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Category: The Isle of Man – July

Triskelion Cocktail-The Martini of Man

Triskelion Cocktail-The Martini of Man

A triskelion is a symbol with three legs or lines extending from the center. It is very prominent in the Celtic world and is featured on the flag, coat of arms and nearly everything else on the Isle of Man. On the coat of arms, the Latin motto translates as “Wherever you throw it, it will stand” which seems to indicate that the triskelion symbol represents stability. In fact it has numerous meanings ranging from the Trinity to things like…

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The Foods of Man

The Foods of Man

The foods of Man include, unsurprisingly, seafood and many of the foods and dishes you would find elsewhere in the British Isles. The food item that Isle of Man is likely most famous for, is the Manx kipper. Manx kippers start as herring, which are then split, brined and cold smoked with oak chips on wooden rods. The result is a kipper that is not too salty or fishy and has a rich color and flavor.  This process was at…

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All Things Manx

All Things Manx

From the capitol city of Douglas in the east to the “sunset city” of Peel in the west; from Castle Town, location of Castle Rushen, one of Europe’s best preserved medieval sites, built in 1265, Chicken Rock and the Calf of Man in the south to Point of Ayre, location of ‘Winkie’, the oldest lighthouse on the island in the north, there is so much to see and do on the Isle of Man. The South From Douglas, take the…

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History, excitement and more ghosts in Douglas

History, excitement and more ghosts in Douglas

Douglas (Doolish in Manx) became the capital of the Isle of Man in 1869 when the seat of the Tynwald, the world’s oldest continuous parliament, was moved there. It sits on the eastern coast, is the main port of the island and boasts a stunning Victorian Promenade along the water’s edge. In the waters of the bay sits the Tower of Refuge, a castle-like structure built on Conister Rock to provided shelter for shipwrecked sailors. Ride on a horse-drawn tram…

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Land of legend and mystery

Land of legend and mystery

The Isle of Man is notable for it’s many legends and tales of ghosts, fairies and mythical creatures.  It is said that the Isle of Man was first ruled by the sea god Manannán Mac Lir who wrapped his cloak of mist around the island as a protection from hostile invaders. The island seems to have also inherited a cloak of mystery and superstition.  It is a common theory that the Isle of Man is in fact, the location of…

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Next destination-The Isle of Man

Next destination-The Isle of Man

Our next destination is the Isle of Man, where I am told that my distant ancestors came from. I am not sure that it is true, or who in my family was the one that told me, but I have definitely developed a certain curiosity about this place and some of the pictures and information I have seen have made me excited to explore this magical place. Located between Ireland and England in the middle of the Irish Sea, the…

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