Days Hotel Belfast

Irish Beginnings

So Vanessa is calling me out.  I haven’t been posting very many things to our blog regarding our trip since we’ve arrive in the UK 3 months ago.  She’s right.  We had kinda a rough start to our trip here. I don’t know if we ever really shared too much about what happened simply because we kinda want to play it on the download until we’re off to our next destination. Continue reading

The kids climbed into the cave. Tim and I opted out of it.

Cave Hill

View of Belfast area from overlook on Cave hill trail

View of Belfast area from overlook on Cave hill trail

Behind Belfast Castle you can take some trails. We had heard that the Cave hill trail is lovely so we decided to hike it. It did not disappoint. It was beautiful!! We like to hike as a family. We do a decent amount of it back home and there are some great walks here :)

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Our family at Belfast Castle

Belfast Castle

Our family at Belfast Castle

Our family at Belfast Castle

We have been trying to take advantage of the nicer weather we have been having and doing a couple things a week that we want to do while here. One nice day we went to Belfast Castle. There is a very pretty garden and you are free to walk around inside.

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Found it!!! They can be all different sizes. This was a micro :)

Geocaching in Northern Ireland :)

One of the things our family has always enjoyed doing is Geocaching. We have been doing it for probably 5 years :) It gets you outside and it is kind of fun to hunt around for things and it is FREE!! You can’t go wrong there. If you want to check out geocaching you can go here and check it out. We would be happy to take people too sometime. Once you start you will never look at anything the same. You will wonder if there could be a little something hidden in that screw to hold the park bench together or maybe there is a box of goodies in that tree trunk??? :) We just started doing it over here about a week ago.

Enjoying the scenery on our walk

Enjoying the scenery on our walk

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There is something nice about sailboats on the water.

A couple hours in Bangor

A few Sundays ago we went to Bangor in between services at church. We only spent a couple hours walking around this lovely little town. Will make a trip back for sure for a little more in depth exploring :) Here are a few photos from this :)

Alex watching the blur of landscape pass by on the train :)

Alex watching the blur of landscape pass by on the train :)

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I love big boulders that are just sitting in the water :)

Whitehead, Northern Ireland

We had a sunny forecast a couple Sundays ago so we pulled out the map, train schedules and went to a handy little website Tim found on the trails of Northern Ireland. We decided to go spend the day walking the coast of Whitehead. It was absolutely wonderful. The smell of the sea, the waves crashing, sun shining. My heart was full and about to burst right out of my chest. (I love the ocean. Put me near one and I am instantly at peace :)) Here are some pics from our trip to Whitehead.

Brightly colored houses along the coast :)

Brightly colored houses along the coast :)

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Potatoes and fire :)

Torta al Testo with Sara and Angelo

Shortly before we had to leave Sara and Angelo came over for a fire and to make us Torta al Testo. Torta al Testo is an Umbrian flatbread stuffed with cheese prosciutto, arugula (Rucola) and a spreadable cheese called Stracchino cheese. It was such a great time. This is what this adventure is about. Meeting amazing people and experiencing their lives, even if it is just for a minute. Angelo made it on a stone that him and his dad made, in the fireplace. I loved every second. Sara and Angelo will forever be very important people to us! We love you guys and thank you for the experiences you gave us!

Fire is a blazing!

Fire is a blazing!

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