Armchair Traveler ~ Cookbooks ~ Irish

Over the years I have bought cookbooks, including French, Italian and Irish. The other day when looking through one of the books, it dawned on me that they are fabulous sources for Armchair Travel.

A cookbook can immediately transport you to a faraway destination. A good cookbook of ethnic foods will have not only marvelous photos of the various dishes but also photos of the country. You can mentally journey to the country or area as you prepare a special dish. 

My memories of Ireland include very good seafood dinners, Irish Mist, marvelous entertainment and great fun. As a child, my Irish grandmother would make the most fantastic Plum Pudding for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is a memory that I cherish. 

These books captures the food and scenery of Ireland quite spectacularly.\

 

Hint: When you travel, check out not only history books of where you are visiting but also cookbooks. They are a marvelous reminder of your journeys or can take you on journeys that you have yet to take. And you can have great fun preparing the meals …

Bon folláin!! (Bon Appetit in Irish) …

Enjoy being being an armchair traveler. Pick a country or city — learn a few words of the language, fix a dinner or have a party with that country’s cuisine. Go to your library to get a foreign movie or cd’s with that country’s music.  

Most important, have fun and be creative as you “journey” to a favorite spot … even if for now, it is a dream.

Savor your journeys… real and imagined.  

Memories of Feline Friends ~ Shadow ~ A Very Special Cat (Part 4) — Katzenworld

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It’s been very special for me to share Shadow’s story with you. Writing these posts about Shadow brought back many fabulous memories, from getting her from a dear friend who flew from Minneapolis to Washington with Shadow to our cross county adventures and then watching her run about as a tripod .. she was quite incredible. 

Treasure your pets as they are each so unique.

If you missed Parts 1, 2, or 3, please see the links below …

Memories of Feline Friends ~ Shadow Was Very Special (Part 1) – Katzenworld

Memories of Feline Friends ~ Shadow Was Very Special (Part 2) — Katzenworld

Shadow ~ A Very Special Cat (Part 3) — Katzenworld

 

Shadow ~ A Very Special Cat (Part 3) — Katzenworld

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If you missed Parts 1 and 2 (see below) and Part 4 will be next week ….

Memories of Feline Friends ~ Shadow Was Very Special (Part 1) – Katzenworld

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Happy New Year ~ Quotes

Wishing you and your family and friends a fabulous New Year ~ filled with love,  laughter, terrific journeys and dreams come true!! 

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’ Alfred Lord Tennyson

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. Helen Keller

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson

And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been. Rainer Maria Rilke

What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others. Diogenes

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source – a Sower of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true. Sarah Ban Breathnach

All of us every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all our lives. Steven Spielberg

If you want an interesting party sometime, combine cocktails and a fresh box of crayons for everyone. Robert Fulghum

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.  Anatole France 

 

Memories of Feline Friends ~ Shadow Was Very Special (Part 2) — Katzenworld

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Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. Anatole Frances

After ending the job-offer phone call, I enthusiastically screamed, “Hurrah” to Shadow. “I…

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Merry Christmas ~ Quotes

Wishing you and your family and friends a beautiful and very Merry Christmas. Let me share some favorite quotes for this glorious Holiday. 

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. Agnes M. Pahro

 Christmas is the day that holds all time together.  Alexander Smith

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don’t clean it up too quickly. Andy Rooney

 The smells of Christmas are the smells of childhood. Richard Paul Evans

 May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve. Unknown

 We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime. Laura Ingalls Wilder

 Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. Norman Vincent Peale

Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection. Winston Churchill

There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor. Charles Dickens

Armchair Traveler ~ Classic National Geographic ~ October 1946

This magazine, like the other two that I purchased at a library, has fascinating stories and photos from another era. WWII has ended and ads now feature travel to other parts of the globe. Below are some of the ads, followed by a recap of a few of the captivating narratives.

