ireland by land and sea: Cork

When I first visited Ireland more than 30 years ago, I didn’t have the slightest idea that Irish blood flowed through my veins. Nor did I care since I was there to party and have fun with a small group of friends celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland. In America, then and now, St. Patrick’s Day was an excuse to drink beer, be it green or not, and generally act stupid. Wearing the only green shirt in my slim wardrobe at the time, I would jump into a limo with a handful of similarly dressed and motivated friends and bar hop around Ocean Beach until we could hop no more. Story & Photography by Ron James
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Postcards from John & Jody : Austin, Texas

YoYou can’t go to Texas without buying cowboy boots. Well at least one of us can’t. We’d just scored the perfect pair — cherry red boots with broncos bucking down the shins — when we heard a twangy version of Dylan’s “Tangled Up In Blue” coming from South Congress Avenue.

Celebrating German Christmas Markets

Envision yourself snuggled in woolens, meandering the cobbled streets of a snow-dusted medieval fairytale village. With a steaming mug of glühwein in hand, you’re browsing festive stalls decked with twinkling holiday lights, admiring hand-crafted wooden toys, one-of-a-kind ornaments and sampling a cornucopia of seasonal eats.

SEARCHING FOR THE JAMES FAMILY ROOTS IN IRELAN

There’s no doubt that searching for your family roots is much like a detective novel, only you know that there’s going to be a case solved at the end of the novel… not always the case in genealogy.  

Wadi Rum, Jordan: Where Camels and Martians Roam

Our destination was Wadi Rum, a nearly 300-square mile patch of stark, very Martian-like desert in southern Jordan. T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, called Wadi Rum “vast, echoing and God-like.”

THE FRENCH CONNECTION: A DAY IN PROVENCE

For wine enthusiasts, almost nothing is as exciting as visiting a new wine region. And there are no wine regions that stir the soul and prime the palate like the legendary vineyards of France.

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“YOUR BODY IS NOT A TEMPLE: IT’S AN AMUSEMENT PARK. ENJOY THE RIDE
“He spoke his mind. He had balls and the brain to match. He had convictions. He held on to his worldview with a rigidity that was both refreshing and borderline revolutionary for someone in his position: he was a chef who spoke the hard, often brutal truths about his industry, a travel guide who cut through the sanitized, force-fed bullshit, a media icon who wasn’t afraid to be criticized, ostracized, or demonized if it meant standing by his own words.” ~ Will Fulton

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“A little fear is OK. It’s a survival instinct that has served humans well since they started walking on two legs.”

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BY RON & MARY JAMES

fear of travel

In today’s world, fear is rampant in almost every aspect of our lives – global warming, the economy, healthcare, international politics, and yes, even travel. Even the unintended consequences of American presidential actions induce fear among travelers. We can’t do too much about most of these fearsome subjects, but we can shed some light on fear of travel.
A little fear is OK. It’s a survival instinct that has served humans well since they started walking on two legs. It rears up while traveling since you’re out of your comfort zone – out of familiar environs and routines.
“Love all, trust few, always paddle your own canoe. That was given to me by my mother. It’s been quite amazing advice and I’ve used it in everything I’ve ever done.” ~ Noel McMeel

WDT Master chef Series: Noel McMeel

by ron james

It’s been more than three decades since I last set foot on Irish soil. I have many fond memories of that visit; however hard as I try, I can’t remember what I ate – although I do remember drinking a fair bit of Guinness. I’m sure I filled up on pub food – good grub but hardly fine dining. A lot has changed in Ireland since then, including the state culinary affairs, as I learned when I interviewed Noel McMeel, executive chef at Lough Erne Golf Resort and Hotel in Enniskillen. McMeel is a passionate evangelist for what he calls “modern Irish cuisine” – think slow cooking and farm-to-table with an Irish twist.

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