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JEFF BORMES: THE COOLINARY ARTIST
JEFF BORMES: THE COOLINARY ARTIST

By Ron James So far, I've gushed about all of the great dining Spanish and Portuguese establishments reviewed in this feature. And no wonder – these are the best of the best we experienced in the land of delicious and innovative dining. This brings me to Le Moi and...

Discovering Iberia
Discovering Iberia

It was a beautiful day as we began our ascent up the coastal mountains from the Costa Brava city of Roses near the border with France. We were on a mission.
We had eaten our way from Portugal across Spain, sampling endless small plates of tapas, pintxos, and petiscos...

Lanzarote: Spain’s Out of this World Island
Lanzarote: Spain’s Out of this World Island

By Amy Laughinghouse As my airplane swoops down towards Lanzarote, the scene growing ever larger outside the cabin windows isn’t really what I was expecting. With its barren, brownish-red surface pockmarked by tall, conical peaks, it looks less like an island beach...

Coimbra: One of the Oldest College Towns
Coimbra: One of the Oldest College Towns

We’ve always been high on college towns in our travels. We can always count on an interesting and lively community, big on culture and the arts, and overflowing with interesting eateries that students, professors, and travel writers can afford. Coimbra’s beauty and...

Discovering Ireland by Land and Sea — Cork
Discovering Ireland by Land and Sea — Cork

When I first visited Ireland more than 30 years ago, I didn’t have the slightest idea that Irish blood flowed through my veins. Nor did I care since I was there to party and have fun with a small group of friends celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland. In America,...

Searching for the James Family in Ireland
Searching for the James Family in Ireland

There’s no doubt that searching for your family roots is much like a detective novel, only you know that there’s going to be a case solved at the end of the novel… not always the case in genealogy.  You may not always find exactly what you’re looking for, but the...

NOEL  MCMEEL: IRELAND’S CULINARY EVANGELIST
NOEL MCMEEL: IRELAND’S CULINARY EVANGELIST

By Ron James It’s been more than three decades since I last set foot on Irish soil. I have many fond memories of that visit; however hard as I try, I can’t remember what I ate – although I do remember drinking a fair bit of Guinness. I’m sure I filled up on pub food –...

The Gower: Where Poetry Lives In South Wales
The Gower: Where Poetry Lives In South Wales

For a few seconds, I was back home in San Diego looking up the coast from the cliffs of Torrey Pines. In front and a bit above of me, paragliders rode the currents in their aerial ballet. Beyond, and somewhat lower was an expanse of broad sandy beach – virtually empty...

Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home

We’re getting ready for our next travel adventure, flying out in two days for Hawaii and then on to New Zealand and Australia. It seems as if we just got back from our last outing – six weeks of travel in the Middle East and Europe that ended right before...

A Stormy Sundowner in Kenya

Ron and Mary James thrill to a perfect sundowner on their last night on the Masai Mara. There bliss it interrupted by a lightning and thunderstorm.

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