Tuesday Travel Tip #141

Wind up toy are a BAD idea to keep kids entertained on an airplane.

~when the boys were little they loved wind up toys. I thought perfect small toy to entertain them on a 9 hour flight, we got in the air I wound the toy up, let it go on the tray table and above the airplane hum all I could hear was tick tick tick….. the unwinding of the toy that sounded eerily like a tick tick tick of a bomb counting down….. and glaring looks from the people sitting around us…..

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Mexico Summer 2015 Photo Gallery

A quick little photo tour of our week in Mexico.

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5 Epic Family Bike Rides

5 epic bike rides with the family that you should start planning today!

Le Petite Train du Nord Quebec

Kettle Valley Rail Trail & Myra Canyon British Columbia

photo courtesy of kettlevalleyrailtral.com

Cape Cod Rail Trail Massachusetts 

Costa Brava Rail Trail Spain

The Old Milk Route Norway

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The Best Ice Cream In The World

When our munchkins were little we started to develop “code” words for certain activities i.e.: carp (park) PITA (pain in the a**) and the list goes on. One of the most used when traveling was fagylalt (it is the Hungarian word for Ice Cream, and like melted ice cream, it stuck). Now that the boys have caught on  we have to relay on mental telepathy when we need to communicate with out the boys hearing us. – honestly the telepathy doesn’t work that well, if you have any suggestions let me know…

In the meantime here are some of our favorite ice cream shops around the world:

Dublin Ireland

Murphy’s Ice Cream

Try The Dingle Sea Salt Ice Cream (the Sea Salt comes from the Dingle Sea, it doesn’t get more local then that!) 

Murphy's Ice Cream Dublin

Murphy’s Ice Cream Dublin

Wassenaar Netherlands

Luciano I Jssalon

Best for when you can’t decide between ice cream or coffee – your coffee will come with a small ice cream cone! Amore!

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Ice Cream = Joy (until the sugar high ends….)

Boulder Colorado

Glacier

A Local Favorite!

Glacier Boulder Colorado

Glacier Boulder Colorado

Crested Butte Colorado

Third Bowl

Most amazing selection of dairy free ice cream I have ever seen (hint, try the non dairy cinnamon… heaven on earth)

Third Bowl Crested Butte Colorado

Ahhhh delicious!

Amsterdam Netherlands

Make Your Own Magnum Bar – clearly the most original ice cream idea we have came across!

I have no photos of this experience, but found a great blog that does,

Lifestyle Hunters

When you are in the mood for ice cream and feeling creative

When you are in the mood for ice cream and feeling creative

Steamboat Springs Colorado 

Lyon Drugs Soda Fountain

Best old fashioned ambiance!

Lyon Drug Soda Fountain

Lyon Drugs Soda Fountain

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9 Reasons Why Kids Will Fall In Love With The Magic Of Ireland

It’s easy to see why this magical island will become your childs first true love. Ireland offers the illusion that just around the next corner there could be a leprechaun, fairy or pot of gold waiting to be discovered. Become mesmorized by all this country naturally offers. Travel, Explore and fall in Love with the Magic of Ireland. xx
RUSH HOUR CAN GET A LITTLE HAIRY
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“Honey, I’m going to be a little late getting home tonight, traffic is a little hairy”

WATERFALLS EVERY WHERE YOU LOOK
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I’m convinced if you look hard enough you will find fairy houses at the Powerscourt Waterfall

CASTLES AROUND EVERY CORNER
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Feast like a king at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

UNLEASH YOUR INNER VIKING
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From the Viking Museum to Viking Boats your little one will learn how to raid and pillage like the best of them.

DOUBLE DECKER BUSES
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Twice As Fun As a Normal Bus!

SEARCH FOR THE ELUSIVE POT OF GOLD AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW
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Sometimes the end of the rainbow happens to be at the Leprechaun Museum on Jarvis street in Dublin

 THE SHOW MUST GO ON
I would like to tell you that we are cultured and sophisticated attending the theater... but the honest truth is the boys were in soccer pants and t-shirts... no civility for the wild men.

