Great Places to Stay in Ireland

Irish Hospitality.

I must say, I never felt so welcome as I did when I arrived in Ireland.

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Here are some of the places I stayed as I made my way around the Emerald Isle

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Samantha Kelly (the Tweetinggoddess) and Catherine at City North Hotel

 
City North Hotel
Our first three nights we stayed at the City North Hotel. Being accustomed to American hotel rooms, we were delighted to find a queen size bed and a twin bed for our stay. On the table were 3 bottles of water and a fruit basket which was replenished each day. Catherine, the sales director, went out of her way to make me feel at home. Breakfast served in the restaurant offered traditional Irish foods as well as cereals, juices, coffee and tea. What I liked best? The smile of each staff member as they helped me and my family get acclimated during our first few days in Ireland 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Killiane Castle
Our lovely hostess, Kathleen, at Killiane Castle

Our lovely hostess, Kathleen, at Killiane Castle

Probably the most interesting place we stayed during our visit to Ireland, Killiane Castle is located on a farm just outside Wexford. Breakfast at the castle was quite a treat. Freshly squeezed juices assorted bowls of stewed fruits and fruit salad as well as homemade granola and muesli needed us our first morning there as if that were not enough our host Paul brought out menus for a hot breakfast my favorite was the baked eggs but I don’t think you could go wrong with any of the choices. I learned that Kathleen cook everything herself who gets to stay at an Irish Castle we were also told of a Friendly Ghost that haunts the castle but we never saw it. Walking around the ground was like taking a step back in time. Check out the pictures at 

 
 
Friendly staff

Friendly staff

Wellington Park Hotel

 
After a long day of travel and a late arrival, we were greeted by friendly front desk staff. To my relief, they arranged our bus tour for the next day. Due to our brief stay, we couldn’t avail ourselves of the attractions within walking distance which included Ulster Museum, Queen’s University, and the Botanic Gardens. We’ll have to return and check them out during our next visit. The Wellington Park Hotel is a warm and inviting place for your stay in Belfast
 
 
 
Quiet retreat in Clontarf, Dublin, just minutes from public transport.

Quiet retreat in Clontarf, Dublin, just minutes from public transport.

 
 
 
Aishling House
 Our friendly host, Bob, will make you glad you chose to stay with them. Away from the beaten path and nestled in a residential area Aishling House offered a quiet respite from busy days of sightseeing and walking around Dublin. Being close to public transportation made it easy to get in and out of Dublin City Centre. Breakfast was a combination of cold entrees available on the buffet, and hot dishes prepared by the Bob and Fran. Victorian style decorations invited us to a step away to a simpler era, adding to the feeling of quiet and peace here .
  
Our trip to Ireland put us on the receiving end of hospitality. Here are some lessons learned:
  1. Make every guest feel particularly welcome. From bottles of water to arranging taxis, we appreciated every gesture that said, “We’re glad you chose to stay with us.”
  2.  Clean fresh accommodations help weary travelers feel comfortable and refreshed. Thirsty towels and crisp sheets invited us to feel at home.
  3. Little details make a difference. Offering to get buses and taxis took a load off my mind when we arrived in each City. What a relief for me as a traveler.

I want to thank Samantha Kelly and Ursula Brierty for helping us find accommodations. It was nice having someone else make arrangements for us. Thank you, Ladies.

If you are traveling for work or relocating to a new location, you can have a friendly face to help. At Capri, we want to make your stay as stress free as possible. Contact us for your next project, and let us show you professionally furnished apartments at exceptional prices! Like our Facebook page at https://www.Facebook.com/capritemporaryhousing

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What to Do In Del Rio

Sip a glass of locally made wine. Hike through ancient limestone canyons. Swim in the cool and clear waters of a stunning lake or browse an art gallery fully stocked with works made by Texan artists. These are just a few of the things to do in Del Rio, a quaint border town. From stunning natural areas to fascinating art galleries, there’s much to enjoy about Del Rio. Get your adventure in Del Rio started.