One of the stories, “Americans Stand Guard in Greenland” is about the US Army-weather station. The author recounts how US Coast Guard and infantry troops captured German weather stations during WWII. The weather stations in Greenland were vital for North Atlantic battle planning, including submarine activity. The scenery is desolate, yet spectacular.

Another story, “Palestine Today,” is very absorbing as this is several years before Israel became a nation. To the author, many parts of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem reminded him of parts of Europe, including central European coffee houses and the streets of Paris. Southern Palestine reminds the author of California, especially in the area of agriculture. The photos and story capture a Palestine of more than 70 years ago.

 

Another article, “Back to Afghanistan,” really is back to this exotic area as the author had visited Afghanistan in 1931 as part of an expedition across Asia that summer. The story is eye-opening as he writes of a country, ruled by a European educated king. A country educating its youth, building roads, showing western movies in Kabul and being very hospitable to the author and his companions. The map is fascinating as in 1946 Afghanistan was a buffer between the USSR and India (Pakistan was not yet a country).

All of the stories capture the mystique of the areas making me want to discover more of the history of each country. Journeys need not be physical; reading magazines or books is a marvelous way to take a journey. You can go back in time and imagine what it was like and then, if intrigued, get some history books. Discover what the intervening years have brought to areas that interest you.  

Savor your journeys … past, present and future … real and imagined.

Armchair Traveler ~ Classic National Geographic Magazine ~ January 1943

Armchair Traveler ~ Classic National Geographic Magazines ~ Jan 1941

Memories of Feline Friends ~ Shadow Was Very Special (Part 1) – Katzenworld

The link will bring you to a cat tale I want to share with you. It is Part 1, about Shadow, a very special cat. It was originally published on Katzenworld’s terrific site … There will be 4 parts …and I think that you will agree that Shadow, in addition to being very beautiful, was also quite unique.

I hope that you enjoy the article …. the other parts will be on my blog over the next month.

And yes, Shadow did take two long journeys with me …. the memories are fabulous …

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.

                                                   Anatole Frances

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Armchair Traveler ~ Book: Rome, Then and Now

On a rainy day, what’s better than browsing a beautiful photo book of a place you have visited or want to visit?  I have visited Rome many times and always loved it. Below are photos, thoughts about “Rome, Then and Now” by Federica D’Orazio.

The book was published in 2004. Many of the vintage photos have dates (ranging from 1860’s to 1944) and the contrast is amazing: Rome has retained its ancient feel while being a vibrant modern city. The Eternal City is a marvelous blend of ancient and new, which you feel as you walk about this gorgeous city. Each photo has historical information so that the reader can fully appreciate the beauty of Rome. 

Let’s begin at the Baths of Caracalla, where you can attend operas or concerts during the summer. I did attend an opera and highly recommend it. We ate after the performance  at a local neighborhood ristorante where we saw many of the performers. Great fun. 

Rome is a marvelous city to walk about and get lost, even with a map (which happened to me several times). Think serendipity … you will eventually reach your destination, but if time is not a factor, enjoy the side streets …. you never know where they will lead. Wander about the Piazza Barberini (at the foot of the Via Veneto), walk to the Trevi Fountain (on a side street) … check out the Spanish Steps.

Tour ancient Rome visiting the Colosseum and Roman Forum, take the time to walk about;; imagine what it must have been like during Caesar’s time … 

Other marvelous photos show the changes to the Piazza St. Peter, Piazza del Popolo, and Piazza Navona, where I have marvelous memories of Tre Scalini Ristorante.

As you wander about Rome, either for real or as an armchair traveler, here are some additional sights … 

Browse thru your photo books or visit your library for ideas. Pick a special destination. The photos will have you reminiscing about previous journeys and/or planning a new adventure. After browsing this splendid book, what better way to continue my Italian armchair travel than preparing an Italian dinner (a favorite: spaghetti carbonara with Orvieto wine).  Viva Roma! 

Savor your journeys, near or far, real or imagined.