The more I travel, the more I find that each year tends to group itself into themes. As I look back on 2016, the three themes that my travel seemed to rotate around was taking return trips, visiting national parks and traveling consistently through my continued #take12trips challenge. I have talked about return trips in the past and how the benefits of returning somewhere with a new perspective can often be just as beneficial as viewing a totally new destination. I’ve struggled with return trips previously, but fully embraced the concept this year and enjoyed showing family and friends around some of my favorite places. Read more
Posts from the ‘Europe’ Category
Most first time visitors to Ireland focus their attention on the Republic of Ireland, leaving its interesting, picturesque and less crowded neighbor to the north for a “later visit.” It is understandable as there is enough to keep one busy in Ireland for months on end; however, Northern Ireland deserves just as much attention as it has interesting cities, rugged coastline and many historical sites based on its complicated history. Read more
On a sunny Saturday afternoon in Belfast, we sat at a bustling outdoor bar, drinking craft cocktails and watching stylish people come through to meet their friends. The city was alive and it was hard to imagine in that moment that Belfast had ever been anything other than a bright, lively cultural center; however, most people in our generation know the history of Belfast is dark and it is a city which has survived decades as a warzone. Read more
It is pretty clear by now that I have a strong love of the Emerald Isle. The warm hospitality, sweeping coastal views, delicious food, lively pub culture and a remarkable history – Ireland really does have it all! Once people hear about my love of all things Ireland, they reach out to get my tips for a good itinerary so here are my recommendations of how to structure your time when visiting. Read more
In a country known for meat and potatoes, Ireland has done a lot in recent years to shed that image and innovate its food scene. When I visited Ireland four years ago, I was in awe of the food revolution. This time I was well prepared with reservations to try some of the country’s best cuisine. Read more
I have done a lot of return trips lately – something the old me would have hated and immediately turned down in favor of newer destinations; however, the part of my traveling that has changed in recent years is that I don’t just want to go to new countries or cities or continents to say I have been there, I want to go where I want to go. Does it matter if I have been there before? Not anymore. Read more
They say a photo is worth a thousand words, so that must mean a video is worth a million, right? There are a million words I want to verbalize from our 16-day, 1700 mile trip through Ireland and Northern Ireland, but I always fear that I will not be able to adequately describe everything I saw, felt, ate, heard, and experienced. It is hard to take a compilation of moments and put them into meaningful words. So while I sit here and try to piece together all the wonderfulness that was our trip, I’ll leave you here with the video my husband compiled which captures the essence of our time in the Emerald Isle and its neighbor to the north– sunshine, beautiful vistas, secluded hikes, authentic music and of course, delicious scones.
More to follow, but for now enjoy!
This video is not being monitized.
2014 was a great year in many ways, but especially in the travel sense! January started with a return back to the slopes in Vermont for my first ski weekend since the 90s. A beautiful snowy weekend up north was the perfect way to make the most of the New England winter. Read more
As a country consistently featured at the top of the lists of “must-visit places in the world,” Iceland is no longer a secret. It attracts attention from photographers looking to capture the natural beauty and adventure travelers looking to experience the plethora of outdoor activities it has to offer. And while it seems to be hailed as one of the new up and coming destinations amongst the well-traveled Read more
On June 6th, 1944 the course of history changed when the Allied Forces crossed into Nazi territory and began the invasion of Western Europe. The dramatic coastline of Normandy in the north of France became one of the most important landscapes of the Second World War on what is now known as D-Day. Read more