Science, Giants, and Geology

  The highlight of our tour of Northern Ireland was visiting the World Heritage site, Giant’s Causeway. The Causeway earned this honour back in 1986, the same year the Visitor Center opened, and is one of top four greatest natural wonders of the United Kingdom.   Take a 15-minute leisurely walk through the hills before…

Béal Feirste; On a Quiet Street Where Old Ghosts Meet

Belfast took its name after the Irish phrase Béal Feirste, loosely meaning the mouth of the river at the sandbanks, and has been the capital of Northern Ireland since the late 1800s. A leading city back in the Industrial Revolution and in textile manufacturing, as well as a great contributor to science and technology, Belfast graciously remains less…

Seafood and Shade

Boston has been hovering atop my travel bucket list for so long,  it’s too bad I only had time to stop for lunch.   Faneuil Hall Market is located about ten minutes from Logan Airport by taxi and is the perfect place to eat and walk around a bit during a layover. Our primary goal…

Rock, Paper, Frietjes

“A national treasure of botanical, geological, and entrepreneurial significance.” I was probably seven or eight when I first saw those iconic “See Rock City” signs; white on black painted roofs over bright red barns. Rock City is a dreamland full of waterfalls, caves, gnomes, faeries, and dioramas of German faery tales. The place was founded by…

You Will Find Me If You Want Me (In the Garden)

UT Botanical Gardens was named official botanical garden of the state of Tennessee in 2013 and shares the glory with sister gardens in Crossville and Jackson. It was a tough choice between Einstürzende Neubauten’s “The Garden” or “Blume” (flowers, albeit a play on words) but here we are. Countless times, I’ve driven by taking mental…

Anderson County Antics

Anderson County is home to the small towns of Clinton, Norris, Oak Ridge, Rocky Top, and Oliver Springs. Many communities in this area were originally developed by the government as an experiment in urban planning and to support employees of ongoing confidential and/or industrial projects. Nowadays, the secret is out, but the history remains just…