscow, noted for their history, culture and architectural splendor. Each town typically has a Kremlin or fortress with watch towers and, because the villages in this region played a significant role in the development of the Russian Orthodox Church, . . . → Read More: Suzdal, Russia…a Gem in the Golden Ring