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Summer is the peak time for travel to Europe, but if you don't mind higher crowds at famous tourist sites and longer lines at the airport, a summer trip to one of these European cities could make this summer the best one yet.
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I made the huge-ass mistake of packing a valuable item -- Luckily, theft was covered by my travel insurance. Or so I thought. The insurance representative regretfully informed me that although stolen baggage was covered, my claim wasn't eligible. It was a baffling and maddening situation, but one that got me thinking: what other insurance loopholes are lingering out there?
As a lover of food, and a tourism professional, the fall holds a special place in my heart. The summer air cools, the season's bounty is gathered and celebrations abound. This fall, I'm particularly excited because I'm also returning to Galway, Ireland for the inaugural Food On The Edge Symposium -- where I'll experience a second harvest, of an idea planted by Chef Jp McMahon.
I'd like to set the record straight about Ireland. Ireland's food culture gets a bad rep among travellers as being "boring" or "bad," and I'm not sure where this urban myth originates. The truth is, the Emerald Isle is a gastronomic playground for foodies and ale enthusiasts.
When Irish food comes to mind it's quite amazing the first thing that people say is ''cuisine? What cuisine? Do you mean Irish stew, potatoes and Guinness beer?" Well, you couldn't be more wrong. In today's Ireland, young chefs like their European counterparts have embraced their heritage and are taking Irish cuisine to new heights.
The whole world loves the Irish. How could anyone not? No other country is as stereotypically drunk, fun and friendly. Maybe that's why we take St. Patrick's Day so seriously in Canada. But how do Canada's festivities hold up to the main event in the founding nation?
2013 in Ireland will be different -- the gloom is replaced with optimism. This year all of those who left, all who claim Irish ancestry and all who love Irish culture have been invited back for The Gathering -- the world's ultimate homecoming, running from Galway to Dublin, Cork to Londonderry in Northern Ireland. The Gathering is not an event. It's a year-long series of events and happenings developed by the Irish government.
Couples seeking out their next romantic overseas getaway may want to consider Dublin after watching this stunning time-lapse video. It was shot by Parisian filmmaker Matthieu Chardon from his time spe...
Last Sunday came yet another T.V. documentary detailing alleged abuse of young boys by Roman Catholic priests. As a journalist I investigated all sorts of stories about abuse of power. But, to my shame, it never occurred to me to investigate those rumours I'd heard so many years before about sexual abuse and the Catholic church in Newfoundland and Labrador.