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The Best of Ireland: Enjoying a Good Ole’ Irish Breakfast

January 15, 2015

Also called a “full breakfast,” the traditional Irish breakfast is more than filling -- it’s downright overwhelming. There’s an old saying that says “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper” and that’s never been more true than with this generous plate of morning sustenance. Pull up a chair and belly up to the table of a cozy pub in Cork, or any other city in the Emerald Isle, and you’ll see what I mean.

The Salvation of the Innocent: A Treasure of Florence, Italy

January 12, 2015

FlorenceIn 1198 the first foundling wheel was used in Italy. The massive rotating drum was designed so that women could place their unwanted children on the outside of a public building and spin the wheel to carry them safely inside to orphanages where nuns and hospital staff awaited their arrival. These “baby hatches” were the decree of Pope Innocent III in response to the all-to-common practice of drowning children.

Cin Cin!: The gift of good cheer for locals, celebrities and vacationers to Italy

December 24, 2014

Italy ToursHarry Pickering was a down-and-out American student in Venice just after the turn of the century when he met Giuseppe Cipriani. Believing him to be a fine young man, Cipriani took a chance and lent Pickering 10,000 Lira. Never expecting to see his investment repaid, he was shocked when the man returned to pay back the loan along with enough money for Cipriani to open a bar.

The Highland Clearances: Escorted Scotland Tours Explore the History of the Scottish Highlands

December 18, 2014

History is written across the landscape of the Scottish Highlands particularly along a long and lovely glen that winds from Helmsdale, on the east coast, to Kinbrace some 18 miles inland. It was here, in the Strath of Kildonan, that residents were savagely cleared from their land between 1813 and 1819.