1. Visit the oldest Winery in Texas
Val Verde Winery
    Sip a glass of locally made wine. Hike through ancient limestone canyons. Swim in the cool and clear waters of a stunning lake or browse an art gallery fully stocked with works made by Texan artists. These are just a few of the things to do in Del Rio, a quaint border town. From stunning natural areas to fascinating art galleries, there’s much to enjoy about Del Rio. Get your adventure in Del Rio started.
2. Experience Lake Amistad 
    Lake Amistad, the third largest lake in the state that is known as one of the best balakess fishing spot in Texas. The lake’s clear blue water is fully stocked with other types of fish, including stripers and yellow catfish. Fishing can be done anywhere outside of the lake’s harbors and designated swimming areas on the US and Mexican side of the border. Before you load up your tackle box and head out to the lake, you should be aware that Texas and Mexico require fishing permits, both of which you can buy on the Texas side of the border.
3. Cool off in San Felipe Springs
    San Felipe Springs, has been an alluring oasis since Spanish explorers san_felipe_creek_walkand missionaries found their way into Texas in the 17th century. Today, it’s a popular place to escape the heat for locals and visitors alike. The most popular swimming holes in Del Rio are Horseshoe Park, Lions Park, and Blue Lake, all of which are on the eastern side of town near the San Felipe Country Club. If you find yourself in Del Rio and you’re looking to escape the summer heat, there’s no better way to do it than by swimming in the pristine waters of San Felipe Springs.
4. Walk on Del Rio’s Artistic Side
    There are numerous art galleries full of unique paintings, sculptures, and photography that you can explore. This includes the Del Rio Council for the Arts at the Firehous0art1e Gallery, a public arts facility that has two distinct galleries housed within the town’s original firehouse and city hall. Casa de La Cultura, situated on Del Rio’s south side, showcases works created by artists from around the state of Texas in its gallery. Finally, the Lee Bunch Studio Gallery displays, and sells, oil paintings, hand-painted China, and more. You can visit these art galleries in Del Rio on your own or during Del Rio’s artwalk, which takes place the first Friday of every month.
5. Check out Ancient Cave Paintings
    Although there are several caves that have spectacular examples of cave paintings, Panther Cave may be the most eye-catching. A 10-foot-long painting of a red panther adorns the rear wall of the cave, but even that is just of one of hundreds of motifs tha00t can be found here. Parida Cave, is another impressive site for cave paintings. Along with all the ancient art, Parida Cave offers great views of the Rio Grande River and it surroundings.
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Goals 101: Lessons from Zig Ziglar

It’s that time of year when we are about ready to give up our New Year’s Resolution.  How about you? Are you struggling with the change? Ready to settle back to old habits?Goal Setting

Zig Ziglar’s book, “See You At the Top” has inspired thousand of people to greatness. And part of realizing that greatness is achieving goals! Now is a perfect time to look at those resolutions, and turn them into  real goals. Here are 5 measures to evaluate your intentions for the new year.

  • Have you written your goals down?
  • Have you written down why it’s important to reach your goals?
  • Have you determined the benefits you will enjoy when you have achieved when you get there?
  • What obstacles must you overcome to get there?
  • Who do you need to enlist to help you?

Writing your intentions in clear, specific language is a powerful step toward realizing your resolutions for the new year. Vision boards provide visual pictures  to help you see what you want to accomplish. When the fear of failure tells you, “It’s no use. Nothing will ever change,” keep in mind that writing is just the starting point.

Next week, we’ll talk about specific steps to take your goals from dreams in your head to actionable, concrete steps!

“You go as far as you see, and when you get there, you will always be able to see a little farther.” Zig Ziglar

What goals have you set for this year? What action steps are you taking? I’d love to hear from you! Comment in the space below, and let me know what BIG goals you have for the new year!

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20 Quotes to Keep You Motivated Throughout the New Year

The new year is just around the corner. New year, new you! Here are 20 motivational quotes to keep around to help you stay on track.New Year Motivation

Be so good they can’t ignore you!
Steve Martin

Success is the sum of small actions done day in and day out.
Nika Stewart

No one has ever become wildly successful who has not been through some major failure.
Lolly Daskal

If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you’re not sure you can do it, say yes–then learn how to do it later.
Richard Branson

Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.
John Wooden

The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.
Walt Disney Company

Done is better than perfect.
Sheryl Sandberg

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
Alan Kay

Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor.
Brian Tracy

Success is the result of good judgment, which is the result of experience, which is often the result of bad judgment.
Tony Robbins

No test–no testimony. The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory.
Les Brown

Good things come to those who wait, better thing come to those who go out and get them.
Anonymous

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.
Proverb

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
Thomas Edison

If you’re going through hell, keep going.
Winston Churchill

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
Wayne Gretsky

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I have.
Thomas Jefferson

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear–not absence of fear.
Mark Twain

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Vidal Sassoon

People often say motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing–that’s why we recommend it daily.
Zig Ziglar

 What are your favorite motivational quotes? We’d love to hear them! Post them in the comments below, and we will include them in a future post (giving you credit!)

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Holiday Survival: 5 Ingredients for Family Harmony

You know that just before that first Thanksgiving dinner there was one wise, old Native American woman saying, “Don’t feed them. If you feed them, they’ll never leave.”Dylan Brodydownload

Great quote to describe the interesting dynamics that can happen during the holidays. Holiday travel means family gatherings. On one hand, we look forward to catching up on the year’s happenings. On the other hand, we dread inevitable friction of everyone being in the same house together!  Family reunions can be downright stressful!

