4 Romantic Places to Visit In Ireland


4 Romantic Places to Visit In Ireland

Whether it is Valentine’s Day season or not, traveling to Ireland is definitely a romantic place to be in. And when you know exactly which ones can get you and your loved ones the most romantic feels, Ireland will definitely take your breath away as you stroll along beautiful sceneries. 

While a lot of people may not consider Ireland as a place to visit for a romantic getaway, it actually has a lot to offer – more than you can think of. So whether you are just planning for a weekend getaway by the beach, or a fun and exciting date in the city, Ireland can give you all the options.


1. Connemara, County Galway

If you are up for a rugged but epic landscape, Connemara is definitely one of the most romantic places you can ever visit in Ireland. In fact, it was where The Quiet Man, a romantic comedy, was filmed. This place has some amazing beaches, cozy pubs, and scenic green lands! 

If you are considering an adventurous and magical getaway with your beloved, consider going to Connemara, County Galway. You can either do it your way or conveniently book a tour with Go Irish Tours.


2. Causeway Coast, County Antrim

According to Lonely Planet, Causeway Coast is considered the best region in the world to visit. After all, it is one of Ireland’s most scenic and romantic spots to visit. There you will find the adventurous trip to Carrick-a-Rede Ropebridge and unique view of the Giant’s Causeway. 

You will also be able to find the Mussenden Temple which is perfectly situated along the cliff edge of Downhill Demense. This place is considered one of the best romantic spots in Ireland that it is even chosen as a proposal spot and wedding venue a lot of times.


3. Dublin City, County Dublin

If you are up for a romantic trip right around the city, Dublin City is the best choice among visitors. For a perfect and romantic stroll around the city, you can head to Phoenix Park or St. Stephen’s Green. 

It’s one of the most popular spots for young couples to visit and there have been already a lot of marriage proposals there. More importantly, this option will not prompt you to go far from the city. You can easily look for hotels, cafes, and other great eateries just by strolling around the city.


4. Fermanagh Lakelands

Fermanagh Lakelands has a lot of stunning lakes that is very much a popular destination for couples. It has a breathtaking landscape that will provide endless opportunities for romantic walks along the lake and through the forest trails. 

Among the best places to visit in the Lakelands is the Belmore forest which was a filming location for the Game of Thrones – a popular TV series. For a more intimate and memorable experience, you can also go to the nearby Marble Arch Caves. It’s definitely worth the time checking out when you are in Fermanagh Lakelands.


4 Tips To Exploring Europe On The Water


4 Tips To Exploring Europe On The Water

Europe is a lovely tourist destination for anyone. You have exciting places to visit, and most of all, you get time off from normal routines, which can be exhausting sometimes.

As we all know, you can access different cities via different transport systems. It can be by the air, road, train, and water - that is what forms our discussion today. Sailing Europe through the sea is one breathtaking adventure since it offers numerous benefits.

You do not have to keep booking restaurants; you get to view most ports; you do not have to keep walking or finding your way through traffic; overall, it is efficient.

Therefore, what are some of the things that you require to know when exploring the continent by water?

1. You need to look for ways to save up money

The best thing about renting a yacht is that it offers a level of privacy. You can travel through the different destination at your periphery.

However, that comes with a cost. You have to rent a yacht, which is one of the expenses that you have to consider. To help you save some money on the charter, consider traveling during the low season. During the holidays, so many people want to go on their vacation.

With that, you are sure that the yacht companies will increase their fees. Note that it is appropriate that you hire a boat that will fit everyone.


2. Explore the routes before you start sailing

Sailors usually have a list of courses that you can follow. The reason for doing so is to prevent tourists from having to formulate their routes.

However, that does not mean that you have to follow their routes strictly. Some destinations can be tedious, and could even hinder your freedom. As you plan for the trip, create time where you and your crew will study the different routes available.

Be sure that you can find written guides and maps developed by sailors. Note that the sailing company you hire will provide routes to follow.

3. Have a hostess in the boat

It is always good to tag along with a crew when doing your travels. You will need memories with people who you love, and that is the primary purpose of exploration.

To help you focus on having fun, it would be a great idea if you take a hostess with you. He or she will be in charge of preparing meals, clearing the decks, and cleaning the toilets. In short, it will take away the stress of having to give schedules to your crew.

