Sicily: The Heart of the Mediterranean

Sicily: The Heart of the Mediterranean

By Heather Stoeckley “To have seen Italy without seeing Sicily is to not have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.”  These words from the poet Johann Wolfgang Goethe (who traveled to Sicily 1786-1788) have been the playing in the back of head since...
Human Existence in Ireland…Remarkable Discovery!

Human Existence in Ireland…Remarkable Discovery!

Co. Clare Cave is the site of a remarkable archaeological discovery!  And now the date of human existence in Ireland has been pushed back 2,500 years! What does this mean?  A rewriting of Irish archaeology and a new chapter in the human colonization of the island....
What’s the Origin of Ireland’s Name?

What’s the Origin of Ireland’s Name?

“In Gaelic myth, Ériu, Banbha and Fódla were three goddesses who greeted the Milesians upon their arrival in Ireland, and who granted them custody of the island. Ériu is generally believed to have been the matron goddess of Ireland, a goddess of sovereignty, or...

Scandinavia: Nordic Skies and the Midnight Sun

Did you know that the summer solstice sun never sets at the Arctic Circle, and above that latitude the summer sun continues to shine at midnight for days or weeks?  It’s a wonderful time to visit Scandinavia. Scandinavia stretches from northern Germany all the...