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hop online for a 15 minute photo tutorialMost travelers – whether they be the occasional vacationer or full time world explorers – strive to take better travel photos. But there are several things that you have to consider when taking pictures during your vacation. While there’s no way to become a professional photographer simply by reading one article online, you can make an honest start at figuring out how to better your amateur photographs. From finding the right camera to what to snap pictures of, a few simple rules can go a long way when it comes to your pictures. Read on to find out more about taking better vacation photos! (more…)

What to See in Granada

GranadaLooking took take a much needed viaje? If you’re a history buff or an architecture fanatic, Spain’s city of Granada may just be the perfect place for you. Boasting a fantastic combination of Spanish and Moorish influences, the architectural history of the Granada is worth the trip alone. Pair that with its Andalusian culture, and the city becomes a must-see destination in Spain. Today we’re taking a look at some of the most impressive and important structures to visit while on a vacation in Granada. (more…)

The Irish Language Alive and Well

irelandWhen you take your trip to Ireland don’t expect that English will be the only language you will see. You will see Irish written all over road signs, on menus, and travel brochures. In many areas, in the Western Irish countryside, it may be spoken to you. It’s a language that has deep roots in Irish history and as the Irish fought long and hard for their independence they take great care to preserve their cultural heritage.

Irish Gaelic is a Goidelic language in the Indo-European language family. It has been the language in much of Irelands recorded history and gave rise to Scottish Gaelic and Manx as Irish moved around to Scotland and the Isle of Man. It has one of the oldest vernacular literatures in Western Europe with manuscripts going back to the 8th century.   (more…)

ManhuntI’m going to go ahead and confess right away – I am no American Civil War buff. And with regard to that history-altering night toward the end of said war, when John Wilkes Booth shot 16th president Abraham Lincoln, I’ve pretty much just passed on all the knowledge I have on the subject.

Pause to judge Booth and myself accordingly.

So when a friend recommended James L. Swanson’s book Manhunt, which chronicles Lincoln’s assassination and the search for the man who committed it, I was compelled to go out and buy the book. I couldn’t bring myself to tell this friend that I preferred to live on in relevant ignorance, especially when he insisted the book was a veritable page turner. (more…)

Irish-breakfast-fullTraditional Irish food is known to be heavy, meaty, and filling. It’s not exactly ideal for the heart patient’s diet. Even though the Irish are becoming increasingly health conscious and turning toward lighter, healthier breakfast options, a trip to Ireland is not complete without experiencing a traditional Irish breakfast. Although these foods may sit heavy in your stomach the Irish are increasingly proud of their fresh, pure, home raised ingredients. Many food labels boast “made in Ireland” and you can be quite sure you are getting all the best when you are enjoying a plateful.  (more…)