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Packing Light

Packing light. Huh.
No checked bags. Really?

What a concept. One that is entirely new to me. And Mom!

I can still see the look of horror and amusement on our room attendant's face as he watched us struggle to fit our luggage into the tiny cabin aboard our very first cruise.

In our defence, it was a 21-day trip from Ottawa to Hawaii, Hawaii to Florida, Florida to Bahamas, Bahamas to Florida, Florida back to Ottawa. So, ya, we packed a lot of stuff, paid the extra weight charges and continued to fill empty spaces with souvenirs!

This time though, we have decided to pack light. What does pack light really mean?

It means we will not be checking any baggage; We will have one carry-on and one personal item only. It means we are actually weighing clothes and other items to ensure they are as light as possible. It means we are carefully considering what we will bring with us. It means we're buying new clothes that are lighter and will be dressing in layers. It means Mom is trying out a new hair-do so she can leave the hair dryer and curling iron at home. It means I'm carefully planning which camera and electronics to bring with me.

Much thought and consideration are going into planning for this trip and I can hardly wait to see how I pack everything I want (and need) into two cases.

Stay tuned!


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The Planning Stage

After several attempts to get to Ireland, we’re finally doing it! A Mom and Daughter trip of epic proportions. Ok, maybe not epic but it will certainly be grand!

We’ve got our flights, car and accommodations booked. We decided to try AirBnB versus traditional B&Bs and hotels, with the exception of our first and last nights which we'll stay in hotels in Dublin.

Dublin, Meath, Galway, Mayo, Ring of Kerry, Cobh and back to Dublin is the itinerary.

We’ll stay three nights in Meath at a lovely home just minutes from Newgrange. I am super excited to explore ancient Ireland, to visit the Boyne Valley, Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth, Loughcrew, and especially the Hill of Tara – the ancient seat of the high king, and hoping to connect to the faerie energy and maybe the Tuatha Dé Danann.

Then we’re off to Galway for a night in an authentic, rustic castle. This castle is unlike any commercial-grade castle we viewed online. You’ll have to wait for the pictures to believe it when you see it!

We will spend the majority of our time on the west side of Ireland in County Mayo. It is here where I believe my ancestors hailed from and I want to experience it the way the locals do so we have reserved a traditional cottage in Louisburgh that overlooks the sea. This will be our home base while we travel around visiting sights and popping into pubs to ask “Is Mr. Quinn here?” Wouldn’t it be cool if someone answered, “why yes, he’s right here!” and he turns out to be a relative?

After exploring Mayo, Roscommon and Galway, we’ll head south and it’s here our itinerary ends for the time being. We will be visiting the Cliffs of Moher (did you know the Cliffs of Moher made an appearance in a Harry Potter movie?), the Ring of Kerry, Rock of Cashel and many other sights.

I'll be working on the itinerary from now until we leave and will be sure to post them here once I do.


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Can they survive a trip to Europe?

First it was at 21-day trip of a lifetime: Hawaii – Florida – Bahamas in 2008; followed by ten days in Hawaii (Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island) in 2009; and five Caribbean cruises from 2008-2014.

Can they pull off another adventure BUT this time, driving on the opposite side of the road, sitting in the “passenger” side of the car and trying to make sense of the Irish Gaelic signs?

Follow our blog to find out!

The adventure begins this Autumn (2016).

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