April 2017 Recap
A recap post! It’s my first one, but as I hit my one-year blogversary last month I thought it was time to write one! I’ve been a little quiet lately on the blog. In short, this year has been crazy so far — 16 flights, 5 countries, and many nights sleeping in random beds around the world. It’s safe to say I’m ready for a slower summer! But, because of all the craziness I have some awesome content for you over the next few months. Hopefully this post will get you excited about what’s to come over the next month!
So, what happened in April?
Lots of flying! No seriously — I flew on 8 planes this month for a total of 34 hours of air-time! That’s a lot of reading (and watching movies!). 🙂 This month I read City of Theives by David Benioff and Front Lines by Michael Grant. I’ve gotten into a WWII kick lately and both of these books were a solid 3.5/5 so I think it’s time for me to venture to a different genre for a bit. Next up for me is The Passage by Justin Cronin and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I’ll update next month on how they went. 🙂
So, where did I go on all of these flights?
The beginning of the month found us in Italy on our 5 year anniversary. We hopped from the Cinque Terre to Siena to Florence and had the time of our lives. It was an expensive trip, but well worth it! We drank a ton of wine, ate some of the best food we’ve ever tasted, and had a ton of blogger activities. We partnered with two local hotels, Siena walking tours, and even took over Visit Tuscany’s instagram account! It was a crazy trip full of blogger content and I’m still catching up on trying to put everything together.
Just a papa and his grandson strolling down the streets of spring-filled Florence. ❤️ . . . . . . . . . #discovertuscany #visitflorence #italy_vacations #ig_italy #italy #best_italiansites #ig_europe #firenzecityitaly #bestitaliapics #pocket_italy #ig_italia #italiainunoscatto #loves_madeinitaly #mytravelintuscany #visittuscany
It’s safe to say that after this trip I am itching to go back and explore more. Siena was our favorite part of the whole trip and I am dying to go explore more of “untouched” Italy. We’re looking at Sicily or Bari as our next stop if we get to go back anytime soon. In the meantime, I’ll just dream of the smell of wisteria gardens while lying in the sun drinking a bottle of wine overlooking Florence.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. You live there… Yes, yes I do, but since I’ve been traveling so much being home felt like a new place! For the first time we got to explore the cherry blossoms in the city and FELL IN LOVE (I really have a soft spot for flowers). I also went to an instameet (in late March) and we said goodbye to one of our best friends in Ireland as she heads back to the states. This month was an odd one for us as we are starting to think about our long-term options and trying to figure out what makes the most sense for us career-wise and family-wise (tough to balance!). For now, we’re in Ireland though so we’re enjoying every second of it. Who knows.. maybe we’ll be here forever! Never say never, right?
Switching up gears today from western Ireland to prepare for the onslaught of ITALY photos coming your way!! We are on our way to the airport now for our week long Tuscany trip! 😁😁On Sunday I went to an instameet for #wwim15 and had a blast with some fellow Dublin igers. My favorite part of the whole experience was how @notsocrystalclear was not afraid of asking for people to pose. I think often times I forget as a hopeful photographer that some of the best shots aren't candid. We all want them to be, but some of the best shots I've taken are those that look candid but likely aren't. Do you ever ask people to pose for "different" types of shots (not just a smile at the camera?)? What are your favorite types of pictures (landscape, portraits, etc.)? . . . . . . . . . . . #lovindublin #irishblogger #picturethisdublin #loveireland #lovedublin #igersdublin #wanderireland #instaireland #pocket_ireland #dublinmydarling #topdublinphoto
Malaysia! — KL
Whoa! Asia! This was my first time in this amazing continent and I am HOOKED. I got to play with birds in the bird park, see my first monkey (and baby monkey!) in the “wild”, explore a Hindu temple/cave, eat the best food I’ve ever had in my life, and had an all-around amazing time. I was there for work, but was fortunate enough to have time before work (my day started at 1 p.m.) to explore and felt honestly sad when I had to return to Ireland after 2 weeks. I can’t wait to write the blog posts for this amazing country — I really do think Malaysia is HUGELY underrated.
The light show in front of the Petronas Twin Towers in KL is a must-see! I could have sat here for hours watching this. . . . . . . . . . #mydestinationguide #guardiantravelsnaps #travelawesome #travelstoke #passionpassport #the_daily_traveller #exploringtheglobe #welivetoexplore #awesupply #bbctravel #ig_asia_ #malaysiatrulyasia #asia_vacations #lonelyplanet #welltraveled #exploremalaysia #placestotravel_s #wondersofmalaysia #lonelyplanet
Malaysia – Penang
My new favorite place in the entire world? Penang. I LOVE this little island. Nice beaches, amazing street art, phenomenal food, the most beautiful Buddhist temple I have ever seen, and the kindest people I have ever met (and I live in Ireland!!). We spent less than 48 hours on this amazing little island but I can genuinely say it was the best trip I’ve had all year. I’m dying to take the hubby to Malaysia (maybe in the coming year or two?) and show him this amazing part of the world.
So, what’s next?
"The best views come after the hardest climb" — Happy Saturday!! Hope you are able to get out in nature this fine weekend! . . . . . . . . . . . #bestirelandpics #wearetravelgirls #bestofsligo #loveireland #wanderireland #instaireland #pocket_ireland #youririshadventure #womenwhohike #womenwhoexplore #hikingtheglobe #sheisnotlost
On the blog you get to look forward to a review of an amazing B&B we stayed at in Pisa (for all of you RyanAir fliers), my favorite viewpoint in all of Ireland, tips for a visit to Sligo, Ireland, and our weekend guide to Budapest. I’m sure some others will pop in there too, but in general I just need to catch up from this crazy year (all the way back to January’s visit to Budapest!).
In terms of travel you would think we would slow down a bit, but nope! Next weekend I’ll be headed with a local tour company to do some horseback riding in the Wicklow mountains! I haven’t been on a horse since horse camp back when I was 12-13 years old so I am STOKED to get back on the saddle (literally). 🙂 Then in the middle of the month, the hubby’s parents are coming for a week and a half so we are taking them around Dublin and then on a road trip to Cork, Kinsale, Cobh, and Blarney Castle. I can’t wait as we haven’t had a chance to explore this part of Ireland yet!
@kimcarrollphoto Cobh was the departure point for two and a half million of the Irish people who emigrated to North America between 1848 and 1950. It was also the Titanic’s last port of call on April 11, 1912 #cobh #countycork #churches #steeple #colouredhouses #moodysky #irelandsancienteast #loveireland #irland #irlanda #irlande
My birthday is right after his parents leave so we’re taking a quick trip to the north of Spain – Basque country! We are going “local” for our entire trip and are skipping out on most of the tourist “hot-spots” and exploring the Basque coastline, Hondarribia, and finally down to the wine country in Laguardia. Neither of us have been to Spain before so we’re looking very forward to the trip. If you have any tips on exploring this region please leave comments below!