Is It Better to Be a Tiger Or a Sheep????

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Better to live one year as a tiger than a hundred as a sheep.” Madonna

Tigers are supposed to be powerful leaders and sheep are meek followers. I thought the quote above to be kind of ironic after my trip up to Achill Island.  Not only are the sheep there a pretty cool addition to the already stunning landscape, but they are certainly fearless. These fluffy fellas (and ladies) might appear to be following a leader, however, they run amock standing on the edge of rocky cliffs, running across roads without regard, and chomping the grass on nearly vertical faces of rock. Sadly, they are also very difficult to photograph in their treacherous positions when you are zipping along a narrow, winding Irish road that overlooks the water.

So is it better to be a tiger or a sheep, ewe decide? I say, I’d be a tiger, unless I could be one of those Irish sheep in Achill Island. They are living the life, alright!

Cheers,

H.

 

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Wanderlust Wednesday at Keem Beach, Ireland

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We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.

Happy wanderlust Wednesday, everyone! I just got back from an amazing weekend in Achill Island in Ireland’s wild, wonderful West. I’m going to go ahead and say that hands down I have found the BEST beach in Ireland. Drum roll, please for…..Keem Beach.

The beautiful tan sand was not only soft but speckled with sparkly black mineral swirls in various locations. The scenery was stunning with rugged terrain surrounding the beach, fluffy white clouds, and a rustic old cottage. Keem Beach may be a bit out of the way for the average traveler, but it is a bucket list item for sure.

I made last minute travel plans to visit Achill Island and Keem Beach because I couldn’t let my tour in Ireland end without seeing the best beach on the Emerald Isle.

 

Cheers,

H.

The Road Not Taken

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“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost

Happy travel Tuesday!! Whether it be on your travels or in the journey of life be sure to take the road less traveled. The terrain may be difficult, but the view is much more stunning.

I simply adore winding road photos especially in the Irish countryside. This gorgeous photo is of Dingle’s finest winding road, Slea Head Drive. I hope all my readers get the chance to visit the majestic Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry when they visit the Emerald Isle. Come for the culture, colorful houses, Murphy’s ice cream, and of course, Fungi the local Dingle dolphin.

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The truth is….Slea Head Drive might not be exactly the road less traveled, but me living in Ireland and exploring every inch is the exact definition. My family had a very tough decision to make with two small children and we chose to do what almost no one else would have. I can’t imagine all the beautiful countries I would have missed out on seeing or the amazing friends I have made abroad. I never thought life would take me where it has, but I’m so glad I veered off the path instead of following the pack.

My last advice for today is don’t be afraid to hop out of the car at a moment’s notice to capture a photo like the one I’ve shared today. I owe most of my favorite pics to spontaneity!

As always, photos are my own, so if you like it be sure to share just link back to my blog. If you love it then let me know and you can have it to hang in your home.

Cheers,

H.

Can’t Beat the View in Cannes

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Happy travel Tuesday! One of the best things about travelling is relaxing and enjoying the gorgeous views. Truly life is about the simple things! Enjoy the view I had in Cannes, France last May (2015). Fortunately, I arrived the week before the famous film festival, so I got to see the setup without all the crowds. Sitting aboard a yacht sounds like my kind of day, but alas, I had to due with just a photograph. Hope you love the scenery as much as I did.

Cheers,

H.

*As always, photo is my own, so if you like it then share it just link back to my blog.

An A-maze-ing View of Via Krupp

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Visit Capri Island in Italy and reward yourself with the stunning views from Gardens of Augustus. This a-maze-ing sight is the Via Krupp, a paved footpath connecting Charterhouse of San Giacomo and the Gardens of Augustus with Marina Piccola. German steel millionaire, Friedrich Alfred Krupp, had this path built so he could travel between his luxury hotel, Grand Hotel Quisisana, and Marina Piccola where his marine biology research boat was docked. Supposedly, Mr. Krupp also used the path to get to sex orgies with young Italian men and this little secret got him a one way ticket back to Germany when the scandal emerged. The story of his public outing is tragic and worth a read if you have the time.

Sorry, but Via Krupp has been closed for quite some time due to falling rocks and other natural dangers. But, who needs to walk it when you can get this aerial view. Instead, head up the funicular when you land at Capri and then take the lovely 10 minute stroll up to Gardens of Augustus. Once inside the Gardens make your way to the top and veer to the right to see Via Krupp.

Cheers,

H.

As always, photo is all mine…please share if you like it, but link back to my blog.

Travel Somewhere Magical Today

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One of my favorite trips in Ireland has thus far been the magical county of Donegal in the west of Ireland. There was fairytale type scenery around every bend with each being more beautiful than the last, if that is possible. I stumbled upon this rustic, blue boat wreck on the drive from Donegal Town to Slieve League. Our family of four threw the car in park and without a second thought descended on that beach. We were in luck to be at low tide as we passed by, so picture taking was a breeze.

My 3 and 5 year old kids were completely amazed with the boat and spent a good twenty minutes stomping around the wreck as seaweed and shells popped and crackled under their tiny feet. I couldn’t help but think how everyone here in Ireland wonders how we left Florida for this…..meanwhile, I think we must be the luckiest beings on the planet to experience this beautiful country one weekend trip at a time. The Irish kids at school always ask my children what Disney World is like because it is a magical place they dream of visiting. Of course, my kids will regal them of that time they went to see the Mouse, but I’ve never seen their eyes light up like they did exploring the wild, remote beauty of Ireland. The best part was that we had this whole wrecked ship to ourselves and the kiddos got to pretend they were captain of the ship….much cooler than Pirates of the Caribbean, I’d say! Donegal Up Close Blue Boat.jpg

My new, lightweight Sony A6000 captured this blue beauty perfectly, complete with brooding clouds and all. Good things I wasn’t weighed down, because the slippery terrain needed my full concentration. Some words of wisdom, tourists…I would say not to wear your fave sparkly, Steve Madden flats if you visit this little boat, but they did hold up extremely well :0 Plan on being there at low tide if you want to walk up to the boat and be careful of the slippery terrain and quicksand like properties of the beach. We chose to walk nearest the top of the beach of slimy seaweed, so we didn’t sink.

Wondering how to get here??? Take N56 from Donegal Town along the coast and the boat is on the left hand side shortly after passing through Killybegs Harbour. Sorry, those are pretty Irish directions, but you will see. What are you waiting for??? Ditch the plans for Magic Kingdom and take your kids somewhere truly magical today.

Cheers,

H.

Experience the Tranquility of Killybegs Harbour

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I can’t believe it has been a week ago already that I visited the lovely County Donegal, Ireland. On the drive from Donegal town up the coast to Slieve League we stopped for a quick pic of this serene harbour in Killybegs. The town is pretty tiny and quiet, so we didn’t spend anytime exploring it, but it is certainly a nice place to get beautiful photos if that is your thing. And since it is my thing, that is exactly what I did!

I hope everyone has a lovely Sunday today and remembers to slow down and enjoy this wonderful world.

H.