Christmas Travel List, Travel Thursday

Normally I try to focus on places I have been (or will be going shortly) for my Travel Thursday posts; however, this one is going to be slightly different! I like to be at home with friends and family for the holiday season, and enjoying our snowy traditions. (Definitely going to have to go up into the mountains when I’m in Seattle…) However, there are some holiday destinations that I would love to see and will probably pick away at these over the years. This is my dream Christmas travel list that I will one day be able to complete!

Christmas Travel List

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5 Cathedrals You Have to Visit

As a medieval historian who studies secular and canon law, I’m probably more interested than most people in church history. I think that cathedrals are the place to start when visiting a city, as it’s often a chance to see lasting and notable architecture that is lousy with centuries of history! These are 5 cathedrals that I think that everyone should see at some point in their life if they can- from different countries and cities, they all offer something different to their visitors! I hope that you enjoy my recommendations for Travel Thursday…

5 Cathedrals You Have to Visit

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A Day at Bunratty Castle, Travel Thursday

Although there are the ruins of castles to be found all over Ireland and the United Kingdom, only a small percentage of them actually survive as a full castle like most of us would imagine. There are a handful of castles that fell into disrepair and ruin but were restored in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries for us to visit and enjoy, like Bunratty Castle! If you are heading out to the west coast of Ireland, Bunratty Castle and grounds is certainly worth a day spent wandering learning about life in medieval Ireland.

A Day at Bunratty Castle

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Why the Small Things are Important When You Travel, Travel Thursday

I know that most of us tend to focus on the big things when we plan our trips; visiting Westminster Abbey, seeing the Eiffel Tower, hiking the Grand Canyon, these are the things that trips and adventures are planned around. While these are exciting and fun and worth the Instagram stories and Facebook posts, the small moments from travel are really what stay with us long after we are back at home and in our normal routine. The little things are what is important and meaningful and today I’m chatting about why!

Small Things Matter Travel

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Travel vs. Home

Instagram, Pinterest, and every other social network likes to make us think that everyone is constantly travelling the world and adding stamps to their passport on a daily basis. I’m lucky enough to be able to say that I’ve checked several boxes on my to-see travel list, but I do have many to go! This post was inspired by a chat with Katie, and got me to thinking about travel and the role that it plays in my own life. There are beautiful things about travel and about being home, and I think that both need some celebration!

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Discovering St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Travel Thursday

Although Christ Church Cathedral gets a lot of the Dublin love by travellers visiting the city, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is an equally historic and impressive cathedral that is only a short walk from Christ Church and is one of my favourite places to stop by. Wander off of Dame Street and spend a little time with some of Ireland’s early modern history- there’s a few things at St. Patrick’s that may just surprise you! today I’m sharing exactly why you need to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral on your next trip to Dublin…

Discovering St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin (1)

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Winnipeg’s Hidden Gem, River Heights

Winnipeg is an unknown to most people outside of Canada- you may know us for the Winnipeg Jets (our NHL team), for our Human Rights Museum, or just for being colder than Mars in the winter. However, we have a lot more to offer than just extreme weather! (See Folklorama, Islendingadagurinn, and Ballet in the Park for a small snapshot…) A lot of our architecture is in the brutalist style from the 1960s and 1970s, with stark and square concrete, but there are still a few architectural hidden gems here. River Heights is one of those gems…

River Heights

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5 Sights to See at Christ Church Cathedral, Travel Thursday

Living in Dublin for a year and being a historian of medieval Ireland, I was spoiled for surviving medieval spaces and haunts throughout the city (and country). Although my period is really 500-800 AD, Dublin has several churches, buildings, bridges, and graveyards that survive from 100-1400 AD that I was more than happy to wander through and take everything in! Christ Church Cathedral may not be as large or decadent as some other cathedrals in Europe, but there is something amazingly calm but gorgeous that makes you want to spend your day in contemplation there.

5 Sights to See at Christ Church Cathedral,Dublin

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Folklorama 2017, Travel Thursday

This summer for Travel Thursday I’ve been sharing more local events that happen in Winnipeg- although it may seem like we are a small and boring city, we do have some very cool and interesting events here! We are a city of many different cultures and groups, and Folklorama is the perfect celebration of our mosaic. For the first two weeks in August every summer, different cultural groups host pavilions throughout the city for a week, and share the food, dance, music, and history of their culture! My brother and I always try and make it out to a few pavilions, and this year we made it to two…

Folklorama 2017

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How to Deal With a Let-Down City

Once you start travelling, you will realise that there are going to be places that let you down. For whatever reason, you don’t connect with it and it leaves you wondering “why on earth did I ever chose to come to this stupid place” while everyone else continually pins pictures of it dreamily. You may even shake your head when people wax lyrically about this city fulfilled all of their dreams. For me, that city was Paris.

Let Down City Paris

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