In all cases, make sure that you treat the hostess with dignity. She is in charge of preparing meals, which saves you the cost of having to eat from restaurants.

4. Be sure to carry a skipper

If it is your first time traveling in a boat, then it is good that you bring a skipper with you. The company that you rent the yacht from will offer one for you.

He or she will be there to help in case of any technical issues that arise within the course of your journey. He or she will also give you practical measures to ensure that you are safe within the boat. You should also provide a private deck for him.

Be sure to provide meals and water supplies during the journey.  

Conclusion

Ensure that you have fun. Take pictures, have a taste of local cuisines of the various destinations you visit and be patient while looking for the best company to hire.

#GoTheExtraSmile: Hapee Time for Reiko The Water Bender ♥


#GoTheExtraSmile

Not a lot of people know that Reiko's smile is so hard to come by. It always seems like there's a price to pay for smiling. I would often have a hard time asking him to smile in photos but I also don't want to force him especially when he already looks annoyed or tired.

It's not that he's sad all the time. He really just tries to hide his smile because according to him, "Mom, I'm shy to smile because my teeth are ugly." So I told him, "But you're only 7 years old! Your teeth will still improve. That's why I always tell you to brush your teeth, right?" 

He smiled. A little bit, but without showing his teeth. That was the best smile I could have but one that I would always treasure along with all his other half-smiles and a few occasional full-blown smiles.

And yes, this short video is a kid-friendly and entertaining lesson to share with him especially that we also use Hapee at home. Reiko's teeth are not rotten or anything like it because we've been very consistent with his brushing routine. It's just that his teeth are crooked or not straight which is pretty understandable considering he's still young and we can certainly have them fixed.


Even though Reiko's smile is so hard to achieve on a daily basis, there's one thing I appreciate about him. It's that it doesn't take something grand to make him completely happy. I'd like to believe that I'm raising him to be grateful and appreciative of the simple joys in life.

Hapee Time for Reiko The Water Bender
#TeamNoSmile? :D

We're not a rich family and so I want him to remember that as long as we are happy and healthy as a family, we don't need a lot of money. Just enough and some extra will do - although he sometimes still wishes he has a billion pesos so he could buy Roblox stuff (his favorite computer game). LOL 

Anyway, things have been quite exhausting in our household lately with Reiko going to school daily and coming home with three assignments every day, me working a full-time home-based job + side gigs, and my husband going back to a full-time job too. 

During the past few weeks, I've been wanting to go somewhere chill and relaxing. It was my birthday recently, and ever since I gave birth, my birthday is no longer just mine. I know it's my day but it has long been offered to my little family of 3 especially for Reiko because whatever makes him happy makes me happy too. I always plan my birthday based on what he likes. And I know what he likes!

Reiko must have been a "water bender" in his past life because any place that has a beach or a pool makes him really giggly and happy plus he feels like he can control the water! Below are past photos that show he's at his happiest when in the water.

Hapee Time for Reiko The Water Bender
Hapee Time for Reiko The Water Bender

So when I told him that we're gonna go swimming on my birthday, he was genuinely excited to the point of asking for the swimming pool photos every single day after school for a week. I willingly obliged, yup, anything for my his birthday. ;) I was so touched because he said, "I will always greet you a happy birthday, Mom." He was also the first to greet me as soon as he woke up when his eyes were barely open yet.

First, this was his reaction when I announced the staycation.

Hapee Time for Reiko The Water Bender

He's still a little shy here, but I'm not complaining. ;) 

Hapee Time for Reiko The Water Bender

Until he's all smiles! I know that he's once again in his happy place.

Hapee Time for Reiko The Water Bender

I didn't realize he can also be a vlogger. Here's a 7-second video that captured his excitement. Haha, so proud of this little ninja! ;)


It was a short staycation but one for the books, as always. Every single time we go swimming , it's guaranteed to be a great time even though Reiko and I don't really know how to swim. In fact, it's my foolproof way of giving him what he exactly wants and needs, and making him the happiest.

My dear Reiko, continue to show your precious smile despite the crooked teeth. I promise we will fix them so that you can soon confidently show the world your Hapee smile. Love, Mom

PS: I still love your crooked teeth smile and will love it forever. Don't forget to brush your teeth!