Monday, 20 February 2017

Things we miss about Latvia

“‎Though nobody can go back and make a new beginning... anyone can start over and make a new ending.” /Chico Xavier/

Everything was exactly how we left it, yet somehow different. Going to Latvia is always exciting and overwhelming at the same time, what can be better than reconnecting with childhood while demolishing small mountain of freshly baked waffles filled with toffee. Last summer we took Ericeira to mainland Europe and as much as we have adapted to life on the island, beyond the obvious things, such as family and friends, there are lots of things we sometimes long for.

Monday, 6 February 2017

In search of winter sun

''Richness is not how much you have but how little you need''

Out of all the things I love photographing ocean the most. Calm and dreamy in the evening, groaning and gasping trough the storms with whispering waves timelessly crashing against the shore, setting and rising sun disappearing over the horizon, changing seasons, lights and most of all; oceans energy. And that's why I have long yearned to come to Fuerteventura. Imagine an island where empty ribbons of road with long patches of barren landscape on both sides stretches from one white sand beach to another one.  

Monday, 23 January 2017

Day trip to Tartu

''Love is not what you say. Love is what you do!'' /John Hagee/

Ground was still moist from last nights downpour and every blade of grass was tilted under hefty blanket of dew. Jet black clouds blocked out the sunbeams but I could feel this was going to be a good day. I was looking forward to this long awaited family rod trip to Estonia but I didn't wanna hurry. Because forests cover over one half of the country I wanted to slowly savor changing landscape and look out for wild animals such as lynxes, wolfs and who knows, maybe even brown bears.

Monday, 9 January 2017

West Coast jewel

"The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace." /Kate Chopin/

As soon as we stepped out, I could feel the captivating power of the ocean. Refreshing breeze brushed against my cheeks and after a brief moment, exposed to nature's beauty,  my senses erupted. I couldn't take my eyes of Ericeira, as she was immensely observing shimmering waves. Her joyful expression touched my heart and I had an irresistible need to pull her even closer to my chest. We have been dreaming of Strandhill since the day we left her enchanting shores. 

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Galway Christmas market

''I'm dreaming of a White Christmas, just like the ones I used to know, where the treetops glisten and children listen, to hear sleigh bells in the snow. I'm dreaming of a white Christmas with every Christmas card I write, may your days be merry and bright and may all your Christmases be white.'' /Irving Berlin/

Every year, at the end of November, Eyre Square in Galway transforms in to a largest Christmas wonderland in Ireland. Last winter we visited Christmas markets in Strandhill and Dublin, so why not make this a new family tradition? Many markets start on the Friday, which is four Sundays before Christmas Eve, offering plenty of time for market goers to plan the occasion. Festival in Galway includes all the usual market stuff from Santa's Grotto, food and drinks to carol singers, chimney biscuits and Santa express.

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!