Usually, I share tips for traveling, relocating and all things related to corporate housing. Equally important, however, is how we can weather the other stresses which accompany family dinners. In an interview on my radio show, Black Belt Selling, last year, Patrick Dean, President of Seminar Systems, talked about how to handle those disappointments. I will share the highlights of that show here.

According to Patrick, people want to have a sense of closeness at the holidays. The tendency is to look outside of ourselves for joy and fulfillment.We look to relatives to make us happy.  A lot of stress at family get-togethers springs from seeing other people as  the source of validation. Basically, we are looking to get our needs fulfilled.
A little self examination, please!
What needs do we have that we look to others to fulfill? Could it be that we expect others to get excited for us about some new accomplishment? Or we just want Grandma to stop treating us like children, now that we are adults?  Satisfaction and joy come from serving others. Being truly authentic empowers you to serve others. If you are coming from a place of need, you cannot truly be present with the other person. Authenticity frees you to listen to others and serve them.
5 Ingredients for Greater Joy!
  • Stop looking to others for your happiness. Enough said there!
  • Love other people without needing to change them. Letting Aunt Sally criticize the gravy without pointing out she is wrong reduces your stress, her stress and everyone else’s stress.
  • Walk away from abusive or violent situations. You don’t need to endure mistreatment for the sake of getting along. A direct, quiet no gives the clear message that you respect yourself.
  • Don’t take your opinion too seriously. Lighten up!! Enjoy what others have to say, and everyone will have a better time!
  • Love with all your heart. This, too, is a choice which comes flows from practicing all of the above.Thanksgiving 2013

To hear more, you can go to my radio show on BlogTalkRadio to listen to the entire episode.

When visiting family, having your own place to get away from  the relatives can also be beneficial. Sometimes we just need a quiet place to be ourselves. At Capri, we offer vacation rentals for as little as 3 days in the Del Rio area. Consider having a comfortable apartment to escape the chaos when you visit relatives. Call us or email us to find out how we can help you!

 

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Diez y Seis–A Day to Celebrate and Remember

The year is 1810 in a small town in Guanjuato, Mexico. People stream into la Parraquia de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores  (the Parish Church of Our Lady of Sorrows) to the ringing of the church bell. Miguel Hidalgo, parish priest, is sounding El Grito, the cry that would eventually mobilize tens of thousands of people to rise up and make Mexico an independent nation.

 Miguel Hidalgo was the parish priest in Dolores, small town in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. He was a criollo, a person of Spanish ancestry born in Mexico. Distressed by the New Spain’s treatment of the Mexican natives, Hidalgo worked to improve the lives of his parishioners. He introduced new industries like wool weaving, carpentry and bee keeping to the indigenous people.  In addition to enriching the lives of the poor parishioners, he also started reading societies among the criollos.

do-hid-grito-muesoDuring the Napoleonic years of Spain, the growing turmoil in Spain united the criollos and mestizos leaders of New Spain, who met in the reading societies started by Hidalgo.In these societies, participants studied and discussed nationalism and political liberty. A declaration for revolution was planned for December of 1810. When the plot for revolution was discovered authorities began to move to arrest Hidalgo. Instead of being arrested, the priest-leader rang the bell of his church on 16 December 1810, calling parishioners to mass and to arms. The cry he sounded is known as “El Grito”.  Every year, the president of Mexico addresses the Mexican people with a modern version of El Grito on September 16th.

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How is Mexican Independence celebrated? Diez y seis is celebrated much like our own 4th of July. People dress in traditional Mexican clothing, eat special festive dishes, play games and shoot fireworks. If you are visiting a border town, check out the local celebration for entertainment.

Living along the border offers many unique opportunities to learn about Mexican culture.  Check out our pages about Del Rio and Eagle Pass to learn about local festivities for this important Mexican holiday. Along the Texas-Mexico border, we love to  celebrate our neighbor’s independence!

If you are coming to Del Rio, Eagle Pass or Laredo and you need a place to stay, give us a call. We have furnished apartments that are fully serviced in all three locations. Check out our availability and call us to find out how we can help you during your next stay along our border cities. Call 800-258-3959 or email us.

Viva Mexico!

 

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10 Things to Do While you Stay in Del Rio, TX, Pt. 1

Are you coming to Del Rio, Texas for business travel? Wonder what there is to do here?

We get this question a lot, so this blogpost is dedicated to helping you discover all the wonderful things you can do while you stay in Del Rio. While you are staying with us short term, we want you to know some of the best attractions Del Rio has to offer.

