Scotland: Iona Island

Hello everyone, I would like to invite you to visit a very special place in Scotland called Iona. To get there we took a ferry from the town of Oban to Craignure, Isle of Mull. Then we drove across Isle of Mull to Fionnphort and finally, we took another ferry …

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One day in Belfast

We began our day in Belfast with a very interesting and powerful tour of two neighbourhoods, very hostile to each other. Our first tour was with Robert from the Protestant community around the Shankill Road. The Shankill is the blue-collar Protestant heartland in the west Belfast, the Falls Road its …

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Ireland: high crosses and a round tower

The main reason why we travel to Ireland and Scotland this year is to study Celtic Christianity and Spirituality. Today, we had a chance to visit one of many medieval monasteries in Ireland. The information posted above provides a good explanation about this place. The two high crosses are very …

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Our amazing Dublin

I must say that I truly enjoy being in Dublin. It is a charming city. The old part is easy to visit if you enjoy walking. The distances are reasonable. Yesterday, we discovered a very interesting and elegant shopping centre, near the Castle – The Powerscourt Centre.   Powerscourt Centre …

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Back in Dublin

I would like to begin with saying hello to the group of my amazing colleagues and friends from St. Ursula Catholic school in Toronto, who organized a wonderful retirement party for me in June this year. The theme of the party was adventure and traveling, here is the cake: And …

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10 more reasons to visit Funchal

To visit Mercado dos Lavradores in order to taste some passion fruit and buy flowers from these beautiful ladies: 2. To taste Madeira’s special bread: bolo do caco: 3. To visit Funchal’s Cathedral – The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in Sé or simply called Sé: 4. To say hello …

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Curral das Freiras

We started our day at a bus stop in front of our hotel, trying to figure out where we could go using public transportation. One kind lady recommended bus number 81 to Curral das Freiras and it was a brilliant idea! The bus number 81 took us to the clouds …

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Madeira’s fruits and flowers

One of our projects during this trip is to taste local fruit, especially Madeira’s large variety of passion fruit, maracujá. And now, my favourite pictures of Madeira’s flowers. We have to remember that when the first Portuguese settlers came here, the island was completely covered by forest. They called it Madeira, …

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Funchal: Santa Clara Monastery, Quinta das Cruzes Museum and more

Hello from Funchal! Today, we will visit the historic heart of this city. First, let’s have a look at Funchal around three centuries ago: Here is the same area today from that same fort, called the Fortress of São João Baptista: The Portuguese Prince Henry “the Navigator” sent João Gonçalves Zarco …

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Madeira: our levada walk

Hello from our levada walk! The name of our levada is Levada do Rei. Total distance to walk: 10.2 km, as you can see. It took us 4 hours to walk both ways, including short stops for explanations and 15 minutes for a picnic. Levadas are Madeira’s famous water channels. …

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