Chenonceau – The Ladies Château

Château Chenonceau radiates feminine beauty. It’s not a foreboding stronghold built to keep out invaders. Nor is high over a town, like a warning, to keep everyone below in their place. Chenonceau is graceful, even soft on the eye, it’s built over a river at the end of tree lined path. It is all these things because throughout its 503 year history it has been a series of women who have influenced the design and fate of this Château the most.

Château Chenonceau

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Essential Travel Photography Tips, with Andrew Caley – Part 1

Andrew Caley

One of the most awesome things about Our Global Adventure is the people that we connect to who share our passion. They find us and we find them through the interests, idea’s and plans we share through others we meet and of course, on-line.

Andrew Caley is a pro photographer from Gloucestershire in the UK. On his website, he says he is an “emerging photographer”, but you only need to take a quick look at his work on Instagram, Trover or Facebook to see exactly how professional Andrew really is. Presently, Andy is working hard on building his travel and landscape portfolio in preparation for a round the world trip!

Andrew connected to us through our shared interest on Trover, and we’re excited to be working with him to share his knowledge on great travel photography – I’ve already taken some great tips from Andy’s post and also from his excellent tutorials on his youtube channel, but, without further ado, here is the first part of Essential Travel Photography Tips, with Andrew Caley…

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An Aussie Family in France

Australians in France

It’s hard to believe that we have been living in France for six weeks now. I know that we have been a bit quiet on the blog as we’ve settled in, so it’s time for an update on what we’ve been up to, and how things are going on Our Global Adventure. After all, it’s not every day that you find an Aussie family in France.

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Our Children’s First Visit to Paris.

Children in Paris

We recently took the children for their first visit to Paris, one of our favourite cities in the world. After living in rural France for month, we decided to spend a weekend in one of the most beautiful capital cities that we have ever travelled to. Of course, we wondered before setting off, if the Paris would appeal to children as much as it does to adults, since it’s the architecture, wide boulevards, and bridges that the city is most famed for, as well as museums, churches and galleries. We wanted the kids to get a ‘feel’ for the city, to take it all in unhurried, and at their own pace. Our children’s first visit to Paris was a great success, and do you know what? We didn’t ‘do’ much at all.

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Chinon, Myths and Legends in France’s West

Chinon, France. Our Global Adventure

The Royal Fortress of Chinon

Recently we had a day out exploring some of the towns nearby to Chatellerault where we are currently based in France. We were excited to discover beautiful towns and villages all within easy reach. Highlight of the day was the medieval town of Chinon which is located in the heart of the Loire Valley, strategically built by the banks of the Vienne River. It is a town steeped in history and rich with culture. The imposing castle that sits high above the town was the preferred residence of Henry II, one of the English Plantagenet kings, and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine. Henry II died in 1189 and their son, Richard the Lionheart was born here. Continue reading

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.

Amsterdam

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Our Irish Blessing

Loop Head

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

Game of Thrones

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.

Bru Na Boinne

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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Irish Hurling, the World’s Oldest Field Sport.

Oscar (back left) loves playing Hurling for our local team here in Ireland.

Oscar (back left) loves playing Hurling for our local team here in Ireland.

Our son Oscar has been playing an Irish field sport called Hurling for a local Wexford under 8’s team. Until moving to Ireland we had never seen a game or even heard of it. In the past few months, we have all learnt the rules of this unusual game, and enjoy it very much. Last week we were very excited to go and see a live game in Dublin, a quarter final match between Dublin and Galway played at Croke Park. It was a lot of fun, and a great experience to see just how fast and furious the game is played at the top level.  Continue reading