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  • Charming Irish Cottage Retreat With Just A Few Clicks

    Charming Irish Cottage Retreat With Just A Few Clicks

    Nov 11, 2013 Ireland

    For 10 nights we had been moving consistently around Ireland. From East to West, West to South, South to North and then we finally found ourselves heading back to Galway. Thankfully we found ourselves in the middle of the Irish countryside in a sweet litt…

  • The Heavens Open Up At Giant’s Causeway

    The Heavens Open Up At Giant’s Causeway

    Nov 5, 2013 United Kingdom

    The low, menacing clouds drifted overhead as we arrived at the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland, Giant’s Causeway. The visitors centre was unlike any other tourist attraction we’d seen in Ireland. Uber modern and sleek, it didn’t quite …

  • A Travelling Mum Without Her Family In Ireland: Day 2

    A Travelling Mum Without Her Family In Ireland: Day 2

    Oct 31, 2013 Ireland

    Despite not having any kids or husband to wake me up in the morning I still had a reasonably early morning – bummer! I was able to get dressed so quickly without two little ones to dress and a husband to hurry. That was relatively novel, but I missed thei…

  • A Travelling Mum Without Her Family In Ireland: Day 3

    A Travelling Mum Without Her Family In Ireland: Day 3

    Oct 31, 2013 Ireland

    It’s a strange feeling the lack of bodies in your bed after so long. But it’s a luxurious feeling. The final day or my time in Ireland without the family. This one includes becoming pants-less after a Segway tour...

  • A Travelling Mum Without Her Family In Ireland: Day 1

    A Travelling Mum Without Her Family In Ireland: Day 1

    Oct 30, 2013 Ireland

    Tea & Scones, walking tour in Westport, cycling the coast, a warm place for home & eating overload! My first day without the family visiting the Wild Atlantic Way West, do you think I survived?

  • Spectacular Sunrise Photography Tour of Matera, Italy

    Spectacular Sunrise Photography Tour of Matera, Italy

    Oct 28, 2013 Italy

    It was after our rather disappointing discoveries in Pompeii that we followed Erin’s parents blindly to the next overnight spot they had chosen, Matera.

  • 10 Things To Do In Dublin With Kids

    10 Things To Do In Dublin With Kids

    Oct 28, 2013 Ireland

    Erin was gone. It was just Miss 4 and Mr 3 with me for 3 whole days. No sweat, I was a very capable, hands-on dad. But this time it was different. I was in a brand new city, a new country, and didn’t know anyone and didn’t know where to go or what to do. …

  • A Travelling Mum Without Her Family In Ireland: Prelude

    A Travelling Mum Without Her Family In Ireland: Prelude

    Oct 28, 2013 Ireland

    I didn’t know it would be like this. I pottered around my room, turning over a brochure on the table, playing with the lamp fringe, blowing my hair out my face. I toddled over to the table for some chocolate and water, reading the thank you card from the …

  • Pompeii: World Renown Ancient Town Gets A Thumbs Down

    Pompeii: World Renown Ancient Town Gets A Thumbs Down

    Oct 27, 2013 Italy

    The ground rumbled, the sky grew dark and a cloud of white-hot ash flowed vertically out of the majestic mountain before collapsing down the slopes scorching everything in sight. Houses were engulfed. Anyone who escaped the heat was gradually suffocated b…

  • It’s Been A Long Time Between Hugs & Dining In Civitavecchia

    It’s Been A Long Time Between Hugs & Dining In Civitavecchia

    Oct 26, 2013 Italy

    When you have a flight leaving Turkey and heading to Italy, it could be considered exciting. But I wasn’t flying to Italy. I was flying into my parent’s arms. Take joy in my happy reunion and check out our stay in Civitavecchia, Italy.

  • Aven Armand: The French Cave With The Biggest…

    Aven Armand: The French Cave With The Biggest…

    Oct 22, 2013 France

    We were sitting around having dinner one night when Mia presented us with a bunch of tourist brochures, a majority of them in French. One of them caught my eye; it was a cave system in France. Seeing as our last cave experience in Puerto Rico was such a l…

  • Save Big Dollars With Car Leasing In Europe

    Save Big Dollars With Car Leasing In Europe

    Oct 17, 2013 Italy

    As I gazed over the cliff from the driver seat of my Citroen car I could feel the breeze pulling my hair and smell the salty sea air through the open window. Amalfi Coast may have been a challenge, but it certainly was a challenge I was glad I accepted.

  • You Haven’t Eaten Real Italian Food Until You Have Eaten This

    You Haven’t Eaten Real Italian Food Until You Have Eaten This

    Oct 14, 2013 Italy

    It was 2001. I was 20 years old and Italy was cheese pizza and the occasional pasta. The food was an absolute let down after my love of everything Italian had brought me so far. Italy was still by far my most favourite place in the world, but its food was…

  • We Found Little Britain In Oludeniz, Turkey

    We Found Little Britain In Oludeniz, Turkey

    Oct 8, 2013 Turkey

    If our previous stay in Alacati was the hidden gem that only locals know, then Oludeniz is the unhidden gem that all the British know about. I don’t think we’ve seen so many folks from the UK (outside Australia), than in this one town. Blimey!

  • 2-Day Whirlwind Tour of Cappadocia, Turkey: Day 1

    2-Day Whirlwind Tour of Cappadocia, Turkey: Day 1

    Oct 1, 2013 Turkey

    The reputation of Cappadocia, Turkey as one of this planet’s most beautiful regions is not without merit. Here is day 1 of our tour through nature's wonderland. Including Imagination Valley, Hermit Valley, Underground Cities, Ceramic Art & one big bloody…

  • Italy

    Italy

    Sep 18, 2013 Destinations

    When I first visited in 2001 Italy was my favourite country. Could it live up to this standard on my return? Visiting Italy with my kids and my parents. We hope you enjoy!

  • Gallivanting on the Golan Heights

    Gallivanting on the Golan Heights

    Aug 6, 2013 Israel

    On our second day in Nazareth we decided to do the popular Golan Heights tour. This included popular Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Banias Nature Reserve, Mount Bental & the Sea of Galilee- where Jesus (I couldn't) walked on water.

  • Jaw Dropping History: Our Journey from Nazareth to Jerusalem

    Jaw Dropping History: Our Journey from Nazareth to Jerusalem

    Aug 5, 2013 Israel

    A cliffside monastery, 5000+ year old ruins and pink domed churches. All in a day when travelling the hop-on-hop-off Nazareth to Jerusalem.

  • Cruising the Coast: Jerusalem to Nazareth

    Cruising the Coast: Jerusalem to Nazareth

    Aug 3, 2013 Israel

    It’s not everyday we get to sit back and relax on a long drive. Our Hop On Hop Off journey from Jerusalem to Nazareth.

  • Nimrod’s Fortress & The Little-Known Life of Jews: Weekend In The Kibbutz

    Nimrod’s Fortress & The Little-Known Life of Jews: Weekend In The Kibbutz

    Aug 1, 2013 Israel

    Why is a fortress that was built by Muslims in the 1200’s named after a Biblical character? Who knows! But this ancient ruin is definitely one of the best preserved icons in Israel and probably one of the most underrated due to it’s remote location. But t…