I would like to tell you that we are cultured and sophisticated attending the Gaiety Theater for a performance of River Dance… but the honest truth is the boys were in soccer pants and t-shirts… no civility for the wild men.

TAKE A HIKE
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Running downhill like a mountain goat

GREENER FARM MAZE
Irish Man Cave

Irish Man Cave At Greener Farm Maze 

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Pacific Science Center

Mix together cousins a sunny day and a science museum and you have the recipe for a fabulous time.

We left British Columbia to spend a few days in Seattle with cousins. One day of picnicking and swimming, which I forgot the camera for, OMG a day of life not documented in pictures, does that mean we have to remember the day in our minds. I don’t know if that is possible now that life seems to be documented on cameras, blogs, Facebook every day!

Day 2 was the Pacific Science Center. We love the hands on nature of a science museum and had a great time.

Matt got in on the hands on action.

Before we left on vacation, Matt got himself a new bike. Now he might be second guessing that purchase and wanting to trade it in for something like this…

Do you think this will catch on as a new type of velodrome? How strong is that net below if he falls?

Do you think this will catch on as a new style of velodrome?  How strong is that net below if he falls?

 

Steady now, don't fall....

Steady now, don’t fall….

The cousins & Aunt Sally.

Hello

Hello

Cute girl, she hung with the entire gaggle of boys for 2 days straight, poor thing! That is 2 days of sword fighting, water gun fights, and just boy stuff

Cute girl, she hung with the entire gaggle of boys for 2 days straight, poor thing! That is 2 days of sword fighting, water gun fights, and what ever else it is that boys do and talk about.

hmmmm interesting

hmmmm interesting

Zoli is giving me that look that says, "mom if you take one more picture of me..."

Zoli is giving me that look that says, “mom if you take one more picture of me…”

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Starfish, Sea Lions & Eagles!

Sea Lions popping their sweet heads out of the water, star fish covering the ocean floor a bald eagle closer then we have ever seen and us gliding through it all in kayaks!

Last weeks adventure started at the end of a dusty dirt road leading away from Pourpise Bay Provincial Park. Pedals and Paddles an Outdoor Adventure, rental and guided tour company with the kindest owners and wonderful boats, was the start of our epic day on the water. Every direction we turned offered us a view more stunning then you ever thought possible. I will be honest, living surrounded by mountains in Colorado it is hard to impress me with a mountain view, but when the mountains rise up out of the ocean, it’s magic!

 Here is a glimpse of what made that day so special:

Some new friends, we also saw beautiful sea lions, but I was so entranced watching them I forgot to take any pictures!

Not quite as adorable as the sea lions, but the star fish were great!

Not quite as adorable as the sea lions, but the star fish were great!

Amazing! I can't believe the boys had the opportunity to see this eagle so close.

Amazing! I can’t believe the boys had the opportunity to see this eagle so close.

A stop for lunch

Our Lunch Spot was Oyster Beach - every where we looked there were signs with warnings about bears. I am very glad we didn't  have to share our lunch with any bears!

Our Lunch Spot was Oyster Beach – . I am very glad we didn’t meet any bears that wanted to share our lunch, or eat us for their lunch!!!

Sea shells bigger then cell phones. Did I mention much more appealing then cell phones as well!

Sea shells bigger then cell phones.! You can’t get any apps on them but much more soothing to the soul!

I could get used to this view

I could get used to this view

a beautiful way to travel!

a beautiful way to travel!

My kayaking kings

Paddling up to shore at the end of the trip. I can't believe he is still smiling after all that work against the wind! Tougher then I am!

Paddling up to shore at the end of the trip. I can’t believe he is still smiling after all that work against the wind! Tougher then I am – but don’t tell him. I hope to fool him for a few more years into thinking his mamma is tough!!! Not sure I can do that though, he is now a faster ice skater then I am (that was a sad moment for me!) and can kick my ass with the amount of push ups he can do, 25+ with out stopping. I won’t say how many I can do, but it is SIGNIFICANTLY lower!

A well deserved smile after paddling solo (and LOVING it) for miles and miles!

A well deserved smile after paddling solo (and LOVING it) for miles and miles!

The double motor - one fast boat!

