A Different Kind of Travel Thursday

Over the past few weeks Dave and I been away on a few little mini breaks, but this time rather than us heading off on our own, these trips have been spent with good friends and family. As someone who loves going away, and loves seeing new places, I’m always excited to head off on an adventure whether it be near or far, for a night, or a week, but trips I get particularly excited about are those spent with friends and family.

You may have heard me mention last week that we spent a couple of days in Spain over the August bank holiday weekend with some of our closest friends. There were ten of us in total, plus their babas, and it was one of those holidays where you really sit back and take stock on how important friends are. I love my friends very dearly, we have all been friends for an incredibly long time, we’re in similar stages of our lives and it’s wonderful to be able to share these stages together.

Long breakfasts in the sun, kids playing in the pool, lunches al fresco, BBQs and wine, endless amount of chatting, laughing, joking… What more could you want from a holiday? Nothing in my view. It was the perfect few days away, and made me very grateful for the amazing friends I have in my life, those who were on holiday, as well those who weren’t.

After only being home from Spain a few days we set off on our next adventure which was a weekend away with Dave’s family. His two brothers, their wives, their kids and his Mum. It’s a little tradition that they began a few years ago and it’s one of the things I look forward to most each year. As someone who’s siblings all live away, I have really learned to relish and value the time you have together with family, and this weekend was one of those times.

We were staying in apartments which were part of a hotel and they were lovely. There were great facilities for the kids, the boys had golf, and us girls had chats. Lots of chats, a little bit of wine, but mostly chats!

With all our lives being so busy, it’s so rare that we get to spend quality time together catching up, reminiscing, telling stories of old, talking, laughing, doing all the things that make being part of a family so wonderful. It’s one of those moments when you think to yourself, why don’t we do this more often? Because you have such a great time, and you realise how great being with your family is.

Tomorrow, for our third weekend away in a row, we are off to Kerry to celebrate one of our dear friend’s birthdays. It’s a big birthday, so our entire group are packing up and heading down there for a weekend of celebrations and quality time. Knowing my friends, it’s going to be a weekend to remember, as our time away so often is.

There will be laughing, there will be drinking, there will be singing, there will be dancing, there will be joking, there will be gossiping, there may even be a bit of crying! But one thing I know for sure is, it will be special, it will be brilliant, it will be memories in the making.

Because isn’t that what it’s all about really? Sharing your life with family and friends, making memories, celebrating life, enjoying the good things, being grateful for each other, and most of all, being happy?

I’m sure you all know by now how much I love travelling, I’ve spent much of this year visiting new places, and my travels don’t end here. But nothing can compare to the travelling that you do with those you love most.

Sorcha x



Travel: Village at Lyons

This day last week I posted about going on a girls weekend away to a secret location for my good friend Nikki’s hen party which I can now reveal was at the lovely Village at Lyons in Kildare. Although this was to be my first travel review, I have failed miserably so you will have to forgive me! Due to hen celebrations and copious amounts of Prosecco, there wasn’t much time for reviewing and photo taking. But I will share what I have…

I’ve heard so much about the Lyons Estate over the past few years, it has become a very popular venue for weddings and I can see why. From the moment you arrive you’re transported into an air of relaxation and luxury, and although the weekend wasn’t about relaxation for us, we still took some time to appreciate the beautiful buildings and stunning surroundings.

We had booked three of the self-catering cottages for our night away and they didn’t disappoint. We were staying in the Jolly Angler cottage when upon entering, you are greeted by marble floors, two bright living rooms and very large kitchen which was perfect for entertaining. Upstairs, four poster beds and luxurious furnishings are found throughout each of the three bedrooms as well as en-suite bathrooms in each. The old stone buildings are so picturesque with duck egg green painted doors and windows. And the old 70s VW Van sitting in the cottage courtyard is very boho (wedding photo op alert!).

On Saturday evening we ate in the hotel’s main restaurant, dinner is usually a three course menu but we had lots of sweet treats back in our house so opted for two courses instead. I went with a deep fried brie salad to start (so bold but so delicious!) which was followed by a medium rare fillet steak with parsley mash. The food was of a very high standard and got great feedback from all the girls. The breakfast the following morning was equally good, not a huge selection, but it had everything you need to abate a hangover that’s for sure!

As reviews go, this really isn’t a proper one I’m aware! I promise I’ll do better next time. But if you’re ever looking for a relaxing weekend away then I would say this one is definitely worth giving a go. I can’t comment on the house bedrooms, but the self-catering is very comfortable and pretty. There aren’t many facilities in the hotel itself, there is a café which was unfortunately closed when we were there, but that staff are amazing and incredibly helpful, there are lovely grounds for walking, and, it is close to Kildare Village if you fancied a girly shopping trip with a night or two away thrown in.

So there you go. That’s the first new place I’ve visited in 2016 to put on my resolution list.

Happy Weekend!

Sorcha x

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

It’s almost the weekend, and I’m very excited because this weekend I’m heading away for my lovely friend Nikki’s hen party. Whoop! I can’t disclose any information as yet – it’s all a very top secret surprise for the bride-to-be. But it’s going to be GREAT.

If you’ve read some of my earlier posts, you’ll know that one of my big resolutions for 2016 is to go to places I’ve never been before, and this trip will be my first destination. Although I won’t be sharing it with my new hubbie, I love nothing more than a good girly night away, and what better reason for a girls night than to give our fab friend a spectacular send off into married life. That, combined with the fact that I haven’t had a night out since the wedding, means this is set to be one hell of a party!

I promise to fill you in when I get back, and while I’ll be keeping the weekend’s antics to myself, I will be sharing my first travel review of the year. If you can’t wait until then though, remember you can always head over to my Instagram where I’ll be sharing lots of lovely details over the next few days.

Until then, happy weekend! Cluck, Cluck…

Sorcha x