Amsterdam, a Whirlwind Trip with Kids.

 

Before making our way to our newest housesitting assignment in France we spent a few days exploring Amsterdam with our children. With its’ reputation for all things naughty, Amsterdam may seem an unlikely place to visit with the children, but we learnt that it’s also a very family friendly destination for a whirlwind trip with the kids.

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Bonjour from France!

Housesitting in France

Château de la Barbelinière

It’s funny how things don’t always turn out how you thought they would. Twelve months ago we never would have considered that Our Global Adventure would find us living in the French countryside, but here we are. Originally we thought that we would start our adventure in the United Kingdom, but then Visa issues for Simon had us in Ireland instead. Whilst in Ireland we thought that the next leg of our journey would be to England for sure, (having cleared up visa issues) but then this opportunity to live in France popped up, and well Voilà! Here we are. Bonjour! Continue reading

Our Irish Blessing

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Ireland’s rugged West Coast

Nine Months in Ireland

It’s time to say goodbye to Ireland. Slán go hÉirinn. After nine months living in the Emerald Isle we have truly been blessed with the most amazing collection of memories to take away with us. Ireland or Éire in Irish, is beautiful. Stunningly so, in a way that takes your breath away. Scenes that look as though they fell from the pages of a fairy tale are common place. Rolling green hills, rocky cliffs, castles and country lanes – yes, all the clichés are true. Continue reading

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Game of Thrones, Northern Ireland

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As an MAJOR fan of the TV series and even bigger fan of the Books, exploring the filming locations of a Game of Thrones has been on my Ireland bucket list from before we arrived in Ireland!

The scenery of Northern Ireland makes for an Ideal “Westeros”, and exploring the locations is great fun for Thrones fans, as well as the non-fans who want to take in some amazing sights. Even the kids enjoyed hearing about the stories that had taken place in these fantasy driven locations. (The censored version, of course)

There are a number of tours available that take groups to a lot of the great spots, and one of the benefits of a tour is the knowledge that the guide shares about the how and where the filming happened.

But, a self-guided experience can be just as much fun, and maybe even more so for those who are just as awestruck by Northern Ireland’s Landscape as they are by Game of Thrones.

So for those sticking with us, here is our Game of Thrones tour of Northern Ireland.

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5000 Years of History at Brú na Bóinne, Ireland.

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One of the things that we love most about Ireland is history on a scale that we have never experienced before. Aboriginal Australians have lived in Australia about 40,000 years, but as they were nomadic tribes that moved about and made temporary structures, very little evidence remains of this part of Australian history. In Ireland however, humans have been leaving evidence of their existence on this tiny island for at least 5000 years. Recently, we had the most wonderful history lesson on a visit to Brú na Bóinne, a Neolithic collection of stone passage tombs in the Boyne Valley, in County Meath.

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Our Top Tips for Visiting Barcelona

 

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Our Global Adventure recently visited Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain. From our current base in Ireland, Barcelona is just a quick 2.5 hour flight away, so it made the perfect destination for a getaway week. This was the second time that Simon and I had visited Barcelona, but it was the first time that we have taken the kids. We knew that they would love the city. It is very beautiful, with wide clean boulevards for strolling along, and plenty of cafes for a pause, plus a mixture of great architecture and green spaces. The Spanish are incredibly friendly, and love to share their culture and language with others, and the local cuisine is great! What’s not to love about this fabulous city?  Continue reading

10 Reasons Why Barcelona is a Cool City to Visit With Kids.

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1. The Food is Incredibly Kid Friendly.

Churros dipped in thick hot chocolate for breakfast. What kids would say no to that?! A Churro is a long sort of donut that is best warm, with a slightly crunchy outside, but soft in the centre. Churros and chocolate is Spanish breakfast heaven and there are plenty of Cafes and Patisseries in Barcelona ready to serve up this chocolately treat to your youngsters. Try Calle Petritxol in the Gothic Quarter where you will find at least three brilliant eateries to try Churros and chocolate. Continue reading

The Best Way to See the Ring of Kerry

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The Ring of Kerry is internationally renowned as one of Ireland’s best road-trips. It is technically a circular route around County Kerry’s Iveragh Peninsula, but to truly experience the best of The Ring, expect to get lost somewhere in the middle, zig-zagging back and forth over mountain passes and though the gaps in between. Best sections of The Ring can be found west of Glenbeigh, from Waterville through to Sneem and from Sneem and Kenmare right through to Killarney (on R568 and N71). Continue reading

St Patrick’s Day in Killarney

 

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“You haven’t lived in Ireland until you’ve celebrated your first Paddy’s Day there.” Our Global Adventure LIVES in Ireland! We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day 2015 in Killarney, County Kerry, a picturesque town on Ireland’s West Coast. The sun was shining, the breeze was fair, and the Guinness was flowing like The Shannon. The Irish sure know how to paint the town green, and for us, Killarney was the perfect family friendly location for the big day. Unlike Dublin, Killarney wasn’t too crowded, too boozy, or too expensive. We enjoyed the parade, the sights, the sounds and the craic with lots of other families. Take a peek at some of the fun…

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County Clare and The Cliffs of Moher

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Diving the Wild Atlantic Way along the coast of County Clare in Ireland is one of the bucket list trips that we have been anticipating for a long time. This famous stretch of the Atlantic coastline is iconic. Rolling green hills that end dramatically at the water’s edge in a sheer, breathtaking drop are the picture postcard Ireland that many visitors come to see. Continue reading