An apple a day made easy

Fall has finally arrived in Georgia and the time for cooler days and apple picking has begun! (yeah!)  It’s easy to enjoy an apple a day when all the local apples, grown in your actual state and not in some far flung country, are readily available as they are this time of year…

We made our annual fall to the apple barn in North Georgia over the weekend and came home with all our favorites Arkansas Black, Ginger Gold, Musu and Jona gold. Growing up in the apple county of Armagh we baked with Bramley’s and to me, there is nothing like a home made apple pie made with the first seasons apples!  So here it is, our first apple pie of the fall and happy apple baking once more!

Irish Blessings..

Judith the Irish foodie

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Titanic Belfast crowned as Europe’s leading attraction!

Titanic Belfast - Shamrock and Peach Photography

Titanic Belfast – Shamrock and Peach Photography

When I bring Shamrock and Peach guests to see the Belfast Titanic Center the response is always one of unexpected emotion and reverence. The center tells the story of the great and famous Titanic liner that sank in 1912 on her maiden voyage, and in so doing literally became a world icon. So, when I heard the news that the center has just won the 2016 Travel Award as Europe’s leading visitor attraction I was amazed, pleased and naturally wanted to blog about it…yes, Belfast Titanic beat the Acropolis, Athens, Buckingham Palace, England, Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, La Sagrada Familia, Spain, Ribeira do Porto, Portugal, The Eiffel Tower, France and The Roman Colosseum, Italy – to name a few!….wow!.

The Titanic Center just opened four years ago on the actual slipway in the titanic Quarter where the mighty ship was built and set sail in 1912. The building itself reflects the exact dimensions of the bow of the ship, and has won many awards itself for it’s outstanding design. Another addition is the exhibit of the last white Star liner, the Nomadic, that was used to ferry passengers back and forth to the Titanic, and is docked peacefully in Belfast again after 100 years of service.

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The center is all very nostalgic for Belfast and an award like this is to mean feat for Ireland’s shores.

Shamrock and Peach tours have just also added the 2017 schedules that includes visiting the Titanic Center in Belfast. So, way to go Northern Ireland!

Sending my love from an unusually rainy Atlanta evening,

Judie the Irish foodie