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

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

Ireland – Paid Entry Vs Free Tourist Attractions

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Where to go if you are visiting Ireland on a budget.

We have been living in and touring Ireland for almost four months, and during that time we have visited lots of the ‘must see’ tour book recommended tourist attractions around the country. Some of them have had some pretty hefty entrance fees, but on the other hand, we have also had plenty of awesome free experiences. So, if you are visiting Ireland and you would like to stretch your cash further, here’s our advice on the places worth paying for, and also what the free (or cheaper) options are. Continue reading

Why You Should Travel In The Off-Season

Rugged up against the cold, but loving exploring Ireland in Winter.

Rugged up against the cold, but loving exploring Ireland in Winter.

At the moment we are travelling in our second winter in 7 months. We have done back-to-back winters from Australia to Ireland. Yes, we could do with a sunny beach and a tan about now, but there’s lots of reasons why we wouldn’t have it any other way. Traveling in the off-season suits us as family travelers, and here are some of the advantages to putting away the bathing suit, and hitting the road in winter instead. Continue reading

Glendalough, Ireland – Photo Essay

Glendalough or Gleann Dá Loch in Irish means “glen of two lakes”, and we had it on pretty good advice that this was a must see for our time in Ireland. Nestled in a picturesque valley in County Wicklow, Gleann Dá Loch does not disappoint!

The Early Medieval monastic settlement was founded in the 6th century by St Kevin (Caoimhín), a hermit priest, who went to the valley for solitude. Those seeking his teaching soon followed and the settlement grew. In 1398 English forces left it a ruin but it continued as a church of local importance and a place of pilgrimage.

The buildings that remain today date from between the 10th and 12th centuries.

The national park area surrounding the settlement offers hours of exploring with well-marked walking trails for all fitness levels.

Being winter, we were able to enjoy this amazing place with just a handful of others, and truly soak up the ageless atmosphere, but this destination is one that requires four season, so I think we’ll be back.

Enjoy, Glendalough

 

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The Oldest Operational Lighthouse in the World – Keeping the Seas Safe since the 5th Century

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Hook Lighthouse

 

Ever have one of those moments when you just think, ‘Yup, this is why I’m doing this’? We had one of those recently. In fact, the day that we went to visit Hook Lighthouse in County Wexford, Ireland Simon and I had lots of those moments. Ireland is steeped in the most incredible history. History you can still touch, feel, experience, it’s all around us here. A day-trip with the kids climbing to the top of the lighthouse, and meandering about old abbey ruins reminded us exactly why we’ve chosen the whole world as their classroom… Continue reading

First Impressions of Ireland

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Well, we’ve done it. Survived our first week in Ireland. I have purposely waited exactly 7 days to write this post so that I could give our first impressions of Eire after a few goodnight’s sleep (hello jetlag!) and so that I could tell you that we have seen more than the route from the airport to the hotel! We’ve spent most of our time in Dublin, with one day down in the South East of Ireland, at Wexford, so we have barely scratched the surface of the Emerald Isle. But, this is not a comprehensive ‘tell all’ about Ireland, this is our First Impressions of Ireland, warts and all, because first impressions count right? Continue reading

10 Reasons Why We Have Decided to Live in Ireland

ireland_118_bg_061702 (Medium) The flights are booked, and there’s dog-eared pages in our Lonely Planet Guide. In 10 weeks we will be moving to The Republic of Ireland, or Eire as the locals prefer to call it. So in anticipation of counting down the next 10 weeks, it seems only fitting that we share our top 10 reasons for starting the first overseas leg of Our Global Adventure in Ireland.
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Getting Back into the Travel Groove

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We have traveled locally with our children since the were very young. Lucy did her first camping trip at just a month old, Oscar did his first cross country road trip at just two years, and they’ve both sat on airplanes and in airports as toddlers. But, so far, they’ve never traveled outside of Australia. This means by default that they have never been in a non-English speaking country, and even though they have quite exotic taste buds for kids, they’re not used to chilli infused everything on the menu. Continue reading

Slow Travel Vs Quick Trips

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“Where are you going?”

People are curious about the travel that we plan to do with our children, and it’s an obvious question, yet we hesitate with the answer. Yup, you read right. We are selling our house, it’s entire contents, our cars and quitting our jobs and school for the kids, but we don’t know where we are going, not exactly anyway 🙂

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