2015 Travel Recap

Each year I like to take a quick look back at some of my favorite memories--many from our adventures on the road--as a reminder that life is good. I'm so thankful for my amazing husband, family and friends, new and old!, who make life's journey worth every priceless moment. Here's to happy adventures in 2016! …

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Galway to Dublin by Car

We only had a couple of weeks to explore Ireland so we decided to focus on a northern loop. We flew into Dublin, drove north to Belfast, headed along the Antrim Coast to Coleraine and Derry, circled around through Donegal and Connemara, and rounded out by the Aran Islands, Galway and the Burren. Our flight …

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Exploring Ireland as a Galway Girl

We didn't keep a strict schedule once we entered the Burren. Instead, we watched the weather and tried to plan our day trips accordingly. Our first day we had awesome weather so we spent the day exploring the Cliffs of Moher, Poulnabrone, Doolin and other highlights of Co. Clare. Our second day was cloudy with …

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Bicycling the Aran Islands

After an incredible day exploring Connemara, we had the opportunity to do something I wasn't sure I would ever do-- we visited the Aran Islands! The islands are in Galway Bay and one of the few places people still speak Gaelic as a first language. There are three distinct islands that can be reached via …

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In the Hills of Connemara

Everywhere we went in Ireland Brian seemed to have a fun Irish ditty to sing along the way. Driving through the hills of Connemara was certainly no exception! I could have easily spent a week in this area of the country. The rolling hills and coastline were beautiful and reminded me so much of home. We left Westport in …

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Driving Through Donegal

Since we had limited time to make our upper loop around Ireland we missed most of Co. Donegal-- it just wasn't possible for us to see and do everything. We did, however, enjoy our drive from Derry to Donegal city, where we spent the night and next morning exploring the town and visiting Donegal Castle. …

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Exploring the Boyne Valley, Ireland

After 10 years, I finally made it back to Ireland. This trip reminded me that no matter how much you love a place, it's not always possible to return as often as you would like. When I moved home after studying abroad, I made traveling a priority and managed to visit 30 countries by the …

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Top Tens of Travel

When I was in grade school, I remember making top ten lists with my friends. Top ten boys, top ten songs, top ten movies, etc. The order was susceptible to change at any moment, but the idea was popular for years. I still find myself making similar lists today--facebook asks for my favorite movies/books/etc., my significant …

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