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Twenty Four Hours in Belfast Historical Modernism: Part III

Eileen and Megan in front of Bobby Sands mural in Belfast, Northern Ireland

This is Megan’s final installment of her experiences traveling through Belfast, Northern Ireland. You can also read Part I and Part II! From the Peace Wall, we rounded a corner and walked through a heavy iron gate to the Irish republican side of the divide. Here, I found that the murals changed in tone and content almost immediately. While military men with guns are not entirely absent in these murals, peacemakers and global civil rights leaders take precedence. Gunmen and Red Hands are largely replaced with images of Nelson Mandela,…

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Twenty Four Hours in Belfast Historical Modernism: Part II

Mural in Belfast Northern, Ireland

Megan’s second installment about Irish history and our tour through Belfast. While Belfast has many modern offerings and natural wonders, the smart traveler would be wise to take advantage of this city’s rich history as well. When Ireland became an independent republic in 1922, it was also partitioned. Six counties in the North remained part of the Great Britain, becoming Northern Ireland. In the 1960s the Northern Irish Troubles began as a result of friction between the Government and the remaining Irish republicans (not to be confused with American-style, Donald…

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Twenty Four Hours in Belfast Part I: Historical Modernism

Downtown Belfast in Northern Ireland

My good friend Megan Crotty and I ventured on a road trip last month! We drove through Northern Ireland and Ireland for a few days. With her background in Irish history, she’s taken the reigns with our time in Belfast. Megan will conclude her Belfast story with her experience on an eye-opening Black Taxi Tour very soon. After a quick jet-lag fueled and giddy drive from Dublin, we arrived in Belfast’s city center on a bustling Friday afternoon (after a bit of practice, Eileen drove on the left like a boss)….

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The Big London Expat Move: Basic Planning & Packing

Umbrellas over an outdoor cafe in central London

It’s already been two and a half weeks since our plane touched down in London. As soon as the wheels hit the runway my mind finally wrapped around the idea that London will be home, for a long time. In fact, maybe the longest consecutive time I’ve ever been away from the East Coast. With a job transfer opportunity for X (husband) and my own freelancing, it was a golden opportunity to try something we’ve always dreamed about. Live abroad, see iconic European cities on the weekends, be surrounded by…

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7 Clichés About Couples Travel that Need to End

Eileen and Christian on a cruise in Nova Scotia

Think traveling is over once you “settle down”? Think again. Although I personally wander solo, in groups of girlfriends, professionally with other journalists and with family, I’ve still maintained a pretty happy and healthy relationship for more than seven years. I find couples travel to be a whole different ball game – you’re comfortable enough to express what you want to do, but also have to compromise a lot to keep everyone happy. It’s exciting to share everyone with someone on the road, but you also might have less time…

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A Big List of Incredible Eats in Louisiana

alligator bites in new orleans lousiana

With influences from all over the world fused into their food, Louisiana has a special place to brag when it comes to culinary artistry. They have beautifully combined the soul of Creole, Cajun, French, American Southern, West African, Spanish…well really, there’s traces of everyone in all the dishes. Flavors and spices are married in rich sauces and new-to-me meats, concluded with unbelievably decadent desserts at every meal. Before I ventured there I had no idea how diverse and rich the cuisine would be – not to mention how foreign it…

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Caribbean Conquest: Mom & Me in Aruba

I toss my things in the corner as to not muss up the bed, take a few photos, throw open that balcony and admire that incredible view of sand and sky. By far the best part of my travels is that massive, stylish, cozy and empty hotel room. After a long and thrilling day of touring, activities and marathon meals I love that feeling of taking off my shoes and settling in for the night in peace. The game changes when my mother is following me around that beautiful hotel room,…

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Curaçao’s Party Seven Days a Week

There’s nothing like going on vacation, getting ready for parties, and not knowing where it’s at! Picking a bar or club can be a real crapshoot whenever you roam – sometimes it’s worth writing home about, other times it’s a dud. But fear not my friends – when you venture to the gorgeous island of Curaçao in the Caribbean, I know the inside scoop on exactly when and where to go for the best live music, dancing, imbibing and more. Not just on the weekend either – I have you covered…

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Independent, Classy & Strong: The Breakers, Palm Beach

There’s brunch, and then there’s brunch on the beach. It’s little details like this that make The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida stand the test of time – in fact, it has been an iconic hotel for more than one hundred years. A bow and smile from all the staff, fresh flowers everyday and perfectly crafted cocktails all set the tone for a glamorous and indulgent experience. As far as Palm Beach hotels go, this is the only one right on the water and near downtown. There are several high-end…

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A Cultural Uprise in Arkansas

I know very little of the South. Or, I was unaware until my venture into Arkansas – a deeply welcoming and passionate place I never thought would delight and fascinate me as a native northerner. Instead of being met with dusty streets and wary stares, my time spent there was totally opposite – everything is bright, cheerful, green; people love newcomers and I was never left wanting for great food and incredible art. So if you want to witness it yourself, view art print wall decor available here. Right away…

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