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London Part 1: Harry Potter!!!!

HPOur first day in London we went to the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour and it was AMAZING!!! We spent about 3 hours wandering around looking at at so many amazing things. Our whole family loves Harry Potter! We re-watched all the movies before we went (over the last like 8 months). We chose a later tour which looking back we were a little rushed at the end it would have been nice to not be rushing. Start your tour before 6:30. The tour was crammed with cool things to look at and interesting facts. a guide takes you into the Great Hall and after that you are free to roam around and take as long as you want.

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The view from here is amazing!

World Cup in Lisbon!

Last night was Sunday night and Tim and the final game of the World cup! We watched most of the game from our little apartment we are renting and once they went into overtime we headed to the little outdoor bar we like to sit at (There are quite a few but we have visited this one multiple times) We love the atmosphere here and game night seems to be even better! Here are some shots from our night last night.

Stopping at one on the way to the one we go to just to check the score

Stopping at one on the way to the one we go to just to check the score

The view from here is amazing!

The view from here is amazing!

Amazing city. There is a castle in the background. We visited that about a week ago. I will blog about that in the next couple days.

another level below ours

another level below ours

Fountain

Fountain

The fountain with our little bar in the background

The fountain with our little bar in the background

Everyone watching the game

Everyone watching the game. Can you find Tim?

Go Germany!

Go Germany!

I think most of the people there were cheering for Germany. We really didn’t have a certain team we were rooting for. So we just had fun watching the game

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I love all the outdoor places here! Bugs are not bad either. Perfect!

I love all the outdoor places here! Bugs are not bad either. Perfect!

 

 

Hilly streets

Hilly streets

Pretty building

Pretty building

The streets we walk down

The streets we walk down

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Park we pass on our way

Park we pass on our way

Shiny green building!

Shiny green building!

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Meat!

Meat!

The sidewalks are so shiny. Tim says they look like snake bellies.

The sidewalks are so shiny. Tim says they look like snake bellies.

 

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Portrush part two

Here are some more pictures from our trip to Portrush. The girls wanted to teach us how to rockpool. (you look in the little pools of water that collect in the rocks for little sea creatures.) We spent a good chunk of the day out playing on the rocks and looking in the pools. It was fun :)

Teaching Tim how to rockpool

Teaching Tim how to rockpool

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Picnic tree

Portrush part One

We took a trip to Portrush with our friend Willetta and her to girls! It was amazing. We met Willetta here at our church. She is from America. Has been living here for 10 years. It was so nice to hear a familiar accent (she is even from the midwest like us so our accents are pretty much the same!!) Her girls are 7 & 8 so Our 7 year old Malia fit right in with them and the girls have developed a wonderful friendship which I hope will last a lifetime :) Well Willettas mother-in-law has this apartment in Portrush and let us all stay there for a few nights. It was great. We had beach time, walks, the girls taught us how to rockpool, played at the local playground (I wish our playground back home had this view) the kids went on some rides and ven put on a little dance show for us :) Here are some of the pictures of this trip.

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St. Patricks Day in Dublin

Dublin for St.Paddys day

Dublin for St.Paddys day

We decided to head to Dublin for St. Patricks Day. In the states all our family really does is eat Corned Beef and Cabbage (we think this is true Irish food) and maybe have a beer…maybe a green one although I have never had one. We came to this island and found out that Corned Beef and Cabbage really doesn’t happen. WHAT?! Someone told us that Bacon and Cabbage might be eaten. Don’t let it fool you though, the bacon here is more like a thin bacony flavored pork chop. Not our crispy bacon we get back home. :) It is good though :)

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It was actually pretty busy. People we stopping and pulling over and parking at the end and walking through it.

A Visitor to Northern Ireland part 3

The North Coast!! This is such a beautiful part of this island. We took the Coastal drive up there. Breathtaking views with every turn, and there are a lot of them :)

We stopped for a bathroom break and while we were busy my husband went across the street to a cool old church and took some shots :)

We stopped for a bathroom break and while we were busy my husband went across the street to a cool old church and took some shots :)

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Laura and the knight giving us a gummy grin :)

A visitor to Northern Ireland part 2

Her is more from when Laura was here. Lets see if we can do one post :) The first set of pictures are from Carrickfergus. None of us ad ever explored here so we took Laura to some new territory :)

The kids on a cannon.

The kids on a cannon.

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Laura laying out on the grass. So soft and it is all still brown and crunchy and wet back home. We tend to have a very limited time in Wisconsin to be able to do this. It turns brown and crunchy pretty quick in the summer.

A visitor to Northern Ireland :)

First day was nice but since she traveled all day we stuck close and went for little walks :)

First day was nice but since she traveled all day we stuck close and went for little walks :)

This past week my sister-in-law came over from Wisconsin to visit us in Northern Ireland :) She is the first visitor we have had on our trip and it was very nice to see family :) We had some funfilled days of visiting castles and climbing rocks and hiking and crossing rope bridges :) It was a good time. Continue reading

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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