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Tagged With: Traveling

We Found the Shire!

Parts of the Irish countryside look like they’re illustrations for Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Places like Kells Priory are as quintessential Ireland as you can get. Amazingly, many of these Irish ruins and historical points are free and, better yet, off the beaten path. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy an inexpensive family adventure. … Continue reading »

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Our Second Day and Second Castle

Kilkenny Castle is the ancestral home of Richard de Clare, aka Strongbow. You can’t visit Ireland without learning a little Irish history. Today, we learnt about Strongbow, not the cider but the man. The legendary Strongbow is a controversial figure in Irish history. To some he is a mighty hero and to others he is … Continue reading »

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Our First Irish Castle

Our family travels brought us to Trim, Ireland. Now that we were rested and fed, we were eager to explore Ireland. We were sad to leave Crannmor Country Guest House, but excited to explore Ireland. We said goodby to Marc and Ann and all of the farm animals and headed out on country roads for … Continue reading »

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First Stop: Trim

Day one of our Irish road trip! Family traveling in other countries is our passion! We love exploring new places as a family and we were very eager to get our adventure started. So, even after all the flying we headed for Trim. Trim is a small town in the Boyne Valley in County Meath … Continue reading »

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We arrived in Ireland (eventually)!

Budget family traveling is good for your wallet but bad for your back and sleep. Mish got us a good deal on airline tickets to Ireland, so she booked them. The only problem was that there are no direct flights from San Jose to Dublin, so we were forced to take an indirect route. I … Continue reading »

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Back to Europe we Go!

The Irish hills are calling… The school year is almost over! We have just two more days! Students think that they are the only ones anxious for summer vacation. We are FINALLY heading back across the pond! We are flying into London next week. I remember 12 years ago when we first made the trip … Continue reading »

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In Search of the Best Mocha Latte

God must love us because he gave us the coffee bean.   We Pacific Northwesterners love coffee. After all, Starbucks was founded here in Seattle in 1971. Thanks to our obsession with the delicious brew, there are now 23,000 Starbucks coffeehouses worldwide, with 560 in Washington State! Seattle boasts 142 alone. That is one for … Continue reading »

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Ten Places to Go Before They Disappear

The following is taken from Jacada Travel Huffington Post Travel 08/15/2014 It is a sad reality that some of the world’s most beautiful sights are at risk of disappearing. Some of the world’s natural wonders are under threat from development, mass tourism and environmental change, making it crucial to travel to these places before it’s … Continue reading »

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Family Travel Taking on a Whole New Meaning

Home is Where You Park It? So, my wife, Mishele, has this crazy idea to buy a new RV and move into it full time! This makes family travel take on a whole new meaning. After we visited the Seattle RV Show last week (please see last week’s post), she has been bitten by the … Continue reading »

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The Seattle RV Show

Family Travel on the Open Road! This weekend is the Seattle RV show! Being avid “RV’ers,” we couldn’t wait to go. Summer is coming and we are anxious to get on the open road of family vacation (see our Oregon adventure or our Olympic Peninsula adventure) . We are on our third RV and thinking of … Continue reading »

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