Scotland by Rail: Relax and enjoy

Glasgow Cathedral

It was a near perfect way to travel. We sat in comfortable seats on the train and watched the Scottish countryside roll by our window. The lush foliage of the Clyde River valley around Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, gave way to a windswept landscape and craggy peaks of the Highlands.

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Put Madrid, Spain on the bucket list

Start your Madrid planning at the Tourist Information Center at Plaza Mayor

Madrid is a perfect snap-a-sight and twitter or Facebook-it city. It’s a fun series of tapas snacks washed down-by-beer sort of city. And you don’t gain weight because Madrid is a walking city.

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Guinness Factory, Dublin, Ireland

Arthur Guinness

It’s a must! You can’t go to Dublin and not visit the Guinness Factory. Whenyou enter the building in a section of Dublin called St. James’s Gate. The option offered is a guided tour or just do it yourself, roam around the seven floors of the building, take your time and see what goes into making Guinness Ireland’s favorite beer.

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Dublin, Ireland — arrival day and touring

The Merrion Hotel in Dublin

We left JFK, New York at 9:30 p.m.; our flight arrived in Dublin, Ireland at 9:00 a.m. the next morning, allowing for a five-hour time change and a six-hour flight.

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Kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland

Blarney Castle in County Cork

A Bucket List is a wonderful thing. For those of you who have started one, either mentally or on paper, you might want to consider visiting Ireland. Kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland was my number one, on the top of my list, top of the morning to you all, for 2013.

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Renewing vows on a Princess love boat

Last February 14, as my husband and I cruised on a Princess ship, we were surprised but pleased to learn that couples could participate in a renewal of vows that evening.

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