1. Amistad National Recreation Area. Lake Amistad is the reservoir formed behind Amistad Dam along the Rio Grande River. One of the cleanest lakes in Texas, visitors can boat, camp, hike or swim in the National Recreation Area. If you fish, you probably already know that ESPN proclaimed Lake Amistad as the best bass-fishing lake in the world! For more information, go to this link.

Many activities await the visitor to Del Rio in the Amistad National Recreation Area.

Many activities await the visitor to Del Rio in the Amistad National Recreation Area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Amistad Dam. Amistad means friendship in Spanish. Amistad Dam located on the Rio Grande River just 7 or 8 miles due west of Del Rio off US 90 creates the largest reservoir along the international boundary between the United States and Mexico. Just after you leave US 90 to go to the dam, you will find a road that leads to Governor’s Landing, where you can have a picnic, set a canoe in the water or swim in the lake. At night, you can drive to scenic lookouts to view beautiful sunsets over the lake. For more information about the dam, click here.

 

 

3. Devil’s River State Natural Area. This river is definitely for the adventurous! According to Texas Monthly, ” You might be tempted to dismiss it as the Pecos lite, but the Devils packs a bigger punch into less than one hundred miles.” Check out Amistad Expeditions when your ready for some real “wet river rafting”.

North of Del Rio on US 277 you will find access to the Devil's River, considered one of the most pristine rivers in Texas.

North of Del Rio on US 277 you will find access to the Devil’s River, considered one of the most pristine rivers in Texas.

 

4. Seminole Canyon State Park. In addition to the usual outdoor activities in a Texas State Park, Seminole Canyon houses Fate Bell Shelter, one of the oldest prehistoric cave dwellings in North America. On the guided tours to the shelter, you can view Indian rock paintings. Even the non-enthusiast will find these paintings fascinating. For more information, click this link.

 

5.  Val Verde Winery. The oldest continuously running winery in Texas, Italian immigrant Joe Qualia established Val Verde Winery in 1883.

His son and grandson have continued to use Joe’s traditional method to create award winning wines. For hours and to get a tour, click on this link.

Award winning wines

Award winning wines

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Newsletter September 2014

 

New and Big Changes!

       School has started and the fall routine is back in swing. Sitting at the kitchen table while my now school aged children makes me realize how quickly the summer flew by.

       Speaking of the summer, how was yours? Did yours go by to fast, too? Getting back to the routine of work and school brings a bit of normalcy and excitement to finish the year strong.

       I’m excited about the changes here at Capri. As the summer ended, we moved into our new building. When your are in the neighborhood, drop by to see our new offices, we are expanding our ability to serve you. Besides Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Laredo, we are also helping clients in Dilley and Corpus Christi. Look for new areas we can serve you.

       Did you know that we also consult with small businesses? Check out our blog for my article in finishing strong. With a plan, you can easily meet the goals you set for the year, knowing you’ve done a great job!

       Fall is my favorite time of year. Cooler weather means colorful leaves, football games and finishing strong.

       How about you? What does fall mean to you? How can we help you reach your goals? Read through our newsletter. Let us know what we can do to help you! Make 2014 your best year yet!

     Anna

Enjoying Fall!

  • The way I see it, the only bad thing about autumn is having to decide between a pumpkin latte and hot apple cider. Fall is the best season out there, and for those of you who prefer blizzards and bobsledding or sunburns and sand…you’re wrong. The colors of autumn make everything look stunning, especially if it’s old and worn. The word “autumn” is clearly the most elegant way to describe a season. It even sounds beautiful. Fall is the best season ever .

 

 

Plum, Hazelnut & Chocolate Cake

    • 175g butter, plus extra for greasing
    • 500g plums
    • 175g light muscovado sugar
    • 175g self-raising flour
    • 175g ground hazelnuts
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 50g dark chocolate (70 per cent cocoa), chopped
    • 2 tbsp hazelnuts
    • 2 tbsp redcurrant, damson or plum jelly
    • Heat oven to 180 C/fan 160 C/gas 4. Butter and line the base of a round 20 cm cake tin. Halve and stone 4 plums, set aside for later, then roughly chop the remaining plums.
    • Put the sugar, butter, flour, ground hazelnuts, eggs and baking powder into a large bowl and beat with a wooden spoon or electric hand mixer for 1-2 mins, until smooth and light. Stir in the chopped plums and chocolate, then tip into the prepared cake tin and smooth the top.
    • Arrange the halved plums over the top of the mixture, pressing them down lightly, then scatter over hazelnuts. Bake for 40-50 mins until the top is golden and the cake feels firm to the touch. Cool in the tin for 10 mins, then turn out, remove the paper and cool on a wire rack. Heat the jelly, then brush over the top of the cake before serving.

 

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