Blarney Castle Ireland

The Magical Blarney Stone & The Gift of Gab  The ritual of kissing the Blarney Stone has been performed by “millions of people”, including “famous statesmen, literary giants and legends of the silver screen” according to the castle keepers. The kiss actually is not an easy task. Kissing the stone, requires you to climb toContinue reading “Blarney Castle Ireland”

Liberty Ships – Small Pieces of History

Above The USS Alstede 1965 Get to Know an Old Liberty Ship There are ships that having been retired (decommissioned) and are now serving as living history museums. Ships like the aircraft carrier Intrepid a Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City and a number of battleships like the North Carolina and Missouri.Continue reading “Liberty Ships – Small Pieces of History”

3 Travel T-Shirts!

Introducing The Intentional Traveler’s new travel T-shirt series based on our popular travel posters. The first three just added to our online shop at TheCraftsMart.com! Brag on where you’ve been or inspiration for your bucket list. These premium quality T-shirts are available in a number of sizes and colors – great designs in a greatContinue reading “3 Travel T-Shirts!”

International Travel And Restrooms

Traveling around the world there is one challenge that seems to regularly show up and that’s where to go? I don’t mean as in travel but really go. When at home it’s something we take for granted. Americans believe it is a public right and resent any effort to place a charge on access. ElsewhereContinue reading “International Travel And Restrooms”

The Acropolis Museum in Athens

Sitting at the base of the Acropolis in Athens and just two blocks from the Acropolis Metro station is the Acropolis Museum. The Acropolis Museum, one of the ten most important museums in the world, was built to house every artifact found on the rock and on the surrounding slopes. Discoveries date from the GreekContinue reading “The Acropolis Museum in Athens”

Two Museums In Piraeus Greece

A Liberty Ship Museum Near Athens Greece I admit I have a special fondness for these WWII antiques having spent over two years at sea on one. So I was really surprised and pleased to find one set up as a museum in Piraeus harbor. During World War II American shipyards launched almost three thousandContinue reading “Two Museums In Piraeus Greece”

A Rusty Old Beer Can

Artifacts and Ancient History A Short Story and Something Completely Different Hiking a mountain trail in Georgia recently we came across the old remains of a CCC camp facility in the woods and poking around the ruins I found an old beer can. It wasn’t just a piece of mountain litter but a true artifact.Continue reading “A Rusty Old Beer Can”

Travel For Its Own Sake

Often there are negative costs in traveling, like jet lag or becoming irregular but don’t let that stop you as the major benefits way outweigh those minor issues. “See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask for no guarantees, ask for no security.” Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451Continue reading “Travel For Its Own Sake”

In Praise of Public Transportation

Often Americans traveling internationally are amazed at the public transportation they encounter. From metro rail systems to street cars to modern bus fleets and even ferries it’s hard to believe how many cities have really impressive public transportation. With a few exceptions, Americans are just not accustomed to efficient, clean and economical public transportation. WhileContinue reading “In Praise of Public Transportation”

Spending Time In Gardens

Gardens are a human obsession. We’re not talking about tomatoes and corn but flowers and trees and ornamental bushes. In traveling there are always gardens to be explored and incredible gems to be discovered. It is difficult to spend time in a garden and not have your soul refreshed. Perhaps Francis Bacon said it best,Continue reading “Spending Time In Gardens”