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Ireland

October 2013

This little country stole my heart with it's multiple shades of green, it's roaming animals and charming accents. What started out as a week stop for a travel conference became a month of craic!

We spent a week in Dublin, followed by a short press trip to Galway, then a 2 week road trip around the entire countryside, finishing with our very first housesitting gig on a farm near Kildare. 

  • The Ultimate Irish Road Trip Guide: How To See Ireland In 12 days

    The Ultimate Irish Road Trip Guide: How To See Ireland In 12 days

    Ireland

    Since you’ve been reading all our Ireland posts you’ve fallen in love with this magical land, right? We certainly did. Well now I’m going to make your life even easier with our ultimate Irish road trip guide. See how we explored the beautiful Emerald Isle day by day.

  • FOTA Wildlife Park: Ireland’s Hidden Gem

    FOTA Wildlife Park: Ireland’s Hidden Gem

    Ireland

    If you have been to zoos and wildlife parks before and you think you’ve seen it all, then think again. This remarkable wildlife park completely caught me by surprise. And that’s never happened with a zoo before.

  • The Cliffs Of Moher AKA The Princess Bride’s Cliffs Of Insanity

    The Cliffs Of Moher AKA The Princess Bride’s Cliffs Of Insanity

    Ireland

    The icy wind is wildly rushing past me, as I tiptoe closer to the edge. Far below waves crash like orchestral cymbals against the jagged cliffs with a deep, reverberating pounding that could almost be felt under my feet. It’s acutely cold and I shiver as I inch even closer to the perilous edge. Come visit the Cliffs of Moher with us AKA the Cliffs of Insanity from Princess Bride or the Horcrux Cave from Harry Potter.

  • Charming Irish Cottage Retreat With Just A Few Clicks

    Charming Irish Cottage Retreat With Just A Few Clicks

    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 little cottage with just a few clicks. Find out more...

  • Stepping Back In Time At King John’s Castle, Limerick

    Stepping Back In Time At King John’s Castle, Limerick

    Ireland

    Fresh from a major facelift launched in June 2013, this iconic landmark in Limerick, Ireland has been turning heads (for all the right reasons). So we had to find out what was going on and had the opportunity to visit this popular destination on our Irish road trip. And I’m glad we did!

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

    A Travelling Mum Without Her Family In Ireland: Day 2

    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 their climbing on me and my morning cuddle. I also decided I needed to call them at first opportunity and tell them I missed them and loved them. Whenever that might be.

  • Traditional Irish Hospitality at Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin

    Traditional Irish Hospitality at Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin

    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 the perfect way to kick start our trip in a hotel known for it's traditional Irish hospitality.

  • 10 Things To Do In Dublin With Kids

    10 Things To Do In Dublin With Kids

    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. But I was up for the challenge.10 things I did with my kids in Dublin.

  • A Travelling Mum Without Her Family In Ireland: Prelude

    A Travelling Mum Without Her Family In Ireland: Prelude

    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 hotel and sunk into a rich, plush lounge. What was I suppose to do with myself? Alone in a hotel room at dinnertime. No one to feed, no one to shower, no one to tuck into bed. I looked out the window feeling slightly melancholy before an exuberant joy started to fill me. I was ALONE in a hotel room. I jumped from my chair and flung myself backwards on the bed, a whole king size bed just for me. Weeeeeeeee!