Monday, 25 July 2016

Weekend adventures

''It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye'' /Little Prince/

We had quite the adventure today - driving across the country all the way to coastal Strandhill, collecting sea shells, chasing waves and making memories. Ericeira is four month old now and it's about time she laid eyes on the ocean for the first time and tasted salty air.  I wish we lived much closer to the Atlantic Ocean as it evokes indescribable mixture of emotions, offers charismatic sunsets and above all - provides instant happiness. And I swear, Ericeira loved every bit of it!

Monday, 27 June 2016

Family days out

“We wanderers, ever seeking the lonelier way, begin no day where we have ended another day; and no sunrise finds us where sunset left us. Even while the earth sleeps we travel. We are the seeds of the tenacious plant, and it is in our ripeness and our fullness of heart that we are given to the wind and are scattered.” /Kahlil Gibran/

Now that our little one is nearly three month old and short-lived summer season has finally arrived, it's time to carve out time for a very first family road trip. Wicklow National Park is a land of real beauty filled with lakes, waterfalls and forests - ideal place for our baby girl to soak up the fresh air, to hear birds chirp and to see mountains that inspire. Upon our arrival we found Upper lake flat as a mirror with stones at the bottom of it basking in the morning sun, exactly how we wanted our day to start!

Monday, 6 June 2016

Re-visiting Botanic Gardens

''She is free in her wilderness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules and customs. 'Time' for her isn't something to fight against. Her Life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.'' /Roman Payne/

With only few weeks left till due date and with my belly getting in the way of literally everything, we didn't wanna travel anywhere far at the weekends and settled for re-visiting our favorite places near home. National Botanic Gardens, located in Glasnevin beside river Tolca, is one such place - where else can we get to share hazelnuts with grey squirrels, watch out for robins and capture blooming spring flowers?

Monday, 16 May 2016

Glencar lake and waterfall

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things can not be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” /Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad/

Whenever you are in County Leitrim and have time to spare, make sure you visit Glencar waterfall. Embraced by maze of ancient ferns and gently green moss, it will make you gasp in awe. We discovered it while staying in Sligo town and the surrounding area many years ago and been returning ever since in different seasons. It's hard to miss the place as it is well signposted with brown tourist attraction signs. Did you know that Glencar waterfall was inspiration for Dublin born poet William Butler Yeats?

Monday, 2 May 2016

Dublin Mountains

''There is pleasure in pathless woods, there is rapture on the lonely shore, there is society, where no one intrudes, by the deep sea, and the music in its roar: i love not man the less, bu nature more.''  /Lord Byron/

Getting out into nature and being surrounded by the birds, trees and all living things really is the best remedy for body and soul. We both grew up in Latvia and spend a lot of time during the summer and autumn month picking wild berries, different mushrooms and even hazelnuts in the woods. It's the safest place we know, it's our sanctuary and happy place all in one. Going long periods of time without hiking makes our bones ache and that's where Dublin mountains come in - perfect place for a weekend stroll.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Beautiful Killarney

''When each day is the same as the next, it's because people fail to recognize the good things happen in their lives everyday that the sun rise.''  /Paulo Coelho/

Killarney, situated in County Kerry, is one of the most famous and one of the most attractive corners of the southwest Ireland, we both have read about it, heard about it and talked about it, yet we only had a chance to stop there for a short stay. It's not really the driving distance from Dublin  that held us back, but more the fact that during the summer month it's getting increasingly busy and overcrowded, specially now with hundreds of Star Wars fans looking for one-of-a-kind experience in a region.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Liebster Award Nomination

“If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything.” / Gordon A. Eadie/

Hello lovely readers! Today we received a message via social media from our fellow bloggers Krist─źne and Andris saying that they have nominated us for the blogger award,(hurrah!) The Liebster Award, which is a tag created to help new bloggers with under 200 followers gain recognition. Thank you very much Travel Experia for nominating us! Certain rules apply if you are nominated for the award: