Count Dracula may stalk the Transylvanian countryside; but his origins are much closer to Bram Stoker's homeland of Ireland. As a frail child, Bram's mother whetted his appetite for the blood thirsty character by fuelling the author's imagination with supernatural tales.
Visiting Ireland can be either a high-end or budget experience, and I decided to combine the two for a wonderfully innovative journey to reconnect with my Irish roots. Ireland presents delightful possibilities for a variety of travel styles.
Thomas Joice (who sometimes went by Joyce) was one of the 16 men who went down with the USS Monitor on Dec. 31, 1862. Some years ago, I researched him for a documentary and have continued to look into his past from time to time.