What does a full Scottish breakfast mean? Will I have to eat haggis? Can I get coffee or will I have to drink tea? I am vegetarian… How about if I’m vegan? What if I need to eat gluten free, or can’t handle dairy… The thing to remember about ...

 

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Scotland, What’s for Breakfast?

What does a full Scottish breakfast mean? Will I have to eat haggis? Can I get coffee or will I have to drink tea? I am vegetarian… How about if I’m vegan? What if I need to eat gluten free, or can’t handle dairy… The thing to remember about eating breakfast — or other meals for that matter– in Scotland is that it is about hospitality. The hosts want you to enjoy your meal, and you want to be respectful while sorting out what you need and want to to eat. Whether you are staying at a small bed and

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Discover the Best Surfing Beaches of Central Portugal

Portugal is more than good wine and lovely villages. The country also has some of the best surfing beaches in the world. If you’re looking for good food, white sands and some wonderful boutique hotels, Portugal is your country. Most people head to Lisbon or Porto, or perhaps the Algarve Coast. Between these tourist destinations are some truly special spots. I’ve just spent a few days exploring the coast between Porto and Lisbon, and I thought you might enjoy seeing where I’ve been. First, there is Nazaré. The town goes back nearly seventeen-hundred years, and it’s oldest church (a small

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Noratus, Armenia: A Different Kind of Cemetery

As Tamerlane’s army approached the village of Noratus, the army stopped in its tracks. From a distance, the villagers had miraculously gathered together an impressive army,  standing firmly in a disciplined line. Seeing the villagers armed with helmets and swords, Tamerlane retreated. Except the army never existed, instead, it was simply the numerous khachkars, the Armenian cross stones, dressed up in military garb. Or so local legend says anyway. Close to Lake Sevan in Armenia, Noratus is home to the largest collection of impressive khachkars in the Republic of Armenia. The intricately carved cross stones accent the landscape in a military-like fashion, so

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Howth, Ireland: History, Fish, Pubs, An Unexpected Pirate Story, And More

Howth, Ireland: just a shade north east of Dublin — about fifteen kilometers or around nine miles to be more exact — has Vikings, Normans, a pub with a strange name, a prehistoric grave, a part in the Easter Rising, a working fishing fleet and a good bit of seafaring history to go along, challenging walks, inspiring views, a deep connection to the sea, and a pirate story with an uplifting conclusion. That’s a lot to be going on with, especially for such a small place. It’s got two lighthouses, a castle, a cookery school, and a radio museum, too,

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A Bucharest Daytrip, or the Tale of Three Trains

As it often does, this travel story begins with a plan. On a random weekday in July, my wife and I got up early to take a day trip to Constanta and Costinesti from Bucharest for a total of three destinations: The Casino Constanta, described as “one of Romania’s most beautiful abandoned buildings” A Roman bath house with mosaic floor, right next door to Constanta’s National History Museum The Evanghelia Shipwreck off the coast of Costinesti As usual for us, my wife and I planned out the day carefully, looking at when trains would leave and figuring out the best route to

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