What to do if someone dies on holiday

Parasol Beach

It doesn’t bear thinking about really, you have booked and planned your holiday and are enjoying the fruits of all your hard work, but what happens if your travelling partner dies when you are away on holiday? If you are overseas with the person when they die, the best advice is to contact the nearest British embassy, High Commission or consulate, who will be able to give you advice on what to do and contact your insurance company as soon as you can. If you’re on a package holiday, you should tell your representative as soon as you can. Some… Continue Reading “What to do if someone dies on holiday”

Exploring Caernarfon Castle with Kids

Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon is one of the most famous castle in Wales and is somewhere I have wanted to visit for some time. During our holiday to North Wales, we stayed in a beautiful cottage in Anglesey which is a short drive from the town of Caernarfon, so we had the perfect opportunity to visit. Caernarfon is a walled town, making it a beautiful walk as you head towards the castle itself. Caernarfon Castle is looked after by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, but as English Heritage members we got discounted entry to the castle. Entry to the castle is… Continue Reading “Exploring Caernarfon Castle with Kids”

Zip World Velocity 2

Zip World Velocity 2 and Statue

Way back in 2015, Hubby and Kian visited North Wales and took on the challenge of Zip World Titan, a four person zip line which offers spectacular views over moor, mountain and mine and encompasses three separate zip lines – Anarchy, Bedlam and Chaos. Ever since they have been dropping hints left, right and centre about taking on Zip World’s Velocity 2 – The Fastest Zip Line in the World. Velocity 2 is not only the fastest zip line in the world, with speeds up to 125mph, but it is also the longest in Europe at 1,555 metres long and… Continue Reading “Zip World Velocity 2”

The Game of Thrones Tapestry at Ulster Museum

Game of Thrones Tapestry

During our visit to Belfast we spent a couple of days exploring the city and everything it had to offer, including Titanic Museum, W5 Discovery Centre, Crumlin Road Gaol and HMS Caroline. The final museum on our list was Ulster Museum, which is situated right in the heart of the university area of south Belfast. Ulster Museum is a treasure trove of collections of art, history and natural sciences. There is a large section devoted to the troubles, but although Hubby and I were interested, the kids found it boring and wanted to move on. Although there are a couple… Continue Reading “The Game of Thrones Tapestry at Ulster Museum”

A visit to the Old Library at Trinity College, Dublin with Kids

The Old Library

When we decided to spend a day in Dublin during our Northern Ireland break, there were two places on our must visit list – Guinness Storehouse and Trinity College. Trinity College, despite its name, is actually a university set right in the heart of Dublin city centre. Visiting a university isn’t your typical destination for a day out, however, Trinity College is home to the Old Library and the Book of Kells – Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure and the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. Visits to Trinity College are so popular that the university have started running tours which encompass… Continue Reading “A visit to the Old Library at Trinity College, Dublin with Kids”

Visiting Carrickfergus Castle with Kids

Carrickfergus Castle

Carrickfergus Castle is a Norman castle situated in the town of Carrickfergus in County Antrim, on the northern shore of Belfast Lough. The castle was built in 1177 by John de Courcy and is still remarkably intact, making it perfect for exploring. From the outside of the castle, you can see various models looking through windows, or guarding the towers which really bring the history to life. The kids were most fascinated by the “murder hole” in the ceiling of the gateway. It would have been used in defence of the castle, allowing defenders to fire, throw or pour harmful… Continue Reading “Visiting Carrickfergus Castle with Kids”

Sailing from Liverpool to Belfast with Stena Line

Stena Line Lagan

When researching travel options for our holiday to Northern Ireland we decided that taking ferry would be the sensible and most affordable option as we would be able to take our car with us. Checking-in was straightforward and after picking up our boarding pass, we had a short wait before making our way onboard. What did surprise me was that the Stena Line Ferry from Liverpool to Belfast would take 8 hours and I did wonder if we would be able to keep the kids occupied for that amount of time, however I need not have worried about keeping the… Continue Reading “Sailing from Liverpool to Belfast with Stena Line”