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  • Traditional Irish Hospitality at Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin

    Traditional Irish Hospitality at Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin

    Oct 30, 2013 Ireland

    As soon as the plane touched down on the tarmac in Dublin, the sense of anticipation started growing. We were going to our first travel blogging conference, TBEX, and also exploring a country we had wanted to visit for a very long time. And we had found t…

  • Romance, Magic and History… With Kids: Villa San Michele Florence

    Romance, Magic and History… With Kids: Villa San Michele Florence

    Oct 28, 2013 Italy

    Villa San Michele began life in the 15th century as a Franciscan monastery, featuring a stunning façade design attributed to Michelangelo. Today it is one of Europe’s most beautiful and iconic hotels. It is easy to see why most guests refer to it as heave…

  • 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.

  • On Top of the World at Hotel Margherita, Praiano

    On Top of the World at Hotel Margherita, Praiano

    Oct 16, 2013 Italy

    It required a bit of courage, a touch of daredevil and a dash of insanity. But finally we had driven through Positano and traversed the narrow road towards to the top of Praiano and reached our destination – Hotel Margherita.

  • 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!

  • 5 Things To Do With Kids In Antigua, Guatemala

    5 Things To Do With Kids In Antigua, Guatemala

    Sep 30, 2013 Antigua, Guatemala

    Guatemala is full of rich history and culture that adults will find astounding, but what about the kids? We spent a day walking the streets with our little Princess, but here are all the things she wished she could have done that day.

  • How Do You Know You’re in a Luxury Hotel in Istanbul?

    How Do You Know You’re in a Luxury Hotel in Istanbul?

    Sep 26, 2013 Turkey

    During our visit to Istanbul we made the smart choice of staying 5 nights at the Eresin Crown Hotel which, for us, has set the benchmark on luxury hotels.

  • You Won’t Want To Miss One Sunrise at Taskonaklar, Cappadocia

    You Won’t Want To Miss One Sunrise at Taskonaklar, Cappadocia

    Sep 25, 2013 Turkey

    During our trip to Turkey, we had the pleasure of staying at the fabulous Taskonaklar Hotel for 3 nights, nestled in Ucister, the highest point in the region of Cappadocia. Home to dozens and dozens of hot air balloons silently floating in the clear sky a…

  • Cappadocia Changed My Mind About Living In A Cave

    Cappadocia Changed My Mind About Living In A Cave

    Sep 23, 2013 Turkey

    Bear cave? Bat cave? Cavemen? Any preconceived ideas on caves will be blown out of the water. There are no animals, semi-humanoid species or superheroes in these caves, but you may find Russell Crowe or TWB.

  • You Won't Believe What’s Happening in Nazareth!

    You Won't Believe What’s Happening in Nazareth!

    Jul 28, 2013 Israel

    It’s not very often we are so shocked by our own misconceptions of a town. Clearly, we didn’t know about the surprise that awaited us in Nazareth.

  • Don’t Make This Same Mistake at Mitzpe Ramon

    Don’t Make This Same Mistake at Mitzpe Ramon

    Jul 28, 2013 Israel

    I’ll admit it. I made the classic traveller’s mistake of not doing enough research before visiting a new town, in this case, Mitzpe Ramon. Erin already had done her reading and knew exactly what to expect, but I was in the dark. This was going to be the b…

  • The Royal Treatment at Hilton Eilat, Queen of Sheba

    The Royal Treatment at Hilton Eilat, Queen of Sheba

    Jul 24, 2013 Israel

    After a rough few days the royal treatment was just what we needed and where else could we expect that then in Eilat, on the Red Sea, at the Hilton. You won't believe the temperature though...

  • Could Hostels Really be for Families?

    Could Hostels Really be for Families?

    Jul 17, 2013 Israel

    We have never stayed in a hostel. Not in my time travelling as a solo. Not in my time travelling as a couple. And never with kids. In my mind hostels are roaches and thin mattresses, drunken people making too much noise and shady characters stealing your …

  • Israeli Initiation: What To Eat, Do & Wear

    Israeli Initiation: What To Eat, Do & Wear

    Jul 16, 2013 Israel

    Our introduction to Israel. Where we stayed, what we drove, what we ate & a few minor details, like bacon, sleeveless tops and shop-free-zone Saturday.

  • Pacific Northwest Mega Road Trip, Day 10 - 14

    Pacific Northwest Mega Road Trip, Day 10 - 14

    Jun 30, 2013 Northwest, USA

    The final story of our epic journey from San Francisco to Seattle and back again. This post takes us from day 10 to 14 with caving in Lava Beds National Monument, fun in Lake Tahoe with new friends and the most amazing natural fun you can have at Yosemit…

  • Pacific Northwest Mega Road Trip, Day 6 - 9

    Pacific Northwest Mega Road Trip, Day 6 - 9

    Jun 29, 2013 Northwest, USA

    Part two of our epic journey from San Francisco to Seattle and back again. This post takes us from day 6 to 9 with a day in Seattle, getting the tyres fixed in some little US town, outdoor cinemas in Roseburg, off the grid camping at the Lava Beds Nationa…

  • How We Slept in Our

    How We Slept in Our "Car" for Two Weeks

    Jun 29, 2013 Northwest, USA

    After travelling New York to Florida on our East USA road trip, we were told several times that the Pacific North West was even prettier and we had to do it. Having never been camper vanning before we thought that would be a neat way to see all the natura…

  • Pacific Northwest Mega Road Trip, Day 1 - 5

    Pacific Northwest Mega Road Trip, Day 1 - 5

    Jun 28, 2013 Northwest, USA

    The start of our epic journey from San Francisco to Seattle and back again. This post takes us on the first 5 days from San Francisco through the Avenue of the Giants, getting bogged in the Oregon Dunes, feeling the spray of Multnomah Falls & witnessing t…

  • Luxurious Living in San Francisco at the Huntington Hotel

    Luxurious Living in San Francisco at the Huntington Hotel

    Jun 22, 2013 Northwest, USA

    Imagine the sophisticated, classic charm of San Francisco encapsulated into a single building and you’ve got the Huntington Hotel. Have you stayed? You are going to want to.

  • Easing into the Big Easy

    Easing into the Big Easy

    Jun 5, 2013 South, USA

    Flying from Puerto Rico to Atlanta, then to New Orleans. Our accommodation, how we got around, what we ate and what we wanted to do. Get the low down on the Big Easy.