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Like a Toddler in a Crystal Shop

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The Ireland package we found online (7 days accomodation, rental car/GPS, airfare for 3, etc. - for less than the price of competing airfares) included tickets to Blarney Castle and Waterford Crystal.   There were some other places in the Waterford area we wanted to see, so we daytripped to Waterford from Cork one particularly rainy day, stopping in Ardmore on the way back to look at a 9th-century frieze and soak up some of the glow from the HBO series "The Tudors."  (More about Ardmore and Gaeltacht areas later.)

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How to get crayon off of a rental car

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So while we were driving the Ring of Beara in Ireland, we [...]More

Travel Isn't Always Fun

I've been trying to write this post all weekend.  Raq and I have spoken a lot about how travel isn't just in the big [...]More

On the Road with the Fuzzy Bunny

A huge welcome to another new TWC guest guide, Emily C.! 

The question was whether to
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Little Renaissance Man

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The Maryland Renaissance Festival has started, and runs from now until mid-October.  23-24 August is Children's Weekend, [...]More

Ireland's Rings - small and large

So, ok.  We went all the way to Ireland and didn't see the famed Ring of Kerry.  There.  I said it. 

That statement wins amazement from Irish hosts.  And disbelief from one's own parents.  But it's true.  We opted instead for another beautiful coastal circuit - the Beara Peninsula, with some side-trips.  Kerry, Beara, Dingle, and Sheepshead hold the surname "Ring" because of the circular routes you trace along the coasts of each peninsula.  They are all spectacular in their own ways.  But if you are travelling on toddler-time, you need to choose.  Too much time in the car is the way of all badness, and each of these rings takes at least a day to drive… much, much more if you really want to investigate the coastline and small towns that line the roads and cliffs.

And you're still doing a lot of driving, no matter what.  On roads lined with mile-high, feral hedges, and lots of blind curves. Who needs coffee to wake you up when you have that?  It's not as bad as some places make out, of course, but we were still glad to return our rental with both its side mirrors.
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Ireland - first and foremost, check out:

We're back, and I'm still processing the whole amazing trip. So I've brought a few photos back to whet your whistle - of a [...]More

On the Cheddar Trail through Central Wisconsin

What's Wisconsin known for universally?  Cheese.  My kids, like 99.9% of kids (barring lactose intolerance or dairy allergies), LOVE cheese.

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Three to get ready...

Packing for a trip with a kid requires certain paranormal abilities, namely ability to predict the future and ability to bend the space-time continuum [...]More

Two For the Show...

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How to attend a triathalon

No, seriously.  

Early one Sunday morning (we were up anyway, right?) we headed down to Fairmount Park with our be-ribboned homemade [...]More

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