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Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Blog, Travel | 1 comment

The Cliffs of Moher (Ireland’s Western Coast)




Today’s highlight included a visit to the Cliffs of Moher, located along Ireland’s western coast, facing the Atlantic Ocean.  If you were to scale the cliffs, dive into the ocean, and then begin swimming due southwest, well — the fall would most certainly kill you.  But if you’re Superman and the fall didn’t instantly turn your torso into a life raft, then Atlantic City would be 3,200 miles across the water.

The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most visited attractions, and it’s easy to see why.  There are two ways to see the towering rocky ridge — either by sea or from high above overlooking the sea.  We opted for the sea journey.

A ferry ride took us out, which lasted about 90 minutes.  The total cost was 20 euros per person.  I’d say the trip was well worth it.

Here are a few snapshots from the ocean, looking upward towards the cliffs.

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Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Blog, Music and Concert Reviews, Travel | 0 comments

The Real Star of U2’s Classic Anthem — “Pride (in the Name of Love)”




For those of us of a certain age, raised on a steady diet of MTV (when music videos were played exclusively), many of us will remember U2’s huge breakthrough hit, “Pride in the Name of Love,” recorded in 1984 which came off The Unforgettable Fire album, a masterpiece.

That’s always been one of my favorite rock songs, written by Bono and intended as a tribute to the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Long before other musicians were winning Oscars for other anthems dedicated to MLK, U2 did their own salute, which certainly stands the test of time.  Rolling Stone magazine routinely picks that as one of the greatest songs of all time, and rightfully so.  Even if you weren’t around back then, you’ve probably still heard it.

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Posted by on Apr 5, 2015 in Blog, Restaurant Reviews, Travel | 1 comment

Restaurant Review: The Sussex (Dublin, Ireland), a Five-Star Dining Experience at a Fraction of the Cost




Five-star dining is too often associated with stuffy ambiance and snooty service, at astronomical prices.

Hence, what I seek out isn’t just the quintessential five-star meal — which is always available if you’re willing to go broke while parsing over predictable continental menus and ridiculously marked-up wine lists — but the near perfect dining experience combined with an affordable cost.  Call it my culinary Holy Grail.

Earlier this evening, I found just such a place in Dublin (Ireland), which is named The Sussex.  Located within a short walking distance of the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton in Dublin 4 on Upper Leeson Street (in South Dublin), this small gem of a hearty yet healthy restaurant is located above a local tavern and is a rare find in what’s become a highly-competitive urban restaurant market, with newer places vying for distinction and attention.

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Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Blog, Personal, Travel | 1 comment

The Dublin Zoo Sucks




I love zoos, but I then again I hate zoos.

Zoos are sure fun to visit because you get to see lots of really cool animals.  But they’re also a glaring and ugly reminder of our own inhumanity towards nature.  Being an animal rights activist and then visiting a zoo is sort of like admitting pigs are intelligent and then ordering a full slab of baby backs.

I’m as guilty as anyone of hypocrisy and the double standards within most of us.  Worse, even — because I’m aware and troubled by it, yet do little.

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