Jim Dorsey

Playground Earth | Azores | Fruits
Travel Stories

Spring has Sprung

The surrounding hills and valleys are blooming with reckless abandon. Gorse is everywhere, with its brilliant yellow flowers as calla lilies flourish out of damp, grassy meadows.

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Playground Earth | Azores Help
Travel Stories

Help, Help

This morning brought sunshine with the usual chorus of birds urging us to wake up and get outside. We were oh-so happy to comply…Help, Help is just the funny story of a normal day in the Azores.

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Playground Earth | Azores | Fallen Tree
Good News From

Wind against trees in the Azores

Once again Mother nature is in a foul mood, introducing us to a new wave of viciousness as the rain is positively relentless Wind against trees in the Azores

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Playground Earth | Good News from The Azores
Good News From

Heavy Rain

It is widely recognized that the North Atlantic has some of the most feared and fearsome weather on the planet.

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Playground Earth | Spain | Virginia the Umbrella Lady
Travel Stories

Victoria the Umbrella Lady

Victoria, an energetic, passionate woman nearing her 80?s runs a small market kiosk in Santiago de Compostela keeping an old world craft alive.

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Playground Earth | Cies Islands, Spain
Hikes & Walks

Spain’s Cies Islands

Spain’s Cies Islands are the Vigo estuary’s greatest treasure and an amazing national marine-terrestrial park. They are also one of the country’s most beautiful places for hiking, camping, sailing, diving, and swimming.

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Playground Earth Travel | Hotels | San Francisco Hotel Monumento
Hotels & Resorts

San Francisco Hotel Monumento

Among the many, and varied, lodgings available in Santiago de Compostela staying in an 18th. Century monastery surely ranks as one of the more unique experiences.

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Playground Earth | Bilbao
Travel Destinations

Bilbao

Our time spent in Bilbao and the surrounding region was just the prolonged stay we had been looking for. It allowed us to fully experience this beautiful land with its mix of natural wonders, culture, and culinary traditions, along with the gregarious and friendly people of Bilbao and the Basque countryside.

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Playground Earth | Hikes & Walks | Paiva River Walk
Hikes & Walks

Paiva River Walk

Designed in dialogue with nature, morphology and panoramic views the Paiva River Walk was a worthy adventure!

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Playground Earth Travel | Appreciating the Caledonian Canal
Travel Stories

Appreciating the Caledonian Canal

Our time spent experiencing the Caledonian Canal gave us a greater understanding and appreciation for why it is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest waterway engineering projects ever accomplished.

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Playground Earth | Biarritz France
Travel Destinations

Biarritz

While it can’t compare to the French Riviera, Biarritz is certainly one of the hipper towns in France. Here, surfers and day trippers wearing flip-flops and Patagonia jackets comfortably mingle with fashionistas in their espadrilles and designer floral scarves.

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Playground Earth l Howth l Ribbon of Silver
Hikes & Walks

Howth Cliff Walk

Excited to take another hike along the Irish Sea we were up early the following morning to catch the train to Howth.

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Sprout & Co.
Travel Stories

Discovering Sprout & Co.

While spending time in Dublin, Ireland we discovered Sprout & Co., a farm to bowl (and wrap) chain that farms, and supplies, their own produce.

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Playground Earth | Bray's Cliff Walk to Graystones
Hikes & Walks

Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk

Thus began our 4 hour round trip of the Bray?s Head Cliff walk which follows a portion of the East Coast of Ireland from the charming seaside town of Bray to Greystone.

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Playground Earth | Travel Story | Sawers Belfast Market
Travel Stories

Sawers Market

Sawers is a family owned business established in 1897 that prides itself on stocking an extensive range of quality foods from around the world.

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Playground Earth | Train Travel | Fort William to Glasgow
Travel Stories

Fort William to Glasgow Train Ride

Thus began our day as we departed from Fort William to Glasgow on a nearly four hour journey by train through the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Scotland’s first National Park.

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Playground Earth | Foods & Markets | Fish Lover's Dilemma | Fresh Salmon
Travel Stories

A fish lover’s dilemma

There were once eight fishmongers in the Victorian Market where Duncan Fraser still does business. Today, Duncan Fraser is the sole survivor.

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Playground Earth | Glenturret Distillery | Water of Life
Travel Stories

Savoring Scotland’s Water of Life

There are many things in this world that I cannot legitimately lay claim to knowing much about. A toe-in-the-water knowledge of whiskey would be one. but we learned something while Savoring Scotland’s Water of Life.

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Edinburgh Castle | Image by Walkerssk
Travel Stories

Edinburgh Castle

The whole of the United Kingdom, as well as many parts of Europe, are dotted with mighty castles and fortresses, all with their own amazing tales to tell. In Scotland however, there are few castles with the storied history that the 12th-century Edinburgh Castle can lay claim to.

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