The double motor – now that is one fast  boat and full of cuteness!

Zoli has some super paddle power to go with that cute smile

Zoli has some super paddle power to go with that cute smile

A little ray of sunshine in the middle hatch of the kayak like the price he is.

A little ray of sunshine in the middle hatch of the kayak like the prince he is.

Even the little ray of sunshine picked up the paddle - I got to glide in then

Even the little ray of sunshine picked up the paddle and powered our boat right in to shore!

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White Water Rafting in Squamish B.C.

Fantastic day with Zoli and Seamus, rafting on the Cheakamus River with Canadian Outback Adventures in Squamish B.C.

Listening to the pre-rafting instructions, even more frightening then the pre flight instructions on an airplane! At the end they ask if anyone wants to ride back on the bus…..

ummm.... can I sneak back on the bus, these safety instructions are scaring the pants off me!

ummm…. can I sneak back on the bus, these safety instructions are scaring the pants off me!

Or if you are like Seamus, you don’t want anything to do with the instructions, you just want to get on the river!

enough with the scary safety warnings, can we just get on the river!

enough with the scary safety warnings, can we just get on the river!

And we are off, down the river, lots of smiles!

so glad I didn't sneak back on the bus, this was awesome!

so glad I didn’t sneak back on the bus, this was awesome!

Zoli at the helm, just in time to go over the biggest rapids of the trip.

Now you see us…….

Captain Zoli!

Captain Zoli!

Now You Don’t!

Nice Oars!

Nice Oars!

On a mellow part of the river with Seamus up in front!

Look mum, NO HANDS!

Look mum, NO HANDS!

We all loved rafting, luckily we live in Colorado and can do it again when we get home!

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A Perfect Day

It has been said that a picture is worth 1,000 words, so this post will have very few words, and LOTS of pictures.

Last week we had (in my opinion) a perfect day on vacation. Of course it involved all things I love with the people I love!

The day started with an early lunch at The Happy Pear in Graystones, sometimes I think we go to Ireland just so I can eat at their cafe.

After lunch we stopped at the Powerscourt Waterfall. I didn’t know what to expect, as you can see it was STUNNING!!! The boys loved playing in the stream at the bottom of the waterfall and climbing on the rocks

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View of the waterfall from above (this was taken when we were hiking)

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Quinn saying “Ta-Da” I am the king of the waterfall!

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Zoli trying to say no, I am the king, Quinn looking like he is going to push Zoli off to regain his kingdom! Boys will be boys…. right?

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Seamus & Matt having some guy time on the top of a very high rock that mama didn’t want to climb up… once again, boys will be boys

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Still up on the really high rock, I’m trying not to think about them falling or how in the heck they are going to get down. Did I mention it was high!

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At least I thought it was high and sheer… maybe I just worry too much, what do you think? Sheer rock face, raging waterfall behind, slippery rocks, two of the people you love climbing around on there..

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getting ready to leave the waterfall and fueling up for our hike.

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Me and my boys after everyone was safely off all high slippery rocks!

We left the waterfall and for our hike on the Wicklow Way. Have I mentioned how beautiful it is in Wicklow!

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I think we are in the right place!

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Entrance to the trail. I wonder what we will see along the way…

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Let the adventures begin!

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I felt like we were hiking in a magical forest

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Downhill…. you can’t see it in the picture but when the boys got to the bottom of the hill there was a sheep on the path!

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One of the stunning views along the trail. What beautiful weather we had

Wicklow_way_flowers

I loved the purple and yellow flowers

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last scenery picture, but how perfect is this stone fence

 

notice the dry shoes on the rock in the left, notice the boy on the left, imagine how boy on left could “bump” shoes on left…. into the river and Seamus had to hike back to the car with wet shoes! ick!

 

4_leaf_clovers

A patch of clovers along the side of the trail – I think they must have brought us good luck, since right after we saw them Seamus was walking on a log that stuck out over the edge and the branch cracked, he was able to grab onto another branch! Yikes, what a moment!

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Here is the branch Seamus was walking on right before it cracked/broke!

And that was our beautiful, perfect day.

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A Sneak Peek

Boarding the plane for Ireland I knew we would have a great time, that it would be wonderful to be back. Honestly, I thought what would I have to post to the blog. We did and saw so much last summer, there can’t be anything more that is “worth writing home about” I thought at the end of the trip I would post a few of my favorite pictures and that would be that.

Holy moly was I wrong, we have had so many more adventures on this most wonderful Island, I don’t even know where to start or how to pick what to blog about first, so here (in random order) is a sneak peak into what we have done the last 8 days.

Viking Boat Tour – great fun! There are a handful of the boats used around the world for tours. All boats were all built in Pontiac Michigan by women during WW2 our boat “Loki” is the only one of the Dublin Fleet that they know for certain was not used during the D-Day Landings, the tour that left before ours, “Thor” is the only one of the fleet they know for certain was used on D-Day. I had no idea we were going to be riding in a part of history. ~Seamus want’s to do a full blog post about the Viking Boat tour, but he is supposed to be falling asleep right now.

Seamus & Nana Kathie after getting drenched in rain! Yikes, glad I got a seat under the roof on the tour

Seamus & Nana Kathie just before getting drenched in rain! Yikes, glad I got a seat under the roof on the tour

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darn, Zoli and I really can pull off the Viking Hat Accessory…. maybe we can bring it back as a new trend in Colorado…

Riverdance at Gaity Theater – after Quinn said, “mom we should do this every summer” I’m so glad we stayed for the second half, the theater was a tad stuffy and I wasn’t sure that the boys were enjoying themselves. To be honest the 2nd half was even better then the 1st and the “dance off” was awesome.

I would like to tell you that we are cultured and sophisticated attending the theater... but the honest truth is the boys were in soccer pants and t-shirts... no civility for the wild men.

I would like to tell you that we are cultured and sophisticated attending the theater… but the honest truth is the boys were in soccer pants and t-shirts… no civility for the wild men.

Played At The Beach – skipped stones, Seamus is even nutty enough to go in the cold cold water, silly boy! He loves it.

I know, you can't see the ocean in this picture, but look at this face, just so cute.

I know, you can’t see the ocean in this picture, but look at this face, just so cute.

Stayed in the best cottage in all of Ireland, seriously it was amazing, I loved Leabeg house, Matt almost had to drag me out of there kicking and screaming!

Just laughing with my brother. Check out the cows in the background!

Hanging out at the cottage, just laughing with my brother. Check out the cows in the background, our new BFF’s

Wicklow Way – we spent an afternoon hiking the Wicklow Way, I don’t think it can get any more Irish then hiking with views of the green mountains and the blue sea in the background, oh and sheep grazing on the trail. Stunning, it was like hiking in a fairy tale.

Moments after I took this picture a sheep walked behind the boys on the path! Although they called it a goat, I think we need to visit more farms so they can learn their animals!

Moments after I took this picture a sheep walked behind the boys on the path! Although they insisted it was a goat, silly boys!

Powerscourt Waterfall – we stopped there on a whim and wow, amazing, another fairy tale setting!

Taa Daa - at the base of Powerscout Waterfall

Taa Daa – at the base of Powerscout Waterfall

Glendalough – the camera battery died right before we got to Glendalough so I didn’t get to take any pictures there.  The boys were equally fascinated and disturbed. Fascinated that the door that was 12 feet in the air so that the munks could use a ladder to get in and then pull the ladder up to escape from danger. Disturbed to be walking on “ancient” grave sites.

Avoca – I want to wrap myself in the georgous blankets they make. I could have spent all day watching the process of the weaving. The boys couldn’t last that long, so we had to leave…..otherwise I would still be there, well they would probably start to think I was nuts and kick me out.  Matt was kind (smart?) to not look to closely when they rang up the bill at the gift shop.

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Oh, and we had dinner in a real castle, stopped (3 times) at my absolute favorite cafe anywhere, The Happy Pear and went horseback riding, but the WIFI (pronounced WEE FEE like a true european) is so so very slow in the hotel and I need to go to sleep. So this sneak peek will have no pictures of the castle or horseback riding… but they are coming

What vacation have you taken where you thought you would have a great time and then had even more fun then you expected?

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