Explore the beauty, charm and history in Ireland

I am not sure about you but it feels great to have warmer weather and see flowers sprouting from the ground.  Let’s hope it is here to stay! The girls are counting down the days until spring break, especially after I bought some new snorkel masks to use on our trip.  Man, I had never seen these contraptions but we gave them a test run over the weekend. They fit like a glove and worked magically. And to be honest I even bought one for myself,  I hate putting my head underwater.

Can you believe this weekend is St. Patrick’s day?!? In honor of St. Patrick's day, let’s talk Ireland!  According to Wikipedia Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival.  Ireland is known as being the Emerald Isle for a reason, because it's so lush and green.  If you have never been to Europe, this is a great place to start. The island is easy to navigate by either driving or taking the train.  Ireland draws in a variety tourists and families is definitely one of them.

Ireland 101

5 Reasons to visit Ireland

1. They speak English, no need to learn another language

2. A ton of History and geographic features to discover

3. You can sleep soundly in a castle or just spend days visiting them.

4. It is one big giant playground, the country is full of different places to explore

5. Friendly people that welcome kids everywhere, including pubs

5 family friendly places to see in Ireland

1. Blarney Castle- Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle

2. Cliffs of moher- ranks as one of the most visited places in Ireland.

3. Titanic Belfast-Discover the history of the Titanic in the city where it all began.

4. Giant causeway- is an area of over 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of intense volcanic and geological activity.

5. Wild Atlantic Way- You are sure to discover a lot on this drive there are over 150 discovery points, 1000+ tourist attractions and several spots where Star Wars was filmed.

5 facts about Ireland...

1. Guinness tastes better in Ireland

2 You must wear swim cap/hat in the pool.

3. Ireland uses the Euro. Northern Ireland uses the Pound Sterling.

4. You must “Look Right” when crossing the road...remember they drive on the opposite side of the road

5. To tip or not to tip. That is the question. Generally speaking, Ireland does not have a strong tipping culture. Double check the bill, sometimes it’s included.