Aoife O'Riordan

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Narrow steeples of cathedrals, the long arms of the iconic yellow cranes Samson and Goliath, Victorian glass-domed buildings and slender modern infrastructures dominate the Belfast skyline. Such a unique combination of sites, history, and architecture has culminated into the Belfast we see today. Spending time in the city will reveal some of the most pivotal moments in both Irish and world history and will create a deeper appreciation for Irish history, culture, and industry. The largest city i

Roch Castle Hotel-

The Welsh have a word for a place where one feels a sense of belonging, a sort of home away from home, its draw nearly impossible to describe: cynefin. A cynefin is an ancient notion that survives today, each of us having that place in our minds that brings us an utter sense of peace. Rare to find, once found, no other place will compare. One cynefin that promises tranquility to all who visit is the medieval Roch Castle Hotel. The castle-turned-hotel lies near the Irish sea on the coast of Wales

Hawaii Food and Wine Festival - Beau Monde Traveler

While food has always brought people together, there is a sort of inexplicable magic about eating Hawaiian meals by the open ocean. Perhaps that magic is in the local ingredients found only on the islands, or maybe it is in the kindness of the chefs and those with whom you dine. Maybe the magic is in each element that comes together to create a Hawaiian feast. Nevertheless, such rare magic is captured at the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival every year across the islands. Run by Hawaii Ag and Culin

The Cauldron Bar

Author George Bernard Shaw once observed, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” The classic stories read in our childhoods like Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, inspired us as children to not only appreciate the magic in life but to create our own magic. There are some places left in the world that can help us relive such magical moments; some are crafted by the earth and others are locations crafted by th

Deuxave Restaurant

We all know how postcard images and stock photos are staged and too perfect to be real, and that may be true for many locations. But at the corner of the tree-lined Massachusetts Avenue and the historic Commonwealth Avenue, the Boston restaurant Deuxave proves that some places really are as beautiful as they seem, both inside and out. With towering Victorian-style buildings of different colors, narrow side streets, and wall-climbing ivy, this upscale restaurant sits in the picture-perfect spot f

Artisans of Leisure Luxury Travel Company Sets a New Standard for Travel

Traveling is an art; instead of brush strokes and pigments of paint on canvas, it’s experiencing countries’ cultures and scenic locations that imprint on our life’s journey. The portrait becomes the travelers immersing themselves in different places across the world, capturing the emotions and memories made along the way. It was this idea of travel being a form of art that inspired Ashley Ganz to name her luxury travel company Artisans of Leisure. “It’s always about the art of travel, crafting e

Florida'€™s Historic Haven for the Refined Traveler: Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

Jimmy Buffett once mused: "If there is a heaven for me, I am sure it has a beach attached to it..." For 100 years, the beaches of Florida have been a sunny heaven for the well-to-do escaping frigid winters of America’s northern states. Over the years, the snowbirds came in droves, touching down from Miami and Palm Beach to the most northern reaches of the state in St. Augustine and Amelia Island. Less than 20 miles east of Jacksonville is one of the state’s most welcoming hamlets for the deep p

Highclere Castle Event

Within the English countryside in Hampshire emerges an historic estate surrounded by acres of gardens and fields. Highclere Castle will whisk any dreamer away, transporting them to another era when art deco, jazz, and flapper dresses were at their height of popularity. For one weekend each fall, lovers of the beloved Downton Abbey series can take a step back in time to the opulent Roaring Twenties in England, immersing themselves in the lifestyle of a 20th century aristocrat at Highclere Castle’

A Street of Magic and Creativity

If you’ve ever been to London, you’ve probably visited the famous Big Ben or the historic Westminster Abbey; but as you drive on those big red buses or take taxis from one tourist spot to the next, do you ever stop to look at the narrow little streets with few people in between? One such place is Cecil Court, which has few visitors, but a lot of history and character. Located just meters from Leicester Square and Covent Garden, you’d miss it if you weren’t looking close enough. Cecil Court i

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