Twenty-seven small U.S. flags adorn a large flag on a makeshift memorial on the side of Highway 84 near the Newtown, Conn., town line as residents mourn victims killed by gunman Adam Lanza, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. On Friday, authorities say Lanza killed his mother at their home and then opened fire inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, killing 26 people, including 20 children, before taking his own life. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
At the core of this collection of short stories is Olive, a flinty, sometimes mean spirited, Maine woman. The collection explores themes of devotion, regret, loss, missed opportunity, and grief, so there's something with which everyone can identify.
The Mountains of Mourne are hands-down the most spectacular mountains in Ireland. The mountain range is located in Northern Ireland in County Down, specifically in South Down. The best way to reach the Mourne Mountains is to head down to the seaside resort of Newcastle. This exquisitely-located, bustling little town serves as a great home base for mountain expeditions. The Mournes are the most frequently visited and hiked mountains in Northern Ireland.
City of the Dead, Dargavs, Russia The ghost village of Dargavs sprouts from the base of a North Ossetian mountain like something out of a fairy story. Wildflowers bloom alongside the paths that weave through the squat white buildings topped with charming, shingled roofs. But the closer one peers inside these abodes, the more clear becomes the grim reality of this “town,” which dates back to the 16th century—the buildings are actually crypts.