June 16, 2014

Historical English Market in Cork Ireland

Historical English Market in Cork Ireland

Regular G&N readers know Nutmeg cannot resist a market and certainly not if it involves coffee, lunch or both. That is exactly what a couple hours at the English Market in Cork served up. The name may seem a bit odd in the heart of Ireland, but it was the Protestant or “English” corporation, which controlled Cork at the time that created the market. The English Market first opened to the public on August 1st, 1788 predating the election of the first US president. (more…)

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February 24, 2014

The Blasket Centre on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

The Blasket Centre on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

Nutmeg has been fortunate enough to visit the Blasket Centre on the Slea Head drive twice, but she has yet to see this view. The Blaskets are a group of small islands located just off the coast of the Dingle peninsula in Ireland, the westernmost tip of the European continent. The largest of the islands is called the Great Blasket or An Blascaod Mór in Irish it was inhabited until 1953. (more…)

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January 13, 2014

Photo Tours of Dublin Ireland from Dawn to Dusk

Photo Tours of Dublin Ireland from Dawn to Dusk

As Nutmeg looked out the window at the hotel, 8am in Dublin looked like midnight in Provence. Was it always this dark? Or were the low hanging rain clouds enhancing the depressing view? David Cooke’s warm smile and hearty handshake quickly wiped away any gloomy thoughts that the tour group participants might have had. Cooke owner/operator of Dawn2Dusk Guided Photography Tours apologized several times for the weather on that October morning. The moist skies might have been beyond David’s control, but the rest of the guided trip ran like clockwork. (more…)

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December 2, 2013

Dublin Sightseeing While Jogging

Dublin Sightseeing While Jogging

The sun was baking the rolling hills, and the annual harvest of ruby-purple grapes was underway – Indian summer days were still gracing Provence. Visions of glasses of chilled rosé danced in her head… What was Nutmeg thinking? (more…)

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September 9, 2013

Irish Tour ABCs

Irish Tour ABCs

Nutmeg was invited to explore Ireland with her family. The dates for the Irish tour were selected, and the itinerary confirmed. The uncontrollable was the weather. The Emerald Isle teased the group on the first day with a cool, sunny day. During the balance of the trip the sun was elusive, the rain was not – it was GREEN. The following is one of Nutmeg’s ABC lists to give you a view of this glorious place. (more…)

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