Judith Glynn is a member of IFWTWA (International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association). Click here for her profile and articles. She’s also a member of ARIA, the Association of Rhode Island Authors.
Personal Essay — I was at Newark Airport waiting for my cross-country flight to San Francisco when a young man nearby stretched and swayed his willowy body, arms raised hallelujah-style. A tattoo began at his wrist, encircled his forearm and disappeared into an Army-fatigue jacket scrunched at his elbow.
Personal Essay — Now recently retired, I’m reflective and forgiving of my father. I feel deep compassion for his life ravaged by alcohol. Today, I recognize his absence had empowered me to lead a fulfilled life, one I love, minus his harmful, hands-on presence. And it’s a life he made possible.
When the Atlantic crashes against the Cliffs of Moher with such force it mimics a thunder clap and, slightly inland, a cow moos in the pitch-black night, both sounds complement the rural landscape of Doolin. But it’s the feisty, toe-tapping tunes drifting from the doorways and up the narrow chimneys of four pubs that put this musical village in the big leagues.
At its inception centuries ago, ginja was used for digestive purposes. Eventually the sweet liqueur made its way to wealthy clients, then into fado establishments. Today the drink enjoys record popularity and is sold everywhere.
Add “location” to the well-known “lights, camera, action” adage and the focus for the travel industry becomes film tourism. Many destinations know the allure this growing niche has for movie-lovers to walk in the footsteps of a favorite star or to stand in a location where world-class Hollywood and international filmmakers created a scene.
By the 1930s, Manhattan’s congested West Side had far too many accidents caused by freight trains sharing the street with street traffic. That problem was solved when the 22-block “High Line” train tracks were built 30 feet above ground.
What to buy and where to buy it in a destination is helped along when locals make the suggestions. Tourist favorite, Cesky Krumlov, in southern Czech Republic has some shopping finds if you know where to look.
Transform a former Madrid palace into a hotel that’s a design showstopper. Add a concept that pampers the individual guest. Make it cozy, yet chic, and it’s a hit from day one.
The world’s best ham is the super-premium jamón Iberico de bellota. Acorns are key to its flavor and marbled fat. Artisan producers contribute generations of tradition to the curing process.
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Today’s film tourism industry had its forefront in Prague and throughout the Czech Republic. Places that were once highlighted in paper maps and guidebooks are now part of social media with a free app for Apple and Android smart phones and tablets.
Hands down, the Hank Williams Museum is a hoot for his die-hard fans or for the casual visitor. Considering his career lasted only five years and he died at 29 in 1952, his spirit resonates in this funky and entertaining place with dusty-rose-colored walls and 35 tall display cabinets.
Hop-on, hop-off or tour the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® in three days. Guides are at the distilleries. Learn how bourbon is produced. Sip samples. Stop in towns along the way.
By Judith Glynn – An interesting fact about Fort Worth, Texas is a majority of America’s paper money is printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing located within city limits. But according to a local private-investment mogul, “All of Fort Worth’s money is in two downtown office buildings on Commerce and Main Streets.”
By Judith Glynn – Casinos conjure up vibrant images. Foxwoods Resort Casino is no exception. With its 5,800 slots, gamblers sit on swivel chairs staring at rolling cylinders amidst a cacophony of musical sounds. The experience is hypnotic.
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