We are halfway through our trip today. In some ways it feels that it’s flown by and others it feels longer than that because we’ve done so much. The kids were little troupers on the almost 14 hour journey (It should have only been 10 but yeah….delays.). Caitlin struggled a little the first day with jet lag and Ethan does ask every day how many days until we go home because it comforts him, but overall we are having the adventure of a lifetime. Here’s a few of my favorite snaps so far:
Ethan and I at Giant’s Causeway, possibly the most famous tourist stop in Northern Ireland. An amazing volcanic rock formation created as glaciers cut through the land during the Ice Age. This was our first day and so Caitlin snoozed through this one in the car with dad who said he had been “thousands of times.”
If these walls could talk! This is my favorite place in Northern Ireland. Dunluce Castle built around 1513. I love that it has not been restored and filled with replicas. The history is almost tangible and you can let your imagination run wild!
Sorry for the poor photo quality which was taken from behind a window on a hazy day. The photo may not look like much but this is the actual dry dock where Titanic was built by the former White Star Line. The Titanic museum is located on the site near the Belfast Shipyard. One of the best museums I’ve ever been too.
These houses just make me happy. As you can see we’ve been blessed with pretty amazing weather and I love their bright colors against a beautiful blue sky. They are located directly on the sea in Whitehead, the neighboring town to Carrickfergus where my inlaws live.
What this trip is all about. We go on adventures and show the kids their dad’s homeland but each day we come home to the most important thing we will do on this journey- spending time with family. It doesn’t get dark until around 10:00 PM which makes bedtime interesting but it also lets the evenings be filled with helping Grandpa in the garden and him teaching them croquet. We Skype every week with them, but there is nothing like these memories they are making in person.
We still have quite a few adventures left. Today is all about the kids and we are taking them to a working dairy farm. Tomorrow we are headed to Dublin for a double decker city bus tour and the Dublin Zoo. Tuesday we will drive back from Dublin via Malahide Castle and gardens. Wednesday we will tour Carrickfergus Castle, pack our bags, and savor every last moment with family as we head home Thursday.
I have some posts planned to share the incredible spots we have visited, Ireland travel tips, and even tips for traveling with kids and dealing with jet lag in kids because yeah, that happened. I will try to space them out between recipes and other posts because it’s a lot of information. 🙂 I am blessed to have this adventure, show my children these things (I still can’t believe they went to a carnival in a castle parking lot! The little town my in laws live in were hosting a summer carnival there.), and share it with my mama who we treated with this trip. I am also blessed to be able to share it with you. Thank you for reading my post cards. 🙂