The museum in Foynes (population about 600) is about a 40-minute drive from Limerick city and housed within the original terminal building of Foynes Airport, which operated from 1939 to 1945. Exhibits explain the significant role Ireland played during the 1930s and 40s, the era of trans-Atlantic sea plane flights.
The newly expanded venue includes a new aviation museum, a 100-seat cinema, sea plane flight simulators, and an archive research center and library. The visitor experience preserves the history of the period through displays of old photographs and memorabilia telling of the famous figures who traveled through the airport, among them Charles Lindbergh, John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Humphrey Bogart and Ernest Hemingway.
One of the highlights of the aviation museum is the full-sizes replica of a Boeing 314 flying boat, complete with a honeymoon suite, which illustrates the luxury passengers enjoyed.
The maritime museum focuses on the history and stories of part of the River Shannon, which runs from Limerick to Loop Head. Its exhibitions show how currachs (a type of Irish boat with a wooden frame) and gondolas were made and explains how the weather and tides were monitored.
The museum now also has a special Maureen O’Hara exhibition. celebrating the late actress’s achievements, displaying more than 750 dresses from her personal and professional collection, as well as hundreds of pairs of shoes and handbags. O’Hara had a close association with the museum; her husband Charlie Blair piloted the flying boats into Foynes during the 1940s. The exhibition includes a recreation of the famous kitchen in the movie The Quiet Man, in which she starred with John Wayne.
How the first Irish coffee came to be is told in the museum’s Irish Coffee Center. The story is that one night in the winter of 1943, a flight departed Foynes Airport for Newfoundland, Canada. After flying for several hours in severe weather, the captain decided to return to Foynes, and, after landing, the passengers were brought to the airport restaurant. Needing something to warm up the passengers on a wintry night, the restaurant’s chef decided to put some Irish whiskey into the coffees, and so the iconic drink was born.
In addition to Foynes museum, Co. Limerick offers visitors several other interesting attractions. History enthusiasts will love the medieval King John’s Castle in Limerick city, while fans of outdoor exercise can visit Limerick Greenway, a 24-mile off-road walking and cycling route.
Early on, pickleball had something to do with pickles. Pickles the dog, that is. In one story, the game was named for a family dog that ran off with the ball between sets.
Incentive travel has long been a way for organizations to drive sales and reward employees with opulent trips to exotic destinations. Today it encompasses even more.
Not a word was spoken as I settled into a cozy spot on the outdoor terrace just outside the main lodge at Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge in Uganda. The air was so still the ice in my single malt seemed to echo off the forest in the distance as it clanked against the glass. I sat among a handful of fellow adventurers, each sitting silently beneath the night sky for one collective goal. Moments earlier, we learned a troop of mountain gorillas had made their way down the mountain near our lodge, and we left our meals to instead sit in eager anticipation of hearing the guttural grunts of the primates below. The chills on my arms never left me that night, even as I made my way up a stone pathway to my personal banda (guestroom). Thankfully, sleep came quickly for me that night as I drifted into dreams of what my next day would bring.
Known as one of the best airports in the world and voted Best Airport in the Middle East by Global Traveler readers, Hamad International Airport aims to set new standards for the airport industry that exceed the expectations of travelers through its facility.
You know what you’re going to get at an Aman hotel, and also you don’t. Expect peerless service, obsessive attention to detail, architectural elegance worthy of a fashion magazine, a holistic approach to wellness and astounding levels of comfort. But each property is also intimately connected to its setting, and that’s where the surprises lie. For instance, finding yourself on your knees on a sidewalk in Luang Prabang handing out sticky rice to Buddhist monks at 5:30 a.m. isn’t something we expected.
Exclusive Sailing with Global Traveler
In time for peak travel season to Italy’s picturesque Amalfi Coast, the region will welcome its own airport as early as this July. Salerno Costa d’Amalfi Airport is not only undergoing renovations but it also plans to open as a commercial airport.