Trip report – Ireland (part 2)

Trip report – Ireland (part 2)

This is part two of the Ireland travel report. Part 1 can be found here. A related two-part trip report from the Isle of Man can be found here and here. On the third morning of our stay in Ireland, we finally woke up rested and headed to Dublin railway station to catch our train to Cork.   Cork is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland and is situated on the river Lee that divides it into…

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Trip report – Ireland

Trip report – Ireland

Our trip to Dublin started in Chicago’s Ohare, which is seldomly pleasant but was made somewhat better by our ability to access the Air France lounge using my Priority Pass membership. I have plans to write a post on different ways to access airport lounges but if this is something you want to know sooner rather than later, please leave me a comment below. We flew Aer Lingus, one of two major airlines operating out of the Republic of Ireland….

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Pasta

Pasta

All of us probably have a different idea what a good pasta is. All of them are probably correct, since good and tasty are very subjective notions. I was going to write a very long and detailed post about the difference between fresh and dry pasta, as well as different pasta shapes but then I realized that everything I want to say or comment on has been written many times and is available over the internet. I am not going…

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Trip report – the Isle of Man (part 2)

Trip report – the Isle of Man (part 2)

Day 2 We had a lot of plans for day 2 and were a little bit disappointed that the weather was rainy and gloomy. We did not want to let this spoil the trip and decided to stick to our initial plan. This turned out to be a smart decision, since the weather improved quickly and the sun was shining by midday. Our first stop was the electric railway (or tram) depot, where we caught a train to the Snaefell…

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Flight deals to China

Flight deals to China

Good morning! There some unusually low fares ($550-600 return) available for flights to China this autumn and some dates in summer. You can even choose between several airlines. Departing airports: most major airport in the US. Destination: Beijing and Shanghai. The easiest way to find these deals is on Google flights. Once you find a date that works for you, scroll down to select the site this deal is available from.

Trip report – the Isle of Man

Trip report – the Isle of Man

One of the most difficult things about travel for me is deciding where to go. The list of places I want to visit is endless, plus there are many I want to go back to regularly. This is why we always try to visit several countries in one trip. Once I cross the Atlantic, spend all that time on a plane, I feel like staying in just one place is not enough. When we were planning a trip to Ireland…

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Rum or the history of the New World in a bottle (part 2)

Rum or the history of the New World in a bottle (part 2)

Welcome back! Part 1 of this post can be found here. Rum has one of the most complex and confusing classifications out there. It can be classified by the following characteristics: Raw ingredients used to make rum Rums can be made with fresh sugar cane juice, molasses, cane syrup and even beets. The cane juice method is usually used in French speaking countries and Brazil to make Rhums Agricole and cachaças respectively, while the vast majority of rums available on…

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Rum or the history of the New World in a bottle

Rum or the history of the New World in a bottle

Rum history There are certain products that were so closely linked to a period in history that studying them gives you an insight into the history of the lands they come from. Tea, opium, rubber, coco, port – the list is very long and covers most of the world. Rum is in the same category – look closer at its history and you will see European conquest of the Americas, pirates, slaves and formation of many Caribbean and Latin American…

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Announcing a new series of posts: spirits of the world

Announcing a new series of posts: spirits of the world

As a brand new blogger, who has only been doing this for a couple of days (can you believe it?), one of the things I like most so far is feedback from my readers. Some of you sent me suggestions on what you would like to see on Tasty Layovers, others are actively promoting the blog on Facebook, yet others are sending me very sweet private messages. All of this is appreciated! Please keep doing this 🙂 This morning, one…

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Crossing the Atlantic – what are your options?

Crossing the Atlantic – what are your options?

As promised in my very first post, I want to take a closer look at what options exist for someone who wants to travel between Europe and the US. You are probably very much familiar with the airlines that fly from your local airport but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Last couple of years saw an explosion of new airlines and new routes. You can potentially save a lot of money by flying from a nearby airport…

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